7 Easy Guidelines To Moving Home

Nowadays you can travel just about anywhere in the world. This has begun a new culture, in the young and old, of adventure and the exploration of new places. Jobs aren’t limited to what’s available in your town or county, people can chase their dream professions to any area of the planet. With this new culture of adventure-seeking, the need to move home and settle in a new area is high. Everybody and anybody will move home at some point in their lives, these are seven easy guidelines to help make the ordeal less taxing and more organized.

Checklists

Moving checklists can help to create order out of the chaos that is moving.

When packing your precious possessions away into boxes, checklists can be invaluable. In a hectic and stressful move, they can help create order out of the chaos. Of course, there is such a thing as having too many checklists, which could create more problems than they solve. The best way to have a smooth and trouble-free move is to only create checklists that are the most essential.
A practical way of applying this is to make a checklist for every room, e.g. one for the living room, kitchen, bathroom etc. The next step would be to tick off the items as they are wrapped and put in boxes and then label the boxes afterward. This creates less confusion and stress when the boxes need to be unpacked again. Also, as an extra measure, when packing fragile items, it’s best to put these in the same box and label the box as fragile so that extra care is taken with these items.

Movers

One of the most beneficial things available in these current times is the existence of moving companies. These companies are specially designed to help you pack and move your items from one place to another in the most efficient, injury and hassle-free way possible. Many hands do indeed make light work, especially when they are someone else’s hands.
If the start and end points are a long distance apart, however, then the same people that pack and load the items can’t be expected to unload them. This calls for the use of the second team of people at the receiving end to help unload at your destination. As when dealing with any company, a good piece of advice would be to arrange payment rates beforehand with written contracts. This means there will be a lot less confusion when it comes to issuing payments.

Standardized Packaging

In stores that specialize in packing equipment, you will find a good collection of strong and sturdy boxes and cartons made especially for carrying heavy loads. These boxes and cartons are usually to a standardized size, shape, and quality. These shapes and sizes are specifically made to fit nicely into trucks and dollies, which makes stacking and storing much more simple. Using old, mismatched boxes tends to create problems with moving because they may not fit with the measurements and dimensions of the moving trucks and dollies as well as the standardized boxes. This is why buying a good number of standardized boxes and cartons before packing makes moving simpler and more efficient.

Notifying Change of Address

Notifying change of address is something that is often pushed down to the bottom of the to-do list when moving, but this is in fact quite an important part of the moving process that can have stressful ramifications. To help with this, it is a good idea to create a list of all the companies, friends and family, doctors, schools, or anyone else who may have your address. The next step would be to make phone calls, send letters, email or contact them in any other way that will best reach them. It is also a good idea to give, in writing, your change of address to the local post office if any post needs to be forwarded on to your new address. This also applies to service providers, such as gas, electricity, water, Wi-Fi, and T.V, especially if you want to continue with their services. In some cases, you may need to cancel your service and switch providers to a company that provides services in your new location.

Cash at Hand

A problem that can occur when you least need it, is the expectation for you to pay someone in cash and for there to be a complete lack of cash points near at hand. To prevent this disaster, it is best to carry around a good amount of cash with you so that money transactions may be completed without a hitch. Of course, many companies these days, including Big City Moving Company, accept all major credit cards, as well as PayPal, check, or money order. The bottom line is, you should ask your moving company if cash is going to be required.

Transferring Schools

A good suggestion for those families moving home is to arrange the transferring of children to a school closer to the new address, unless you’re only moving a few streets away. It creates far more problems later when there is a long commute, making school runs far more stressful than they need be.

Author Bio
Shawn Wood is the content writer at Costa Mesa Moving Company and has been highlighting the requirements of modern homes and offices for the past four years.  He has particularly been efficient in highlighting the needs of a modern family home.

Five Tips For Planning A Move During Winter

Some people love it, some people hate it. If you live in New England – it’s something that you have chosen to live with, one way or another. SNOW! Winter weather conditions will make it difficult for anyone planning a move, but there are some things that you can do to make everything go as smooth as a sheet of ice.

1. Always Have A Second Option

Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable here in New England. From one hour to the next, a forecast can have drastic changes. You really just never know exactly what you’re going to get when a storm is on the horizon. Keeping a backup moving date available can be essential. When there are roads closed, parking bans, or unplowed roads, there isn’t a safe way to try to move.

2. Make A Path

It is essential to have a safe, fully cleared pathway from your moving truck to the entranceway(s). You’ll need to have enough space for your moving truck (or storage pod, or van, etc) to park as well. Attempting to move furniture across ice or snow can be very dangerous, so be sure to melt the ice as well.

3. Protect Your Floors

Things tend to be particularly dirty when there is snow on the ground. The snow melts and gets all wet and dirty, plus all the salt in the roads and walkways can get everywhere. We recommend using some floor protection (Home Depot, Amazon, etc) to prevent the floors from scratching. As long as you make a clear path into each room, the movers should be able to set the furniture wherever you need it to go.

4. Drive Carefully! 

If you are transporting your belongings in a truck, make sure that you drive as carefully as possible! Leave as much space as possible for braking and adjusting to any unexpected conditions.

5. Be Flexible 

Winter weather is often going to slow things down. Traffic will move much slower. Carrying furniture – especially up or down stairs or ramps – can take longer. Trying to rush things in the snow can be very hazardous – so be flexible and don’t try to do too much at once.

How Many Moving Boxes Will You Need For Your Move?

Discover Ways to make Your Move EasierWhen you are planning a move, knowing the right amount of boxes to obtain can be a real challenge. You have to make sure you have enough so that you don’t leave anything unpacked, but you don’t want to have the burden of having piles of leftover packing materials either. Determining the right amount of boxes can be a challenge, but these tips will help you narrow it down.

Essential Tips For Packing

One important thing to realize about packing is that different sized boxes can serve a different purpose. In general, you want to keep your boxes weight to roughly 40Lb. Having much more than that can weaken the box and cause damages to the contents.

Small boxes should be filled with items like books, CDs, and DVDs. Those items don’t weigh a whole lot on their own, but by the time you have packed up a cubic foot or so into a box, it should weigh about 40 pounds. Larger boxes should be filled with bulkier items that don’t weigh as much, such as clothing, towels, linens, blankets, or lamp shades.

A common mistake is to only choose larger boxes, and then filling them with whatever items you have throughout the house. We’ve seen large boxes filled with books exceed 150 pounds, and the boxes just aren’t made to withstand that much weight. They wind up bending and buckling under the weight, and many of the books wind up with damages like bent spines and creasing.

Talk To Your Movers

This is an important step for any move, but you should really consult with your moving company. Oftentimes, accurate estimates can be given by phone, as long as you are providing enough details about your packing needs. Unusual items might require special packing materials, so make sure to mention anything fragile, or unusual in size or shape.

If your packing needs are a bit more complex, you can always request an in-house consultation. Having your movers on-site to see your packing needs for themselves can be a huge advantage.

Figure Out What You Think You Need

Open up all the closets, all the cabinets, all the dressers and drawers, and really get a good idea of everything that you will need to pack. Try to visualize how your items may fill boxes as you go along. Keep a running list going with different box sizes, and you can note any items that you have concerns with.

Add A Buffer

Most moving companies will allow you to over-stock for your packing needs, and then buy back what you don’t need. Whatever you think you might need, it is always a good idea to order just a little bit extra, as long as you will be able to return it to your movers. It’s better to have some left over boxes than some left over packing to do.

4 Essential Pieces Of Moving Equipment To Help You On Moving Day

Moving Equipment

Pads, dollies, and straps are all used to protect your belongings within the truck

Moving can be a really tough job. However, utilizing the right gear and equipment can really help to make sure that your move isn’t any more difficult than it needs to be. Some equipment helps to protect you, some to protect your equipment, and some of it just makes the whole process easier. The following pieces of equipment can really help to make your move go as smoothly as possible.

1. Padded Moving Blankets

Padded moving blankets are essential for every move. We find it best to secure pads to your furniture items with tape, stretch wrap, and/or elastics. Padding your furniture also helps to protect your walls and other things that the furniture might rub into; it’s a lot less damaging to hit a quilted moving pad than it would be to snag a wooden corner.

Aside from padding your furniture, moving blankets are also useful if you need to slide anything. For example, if you were to slide a dresser across a hardwood floor, you may damage the dressers legs, and you will most likely scratch the floor. However, adding a furniture pad as a buffer will work wonders in keeping everything protected.

2. Moving Dollies (Four Wheelers) 

The easiest way to move most boxy furniture and appliances is to put it on a moving dolly. This is even more important if you are moving within an elevator building, or any building with long corridors. You can’t really dolly your furniture up and down stairs, so that is one limitation of moving dollies. However, if you get creative with some locking moving straps, bungees, or ropes, you can secure almost anything to a dolly. That can be useful if you have any pieces that don’t set flat on your moving dolly.

3. Hand Trucks (Two Wheelers) 

Hand trucks can be great for shuttling large numbers of boxes along. They are also very useful for some larger pieces that might be awkward to carry, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, armoires, and even bureaus. Some hand trucks are even special made for these large items, and will have straps to secure the cargo to the hand truck, as well as “stair climbers” over the wheels, which make it possible to bring these items up or down stairs. Proper use of hand trucks can shave hours off of your moving time, and can help to save your energy as well.

4. Simple Tool Kit

You’re going to want to keep a basic tool kit handy for any move. Essential items would be a hammer, philips & flat-head screwdriver, alan key set, and adjustable wrench. It can be handy to have a socket set, pliers, and even some power tools as well, but they aren’t as essential. You’ll want to make sure that you have all the equipment you may need to assemble or disassemble any furniture, remove doors from hinges, and possibly to unmount things from your walls, like TVs or framed items.

Using Boxes for Your Move

 

Moving house: Young couple with box

Boxes are an essential part of a move and will be required to protect your goods and make them easy to carry and transport. Getting the right containers and putting them to goods use can be more complicated than you think so read on for some tips and guidance.

 

Packing for a move can be very time consuming and difficult because you have so much to mange. Each of your goods has to be handled individually for your move and so the work can quickly pile up. Reducing the amount of goods you have to handle can have many advantages, because you won’t need as much packing and as many boxes, it will mean less work for you, less heavy lifting that has to be performed, and it also reduces the clutter at your new address.

 

There are several ways to go about disposing your goods starting with throwing them away. Old, worn out, damaged, usele

ss goods can be thrown away en masse to accomplish this, with skip hire being quick and easy solution. You should also consider recycling your goods at a local depot or utilizing a regular collection service. If any of your unwanted items are still in acceptable condition and working order you can consider donating them to charity stores or giving them to friends, family or co-workers. You could also sell them to second hand stores, online, at market, in the local newspaper, etc, and earn money in the process.

 

Sorting your goods is an important step for a move. Arranging your belongings by size, shape, weight, who they belong to, etc can grant many benefits. Keeping goods that belong to a certain person or will all go into the same room together makes unpacking convenient later. Having items that are similar also means packing becomes easier because they will fit neatly into a box, which will keep each item safer. While doing this you can create a list of your goods to prevent things from becoming lost of left behind.

 

Once you know how many items you are dealing with, you can start amassing the materials you need. You will need a variety of wrapping that can come in the form of tissue paper, bubble wrap, cloth, sheets, old clothes, polystyrene and more. See what you can buy cheaply and in bulk, consider items you may already own and ask friends if they have anything you can use. These tips can also be applied to boxes.

 

There are any types of boxes available. Cardboard containers will be the most common tool you use because they are cheap, easily available and can be contained in bulk. Some shops may be willing to give you old boxes they no longer need so ask around. As Well as those advantages, cardboard boxes also are biodegradable and easy to recycle. Plastic boxes can also be used for your move and have several advantages over cardboard boxes in that they are stronger, waterproof, can come with wheels, handles and lids. However, they are more expensive to buy and not as easily recycled.

 

Items must be placed into boxes carefully and neatly. The fewer items can move about, the better. Put heavier goods at the bottom and smaller goods at the top. Keep fragile goods separate from bulky items, and confine sharp objects and liquids. Don’t put too much in a box or it will be too heavy to lift and endanger the contents. Seal it up tight and label it accordingly when done.

Follow this guide and your packing will go well, thanks to the infinite use of a simple box.

What Moving Supplies Do You Really Need?

If you choose to hire a moving company for your move, you may be offered a number of moving supplies. Some of them could be useful for you, and some may not be necessary. Today’s blog will help you decide which moving supplies you will need for your move.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe boxes are designed to have clothes hanging on them, just like in a closet. If you have a good amount of clothes hanging on hangers, you should consider wardrobe boxes. Most companies allow you to rent them, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the large boxes after the move. They are not good for clothes that is folded up in drawers.

Alternatives: Medium to Large boxes, plastic bags/trash bags (more likely to wrinkle your clothing).

Dish Barrels

Dish barrels are large boxes that are reinforced to be able to hold and protect a heavy assortment of dishware. Items are usually wrapped in newsprint/packing paper and sometimes cardboard dividers are used to separate glasses. If you have a good amount of ceramic or glass dishware, we think this is the best way to pack those items. Plastic and other durable materials can be packed into smaller boxes.

Alternatives: While some people do choose to put glasses and other dishware into small book boxes, we still recommend using dish barrels. They are reinforced to hold more weight and are more than twice as thick as a typical book box (or wine box, etc). 

Bubble Wrap

For packing delicate items, such as crystalware, framed art or photos, and other delicates, bubble wrap is usually the best method. Some less fragile items could be safely wrapped in towels and other linens, but for the most fragile and delicate (and valuable) pieces, we highly recommend using bubble wrap.

Book Boxes/Small Boxes

A standard book box is about 1.5 cubic feet. It is small enough that you can fill it with books, CDs, DVDs, or other items that can be packed together safely but can accumulate a significant amount of weight.

Alternatives: While larger boxes should be reserved for only lighter, bulkier items, we have found banker boxes as well as beer and wine boxes can be good replacements for book boxes.

Medium-XL Boxes

Larger boxes are used for lighter but larger items, which could include blankets/linens, pillows, lamp shades, board games, and more. Depending on what exactly is being moved, some people have found other methods of packing these items.

Alternatives: For linens/blankets – trash bags or other large plastic bags. Suitcases, laundry bags, hampers, crates, plastic bins/totes.

Unpacking: 4 Tips To Help You Think Outside The Box

Having a successful unpacking stems from proper packing. There are a few things that you can do to make the unpacking and settling-in process easier for you. Today’s blog will give you a few tips on just that!

1. What to do before you unpack

Taking a few steps before unpacking can save a lot of time and resist you from moving your items again and again. If you clean your furniture while it’s empty, you can easily clean everything without having to move everything around. While some places will be clean upon your move-in arrival, sometimes you will need to do some vacuuming or dusting before laying down furniture or carpets.

We recommend lining your cupboard shelves before unpacking your kitchen items as well. It will help to keep your shelves cleaner later, and if you do it before you unpack, you won’t need to move anything around in order to do a thorough job.

2. Locate and organize your essential items

For most people, the unpacking process will last for at least a few days, if not weeks. Make sure that you prioritize the items that you will need while the rest of your items are still stowed away in boxes.

We recommend keeping your essentials in their own box for each room. For example, your most frequently used pots and pans and food items should be packed separately from the clothes and linens you will need.

3. Ensure your furniture is prepared for unpacking

When you’re moving, you probably have to remove the shelves from your bookcases and entertainment centers. Beds will be completely taken apart for the move. Sometimes drawers need to be removed from bureaus or other cabinets.

Before you begin unpacking the boxes, it’s best to put these furniture pieces back together. It will make things easier and everything should have a place to go once you get to the boxes.

4. Recycle or reuse your used packing supplies

Believe me – we know how much cardboard and paper product can be used for any given move. Simply throwing these items away is very wasteful. Most moving companies (including ourselves) can re-use boxes and other supplies to get some more life out of them. If you are finding it difficult to find somebody to take your used packing supplies, it is still best to recycle them so that they don’t just become trash.