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How to safely move a dresser

Moving a dresser might seem like a simple task, but it wouldn’t take much to damage the piece, cause an injury, or scratch up some floors and walls. By following the proper procedure, you can ensure that you safely transport your furniture with no mishaps.

1. Empty the drawers

Emptying out the drawers before you attempt to move a dresser will give you an advantage. For one thing, you’re reducing the weight of the furniture. Another thing that is often overlooked is that furniture wasn’t meant to be moved while it was full. Having a dresser at a 45° or 90° tilt (which is common while moving it) can cause the piece to crack or snap.  Your best bet is to completely empty the drawers prior to moving. At the very least, you should make sure that they are no more than one-third full.

2. Determine if you need to remove the drawers

Again, this can give you an advantage in two ways. There is the obvious, that you will reduce the weight of the furniture. The other thing to consider is space. Sometimes, having no drawers in will allow you to make a tight corner or doorway, that you simply could not make if the drawers were in the furniture. By removing them, you create an empty space that you can work with. This can be especially handy on a stairway with banisters.

3. Pad and wrap the piece

You’ll want to use some padded furniture blankets and some tape and/or stretch wrap. Before you ever lift the piece, make sure it is well covered. This will protect it from any scratches or dents. Taking this extra step will give you an added measure of security for your furniture.

4. Move it! 

If you’ve followed the first three steps, you should be ready to move the piece! I recommend always having at least two people on any dresser or bureau. In certain situations, you might even need three or four. Communicate with each other to make sure that you are both comfortable. If someone needs to adjust their grip, be sure to tell the other person so that there are no surprises.

 

Tips For Moving To Boston This Spring

Spring time in Boston might be the best time of the year. As the temperatures rise, you can expect to see the city come out of it’s cold winter thaw; sailboats soaking up the sun on the Charles, Landsdowne Street coming alive when our World Champion Boston Red Sox are in town, patio decks filling up with people enjoying the weather… it really is a great time to be in Boston. It can also be a great time to plan your move, as long as you follow a few key rules.

1. Obtain a legal parking space

As the city springs to life, it can just get tougher and tougher to find a good parking space. If you’re in a moving truck, it’s only worse. Make sure you do whatever you have to do to secure a parking space for your move. If you’re moving to a place with a commercial loading zone, or loading dock, you will most likely need to make a reservation for your moving date and time. If you have a driveway, you should be in the clear, as long as it is wide enough and doesn’t have low hanging branches or wires that the truck might hit. For everyone else, you’re going to want to obtain a parking permit from City Hall. Permits must be obtained at least three days before your move, so plan accordingly.

2. Try to avoid major events

Patriots Day sounds like a great day to do your moving. It’s a Monday that a lot of people don’t have to work. However, with the Boston Marathon taking place on that day, getting around anywhere from Boston all the way out to Framingham can really be tough. We would recommend getting your moving done by the Sunday before that, and you can utilize the day off to do some unpacking or other tasks relating to your move, that don’t involve driving!

Aside from Marathon Monday, you really should check to make sure there aren’t any other major events. With the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you can expect it to be difficult to get around the North End whenever there is a home game. And now that the Red Sox are in full swing, you know that the Fenway area is going to be tough to get through whenever they’re at home. If you’re moving near either of these places, you’ll want to try to avoid doing your move whenever there is a game at home.

3. Be prepared for all kinds of weather

We’re now just about one month into spring, and we’ve already seen the weather run the gamut. We’ve had days pushing 80° without a cloud in the sky, we’ve had lots of torrential downpours, and we’ve even had some freezing rain and snow. You most likely won’t know what the weather will be like when you’re planning out your move, so it’s a good idea to have some plans in case we’re facing some dirty wet stuff. You might want to consider some Masonite Floor Protection, or even have a backup day just in case it’s really bad. Our movers will go out in just about any weather conditions, but movers can’t be held responsible if any damages occur due to exposure to rain.

What Should Be In My Pockets While Moving Home?

What Should Be In My Pockets While Moving HomeWhen you are moving home, there is a great deal of planning involved. After liaising with removals teams and estate agents, finding the right plan can
often be tricky. Figuring out what you need to do to move home can often be a stressful time and many people wonder what they should be wearing, driving
and doing during a move. But this article will focus on something a little closer to home. What can you have in your pockets in order to enjoy the most
efficient move possible? Read on to find out how to properly kit out your pockets for moving day, and how these changes can help you.

Perhaps the most ubiquitous item when it comes to modern pockets is the phone. Having a mobile phone about your person at all times can provide you with
everything you need. It means that you can be contacted, that you can contact people. It means that you can look up maps and directions, and have access to
your email at all times. While everyone has a phone, not everyone carries them in their pocket. On moving day, taking the phone out of the bag and keeping
it nearby could be the best solution. Watch out during physical activity, however, and make sure
not to let it get damaged. A protective case might be useful.

One of the best tools to use in order to make sure that your house removals experience is as smooth and as efficient as possible is the creation and use of
a moving list. As a detailed itinerary of everything that will happen on moving day, the list can help you keep on top of everything, as well as informing
you of all those little details which you might otherwise have forgotten. Taking the time to not only create your moving list but to stick by it is often
the first step towards an excellent move. As such, keeping it in your pocket allows for easy reference at all times and can mean that the most important
information is never more than a pocket away.

It might seem obvious to say, but one of the most important things to keep about your person is your wallet. In all the upheaval, having access to your
money and cards at all times could be vital. It is also one of the most forgotten items during a move. Packing it away in a box can mean it is difficult to
find in a pinch, while putting it down somewhere safe means you might forget about it. Plus, having the wallet in your pocket means that you are able to
pay for the pizza which gets delivered at the end of a long and difficult day.

When moving home, there are often two sets of keys which you need to be concerned about. In day to day life, it is not uncommon to have your keys wife you
at all times. During a move however, it is easy to forget that there are two pairs that you need to think about. Making sure to have the keys to the new
property with you means that you never need to worry about not being able to access the new home. Likewise, remembering to leave your set of keys behind
for the next occupants can be vital. So in some instances, it is not what is in your pocket, but what you must remember to leave behind.

Because the typical removals outfit amounts of jeans and a t shirt, finding the pocket space for those important items is as easy as it is important.

Moving Out? Why Not Benefit From It!

 

4710039568_e40a8a30a7_zWhenever you think about moving out, your head starts spinning and your stomach hurts. Your heart is beating out of your chest, you start sweating. How are you going to deal with the time-consuming job? You have to sort things, clear away all the clutter and then pack what is left. It is a difficult process that gets even more tedious when you refuse to get rid of stuff you no longer use or need just because you believe you may need it one day eventually. But the trust us, this day will never come. You have to be strong and unbending about some items. Others you should pack right away. So how can you take advantage of moving out and benefit from it? There are a few things you can do. See below.

Time to remove unnecessary stuff

It’s a simple rule: the fewer things you own, the faster you will finish packing. Hence, the less stuff you have to pack, the less money you will pay a removal agency to transport your belongings to your new home.

So, what can you do with the items you agreed you don’t need? There are a couple of options:

Sell your stuff online

Life has become so much easier now that there is the cyberspace. You can find information faster, read the news and exchange opinions with people you don’t even know. Apart from this, you can download music, buy products and sell your own stuff. There are a variety of online stores where you can display your items for sale, starting with eBay, Amazon, Walmart, etc. The best thing about online merchants is that your products will be visible on a global scale. The more people see your stuff, the more buyers you are likely to have. Another avantage of selling your stuff online is that you can get feedback and see people’s response. Try it, you’ll see how easy it is.

Donate your stuff

One of the best things you can do with the things you don’t need is to donate them. There are a number of charities that will be happy to have your stuff.

Dispose of your stuff forever

Recycle items that can be recycled. Throw away the rest.

Trust us, if you want to start fresh, you need to forget about stuff that is only going to be in your way in your new home. Keep in mind that shortening the packing process will shorten the unpacking as well.

Examine your books, CDs…

Check if there are books or CDs you forgot to return to the library. If there are items that don’t belong to you, be sure to return them to their owners.

Now, when it comes to magazines and newspapers, our advise is you throw them away without even looking back! If you already read them, you probably won’t read them again. If you still haven’t, you hardly every will. If you can, donate them to a daycare centre or a library. Seriously, why do you keep them? They only take space and provided that you never need them, you definitely should dispose of them!

Examine your wardrobe

Clothes are probably the bulkiest stuff to pack. You surely will find a great deal of clothes you have kept just in case your change your mind about them or they come back in style again, or for whatever other reason. If there are clothes in your wardrobe that don’t fit you in size or you don’t like, there is no point in keeping them anymore. You had better throw them away, gift them to a friend in need or donate them.

Food

There is no point of bringing food with you and paying an agency for this. It’s certainly less expensive to buy fresh food when you move in your new house, rather than bring all food items you stored in your old home. Also, keep in mind that some of the food may have already expired.

Author Bio: If you are moving out from a rented property, July suggests to hire professionals for the end of tenancy cleaning which will make the process less stressful for the both sides.

Identity Threats During a Move: What You Can Do to Protect Your Identity

House insurance salesman16.6 million people—or 7 percent of Americans over the age of 16—were exposed to at least one incident of identity theft in 2012, as the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports. While any incident of identity theft can be alarming, scenarios where a thief charges purchases to your credit card (or even opens a new card in your name) can be personally and financially damaging. Moves are a popular time for identity theft to occur, as thieves know that your attention is divided. Follow these tips, with help from AOL Real Estate and TampaSecurityNow to stay safe during your next move:

Identity Threats During a Move

There are a lot of naturally occurring elements in a home or apartment move that can expose you to identity theft. These include:

  • Improper disposal of personal files, credit card offers, old utility bills and other items – As you pack, you may be tempted to throw away old records and utility bills in addition to new junk mail and unsolicited offers. If a thief recovers these from your trash, he could open a credit card in your name. Always shred documents that contain your personal information before disposing of them.
  • Theft of personal information by movers or other service people – Whether it’s the cable guy coming by to retrieve your modem or the movers packing the moving truck, all it takes is one unscrupulous person to steal your information. Safeguard possessions by only hiring service people with a positive rating from the Better Business Bureau and staying in the home when you have service people over.
  • Theft of mail delivered after you move – After a move, mail can slip through the USPS Mail Forwarding system and go to your old address. If possible, ask a former neighbor to collect and forward items to you to prevent your mail from falling into the hands of a thief, who can use personal information to assume your identity.
  • Break-in or theft during the chaos of the move – The presence of movers or of signs of moving (such as a tag sale or moving sale, a realtor parked outside, or a “For Sale” sign) can attract the wrong kind of attention. A thief can break in (or even wander in during an open house) and pocket a cell phone, tablet or other small device that contains personal information. Take these gadgets with you whenever you leave the house or lock them up to prevent theft.

Ways to Safeguard Your Identity During the Move

During a move, Lifelock recommends signing up for an identity protection service that provides automatic notifications and credit monitoring, protecting you if anyone tries to access your accounts. The service can do much of the monitoring for you, during this very busy time.

As you plan to move, create a list of all of the personal mail you routinely receive, such as student loan bills, utility bills, doctor’s and vet appointment reminders, and personal correspondence. Provide everyone with your new address, change your address with the USPS and cancel any services you no longer need to minimize mail coming to your old house. This can also be a perfect time to switch to e-statements, which are better for the environment and can help stop identity theft.

Cleaning Your Belongings When Moving Out

 

 

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Moving out is a long and difficult process that is usually accompanied by lots of nagging, murmuring and quarrels. “Should I take that vase?” or “Am I going to wear these jeans?” – these are questions that you keep asking yourself.

 

Since you want to make the process as painless as possible you often end up packing everything without even sorting out the stuff. Wrong. You need to carefully look at every item and decide whether you really need it. This will make transporting the items easier and less expensive (especially if you want to hire a removal company).

 

Unless you clean all your belongings before moving out you will end up with a lot more tasks to do when you get to your new home. Why? Simply because you will have more stuff to unpack and organise once you are in the new premises. Not to mention you will spend time wondering about whether you want to keep something or not. So, here is the thing. You have to get the job done now, before you leave the house. Follow our instructions and you’ll see how easy and fast the process goes.

 

Have a plan

 

Leaving all the decluttering and packing for the last two days before you leave is not the best thing you can do. Tackling the entire place in a few hours is not going to work, nor is it going to be successful. You need more time. Quite possibly you are going to have to start decluttering a couple of months before you leave. This will enable you to examine all the stuff and decide what stays and what goes. Rushing things is never a good idea. You need to sit and think well. Make sure you reduce the amount of stuff to pack by one third. Bring with you only the most valuable items and those which have a sentimental value to you. Make two piles, one for the things you are going to pack and one for the clutter.

 

 

Get rid of unnecessary stuff

 

Don’t get sentimental about your belongings, especially for the knick-knacks. Keeping things that you don’t need takes up space and energy. Since you are going to move to a new home, you probably want to start fresh. Hence, there is no room for old stuff that you no longer use. Our advise is, take a good look at your things and think well whether you will miss something if you get rid of it. According to specialists, 30% of your stuff can easily be disposed of without you missing any part of it ever! Just remember that the more clutter you get rid of, the less pounds you will be paying to move. Meaning, if you hire an agency to transport your stuff to your new home, they will charge you depending on the amount of stuff to move. So the less stuff you have, the less money you will pay. It’s simple as that!

 

Check out whether there are items that:

• Don’t fit in size

 

• You don’t like/love

 

• You don’t use

 

• Gifts you never used

 

• Expired medicine

 

• Papers, bills, cash receipts from last year

 

• Books and magazines you won’t ever read again

 

• Unfinished projects

 

Be sure to get rid of all the items listed above. Then go room by room looking for stuff that has been there so long that you don’t even notice it anymore.

 

Author Bio: As a manager of end of tenancy cleaning agency, July Minor has seen a lot of places and how the people are treating their belongings.

Just moved into your new home? 5 simple ways to avoid accidental fires and stay safe

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It’s funny how you never think anything will go wrong until it actually does. Accidents happen to anyone and they can strike in an instant. You can never stop them from happening, but there are things you can do to stay clear of them. Some of the worst accidents involve your home catching fire, so we’re going to look at a few things that should keep you a little safer from now on.

Don’t leave your food unattended

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You wouldn’t leave a baby unattended in the bath because it could drown while you were away, so don’t walk away while you’re cooking food. This will obviously depend on the appliance you’re using, but why walk away from something when there is a small chance it could catch on fire? The fact you’re not even around means you won’t be able to douse the flames straight away. Chip pans are more dangerous than every other appliance combined.

Keep your doors closed all the time

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When you’re walking around the house you should close the doors behind you. It’s also a good idea to walk around at night closing every door inside your home. If there was a fire and all your doors were open it would be able to spread very quickly, but if the doors were closed you would have a much higher chance of surviving. How long would it take you to close all your doors at night? It’s well worth it when you have young children in the house because you want to keep them as safe as possible.

Don’t use electric blankets

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Electric blankets seemed like a great invention because who in their right mind doesn’t want to feel warm and snugly when they get under the covers, but there is a huge problem with them catching fire. Some fire fighters will tell you they hate electric blankets more than anything else. You’re risking your life every time you fall asleep with one still on, plus you’re risking your home burning down every time you switch one on for a few hours before you go to bed.

Burning candles aren’t always pretty

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Nothing is more relaxing than soaking in a warm bath surrounded by dozens of beautiful candles. They even come in handy when the electricity cuts out and you need to see what you’re doing. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use candles because that would be crazy, but you just shouldn’t leave them unattended. In the majority of cases they’ll eventually go out by themselves, but do you want to be the exception to the rule when they burn your home down?

Always use a fireguard

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Are you one of those people who still loves a log burning fire? They’ve actually become a lot more popular in recent years, either because they’re great or because the price of electricity has skyrocketed. If you do decide to burn logs in the fire you need to make sure you protect yourself with a fireguard. You don’t know where flying hot embers are going to land and they can set things on fire. If you don’t use one your eyes will be glued to the fire to see where those embers are landing.

The author of this post is Shruti Vaghe, a freelancer who often writes for Alliance Floor Source, a company providingvinyl flooring services. . She likes to indulge in yoga and pilates to stay fit. Follow her on Twitter @ShrutiVaghe.

Last Minute Moving Guide

Last Minute Moving Guide

In a perfect world, you’d have two months or more in which to plan and pack for your move. Nonetheless, sometimes you’ll have to make last minute moving
preparations. This is a guide to moving house when you are stretched for time. If you need to make a quick move, then consult this brief guide – you’ll
surely avert trouble!

You absolutely must, straight out the gate, hire some movers. Usually, we’d recommend taking some time over this process to find just the right mover and
to negotiate a great rate for moving, but the sad fact is that you do not have the time to give this process the consideration is deserves if you need to
move last minute. However, it is still very important to find the right moving company for your move, so dedicate some time to researching companies and
finding one that will provide you a good service for a price that won’t break the bank. We have created guides to choosing a moving company, so consult
them, but bear in mind you are working on a highly condensed timetable – limit your research accordingly!

If you are conducting a move yourself, and need van hire services, the same standards apply. Take the time to source quotes for van rental, and research
van rental companies, but ensure you spend far less time on this process. A quick internet search and some phone calls should be sufficient for you to find
just the right van rental services company. Remember, you may find renting a truck more difficult at certain times of the year – especially if you are
moving during the summer! If you are finding it difficult finding a moving van for hire, consider other options. Could you borrow a vehicle from a friend
for your move? Could you hire a car from a car rental services company? Remember, if you go this route, you will need to make more trips than if you hired
a proper spacious moving truck. This may not be ideal, but remain resourceful – bear in mind that in most cases you
absolutely have to move on a particular date, so be prepared to adapt your operations and practical needs according to the realities you encounter during
your research. Keep every option open, and leave no stone unturned!

You can also reduce the preliminary stages of your move (i.e. planning and packing) by consulting some experts. The best professional moving services will
be more than willing to give you a helping hand in your hour of need, for a small fee. There are even professional packing services who can help you pack
everything in your house for moving day – investigate this option if you are truly pushed for time and have far too much stuff to sort out to spend that
much time on organising your possessions and packing them to a professional standard. However, researching professional packing businesses can further
reduce the time you have to finalise your move, so be wary of dedicating too much time to this process.

Make sure also that you quickly equip yourself with the appropriate packing materials. There are lots of things you will need to conduct a move – again, we
have produced guides to packing materials which you should consult if in doubt. Some moving firms will even have comprehensive moving packs for sale, which
contain everything you may need to pack your possessions for your big move!

We wish you luck and urge you not to lose sleep if you have a last-minute move on the cards!

 

How to Make Your Property More Appealing to Families in the New Year

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After the foreclosure crisis, many families found themselves in the position of having to rent after losing their own home. According to MSN, some of these households eventually found that they preferred renting over the responsibilities of their own home. Renting conveys some benefits to families that homeownership cannot, and when listing a rental property you can emphasize these benefits to get more renters in the door.

1. Allow Responsible Pet Ownership

Many families aren’t just comprised of parents and children. Children in particular get very attached to their pets, and many parents want their child to experience the responsibility of owning one. Allowing your tenants to have pets responsibly is an excellent way to encourage family tenancy, and as mentioned by SF Gate, it can encourage other tenants as well. You can always request a pet deposit or even a pet fee if you are concerned about the costs.

2. Add Maintenance and Other Services

One of the major hassles of being a homeowner is maintenance. Lawn care, pool care and standard home repairs can be incredibly difficult to manage. Those that have owned a home in the past, a group which is now a significant portion of the renter pool, may be encouraged to rent a home that has these maintenance items already taken care of. Adding yard and pool service to all of your rentals may allow you to take advantage of significant discounts, which will be offset by your higher rate of tenancy. As Property Management Select notes, this also allows you to ensure that your property is taken care of.

3. Make Sure the Property is Well-Maintained

Parents look for the maintenance of a building or house more than any other prospective tenant. Renters with young children will want to see that the home is completely safe for their children, and this includes small things you may not have noticed. The American Apartment Owners Association can connect you to contractors that will help you child proof your apartment in preparation for renters that have young children.

4. Stage it Properly

Setting the scene is very important for selling a rental property. If you’re trying to stage it for a family, you should put extra effort into making it appear as though a family truly lives there. Your listing should also emphasize the fantastic family-friendly benefits: high owner occupancy rates, low crime rates, excellent schools and more. You may also want to go around the neighborhood and find resources that a family might enjoy, such as a playground, a dog park or a library. Real estate resources like Trulia can help you discover essential pieces of information and statistics.

Renting to a family over a single tenant or group of tenants is almost always ideal. Families tend to take better care of their properties and they crave stability, which means they will usually stay within your property for a long time. Targeting a family is an excellent decision if you can do so, but it isn’t always right for the market. You should also consider the demographics of your area. Some areas have more married couples, while others have more college students, and you may have to go where the money is.

 

Chris Rhodes

Chris is a wealth manager who is restoring a vintage Chris-Craft boat in his free time