Tips For Packing A Flat-Screen Television

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If you’re planning a move, you will want to make sure that you are packing your flat-screen televisions properly. The components of a modern LED, LCD, or Plasma-screen television are very sensitive. Moreover, if anything happens to the screen, you really need to replace the whole television set, you can’t even attempt a repair. There are a few things that you can do to make sure that your television survives the move.

Did you keep the box?

If you have room to spare and think you will be moving within a few years, it is a good idea to hang on to the original box that your television was sold in. Televisions are usually packaged with a foam slip cover that will protect the screen, as well as foam cutouts that are molded to your specific screen. It is the best way to repackage the television.

If not, ask your movers if they can provide a box

Most moving companies are able to either rent or sell or even include a generic flat-screen television box. They usually have cutouts of either foam or some other packing material to help pad and protect the television. Flat-screen televisions really need to be kept in a box during the moving process to ensure their safety and protection within the moving truck.

Keep the television upright

A flat-screen television should only be moved upright. It is okay to lay it on it’s side to pad or wrap it, but it should always be upright when it is moved.

Do not stack on top of a television

You should be careful not to put anything of any significant weight on top of a television when packing the moving truck. If necessary, you could put soft, lightweight items such as bedding, pillows, or clothing bags around or on the box. Never put anything of significant weight on the television.

Secure your cargo

Properly packing and strapping down your cargo will help to make sure that no items can move and potentially cause damage to the television or other cargo. You can use straps, rope, or cargo to make sure that everything is securely in place before leaving.

 

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Tips For Packing Lamps For Moving

Ppacking-40916_640acking up a lamp can be a little tricky. Each component of the lamp is fragile in its own way, making the task a little bit tedious to deal with. Nobody wants to get to their new home and find that their old stuff got ruined by not being packed the proper way. Bent lamp shades or broken lamp bases can mean that you wasted time and effort to move something that wound up being junk anyway. You can avoid that by following these tips for packing lamps.

Separate All Components Of The Lamp

Before you do anything else with it, you should dismantle the lamp. You’ll want to separate the bulb(s), the base, and the lamp shade(s).

Wrap The Breakable Pieces

If your lamp has a glass or ceramic base, you’ll want to provide ample padding. If it is somewhat large and heavy, you’ll probably want to wrap it with a furniture pad, and pack it into the closest box size that it fits snugly into. You don’t want a lot of extra space. If you have to fill some space, you can use things like pillows or blankets, which will provide additional protection.

Bulbs should be removed. The best way to move light bulbs is in their original packaging, but most people don’t hang onto that. Alternate places can be something like a shoebox with padding. If you have to put multiple bulbs into the same box, make sure that they are fully wrapped. Dish paper is best for this. You’ll want to make sure that you can’t hear any glass-on-glass sounds before you put the box into the truck for moving.

Package It Up

Just like the base of the lamp, you’ll want to find a box that is close to the same size as your lamp shade. You don’t want a lot of extra space, as it can cause damage if the lamp shade rattles around inside the box. You can use lightweight linens, sheets, t-shirts, or towels to provide some extra padding within the box.

Protecting Your Goods While Moving During The Winter

6159827210_e0e169abd6_oMoving during the winter can be tough for a lot of reasons. We have touched in on some of those. For today, we’d like to explore the best methods for protecting your belongings. Snow, rain, salt, sand, and other winter-related debris can damage some of your belongings. There are a few things that you can do to really protect your stuff and make sure that everything gets to the new home in one piece.

Stretch Wrap & Plastic Covers

Stretch wrap as well as plastic covers are essential moving supplies. Giving your goods a plastic seal will help keep moisture and other debris off of your stuff. Mattresses can be sealed in mattress bags, which are a good idea even if it’s not precipitating. Stretch wrap can cover pretty much anything, from couches to dressers to mattresses and even televisions and other electronics. If you don’t want water to touch your stuff, take the time to properly wrap it with some decent stretch wrap.

Wait Out The Heavy Stuff

No matter how well you have wrapped your belongings, it is still a good idea to wait out the heavy precipitation. A bit of light rain and snow shouldn’t be much of a problem, but if you are experiencing heavy downfalls, your best bet is to wait it out. Hopefully it will pass quickly and you can resume your moving on the same day. When there is a massive storm rolling through, it can be best to just postpone until things have cleared up.

Pad Protection

Moving pads provide another layer of protection. While they are primarily seen as objects that prevent dents and scratches, we still think that they have a place in protecting against the elements. We almost always secure pads to the furniture before we wrap it in the stretch wrap, as another layer of protection. If you simply have to move during precipitation, you can layer in the stretch wrap for the best possible covering. Try doing a layer of stretch wrap, a layer of pads, and then another layer of stretch wrap. Try getting through THAT, snow!

Choose The Path Of Least Resistance

Make things easier on yourself by using the closest possible door to the moving truck. This isn’t always going to be your front door. A lot of times, it can be more direct (or allow more of a staging area) to go through a garage, bulkhead, sliding deck door, or some other access point. Choosing a path that allows for less exposure to the elements can only be good for your things.

Use Staging Areas as Needed

If available, it can be great to use a space like a garage or a basement for staging. It allows a space for your things to be wrapped (or unwrapped) without getting rain and debris inside your living spaces. Of course, the option isn’t always available – but if you have a cut-through space, make use of it!

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.

Moving Cross Country – Tips To Get You There

Nevada highway 50Planning a cross-country move can be quite an undertaking. Everything from picking a city to finding a home, to finally packing up what you need and going – can be incredibly overwhelming. Lucky for you, we have compiled a few tips here that should help to keep your move as stress-free as possible.

1. Pack Light

We really can’t stress this one enough. People tend to get attached to their things, but a lot of times, it makes more financial sense to sell or give away your larger furniture items, and buy new things on the other end. It’s not a choice for everybody, of course. However, if you are planning any long-distance move, you should really consider downsizing as much as you are able to.

In an ideal world, you could make a little money selling off furniture, save a lot of money by only needing to bring a few things with you, and then buy all new stuff for your new home. As much as you might think you will miss your old furniture, a lot of people wind up being really happy with some new furniture.

2. Save Money With Pods

If you have a little flexibility with the timing of your move, you can actually save quite a bit of money by utilizing moving pods. Pods are basically shipping crates that you can load up with almost anything. They come in various sizes so you can make sure that you get the pod that is right for you.

We’ve seen pods from a number of different companies. They offer many options, but one of them could probably work for your needs. Try PODS (Portable On-Demand Storage), ABF, or Door to Door Storage. 

ABF even allows you to rent a portion of a trailer. They are a massive company and generally have routes going to every corner of the country at least twice a month. You can rent out 4′ increments of the trailer space and they completely divide it for you so that your items are secure. This can reduce the cost of your move greatly, as opposed to having a single carrier handle the entire move for you.

3. Ship Smaller Boxes

If you only need to move a few boxes, your best but might be to ship them. You can compare rates from FedEx, UPS, DHL, or USPS, but they are most likely all cheaper than hiring a long distance carrier. You can even have your packages insured and tracked so you will know exactly when to expect them.

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

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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.

3 Tips For Packing And Moving Your Plants

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How to pack and move your plants

Packing and moving your plants can be a challenge for any move. Even for a cross-town move, it is possible to damage your planters or even kill your plants if you do not do things carefully. If you follow these tips, your plants should be making the trip to your new home with no issues to speak of.

Protect Your Pots

If your plants happen to live inside some kind of glass or ceramic planter, you’re going to want to be very careful to not break it. If your particular plant is within a plastic planter, and has a breakable planter that it all sits inside – it is best to remove the plastic before you attempt to move it. You should be wrapping your planters in moving pads or bubble wrap, depending on it’s size and fragility.

If your plant does not have anything between it and the glass or ceramic planter, you need to make sure that you put it in a very safe spot. The back of a moving truck can be very tough, and if the truck takes one bad bump, it could shatter your pot and cause your plant to die and dirt and debris to make a mess over the truck. You are much better off moving this in a smaller, personal vehicle. It almost guarantees that the bumps are going to be lighter than they would be in the truck. You should still use as much padding as you can to wrap around the pots and prevent them from bumping anything.

Make It Quick! 

It is not safe for plants to stay in the back of a moving truck. It gets hot, the pots can get damaged, the dirt can wind up all over your stuff, and it can be difficult to maintain air quality in the back of the truck. We always recommend loading up your plants last and unloading them first, so they spend as little time as possible in the moving truck (or even your own vehicle).

If you are planning a long distance move – you may want to consider selling or giving your plants away before the move. Being stuck in the back of a truck for a couple days could shock and kill the plants. It is very difficult to maintain the temperature, moisture, and other elements for the plants, and only the most resilient of plants will survive a long distance move in a moving truck.

Contain That Dirt! 

We recommend putting the entire pot and plant inside a larger trash or contractor bag. That will keep all the dirt and debris in one isolated location, and help to keep that type of stuff from getting on your furniture.

4 Tips For Getting The Most Accurate Moving Quote

accurate moving quoteIf you are planning a move, one of your first steps will be to get a good moving quote. However, the quality and accuracy of your quote could vary greatly. There are some rules to follow that can help to ensure that your quote is as accurate as possible

1. Provide A Detailed Inventory

Providing a detailed inventory is the best way to let your potential mover(s) know what it is that need to be moved. Be sure to find a make and model number for the larger items, such as refrigerators, washers/dryers, pianos, and anything else that is large and/or heavy (200lb+).

2. Try To Take An Educated Guess For Your Boxes

Most people hire movers well before they have finished their packing. That means that there might not be a final box count when you are making your initial contact with moving companies. Try to visualize how much will fit into different boxes, and offer your closest guess as to what it should come out to. If you’ve moved within the last five years or so, you might have a better idea of how many boxes you had on the previous move, although things could have changed. Just bear in mind – if you told your movers that you thought you would have 15-20 boxes, and you wind up packing double that – make sure you contact them and let them know that there is a wide difference on what you initially estimated.

3. Walk Your Mover Through Your Access Point(s)

Having a convenient access point can be a huge factor for any move. Even if your move is small, if there is no convenient access point, and items must be carried a long distance, it could be cause for adding an additional mover or equipment in order to make your move efficient.

You’ll want to give your mover an idea of how close they can get the truck to your door. If there are any long hallways, walkways, staircases, or anything else in between your items and the truck, let your movers know. The more information that you are able to provide about the access to your home is the better your estimate will be in the end.

4. Be Very Clear About All Large Items 

If you have any large items (could be sofas, armoires, pianos, or more) – you’ll want to provide as much information on them as you can. Dimensions and approximate weight can be crucial information. Also – some large items will simply not fit up or down your stairways, or around tight corners or doorways. If you have any pieces that did not fit into your house through a stairway, and had to be lifted to a balcony or through an upper level window – you need to let your movers know. Oftentimes a hoist can be attempted, but the crew would need to know in order to have the proper tools and equipment.

Take special note if you have any larger items that were assembled in a room. Seeing as they were never carried up or down stairs in their current state, it could be uncertain whether or not they would fit through the doorways and stairs. Having this knowledge in advance can prepare your movers for any potential issues that might come up.

Turning Your New House Into Your Home

Composition of various home furnishing on white shelf on green wall backgroundIf you purchased one of the 4.6 million homes sold in January of this year, according to the National Association of Realtors, then you’re probably still working to turn it into your dream home. Getting rid of signs of the old residents and adding your own touches will transform that house into a space where you are meant to be.

Your Own Refuge

While you were looking at houses to purchase, you probably visualized yourself in the house to get a sense of how it would feel. Now that you own a house, it’s time to turn it into a place you want to come home to, says Apartment Therapy. What makes your home an exciting refuge for you? Is it a place in which to relax? Do gourmet cooking? Entertain guests? Tap into that energy and start transforming your house into that place you call home.

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Comfort and Beauty

When you look at your living room, do you see yourself sinking into a plush sofa with a book or your Kindle? Sitting in a large armchair with a cat and your MP3 player? Is it a place in which to just sit and contemplate and enjoy the beauty around you?

Get a good image of the furnished room in your mind before you go out shopping. Some people are chair and footstool types. Others prefer a couch or love seat. Is a coffee table important? Or small tables beside the chairs on which to set your coffee? Think comfort and convenience for this space.

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What would make this a beautiful room in which to relax? An interesting painting on the wall? Start going to local artist’s shows and fall in love with a new talent. How about a large flower arrangement on a raised table against one wall? Send yourself a bouquet of seasonal flowers every other week so you always have the color and scent of flowers in your living space.

The Power of Texture

People tend to forget texture as an aspect of a home, says Freshome. Do you enjoy walking across deep carpets in your bare feet? Are you excited by the feel of textured wall paper or running your hands over wood furniture? Don’t forget that the physical feel of your home adds to its welcoming energy.

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In the bedroom, consider the feel of satin sheets or a large down-filled comforter against your skin. Perhaps you enjoy a bed full of pillows to lounge in. Patterned curtains with large textures add to the three-dimensional qualities of the room. A large rattan basket in the corner and a writing desk made of bamboo gives you a number of textures to enjoy while relaxing in this room.

Warm Colors and Fresh Scents

Make any room look more inviting by using warm tones such as brown and red or peach-orange. A mixture of these colors in the furniture, wall coverings and window treatments keep the room interesting and cozy. A large room painted and decorated with warm colors will look smaller and more intimate.

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Candles and incense provide the scent in your house that makes it uniquely yours. What memories are conjured up when you smell an ocean breeze? A floral bouquet? Citrus or cinnamon? Smell is an important trigger of memories so you want your home to always give you good ones. When the scent is just a little bit off, thoughts of your grandmother’s hydrangeas off of her front patio can turn to an undesirable reminder from the past.

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.