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.

Tips For Moving With Pets

4013535226_8291eee35e_zFor some pets, moving can be a confusing and unexpected experience. This is especially true for cats and smaller dogs, who are free to roam around the house, but not used to the world outside the house. Your new home is going to be full of unfamiliarity, from the layout to the scents and sounds of the house. If you follow these tips for moving with your pets, it will help keep your furry little friends happy in their new home.

1. Let Your Pet Get Used To Its Crate

For animals that don’t usually go for car rides, most pets have a transportation crate. If your pet only sees this crate when you’re moving, or bringing it to the vet, your pet will feel anxiety about its crate. We think it’s a good idea to let your pet get used to being in its crate, and associate the crate with comfort, rather than stress. You can put a blanket, towel, or pillow in the crate and leave it open somewhere. If your dog or cat enjoys a few naps in the crate before its time to move, it won’t have a panic attack when you need to get it into the crate later.

2. Keep The “Security Blanket” Handy

For most people, the impulse would be to wash or discard dirty things prior to moving. For your pet, this can be a big mistake. Your pet is comforted by the familiarity of its blankets or towels, or whatever it likes to snuggle up with. Washing off these things at the same time as moving can leave your pet feeling like everything is new, and it has no comfort in familiarity. This can lead to stress for your pet.

3. Don’t Pack Away All The Food!

This applies to humans too – don’t pack away all your food. You will be hungry! Your pet feels the same way. Make sure you keep an ample supply of food (also any medications or other daily necessities) where you will be able to access it.

4. Let Your Pet Get In On The Packing 

If you let your pet see that you are packing your items into the boxes that will be filling your house, it can help them to see what’s going on. To be honest – most cats love boxes anyway. You can let a cat walk on, or inside the boxes, and it will most likely make itself very comfortable. A lot of people will try to keep the pets away from packing, as they can be a nuisance, but it can be really beneficial for the pet to be a part of the process.


Moving To Cambridge, MA? Read This First!

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Are you moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts? If so, then you came to the right place. We have just updated our ongoing series, The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Boston, with an entry specifically for Cambridge.

Although Big City Moving Company is technically a Boston company, with our primary location in Allston, we do more jobs in Cambridge, MA than in any other city. Cambridge is home to wonderful homes for young professionals, students, and families alike. It is also a great place to run a business, with a booming industrial area and plenty of great locations for storefronts, restaurants, bars, offices, and much more.

If you’re planning on moving to Cambridge, you should start with this entry here!

The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Cambridge

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.

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.

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

Electric Blanket to the rescue

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

Cosy fire ambience in Wetherspoons, Lytham

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!


4 iOS Apps to Make Your Move Simple and Effortless

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Moving can be quite the difficult task. Wouldn’t it be to you, if you were asked to uproot your life and shift it somewhere else? Relocation is a task filled with obstacles that we create ourselves. And we do this by handling things haphazardly. If we were a bit more organized in the way we handled our move, we probably wouldn’t have such a hard time with it. We’ve made a list of iOS apps that can bring some order to the chaotic way each of us handles our moves. Hopefully, we’ll do a better job with them.

My Move

‘My Move’ is the ideal app to help you organize your move. You can get in touch with local and international movers with the help of this app. Read reviews and testimonials from customers to help you narrow down the right moving company for the job. You can also access any complains that were made against the company. Besides this it also provides a checklist of things that you need to do before your move. If you’re looking for tips or notes on how to plan a smooth move, that too can be found here.

State Farm Move Tools

You’ll find moving tips virtually anywhere, but you won’t find the tools to execute them. ‘State Farm Move Tools’ have compiled everything you’ll ever need for your relocation needs. The interface is so clean and crisp, that you’ll have no trouble navigating through it. There’s a virtual packer mode that allows you to practice your packing before you actually do it in real life. This will help you avoid mistakes while packing and prevent the need to reopen the boxes. This app can also help you label your boxes in an efficient manner, so you don’t lose any of your belongings.


It’ll be good to get some expert advice when you’re in need of it. Fortunately, the ‘moveAtlas’ app provides that service. You can benefit from the expert advice provided by Atlas and make your move a less complicated experience. The app also provides checklists that’ll help you cover all the important things during the last minute. If you’re looking for a no-obligation quote, then you can get it through this app. You can also check the status of your shipment by using the Atlas tracking system.

Move Estimator

Movers often overcharge you for your shipments. In order to stay one step ahead of the game you should use ‘Move Estimator’. It’ll help you estimate the exact weight and volume of your shipment. That way you’ll know if you’re being overcharged. Knowing the weight and volume will help you find the right storage unit for your storage needs. Based on the quote provided by the moving company and the weight of your shipment, you’ll know which mover is trustworthy. This app also provides quotes from, a website dedicated to protecting you from movers.

Moving may be a complicated task, but these apps simplify it. Make use of them to make your next move a breeze. After all, what’s the point of having technology if it won’t simplify your life?

The author of this post, Shruti Vaghe, a freelance blogger currently writing for Abacus Self Storage, which specializes in public storage units. She loves photography and design and enjoys attending workshops to better her skills. You can follow her on Twitter at @ShrutiVaghe.

10 Helpful Packing Tips to Make Your Move a Breeze

Moving to a new home is an exciting experience: living in a new community, getting to know a regional culture, meeting new people—it’s an entirely different chapter in your life. Before you turn that page, though, you’re going to need to pack.


Packing is perhaps the most annoying, time-consuming part of the moving process. The difficulty can compound if you live on a higher floor, if you have a lot of heavy belongings or if you don’t have much experience with moving. And it can be expensive; the cost of transport trucks, packing supplies and movers can add up.


If you’re planning a move in the near future, you can make the process a lot simpler by following a few easy steps. This article will introduce 10 moving tips that can save you time and minimize the stress of the event:


1. Create a “First Open Box”


Compile your expensive belongings, valuables and the items that you will need to use immediately after the move. Pack these in the same box, and keep it with you.


2. Contact Moving Assistance at Least One Week Before Your Move


If you are moving by yourself, contact friends and family at least one week before the move-out date. That way, they’re less likely to fabricate excuses about scheduling conflicts. Also, try to contact several people in case someone backs out.


If you are hiring a moving company for assistance, it’s still important to contact them well ahead of time. If you wait, someone else might book their services.


3. Download a Moving App


Moving apps, like My Move, help you organize your belongings by generating checklists and providing helpful advice. This will simplify the process and prevent you from forgetting something.


4. Buy a Parking Permit If You Move to a City


Many cities, like Boston and New York City, require residents to purchase parking permits. If you don’t have one on your move-out date, you might have to park far from your new home, forcing you to walk great distances to move your belongings.


5 Find Free Packing Boxes


The local supermarket or liquor store should have plenty of free boxes. If you choose to buy boxes, it can cost a small fortune.


6. Get the Family Involved


If the move is a family activity, the process could seem a lot less inconvenient. If you have kids, they will learn valuable lessons. You can even make a game out of the event to keep it fun and not so dull.


7. Use Packing Paper to Pack Dishes and Glasses


Pack glasses and dishes individually. Expensive china deserves special attention. The kitchen is the most time-consuming room to pack, so don’t rush.


8. Put Labels on Boxes Containing Fragile Items


During any move, it’s always important to minimize the risk of damaging your belongings. Labelling boxes as “fragile” can help here, especially if you receive assistance from friends or a moving company. Make sure everyone understands which boxes contain breakables.


9. Start the Process Two Weeks Early


Getting a head start on moving can make the event seem less time-consuming. You’ll have less work on move-out day, and that saved time might be necessary in certain unexpected circumstances, such as a truck-tire blowout or inclement weather.


10. Request to Reserve the Elevator


This is especially helpful in apartment buildings. Ask the management to reserve the elevator during move-out day for a minimum of a few hours.


With these 10 tips, your move will be much quicker and simpler. You’ll be relaxing in your living room in no time, with nothing to worry about except the noisy neighbors and foul-smelling cooking three doors down.


Tom Reddon is a forklift specialist and blog manager for National Forklift Exchange.  You can connect with Tom via Twitter @TomReddon. 

Your First House: Beware of For-Sale-By-Owner Scams

Many first time home buyers are attracted to “For Sale by Owner” properties for a variety of reasons. Home buyers can often get a better deal on properties sold by the owner by avoiding realtor fees and they get to deal directly with the seller to hammer out a sale agreement. There’s also the added bonus of moving the sale along more quickly. However, while there are perks to buying a home directly from the home owner, there are significant risks when due diligence isn’t taken that buyers need to be aware of as well. If you’re considering buying a home directly from a home owner, be sure to watch out for these common scams.

The Too Good To Be True Scam

Sites like Zillow, Craigslist and RealEstate have made it easy for first time homebuyers to browse thousands of homes that fall into any and every price range and neighborhood. After spending hours researching different homes, you probably have a good idea of what’s competitively priced for the area and what’s high or low. The “Too Good to Be True” scam relies on showing home buyers a great deal on a property and then engaging in bait and switch.

Maybe the property isn’t as it’s claimed, or maybe they’re showing outdated photographs. In some situations, the scammers are actually trying to sell a higher priced or lower quality property. They’ll claim that the property you’re calling about is already sold, but offer to show you another home. Just remember that while there are some great deals, you need to go into these situations with a healthy amount of skepticism. If the seller wants personal information or money, run in the other direction.

The Foreign Owner Scam

With the globalization of today’s workforce and poor job outlook in many areas, it’s not surprising that some home owners need to leave their homes behind to find work elsewhere. This plays right into a popular real estate scam where the “owner” claims to be working overseas when contacted about a for-sale-by-owner home. Graciously, they’ll offer to fly back to show you the home, but they’ll also request a 1% refundable deposit to ensure the potential seller is interested.

Simply put, you should never give a seller any money unless the property has been thoroughly inspected and found to belong to the alleged seller. Conduct an Internet search for the listing on other websites to make sure all the information matches and go to the county or city assessor’s website to ensure the owner information is correct.

Deed Forgery Scam

Scammers will go to ridiculous lengths to steal money from homebuyers. In the most brazen scam, they will even commit forgery. The Deed Forgery Scam starts with a nice piece of property at a great price. The “seller” will give tours of the property and claim they are moving away for business and need to sell as quickly as possible. Once the buyer has negotiated a price, signed the paperwork and settled in, they’ll find out that the “seller” was actually a scammer. The property was never theirs in the first place.

With so many houses left empty due to foreclosures or owners moving for work, there are plenty of empty houses ripe for scammers to “sell” to their victims. Before signing any paperwork or providing any money, engage the services of an attorney to do a check on the property. Even if the home isn’t listed by a scammer, there’s always the chance that there are liens or past taxes on the property. Attempting to save money by taking the do-it-yourself approach to home buying can backfire on the purchaser big time, and end up being not worth the risk.

For-sale-by-owner homes can be a good deal for first time home buyers, but there are many ways to get burned in the process. When searching for these types of properties, exercise caution by never sending money prior to closing, ensuring the property and owner information is correct, and hiring a lawyer for closing.

Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.