Moving Furniture: Valuable Safety Tips

Fact: Furniture is one of the hardest and most dreaded things to move. It’s big, heavy, awkwardly-shaped, and can also become damaged or cause personal injury if moved incorrectly. Your best bet when moving furniture is to hire professional movers to handle the job for you. But if you are faced with a do-it-yourself move, you will need to know how to do it safely and successfully. Here are our most valuable safety tips for moving furniture:

Disassemble Furniture

When moving large furniture, it probably seems easiest to move the entire piece at once. But in truth, doing so will likely lead to problems. Furniture is one of the most difficult items to move, due to extra-large dimensions, serious weight, awkward shape, and often fragility and high value (e.g., antique furniture). To make the task easier, it is best to take the time to disassemble your furniture. Here’s why:

  • Certain furniture pieces are too big to fit through standard doorways and narrow hallways.
  • Some furniture pieces are too heavy and awkwardly-shaped to be carried up or down stairs.
  • Some furniture pieces are too fragile – especially those with breakable glass or frail ornamentations.

Identify and Eliminate Moving Dangers

No matter what you are moving, safety is always of utmost importance. Ignore major moving safety tips and you could end up with broken belongings or personal injuries. There are many safety tips to consider when moving large furniture items. The number one safety goal is to keep exit paths and outdoor pathways clear of potential dangers. Random obstacles, packed cardboard boxes or any disorganized clutter inside or outside your home can lead to bad accidents. Another thing to remove is any dust, mud, snow, and especially ice, which can create slippery surfaces and serious injuries.

Get Help

The stress and burden of moving house is much too great for a single person to handle all on their own. This includes handling very heavy and oversized pieces of furniture. Before you try to move furniture by yourself, remember that moving house is a team effort, not a solo performance. Not only is it difficult – often impossible – to move furniture by yourself, but it is also dangerous. So be smart. Gather a team of friends to help you, or opt for professional movers who can do the job for you.

Use Proper Equipment

The bigger and heavier an object is, the harder, trickier and riskier it will be to move it. To prevent accidents and injury while moving large furniture, it’s vital to have the proper tools and equipment. To make your move easier and safer, rent or purchase the following moving equipment:

  • Furniture Dolly. A furniture dolly is an L-shaped, two-wheeled handcart that is useful and efficient when lifting or moving heavy objects. You can rent a dolly from a local moving company or can purchase one if you feel you will get good use out of owning one.
  • Furniture Slides. A furniture slider is another important piece of equipment to obtain when moving heavy items, like furniture. Slides feature durable plastic on one side and hard rubber on the other. Providing a frictionless slide, furniture can be positioned on top of it in order to be moved a short distance or all the way across a room.
  • Moving Straps. Moving straps are a very useful tool when moving heavy furniture. This is why professional movers often use them! When secured in place around your body, the weight of heavy items is redirected away from your back to a stronger muscle group. As a result, the object is easier to move and will not cause bodily harm.

Use Correct Lifting Techniques

When moving heavy objects, your body will be forced to do a lot of awkward and uncommon movements – bending, pushing, pulling, twisting and lifting. The problem is that you or one of your helpers are put at a high risk of injury. This is why it is crucial to use correct lifting techniques when moving furniture. Here are some safe lifting techniques to know and use:

  • Always lift with your legs. To do this, bend your knees, keep your back straight and use the strength of your lower limbs when lifting. This will spare your back from strains, pulls and other potential problems.
  • Avoid pulling heavy furniture. Instead, push these items whenever possible. Be sure to have furniture sliders underneath for an easier slide.
  • When turning sideways or around while holding big, heavy furniture, do so with your legs, not your hips.
  • Hold furniture you are moving as close to your body as possible and in the relative center of your body.
  • To avoid injury from poor footing, make slow, smooth movements and take small steps.
  • Keep your eyes and attention focused in front of you – especially if moving something by yourself.

Dress Appropriately

Wearing the wrong clothes or footwear can lead to unsafe moving conditions. This brings us to our final safety tip for moving furniture: dress appropriately. To achieve the level of safety you seek, here are some things to consider:

  • Wear comfortable clothes that let you move freely. Ideally, they should be made of material that is flexible and breathable.
  • Avoid clothes that you will be sorry to see get dirty or ruined.
  • Avoid baggy clothes that can become easily hooked on a piece of furniture, get caught in a door, etc.
  • Wear shoes that are closed and have rubber, anti-slip soles. Footwear should also provide good support, especially around the ankles.
  • Wear high-quality work gloves to improve your grip and to protect your hands.

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Packing Your Bathroom: Tips to Make It Easy, Organized and Quick

When you think about all of the rooms in your home that you will need to pack up for an upcoming move, the bathroom probably falls toward the bottom of the list. As one of the smallest areas in your home, it makes sense. There are not as many items to pack, and everything is typically small. But before you wait until the very last minute to pack your bathroom(s), be aware that it does take some organization and time to get the job done. Like most who are in the process of packing for a move, you probably want to get it done as fast and efficiently as possible. Here are some tips to make packing your bathroom easy, organized and quick.

Essentials

During the first few days after your move, your home will be a messy maze of boxes – some unpacked, some not. This will make it hard to find specific items that you need access to on a daily basis. To eliminate irritation and stress the first week post-move, it’s a good idea to pack a box specifically for essentials. Items you will want to include in this box are cosmetics, medications and bathroom items such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper.

Cosmetics and Medicines

Cosmetics and medicines are two things that should be sorted before packing them. Throw away anything that has expired or shows a change in color, consistency or smell. Since you don’t want to consume or use these items on your body when they are in that condition, there is no reason to waste time packing them to take with you.

A good thing to remember about cosmetics is that many cosmetics melt (e.g., lipstick and eyeliner pencils). To avoid a pile of melted and unusable makeup, don’t pack them inside an over-heated moving truck. Instead, it is best to keep these items with you during the move.

Liquids

From shampoos and conditioners to soaps and lotions, your bathroom houses a lot of liquids. Before simply throwing these items into a box, sort through them. More than likely, you will find many bottles of lotions or fancy gift soaps that you never have and never will use. Go ahead and throw these liquid items away. Doing so will leave you with time to focus on more important things.

You also need to pack liquid items the right way. Otherwise, you risk a messy disaster! So how do you pack these items correctly?

  1. Ensure all tops are properly closed.
  2. Wrap packing tape around all caps and lids.
  3. Place all liquid items inside sealable plastic bags. This will ensure that if a leak occurs, it won’t cause damage to other items. This is an especially good idea if you are packing expensive items.
  4. When all liquid items are fully secured, pack them in cardboard boxes and securely tape it closed.

Fragile Items

For any fragile items in your bathroom (e.g., mirrors), take extra safety precautions when packing. Wrap each item individually in bubble wrap and use tape to secure it. Then place the items inside a sturdy cardboard box and fill any empty space with packing peanuts or crumpled packing paper. The goal here is to eliminate movement inside the box so nothing becomes damaged during transport.

Soft, Unbreakable Items

The easiest items in your bathroom to pack will be those that are soft and unbreakable – towels, linens, shower curtain, and so on. For these belongings, fold and place them inside a sturdy and protective plastic bag or inside a cardboard box. To keep your towels and linens fresh during your move, try putting a dryer sheet inside the bag or box you pack them in.

More Helpful Tips

  • Use small boxes.
  • Don’t pack boxes too heavy or they may break under the weight.
  • Use toiletry bags for makeup and hair accessories.
  • Line boxes with linens to create a protective cushion for items you intend to pack inside. Using linens and other soft bathroom items, like towels, will save you money on supplies like packing paper and packing peanuts.
  • Don’t throw away hazardous materials (medicines, paints, chemicals) in the trashcan or toilet. They are dangerous to the environment and need to be disposed of the correct way. To learn how, contact your local recycling center or nearest Environmental Protection Agency.

Don’t have time to spend on packing? Then you can always hire professional movers to tackle the job for you. Professional movers know how to pack every room in your house – including the bathroom – so contact a local and reputable moving company for advice and cost estimates about your upcoming move.

Simple Steps to Packing Your Book Collection

During the stressful and chaotic process of moving house, packing books isn’t typically put on the high-priority list of things to get done. It’s understandable. Packing books, after all, is much easier than packing, say, a kitchen that is full of breakable items. But while books require a less tedious packing process than some other belongings, you don’t just want to throw them in a box and hope for the best. Instead, you need to know the basic principles and safety rules of packing them to ensure they make it to your new home unharmed. To prevent damage to your favorite reads and to prolong their shelf life, here are some simple steps to follow when packing your book collection.

Step 1: Sort.

A handful of books may not seem like much weight. But the more books you cram into a box, the heavier the load will become. The number one problem people make when packing books for a move is putting too many in one box. This can cause many problems on moving day, such as personal injury or a box breaking. The biggest problem, though, is this: The final price of your move is based on the total weight of your shipment. This means that the heavier your boxes are, the more costly your move will be.

So consider this: Do you really need to take every book you own? If you take the time to go through your book collection, you will most likely come across many that you no longer want or feel the desire to hold onto. Consider giving these books to a friend who loves to read, or donating them to a library, school or charity shop. You can also recycle any paperbacks that are too worn-out or damaged to be given away.

Step 2: Gather Supplies.

In order to pack your books, you will need to have the right packing supplies to avoid any damage during transport. Here’s what you’ll need:

Book boxes. Wimpy boxes won’t work when packing your books, so you’ll need to collect book boxes that can handle the job. Book boxes are

  1. Strong, because they are made out of thick cardboard.
  2. Small-medium in size (20” x 11” x 11”).
  3. Clean, dry and free of pre-existing damage.

Packing paper. Soft packing paper is a must-have supply when packing your book collection. Use it to separate rows of books arranged inside your boxes and to fill empty spots to prevent rattling during shipment.

Packing tape. Heavy boxes have an increased risk of breaking. This is why strong, high-quality packing tape is so important. You will need to use it to seal your boxes, but also to provide additional reinforcement on their bottom and sides.

Permanent marker. Be sure to use a permanent marker to label each box of books. This will make things easier when arriving at your new home.

Step 3: Pack them.

When packing your books, there are three different methods you can choose to arrange them: upright, flat and spine down. The safest method is to lie them flat in a box in stacks. If you choose this method, be sure to place heavier books on the bottom and lighter ones on top. When you have sorted through your book collection and have collected the necessary packing supplies, you can finally take the steps to pack them.

  • Individually wrap any valuable books you have in soft packing paper.
  • Line the bottom of your boxes with packing paper to further insulate it. This will provide them with extra protection during the move.
  • Don’t arrange books too tightly. This could cause damage to covers and pages.
  • Don’t let the pages or covers of different books directly touch each other. To do this, pack one row of books then place a couple of sheets of packing paper over them. Then pack the next row of books.
  • Fill any large gaps inside your boxes with crumpled pieces of packing paper to eliminate movement.
  • Place a final sheet of packing paper on the very top of your books. Then close the lid and secure it with tape.
  • Label your box with a permanent marker.

Safety Rules to Remember

The key to packing books is taking the necessary safety measures to pack and ship them. Avoiding any of the basic rules listed below when packing your books can result in damage.

  • Keep the weight of a single book-filled box under 40 pounds.
  • Use small- to medium-sized boxes.
  • Double tape the seams of your book boxes – even containers that are new.
  • Place the heaviest books on the bottom of each box.
  • Use extra care when packing books of value by wrapping them in soft packing paper. You may also want to transport books of high value (first-edition collections, etc.) yourself to ensure they are handled with utmost care.

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What to Know When Moving Your Hot Tub to a New Home (Part 2)

If you read our previous blog, “What to Know When Moving Your Hot Tub to a New Home (Part 1),” you learned three main options for relocating your hot tub when moving to a new home. In this blog, we will delve further into moving your hot tub and the steps required to do so.

But first, before you can tackle these steps, be sure to remember that the number one issue when transporting something as heavy and enormous as a hot tub is safety. So take all of the necessary precautions when performing such a risky job.

Once you have planned and prepared to move your hot tub, here are the steps you will need to follow in order to keep this task running smoothly from start to finish.

Step 1: Measure. As you know, hot tubs are very large. Before you even try to move it, you will need to measure it to ensure it will fit in the back of whatever moving truck you decide to use when transporting it to your new home. Be sure to measure all dimensions, for true accuracy.

Step 2: Secure a moving truck. Once you have measured your hot tub, you can go about renting an appropriate moving truck to transport it. A medium-sized truck will most likely be ideal. If the dimensions of your hot tub show that it won’t fit intoyour truck, don’t, under any circumstances, try to make it work. If it won’t fit, it won’t fit – no matter how many ways you try to position it.

Step 3: Inspect the pathway. To make the act of moving your hot tub safer, it’s important to inspect the pathway leading to the moving truck. It should be clear of all obstacles or dangerous spots. Also, check to make sure all openings along the path are wide enough for the tub to fit through safely.

Step 4: Remove the cover. Does your hot tub have a cover? If so, now is the time to remove it. Ignoring this step can cause it to be damaged during transport. If your cover needs to be unscrewed, be sure to keep all screws in a safe place, like a resealable plastic bag. This will make reattaching your cover easier later because all of your supplies will be in one spot.

Step 5: Disconnect the power supply. Hot tubs need electricity to work their magic, so be sure you disconnect it before moving it. Dangling cords are also a big safety risk when transporting your hot tub, making it easy for someone to trip or slip. To keep the power cable safe, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it inside the tub’s storage enclosure that’s located on its side panel.

Step 6: Drain it. A key step not to miss when moving your hot tub is draining it. Believe us, the last thing you want to deal with during a move is a water leak – no matter how big or small it is. To drain your hot tub, it is a good idea to consult your owner’s manual. But for most hot tubs, you can access the water supply line via the side panel. When you access this panel, you can close off the water supply line and let the tub drain fully.

Step 7: Dry it. To further ensure there are no water leaks, securely close the drain cap after your hot tub has drained completely. Then, use towels to dry off any remaining water inside the tub.

Step 8: Move it. All of the previous steps were helping you prepare for this particular step – moving it. This will be one of the toughest parts of the hot-tub-moving process. First, ensure you have all of the necessary supplies. Then, to move your hot tub:

  1. Working as a team, you and your helpers should lift each corner of the hot tub. When lifted, insert one 4”x4” piece of wood beneath each corner. This will elevate your hot tub, keeping it about four inches off the ground.
  2. Once all four pieces of wood are in place, slide a furniture dolly under the front part of the tub. Then, using a second dolly, do the same under the back of the tub. When the hot tub is resting on both dollies, quickly secure the tub to them with straps.
  3. Double-check to ensure the path to the moving truck is clear. Then, begin rolling the hot tub toward the moving truck. Do so slowly and carefully.
  4. When you have reached the back of the moving truck, it is time to load it. Again, use caution. Once inside the truck, leave the dollies beneath the hot tub. To avoid movement during transport, securely tie the hot tub to the side of the truck. For extra protection, cover it with several moving blankets.

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What to Know When Moving Your Hot Tub to a New Home (Part 1)

Hot tubs. They’re great for providing relaxation, fun and excitement. But when it comes time to move house, a hot tub can go from the ultimate de-stressor to a major stressor really quick. One look at a hot tub and you can conclude that they are big, heavy, and awkwardly shaped – three things that make it a very difficult object to move.

How do you move a hot tub? Can you do it solo or will you require professional help? Should you bother moving it or is it best to leave it behind? For all of your head-scratching questions, we’ve got the answers, so continue reading!

Your Options

When it comes to moving a hot tub from one location to another, there are three main options to consider. Here’s a look at each:

Option 1: Don’t move it. Looking for the easiest way to move a hot tub? Then here it is – don’t move it. It may not be easy to part with your ultimate source of fun and relaxation, but after much thought and consideration, it may turn out to be your best option. When deciding if you should take your hot tub or leave it behind, consider these things:

  • Moving cost. Every item you take with you from your old home to your new one will increase your final moving bill. Since hot tubs are incredibly heavy and difficult to move, it may cost you a pretty penny to do so. First, get a quote from specialized hot tub movers. Then consider how much the hot tub cost you to purchase. Now think, is moving your hot tub worth it?
  • Time. The more difficult an object is to move, the more time is required to move it. A hot tub is one possession that will eat up a lot of your moving time. You’ll need to prepare it, load it, transport it, unload it, and reassemble it. Do you have enough time to spare?
  • Dangers. Some things are easy to move, while some are not. A hot tub is one that is definitely not. You can’t just pick up a hot tub and throw it onto a truck. And there are a lot of dangers that go along with moving it. Hot tubs are extremely heavy – averaging around 800 pounds. This can lead to many dangerous situations, such as costly damage to the hot tub or personal injuries to those who are put in charge of moving it.

Option 2: Hire movers. After serious thought, if you come to the conclusion that you are going to take the necessary steps to take your hot tub with you, then you will need to figure out the best way to do so. Because of the high level of difficulty it will take to move your hot tub, the best choice is to hire professional movers to do it for you. Experienced movers will have the experience and proper equipment to get the job done safely and quickly. Having professionals take care of your hot tub will also free you up so you will have more time to focus on more important tasks.

Option 3: Move it yourself. We can’t stress enough that hiring professionals to move your hot tub for you is the best choice. But if you really insist on moving your hot tub yourself, there are some ways to do it. But you’ll need some things first:

  • Proper equipment. In order to move your hot tub, you’ll need to have the proper equipment: Four-wheeled furniture dollies (at least 2)
    • Appliance dolly
    • 4×4 wood pieces
    • Moving straps
  • Manpower. Due to its extreme weight, you will need at least four people to complete the challenging job of moving your hot tub. So be sure to secure help from your strongest friends and relatives to get the job done.
  • Basic knowledge and experience. Before tackling the task of moving your hot tub, you must first prepare and plan for the job ahead. Becoming familiar with how your hot tub is put together, and how it works, are two things that will help you prepare for the main goal – moving it.

As you have learned so far, moving a hot tub takes a lot of time, money and strength. If you plan to move your hot tub yourself, you will need to know how to do so. To learn the necessary steps, continue on to our next blog!

Affordable Movers: How to Find Them

When a home move is on the horizon, you will quickly see how many things need to be accomplished before your relocation date arrives. This being said, you will most likely want to find a moving company to help make the process easier. While this is a great idea, moving is far from cheap, which can make the idea of shelling out extra money to movers hard to do. But what if we told you there are ways to find movers that are not only affordable but also reliable too? If you are in need of movers but are on a tight budget, here are some ways to find a company that is actually affordable:

Look Early

As the saying goes, “the early bird gets the worm.” This is especially true when looking for a moving company. The earlier you start looking for movers, the greater the chance of securing a company that is both reliable and affordable. You will also:

Have a larger choice. The cheaper the rates a moving company offers, the quicker they are booked. Waiting until the last minute to find a low-cost moving company will prove difficult. So push the procrastinator tactics away and start your search in advance. By looking for movers several months before your relocation date, there will be many experienced and trustworthy moving professionals available.

Get a discount. By simply booking a moving company early, you could be eligible for a discount. This is because the goal of most moving companies is to secure as many jobs as possible in advance. By doing so, they are often willing to drop prices to draw in business.

Have more flexible scheduling. When you plan your relocation in advance, you will have the ability to set your moving date during less busy moving times, such as:

  • Off-peak moving season (September to May)
  • Less busy times of the month (second and third weeks of the month)
  • Weekdays

Consider Local Movers

When the safety of your personal possessions and valuables is at stake, many choose to hire a big, reputable, and nationwide moving company. This is because large moving companies are less likely to commit fraud or overcharge you at the end of your move. But don’t dismiss smaller moving companies. Because small moving companies rely mainly on moving jobs within their immediate areas, they work hard to gain the trust of locals; they also offer lower prices in order to attract more customers. When your goal is to find the most affordable movers, it will definitely be worth your time to consider small, local movers instead of big moving chains.

Get Recommendations

When on the hunt for a moving company, it’s crucial to do your search before booking. This way you can ensure you find movers that meet all of your must-have qualities (reliability, trustworthiness, professionalism, affordability).

Every moving company out there will claim to be the best, but what’s most telling is what others say about them. Asking for recommendations from family and friends is a great way to find a moving company that will satisfy you. If several people praise the same movers, this is a huge indication that they are a company that does a good job and you too will be happy with their service.

Another way to find worthy movers is by searching trustworthy websites like Yelp.com. Here you will be able to read genuine reviews from real customers and gain insight into the type of service a moving company provides.

Get In-Home Estimates

After gathering recommendations, you will need to get estimates from several companies in order to find the best rate. It’s important to keep in mind that any estimates you get online or over the phone are never truly accurate. For an accurate moving estimate, you will need to have a representative from each company you are considering hiring to come to your home for a visual survey of your belongings. During this in-home survey, you will be able to:

  • Show the representatives everything you intend to relocate (number, size, type of items);
  • Provide them with all relevant information (specific handling requirements, possible obstacles) needed for them to perform a smooth move;
  • Discuss the details (date, time, liability coverage) of your relocation.

Even if you like the first estimate you’re given, be sure to get a few more from other companies. Be sure to get a written binding estimate, to avoid price changes later.

If you receive an offer that is too good to be true, it probably is, so proceed with caution. This could be a sign of rogue movers who are just out to scam you.

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Moving out on Your Own: A Newbie’s Guide

As we grow up and mature, many of us look forward to one of life’s major milestones – the time when we move out of our parents’ home and off on our own. With this mighty step from childhood into adulthood comes the beginning of becoming independent and self-reliant, along with the liberty to make your own choices. Another huge thing that comes with the territory of moving out on your own is becoming a responsible person. You will be in charge of providing for yourself, finding ways out of difficult situations that arise, and also creating a life for yourself that is truly fulfilled. All of these things may sound incredibly exciting, but they can also be scary, causing worry and anxiety. It is a big deal, after all! If you are considering moving out on your own, it is important to consider all of the pros and cons first to ensure it is the right time and step for you.

Reasons to Move out on Your Own

The first thing to do when considering moving out on your own is to make a list of the reasons why you should. While everyone has their own personal reasons for wanting to move out of their parents’ house, here are some common ones:

  • Wanting to improve yourself and grow as a person;
  • Wanting to move in with your significant other;
  • Wanting to move closer to school, place of work, or other important locations you visit daily;
  • Conflicts with parents.

Pros of Moving out on Your Own

While you may come up with a number of reasons why you want to move out on your own, you should also consider the pros of why it is a good idea to do so. Here are some to note:

Independence. One of the most positive and gratifying aspects of moving out on your own is the independence you will gain. This independence means no house rules to observe (except your own, of course!), no argument with your parents involving your rights and responsibilities, and so on.

Other pros that come with the independence of living on your own include:

  • Being able to throw parties and play your music as loud as you want.
  • Being able to bring home friends or a date any time you want – day or night.
  • Being able to come and go as you please, no questions asked.

The greatest advantage of gaining your independence, however, is the rewarding feeling of being able to provide for yourself. Something that can only be achieved when moving out on your own.

Privacy. Parents are known for asking questions. It makes sense, considering they have had to take care of you at all times since the day you were born. But sometimes their inquisitive nature can drag on no matter how old you are or how responsible an adult you have become. This lack of privacy can cause tension and problems to arise, limiting your social activities and causing you to feel frustrated or unfulfilled. Moving out on your own will provide you with privacy, and an end to endless questions from your parents about your progress at work, your last date, your friends, and so on.

Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance. When moving out on your own, two things will definitely be put to the test – your self-esteem and self-reliance. In order to successfully combat and conquer all of life’s many trials and tribulations, you will need to have plenty of self-confidence and good self-esteem. Moving out of your parents’ home will help you gain the necessary skills to be able to manage whatever life throws at you. You will be pushed to become a responsible person, to best organize your time and priorities, and to take on new events in your life with perspective and heightened awareness.

Cons of Moving out on Your Own

Of course, just as there are some pros to moving out on your own, there are also some good reasons why you shouldn’t – at least not at this moment in time. Here are a few things to consider:

Finances. Moving out on your own means not relying on Mom and Dad to take care of you financially. You will have to figure out how to pay for:

  • Rent and utilities
  • Transportation
  • Groceries
  • Toiletries
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance policies
  • Loans and debt you accumulate
  • Entertainment

Life’s expenses add up quickly, which easily drain your bank account. Until you have the income to afford all of these things, finances will be of serious concern.

Emotional Disadvantages. Obviously, living at your parents’ house is going to be cheaper, and a lot more cushy and stress-free than living on your own. But it is also much more secure in terms of your emotional well-being; it also provides a safe place to protect you from the hardships of the world. Moving out on your own can cause you to feel lonely or out of place. This being said, until you feel emotionally stable enough to be on your own, continuing life at your parents’ may be the wise choice.

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Celebrating 10 Years in Business

 

We at ABC Movers wish to express our sincere appreciation to our employees and customers for their loyal support as we celebrate our tenth year in business. When our company was founded in 2007 with just two employees, we could hardly foresee our growth to a national national company with a staff of 3,000 within ten years. We could not have come this far without the loyal support and hard work of each member of the ABC team.

To further show our appreciation, when enlisting our services, just mention the following code to receive $50 off your move: 10Y50OFF.

To help celebrate ten years of helping YOU move, here are 10 fun facts about moving in the United States!

  1. Friday is the most scheduled moving day.
  1. The busiest time of year to move is during the month of August.
  1. The least busy time of year to move is during the month of February.
  1. Two of the most popular cities to move to in Texas are Austin and Houston.
  1. An estimated 43 million Americans move house each year.
  1. An estimated 33% of all moves are into apartments or multi-family homes.
  1. Local moves make up two-thirds of all moves.
  1. An estimated 40% of all moves are due to job promotions or transfers.
  1. The average person moves 12 times during their lifetime.
  1. On average, people schedule their move 42 days in advance with their chosen moving company.

Job Relocation: Should You Do It?

Being at a crossroads in life can sprout a lot of feelings. Two, in particular, being confusion and disorientation. This is mostly due to the fact that it’s impossible to know which path ahead of you will lead to success. It is especially difficult to make a decision on which course to take when a career opportunity requires you to move across the country. While you’ll feel lots of happiness because your professional skills have been appreciated, along with plenty of excitement at the chance to advance your career, you will also face some what-ifs that will cloud your judgement. It will be hard to imagine leaving favorite places and special people behind. Not to mention the prospect of packing and moving your entire household can sound extremely difficult. This will be especially challenging if you have to relocate your whole family.

What to do? When making such a life-altering decision on whether to stay or go, first weigh the pros and cons. Here are some important questions to consider:

  1. Will you receive a considerable financial boost as a result of a higher income?
  2. Can you envision yourself advancing in your career and working for many years for the company in question?
  3. Is your job stable enough? And if something goes wrong, will it be possible to find another job in the new city?
  4. Will you be able to improve your skills, knowledge and competence, as well as learn new things and acquire considerable experience?
  5. Is the overall atmosphere and attitude of the company encouraging, appealing and pleasant?
  6. Will overall living conditions improve for you and your family?
  7. Will you be able to afford the living costs of your new city?
  8. Will your significant other be able to go with you and also be able to find good employment in the new city?
  9. Will the new environment be beneficial to your children in terms of education, recreational activities, friendships, etc.?
  10. Besides work, what opportunities does your new city offer?

Along with job-related factors, there are also a number of other things to consider before taking the relocation plunge. Here’s a closer look:

Cost of Living. As previously mentioned, you must carefully research the economic situation in your potential new area. This includes the costs of utilities, transportation, food, medical care, insurance, taxes, and other relevant amenities. All of these costs should be compared to those of your current living conditions. Though you may want to move for a better-paying job, if your new city is very expensive, it may turn out to have negative effects on your finances.

Housing. Another major concern to consider before relocating for a job is housing. First, you will need to deal with your current housing situation – mortgages, leasing issues, deposits, etc. For instance, if you are currently renting a home, you will need to end it in an appropriate way with your landlord. If you own your current home, you will need to either sell it or lease it.

Next, you will need to research the real estate market in your future city. You will need to choose a neighborhood that’s suitable for you and your family – whether it be a place you rent or buy.

Timing. As the saying goes, timing is everything. So before you can say yes to a job relocation, you will need to consider if it is a good time to do so – in terms of your current commitments, your spouse’s current job, your children’s schooling, lease agreements, ongoing renovation projects, previously planned trips or vacations, and so on.

Lifestyle. Depending on how far away your job relocation takes you, you may encounter somewhat of a culture shock. Your new surroundings may cause you to encounter different points of view, attitudes, daily routines, and even unique traditions or unusual social norms. In some instances, the cultural background and established etiquette of your new community may clash with your previous lifestyle. Is this something you will be able to handle?

Weather. There is a good chance that relocating to a new state for your job will put you in different climatic conditions. If it does, will you enjoy the weather? It can be very hard to adjust to a colder, very humid or incredibly hot climate. A sudden change can even lead to health issues – allergies, more colds, etc.

One more thing

There is one more thing you should truly consider when a job relocation is up for grabs – the consequences of not accepting the opportunity. Will you miss the chance of a promotion, of expanding your skills or having a job you really love? Will you neglect the possibility to improve your living standard? Will you deny your children the chance to study and develop in a better environment? If the results of not moving will be mostly negative, then it is probably a good idea to gear up and prepare for a job relocation.

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Top 5 Items Damaged When Moving and How to Protect Them

When preparing for a move, you will spend a fair amount of time packing. Each and every item you own will need to be wrapped and boxed in a way that will keep them safe during their transport from old home to new. Failure to do so will result in your belongings being broken or damaged. Before you start packing, it’s a good idea to make a game plan. First, figure out which items are fragile and will be easily broken during your move. Then, gather the appropriate packing supplies that will keep all of your breakables safe.

So which items should you pay extra attention to? Here’s a list of the top five items most easily damaged items during a move, and how to protect them.

1. Drinking Glasses

Considering they are made out of glass, it makes sense that drinking glasses are the #1 most easily damaged item when moving house. So how can you pack them in a way that will ensure you won’t be left with a box full of broken glass? First, individually wrap each glass in packing paper. Then:

  • Place the glass horizontally on packing paper.
  • Grab a corner of the packing paper and roll the glass into the paper. Be sure to tuck the sides of the paper in (imagine wrapping a burrito).
  • Repeat these steps 3-5 times (depending on the thickness of the glass) with more sheets of packing paper.
  • Label each glass so it doesn’t get tossed aside in the packing paper madness that will occur later during the unpacking process.

Once your glasses have been wrapped, you’ll want to ensure you use the appropriate moving box. “Dishpack” boxes are made with double thick walls that create extra protection, which make them perfect for packing all sorts of breakable dishes and glassware. With your box in front of you, crumple packing paper and place it in the bottom of the box. This will provide a protective cushion. Then, place each wrapped glass vertically in one layer inside the box. After completing the first layer, place packing paper on top, and then repeat layers until the box is full.

*If there is any remaining space left in the box, fill it with crumpled packing paper.

2. Plates

Running neck and neck with the most easily damaged item when moving, is plates. The main reason for plates breaking during a move is that most don’t put enough packing paper in each box to adequately protect them. Luckily, wrapping plates takes basically the same steps as wrapping glasses:

  • First, wrap each plate individually in packing paper.
  • Repeat this step 3-5 times with more sheets of packing paper until the plate is properly secured and cushioned.
  • Label each plate.
  • Using dishpack boxes, cushion the bottom of the box’s interior with crumpled packing paper.
  • Place each wrapped plate vertically (not flat!) inside the box.
  • Then follow the rest of the steps listed above in the section about how to pack wrapping glasses.

3. Artwork

Whether you have artwork that is valuable, or even something you made yourself, you want to ensure all pieces are protected during your move. The best way to keep your artwork safe is by using a picture box. First, line the bottom of the box with crumpled packing paper. Then, place your artwork inside the box, keeping it securely in place by stuffing more paper in the front and back, and along the top. You can also use bubble wrap. The point is to make sure whatever is inside the box doesn’t shake, rattle or move during shipment.

4. Lampshades

Due to their awkward shape and often large size, lampshades are another item that can be hard to pack, putting them at a high risk of being damaged during a move. If not packed properly, they can easily be dented or torn. What to do?

  • Wrap the lampshade in bubble wrap. Be sure to cover every inch of the shade.
  • Fill the interior cavity of the shade with packing paper. Avoid using newspaper, because the print can rub off onto the shade.
  • Place the shade inside a properly-sized moving box and fill it with packing paper to keep the shade from shifting around inside.
  • Do not place anything else inside the box, especially on top of the shade. This even includes light items, like linens or clothes.

5. Liquid Cleaning Supplies

A spill that occurs inside of a box during a move can be awful – especially if the spill involves liquid cleaning supplies. These types of liquids can leak and damage items both inside and outside of the box. To avoid this, be sure all bottles of liquid are sealed properly when packed. To do this:

  • Remove the cap of each bottle and place a small piece of plastic wrap over the opening.
  • Tightly screw the cap back on.
  • Tape the outside of the cap to the bottle to further seal and secure it.

To pack your liquid cleaning supplies:

  • Choose a box that is small and secure its bottom with tape. For optimal security, run the tape in multiple directions across the bottom.
  • When the box is full, place packing paper around the bottles to stop them from shifting.
  • Tape the top of the box so it doesn’t open and spills its contents during transport.
  • Finally, be sure to label all boxes.

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