How to Successfully Move an Aquarium

 

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When preparing for a move, there are always going to be certain belongings you don’t want to tackle. One, for instance, is an aquarium. Small or large, an aquarium is one of those items that takes planning in order to move it successfully. To move your aquarium hassle free, here are some helpful tips.

Preparing Your Tank. To prepare your tank for the move, you first need to find a temporary tank, such as a quarantine tank or hospital tank, for your fish. Go ahead and set it up prior to moving day so it will be ready when needed.

You can also separate your fish into large plastic tubs. Just know that you may need to install an aquarium heater and filter depending on the amount of time your fish will have to be kept in the tubs. If you opt for plastic tubs, be sure you have a lid that will remain tight and secure throughout your move.

The next step in prepping your aquarium for your move is to empty it. Before you do this, it’s important to save as much of the tank water as possible and use it to refill the tank. This is very important in keeping your fish alive post-move. Your fish are already used to the water chemistry in your existing tank. By filling the new tank with the same water, your fish will undergo a much easier transition.

Moving the Tank. After you have emptied your tank of water, it’s important to protect it so nothing breaks. Try wrapping it in blankets or some other thickly-padded material. Once complete, you can then move the tank to your new location.

Store the live plants from your tank inside the tubs of water so they will stay submerged during the move. Any tank decorations and equipment should be rinsed and packed carefully.

After the Move. After your move is complete, it’s important to set up your tank as soon as possible so it can begin cycling before you return your fish to their home. Use the tank water you brought with you. If you need a little extra water to top off the tank, you can also use new, fresh water, but be sure to treat the water with an aquarium water conditioner in order to remove harmful toxins like chlorine. Also, try and match the temperature of new the water to the temperature of the water already in the tank.

Once you have refilled your tank, you can replace any decorations and turn on the aquarium equipment. Test your tank water 1-2 times a day in order to check its progress. Once levels are where they should be, it is safe to finally reintroduce your fish to their home.

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Helpful Ways To Make Moving Easier For Your Little One

Moving with kids - PHOTONo matter how old a person is, moving can be an overwhelming and emotional roller coaster. This is especially true when your move involves children. Young children are apt to have a much more difficult time transitioning to a move because they do not fully comprehend what is happening. Are mommy and daddy going with me? Are we taking all of my toys? Will they forget to bring me with them? All of these are worries, even fears that children can experience during a move. To help make the transition easier for your little one, here are some helpful ways to make moving an exciting time verses one of apprehension and stress.

Explain what is happening. They may be young, but children are very intuitive and can sense any stress or shift in the household. As soon as possible, begin explaining the upcoming move to your child. Waiting too long to talk to your child about the upcoming move can lead to anxiety, worry and fear. By letting them gradually adjust to what it means to move, they will have a much smoother transition from old home to new.

Explore the area. If you’re moving to a place nearby, it’s a good idea to let your child see their soon-to-be home and neighborhood before moving day actually arrives. Show them the neighborhood and even explore what it has to offer: a cool park, a tasty ice cream shop, and where their future school will be. By taking the time to show your child all of the exciting places to look forward to after the move, it will provide them with a better visualization of where they will soon be living, as well as make for an easier, more positive adjustment.

Have them help. Your child may not be able to lift heavy boxes, and they may make the organization and cleaning process more difficult at times, but it’s important to find ways for them to help you with the move – no matter how small the job is. So get them involved; let them be mommy and daddy’s little helper. Try simple tasks like tearing small pieces of packing tape or having them place all of their stuffed animals into a moving box. Being enthusiastic about having them help you will connect them positively to the idea of moving instead of rebelling against it.

Let their imagination run free. If there’s one thing children have it’s an imagination. Moving may just be a mountain of stress and cardboard boxes to you, but to a little kid, it can be a time for great imagination. You may not feel the urge to sit in a cardboard box, because, well … it’s a box. But for your child, a box can be so much more than that. It can be a car, a rocket ship, or even a camping tent.

Another good idea is to let them help you with the decorating process. While you probably won’t want to let them color or paint the walls, you can instead sit them in front of a piece of paper and have them draw a picture of how they want their new room to look. This is a great way to get them involved and become excited about the move.

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Must-Have Packing Supplies For A Successful Move

When you have a big move coming up, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. There is a lot to do after all. Hiring movers, organizing, and deciding what items to keep, donate or throw away. And don’t forget packing – the never-ending task that everyone hates. In order to make your move a success, the first thing you need to do is gather all of the supplies you will need. Must-Have Packing Supplies - blog PHOTOHere are the top five must-have packing supplies you’ll need to pack efficiently.

Boxes, Boxes … did we mention boxes? Packing and boxes go hand-in-hand during the moving process. So a few months before your move, begin gathering as many boxes as you can. Then go out and gather some more because the amount you will require far exceeds what you will ever imagine needing.

To save money, first try collecting boxes from family, friends and co-workers; also check liquor stores and big warehouses that have continuous access to boxes. If you still need more, you can purchase them from package stores, the post office, and so on. Just be sure that whatever boxes you collect are strong and durable.

Resealable Plastic Bags. For every moving box you need, you will also want just as many resealable plastic bags – if not more. These bags will be your best friend pre-move and post-move because they keep everything organized. Use them for keeping all hardware and instruction manuals together, or for storing wires and plugs, which can become a tangled mess when simply thrown into a box.

Tape Gun. Have you ever tried to wrap a present or seal up a box without a tape gun? The mere thought probably drives you nuts as you recall the time and hassle it took to tear off a million individual pieces of tape. Enter, the tape gun. Using a tape gun is the optimal tool for packing, saving you time and hassle.

Bubble Wrap. Bubble wrap or packing peanuts? Ya gotta pick the bubble wrap! After all, who can resist the incredible urge to pop those alluringly squeezable bubbles? Bubble wrap can of course be a fun toy, but it is also very helpful when packing. All of those little bubbles of air make the perfect protective cushion so your breakables stay in tact during your move. So stock up pre-move and when your move is over, pop, pop, pop away!

Markers and Labels. Whether you opt for markers, labels, or both, be sure to get them in bright colors and have them handy when packing. Use them to color code boxes for each individual room for easier organization on the day of the big move.

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The Pros and Cons of a Summer Move

Moving During Summer - PHOTOSummer means many things. A break from school. Family vacations. Trip to the beach, lake and pool. But did you know, summer is also the most popular time to pack up and move to a new home? A summer move comes with many pros and cons, so continue reading to learn more.

Pros

Less Stressful. For many, summer months are often less busy. School days and holidays are over and people are enjoying more laid-back days. With a schedule that’s less chaotic, moving in summer can be less stressful.

Better Weather Conditions. One thing most love about summer is its more manageable weather conditions and longer days. This is a definite advantage when moving because it allows you to get most, if not all of your moving done in just one day.

School’s Out. If you’re moving with kids, waiting until summer vacation begins is the best way to ensure an easier transition between schools. Your child’s education also won’t be disrupted by the move and no school will have to be missed.

Cons

Heat. Summer weather is definitely nicer to look at, but it’s very hot conditions are a definite con. Hot temperatures can be exhausting, as well as dangerous to your health.

More Costly. Due to the increase of people wanting to move in summer, it can be more costly to hire movers and supplies; it can also make scheduling harder. To ensure you have everything you need for moving day, be sure to plan ahead and book early.

How To Move Safely During Summer. As previously stated, the hot weather conditions of summer can make moving dangerous. If you opt to move everything yourself, this means lifting and carrying heavy boxes, furniture and appliances for hours on end. This can lead to physical strain any time of the year, but during the summer months, this greatly increases. If you decide to move during summer, it’s crucial to take the necessary precautions. Here’s how.

Dress For Heat and Comfort. The day of your move, dress for the events ahead and wear clothes that will be cool and comfortable. Opting for light-weight and light-colored clothes is the best way to help prevent dangerous problems, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Stay Hydrated. Scorching temperatures and intense physical activity can be a very bad mix. Your body will need more water than usual to stay hydrated and to keep your core body temperature where it needs to be. To stay hydrated, be sure to drink lots of water during your move. Also, consider beverages with electrolytes (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.). Avoid energy drinks and sodas because they will only dehydrate you.

Apply Sunscreen. With all of the constant commotion on moving day, it will be hard to truly judge how often you are in the sun. But during summer days, sunshine is typically lurking everywhere, so be sure to apply sunscreen to protect yourself from dangerous rays on the day of your move.

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Food: what to keep and how to pack it

From awkward-shaped pans to breakable dishes, heavy appliances to cabinets full of uneaten food – boxing up a kitchen is one of the most challenging parts of the packing process. Before you throw in the towel and decide to dump all food items in the trash, read the following checklist to learn what to take with you and what to leave behind, plus many other handy tips.

Consider Your New Space. An important thing to consider during the packing process is the amount of storage available in new space. Will you have more or less pantry space? If you will be downsizing in storage capacity then minimize the collection of food you plan to move with you, too.

Box Size. When packing, always think in terms of weight. For example, when packing heavy canned goods, opt for small boxes so they are easier to carry and move.

Label Boxes Accordingly. Organizing and labeling moving boxes is a great way to pack up your home. This includes food items. Separate all food into categories, such as: perishables, canned goods and spices. Then label all boxes accordingly. This will help you prioritize which boxes need to be opened first after you move.

Pack Heavy to Light. Once you have narrowed down what food items you’ll be bringing to your new home, you can then start packing. The best method is to pack heavy to light. Place all heavy items (canned goods, peanut butter) on the bottom of your moving boxes first, then layer all light items (crackers, cookies) on top.

Near-Expired Foods. When deciding which food you should keep or toss, first look at expiration dates. If something will only last a mere few weeks after your move, go ahead and toss it. Chances are you won’t eat it after you move anyway, so free up some space and ditch any near-expired foods.

If you don’t want to waste food by throwing it in the trash, donate items to others, such as family, friends, neighbors, homeless shelters and others in need.

Fragile Items. Fragile food items include basics like flour and sugar. Before you pack these things, be sure to place them in more secure packaging first. Invest in some heavy-duty, sealable containers that will stop any spills from happening. Another option is to put these items inside large ziplock bags so anything spills will be contained.

Spices. Salt, pepper and other spices are another fragile item that can lead to spills during a move. To avoid salting everything with spilled salt shakers or opening a box covered in paprika and oregano, here’s a tip: cover the tops of each shaker with a piece of masking tape. With a simple piece of tape, you will stop any spills from happening.

Pack a Cooler. If there are certain items that need to be kept cold that you weren’t able to use in time – or throw/give away – be sure you remember to pack a cooler the morning of your move. If you are moving a few hours away, a cooler will keep your items from going bad until you can hook up your fridge at your new place. Just be sure you don’t forget to unpack the cooler!

Defrost Fridge. One of the most common things people forget to do before the moving van shows up is defrost their fridge – a situation that is somewhat problematic if you are taking your fridge with you. Be sure to unplug your fridge at least 24 hours before your move so the freezer will have time to defrost.

Important Tip. When moving day finally arrives, you’ll want to be well rested and well fed for the big day. Be sure to set aside some pre-made meals and snacks that are easy to grab and won’t take long to eat. Think granola bars and PB&J sandwiches which will keep your energy up during a long day of hustle, bustle and heavy lifting.

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Important Things To Do Right After You Move

Things To Do After You Move - PHOTOAfter months of planning, packing and hard work, you have finally completed the big move to your new home. Congratulations on a job well done! You are probably ready to break open a bottle of champagne, kick your feet up and finally relax. But, before you get too comfortable, check out this list of important things to do right after you move.

Take Photos. Before you rush to unpack all those moving boxes, whip out your camera and take lots of photos. Why would you want photos of bare, unadorned rooms? If you’re renting, photos are an essential way to get your security deposit back. Photos can also be useful if you just purchased a home. If any damage has occurred during the time the previous owner moved out and you moved in, photos are your proof – and, if necessary, can even get you money for repairs.

Check For Breakage. Did you hire movers to pack and move for you? If so, you only have a limited amount of time to report any suspected damage or missing items. Check everything from dishes to heavy appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers.

Find Out Trash Schedule. Lots of unpacked boxes means lots of trash. But, where do you put your trash and what days it is picked up? To find out, ask your landlord, homeowners association or neighbors. You can also call your city’s sanitation department.

Change the Locks. Home sweet home. It’s all yours … now. But, have you ever considered who else may have had keys when the previous residents lived there? Avoid any safety risks by having all of the locks changed as soon as you move in (or before if possible). As a new property owner, this is one of the most important things you can do.

Register Your Car. If you moved to a new state, don’t forget to register your car. You will typically have 60 days to do so, however each state has slightly different requirements. Penalties for not having your car registered within the allotted time can range from fines to your vehicle being impounded.

Along with registering your car, you will also need to obtain a new driver’s license. This typically needs to be done within 30 days of your move.

Update Voting Address. If you want to continue having your voice heard, don’t forget to update your voting address. Most states allow a small grace period which allows you to use your old address at your new polling place. However, for elections beyond the grace period, be sure to update your new address at least two weeks prior to the election so you can cast your vote on important issues.

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Moving With Pets? Make It Less Stressful With These Tips

Tips for moving with pets - blog PHOTOMoving involves lots of time, effort and plenty of stress. Adding pets to the mix can make it even more nerve-racking. If you are anxious about moving to a new place, just imagine how your pet(s) feel! Here are some helpful tips to help make your move a bit calmer for your beloved companion(s).

  • Before you move, pack an easily-accessible overnight bag for your pet. Fill it with enough food, toys, and cat litter to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during those first initial days of unpacking.
  • Moving involves plenty of noise and unfamiliar sounds and smells. For an animal, these things can be very scary. During your move, the best way to reduce stress on your pet(s) is to leave them at a kennel or friend’s house. If this isn’t an option for you, the next best thing is to keep them in the quietest area possible. Try an empty bedroom with the door closed or inside their carrier inside the garage, any location that will keep them away from all of the moving ruckus. Be sure to check on them regularly, as well as feed and walk them at a time you usually would. Just as people like a routine, so do pets.
  • During the drive from your old home to the new one, keep your pets inside their carrier. You may even want to throw a blanket over the carrier so your pet(s) can’t see the environment changing outside. Stressed and in a new neighborhood, animals can easily get lost outside, so when arriving at your destination, always keep them in their carrier until they are safely inside your home.
  • Adjusting to a new place takes time, especially for pets, so go for the slow and steady approach to reduce stress. If possible, move all of your belongings to your new home before moving your pet. To introduce your pet to your new home, start by confining them to a certain room. This will allow them to slowly adjust to their surroundings. Giving your pet lots of attention and providing them with familiar objects as soon as possible will help them adjust much quicker to the new digs.
  • After you move, be sure to update all pet tags and microchip information with your new address and contact info.
  • Traveling by air or internationally? Before you head to the airport, be sure to check all rules and regulations far in advance. Also, remember to bring along all of your pet’s special travel documents.
  • Pulling an all-night packing extravaganza isn’t good for anyone – especially your pet(s). Try to pack over a long period of time so your pet(s) think everything is normal and their stress level will stay down. Moving with cats? Break out their carriers several weeks before your move; this will help eliminate the risk of them fleeing the scene and leaving you searching for them.
  • When your move is finally complete, don’t let your pet(s) roam around your new neighborhood. Keep them on a lease until they become adjusted to their new surroundings.

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Top Five Tips To Efficient Packing

You’ve found a new place to live. You’ve collected more boxes than you know what to do with. Now all you have to do is pack. Easier said than done, right? As everyone knows, packing is one of the worstTop Five Tips To Efficient Packing - PHOTO parts of moving. But, it must be done. While packing probably seems like a mindless task – it is just throwing things into boxes after all – there is actually a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are some must-know packing tips to help your move go smoothly.

1. Set Aside Your Essentials: Before you pack up everything you own, be sure to put essential items aside. After moving all of your belongings to your new place, there’s a good chance it will take several days – even a of couple weeks – to unpack everything. This is why it is a good idea to consider what items you may need easy access to while everything gets unpacked – think clothes, toiletries, etc.

2. Be A Proactive Packer: You probably think packing ultimately makes you proactive in the moving process. But to be a proactive packer, you must pack boxes in an organized manner. This means sorting items before you pack them. For example, all toiletries in one box, all plates in another, and so on. With every box presorted, you can easily direct each box to a specific location in your new place, and in turn, unpacking will be much more organized.

3. Don’t Overpack Boxes: When packing, you want to be aware of how much weight you are putting inside each box. Overpacking leads to boxes that are far too heavy to lift; it can also cause injuries. When packing, always place heavy items in small boxes, and light objects in large boxes.

4. Pack Breakable Items Properly: Fragile items, such as dishes, mirrors, etc. can be easily broken – especially inside a large moving truck. One way to avoid breaking items is to add plenty of protective bubble wrap or recyclable paper to boxes with fragile items. A good tip for packing items, such as plates, is to wrap each plate separately then stand them vertically on their sides inside a box. This will make any plate-on-plate impact less likely to cause damage.

5. Do A Final Sweep: You may think you have everything hauled away from your soon-to-be past home, but more often than not, a few things always get left behind. Before you say that final goodbye, be sure to do one last house sweep to check for anything you may have missed. Most forgotten places include inside the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine.

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