Top Items to Never Entrust to Movers

When tackling a major move, hiring experienced movers is the ideal choice. This is because professional movers have the training and equipment to perform a smooth and trouble-free relocation. However, no matter how competent and reliable your chosen movers are, it is strongly recommended not to entrust them with certain possessions. Here is a complete list of the valuable items you should always move yourself:

Important Documents

There are many important documents you’ll need to keep track of during your move – passports, driver’s licenses, medical and school records, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, bank statements, car registration papers, mortgage papers, etc. While no one will necessarily want to steal or damage your documents, you never know what may happen or how soon you will need them after your move. For all moving-related papers, it’s a good idea to store them in a binder, small safe or lockbox and keep them with you at all times. If you opt for a safe or lockbox, be sure you have the keys to unlock it, and keep them in a safe spot.

Valuable Jewelry

Pieces of jewelry are small and expensive – two elements that make them prone to mysterious disappearances during a move. One, you may lose or misplace an item, and two, someone can easily take it, especially when left unattended during chaotic moving-day activities. To help lower the risk of valuable jewelry being lost, be sure to do your research on moving companies and only hire those movers with an excellent reputation.

Because delicate jewelry pieces can be easily damaged during transport, be very careful when packing these items, and take the time to move them yourself. You will handle them with much more care than anyone else, and you can ensure to get them to your new home safe and sound.

Electronics

You probably won’t be surprised by this, but expensive state-of-the-art electronics top the list of stolen items during a move. This includes everything from flat-screen TVs and computers to stereo, headphones and popular video games. If items like these are stolen, it is obviously a very sad and frustrating event. Not only will you be out a lot of money – and a prized or favorite possession – but you are also put at risk of identity theft if the item stolen has personal information digitally stored on it. To ensure the safety of your most expensive electronics – laptop, digital camera, smartphone, etc. – keep them with you at all times during your relocation. A good way to protect yourself in case of stolen electronics is to secure them with a password (and avoid easy ones like “1234”).

Another problem seen when moving expensive electronics is a high risk of damage. This is especially true during long-distance moves in mid-summer and mid-winter. Why do these times increase the risk of damage? Because of the extreme temperatures and weather conditions – a situation that can lead to irrevocable damage to sensitive devices. Your best bet when moving these items is to store them in a temperature-controlled environment at all times.

Family Heirlooms

The loss of family heirlooms can cost you dearly in many ways. The most obvious one being deep emotional stress because no amount of time or money can ever bring them back again. No matter the object, items of high sentimental value are irreplaceable and should be given special attention during a move. To avoid having them stolen or damaged, pack them with care and keep them with you at all times.

Antiques, Artwork and Collector’s Items

If you own antiques, there is a good chance that many of them are rather large and will need to be placed on a moving truck. To keep these items well protected, wrap them in materials like bubble wrap and packing paper.

Art pieces are much too valuable and delicate to be loaded into a moving truck. But for large items that cannot be transported by car, package them in custom wooden crates that are specifically designed to hold artwork. Be sure to use plenty of bubble wrap, foam sheets and corrugated paper.

If you are a collector, no matter what the item is that you collect, it is something that holds some sort of value to you. If possible, take these items with you during your relocation to avoid having these prized possessions lost or damaged.

An important thing to remember to do before your moving truck departs from your old property is to check to ensure nothing important has been forgotten, misplaced or mistakenly loaded onto the moving truck. It is also a good idea to remember that even if you have hired trustworthy movers, anything can happen. Opting for a liability protection plan is a good way to ensure you are compensated if your belongings end up missing or damaged during your move. For those items of high sentimental value that can never be replaced, don’t risk it, and move them yourself.

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Continued … Must-Know Tips for a Successful Pre-Move Garage Sale (Part 2 of 2)

As you learned in part one of this blog series, having a pre-move garage sale is a good way to lower time and money spent on moving. You also found out a few first-step tips to make your sale a success, like how to organize and categorize your belongings for sale, the best date to have a sale, and even some pricing how-tos. But there’s more to know, so read on to learn even more tips on how to make your sale a success.

Advertise

In order to have a successful pre-move garage sale, you have to make it known that the sale is happening. The best way to do this is by advertising. Here’s how:

Word of Mouth: Via mouth is a good way to advertise your upcoming garage sale. Tell your friends, neighbors and colleagues about the upcoming sale and ask them to help you spread the world.

Social Media: Another way to advertise your sale is by posting about it on social media, especially sites like Facebook that have designated sell pages where people looking to buy used items are likely to visit.

Signs/Posters: It’s also a good idea to tune in to your craft side and create signs/posers promoting your sale. Place them at strategic places in your neighborhood and on busy roads nearby, several days before the sale (on trees, telephone poles, bulletin boards, etc.). Be sure to make signs big and brightly colored with large print so those driving by can clearly see them. Also consider drawing arrows on your signs so visitors will be sure to know which direction your sale is.

Whatever method you use to advertise your garage sale, be sure to do these things:

  • Clearly state the date, time and address of the sale;
  • Entice customers by including pictures of items for sale or by listing highly desirable merchandise.

Display Items Just So

You may think that all you need to do is place your belongings on some tables in front of your house, but if you want to make your garage sale profitable, then you should mind how you display your items. Here’s how:

  • Place similar goods together. This makes it easier for people to find exactly what they are interested in. It will also ensure they won’t miss something that’s jumbled in a large pile of random stuff. Being able to easily browse means they are more likely to keep shopping, which means more cash flow for you;
  • Group baby clothes and other clothing items by size and type to make shopping easier for visitors;
  • Lay smaller objects on tables or shelves. This allows them to be seen clearly;
  • A messy pile or box of clothes will discourage customers from looking through your stuff and it limits how many people can look at once. Hanging them up, however, is a great way to draw people in. Doing so will make them look cleaner and allow for much more organized browsing; and
  • An inviting and pleasant atmosphere is an excellent way of attracting visitors to your sale and will lead to more money in your pocket. So make your sale attractive. Try colorful signs and tags, even some music to help gain a crowd.

Be an Active and Reasonable Seller

As you’ve learned so far, there are many ways to make your pre-move garage sale a success, but one thing not to forget is that you also need to be an active and reasonable seller. Check out the top ways to do this in the list below:

  • Actively participate in the sale and be flexible. This means talking with customers, negotiating, offering last-minute deals, and more. The more invested you are in tending to these needs, the more efficient your sale will be;
  • No one wants to spend time at a garage sale where they feel unwelcome. So, be friendly! Welcome visitors with a smile, and encourage them to feel comfortable. Also, avoid losing your temper if faced with frustrated situations;
  • Don’t tackle a sale alone. Instead, arrange for family members and friends to help you;
  • Be sure to have plenty of change and cash before the sale begins;
  • To get rid of several items at once, and to better satisfy buyers, sell belongings in bundles; and
  • Collect paper and plastic bags and boxes of different sizes to place purchased items in. This will make sales more organized and make it easier for big buyers to tote things to their car. Also consider having some spare wrapping and packing materials to help protect fragile items.

Ensure Safety

The last thing to remember when hosting a pre-move garage sale is to ensure safety for everyone and everything.

  • Remove any obstacles and potential dangers from your property prior to your sale;
  • Animals can become scared by unknown people, and some people are also scared by animals. To avoid any potential injuries or problems, keep animals away during the sale;
  • Eliminate access to your home. Lock doors and secure entrances.

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Safety Tips to Avoid Moving Injuries

Anyone who has ever endured a residential move knows it’s stressful. Unfortunately, many don’t realize just how dangerous it is until an injury occurs in an unpredictable, painful moment. What’s the best way to avoid injuries while moving? Start by checking out our list of safety tips that will help keep you and your moving crew injury free on moving day.

Plan Several Steps Ahead

Moving goes hand-in-hand with organization. Planning each step before actually taking it will be your best approach to a safe move. So plan several steps ahead. For example, if your couch won’t fit through the living room door, don’t use brute force to push it out the doorway. This is a big mistake that will lead to damaged property and personal injuries. Instead, opt for an adequate solution, like breaking down your couch or temporarily removing the door to provide a few extra inches of space so your couch can fit through.

Get Adequate Moving Assistance

Moving is not meant to be a one-person job. No matter how much planning you do or how organized you are, a solo move is basically impossible. This is why it’s crucial to have help when moving day arrives. Friends are great for providing physical and emotional help, but hiring professional movers is the optimal way to ensure a safe move. Professional movers are trained to follow safety procedures and are familiar with safety rules so accidents and injuries are prevented.

Avoid Overly Heavy Boxes

When moving house, there is one fundamental safety rule you should always follow: never pack a box so that it exceeds 50 pounds. Boxes that bypass this weight have a much higher risk of causing bodily injury. If a box feels uncomfortable to lift and carry around, this means it is too heavy and items should be repacked. The only acceptable way to move bulky boxes and other heavy, awkward items, like furniture and kitchen appliances, is to use the proper moving equipment. A moving dolly is the ultimate moving tool for heavyweight items. When using a dolly, always be sure to have the proper assistance and use the correct lifting techniques.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

Moving day is filled with awkward and unusual body movements – lifting, bending, pushing, pulling and twisting. These movements mean your body is prone to sustain minor, or even serious injuries. To reduce the risk of self-injuries when handling heavy objects, here are some simple and efficient lifting techniques to follow:

  • Lift with your legs, not your back. Do this by keeping your back straight, bending at the knees and using the strength of your legs to lift the object. This technique will help decrease the chance of back strain.
  • Push heavy objects forward, don’t pull them backwards. This will help prevent back injuries.
  • Avoid twisting your hips when turning with a heavy object. Instead, pivot your body with your feet.
  • Keep heavy objects close to your body and centered in relation to your body’s height.
  • Take small steps, keeping your footing secure. Also make your movements slow and smooth versus sudden and jerky.
  • When lifting/moving heavy items, keep your eyes looking in front of you and slightly upward.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, avoid lifting heavy objects over your head.

Keep Hallways and Pathways Free of Obstacles

During your move, one of the most dangerous situations is to trip and fall over obstacles in your way – a problem that can lead to body strain and even broken limbs. This is why it’s vital to keep all hallways and pathways (inside and outside your home) clear. Here are some ways to do so:

  • Place packed boxes in labeled, organized piles away from all hallways or other heavy traffic areas.
  • Clear outdoor pathways that lead to the moving truck of mud, water, snow or ice. Also remove any debris from the ground that could prove hazardous.
  • Trim overgrown shrubs or protruding tree branches that might get in the way.

Dress Appropriately

When moving day arrives, it’s important that you dress appropriately for the tasks ahead of you. Being fashionable is the last thing you should be worried about on the longest, most exhausting day of your life. For comfort and safety, check out the list below for what to wear on moving day.

  • Clothes should provide a maximum level of comfort and protection. Wear fabrics that are breathable and flexible, and that won’t restrict your movements.
  • Choose clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or ruined after a long day of moving.
  • Avoid baggy clothing because it has a high chance of becoming caught or tangled on boxes, furniture and so on – a situation that can compromise your safety.
  • Select a pair of shoes that are both comfortable and closed-toe in order to provide your feet the best protection, flexibility and traction.

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Top Things to Do Before You Move

Everyone knows that moving day is a big day. Not only is it a busy day, but it can also be a very long day. This is why it is vital to plan and prepare for the big move ahead of time. Otherwise, you risk many problems. To eliminate these risks, here are the top things you must do before you move.

Selecting the Right Home

You may love a particular house, but there are more factors to take into consideration than the number of bedrooms and exterior appeal. If you fail to properly research your new area and to assess your lifestyle, needs and preferences when choosing a home, you risk costly and consequential mistakes. When considering housing options, pay serious attention to these things:

Location. Location is key, and while an affordable property that meets all of your requirements is the goal, if it is in an inconvenient location, it has the potential to be a major problem, causing troubles in your everyday life. Be sure your new home will be conveniently located in a safe and prosperous neighborhood. You’ll want it to be close to work, your children’s school, reliable healthcare centers, local amenities and even some entertainment locales.

Lifestyle. Do you need a place where your kids and pets can run around and be safe? Do you want quick access to entertainment and nightlife activities? These types of questions are important to ask yourself before making a decision on a new home. So, assess your lifestyle, needs and preferences when researching housing options in order to avoid choosing the wrong place to live.

Size. Whether opting for a house, apartment or something different, be sure to figure out what size it needs to be. A family of five won’t be comfortable in a two-bedroom home, just as a mcmansion will be much too large when living solo. Buying or renting a home of inadequate size can cause inconvenience and/or financial loss, so avoid this at all costs.

Condition. Before you make a decision on a new home, it’s important to inspect its current condition. If it needs a lot of attention, you will need to figure out the additional financial burden it may place upon you. You will also need to ensure you have the necessary amount of time for repairs and renovations so it will be in solid, livable condition before moving in.

Cost. A large home in a prosperous neighborhood may be tempting, but be sure to take into account the cost. This includes rent/mortgage, utilities, maintenance costs and so on. Taking on an unaffordable home is a huge mistake, so be mindful of what you can and cannot afford.

Prepare Your Home Before Moving In

After selecting your ideal home, it’s important to prepare your home before moving in. This means fixing any problems or performing any renovations. Moving into a new home that is still enduring ongoing repairs and restorations can turn into an instant nightmare. So be sure to prep your new home before moving day. Here are some ways to do so:

Create a Floor Plan. If your home is in need of renovations, it is a good idea to plan ahead. One way to do this is by creating a floor plan. A floor plan is the ultimate way for you to create the perfect interior design for your home. By figuring out the ideal location each of your furniture pieces, household appliances and other items will go, you will eliminate moving day dilemmas, like finding out your couch is too large for the space. You will also save time, money and frustration because you won’t have to rearrange furniture and other items several times to find the perfect spot.

Deep Clean. As you move into your new home, you will, of course, need to clean as you unpack and get settled in – removing boxes, trash, etc. But, it is also a very good idea to provide your home with a deep cleaning. This doesn’t mean just mopping the floors or scrubbing the bathtubs. It also means cleaning air ducts and changing air filters, washing windows inside and out, and ensuring the interior is free of dust and debris. Performing these tasks before moving in will make for a less stressful and lengthy post-move to-do list.

Transfer/Turn On Utilities

Another important thing to do before you show up at your new home with all of your belongings is to make sure you have transferred/turned on all utilities. This is a very crucial pre-moving task to take care of because you will need the utilities running as soon as you arrive at your new place. Not doing so will leave you with a long list of problems, like being without power, which means no lights and an inability to prepare warm food or keep food cold in the fridge. It also means no water, so you won’t be able to take that much-needed shower after a long day of moving.

To make sure you are ready for the big move, ABC Movers can help. Contact us today at 800.771.0151 or visit our website.

Bubble Wrap: The Ultimate Accessory When Moving

The most practical packing material available is… you guessed it, bubble wrap. It provides the perfect cushion for any item, fits any shape, and can easily be secured with packing tape. Along with being used to protect delicate items and awkwardly shaped pieces during shipping, there are many other reasons why bubble wrap is such a widely used packing tool.

Safety. Bubble wrap is made by sealing together two sheets of plastic with air trapped between them in order to create rows of bubbles. The evenly distributed air-filled pockets provide excellent protection against shocks and vibrations, and can also prevent items from breaking if accidentally dropped. Bubble wrap also protects items from scratches and chipping.

Convenience. Considering all of the hassles that go along with moving, one thing that makes the packing process easier is bubble wrap. These handy bubbles are simple to use. Just wrap an item of your choosing and seal it securely with packing tape. Bubble wrap has the ability to snugly fit the surface of whatever object is inside – no matter the shape or size.

Bubble wrap also offers moving convenience because it comes in various forms (sheets, bags, envelopes) and sizes (large or small bubbles). This way, you can easily pick the type that best suits your specific needs and requirements.

Environmentally Friendly. Another positive aspect of bubble wrap is that it is environmentally friendly. Not only can it be reused several times – a great way to save money and help the environment – but you can even opt for bio-degradable, which degrades easily when discarded and causes no harm to nature.

Financially Friendly. There’s no question that packing materials quickly add up in price, so to help lower the cost of your move, opt for bubble wrap. Due to bubble wrap’s perfect cushioning, you won’t require many more packing supplies to ensure the safety of your belongings. Not to mention, bubble wrap is lightweight (it is basically just air, after all), so it doesn’t add to the overall weight of any items that require shipping.


Fun.
Pop. Pop. Pop, pop, pop! If there’s one thing these fantastic bubbles provide, it is entertainment – and we all know a little fun goes a long way when doused in the stress and mayhem of a move. So go ahead, give in and give it a squeeze.

Which Type of Bubble Wrap Should You Use?

As previously mentioned, you can choose from many different types of bubble wrap. So which one should you choose? Here’s a guide to help you decide which type will work best for your particular needs.

Large. Large bubble wrap features air pockets as big as 1” (26 mm) in diameter. Large bubble wrap is typically used for packing large household items, like furniture pieces. It is also good for providing a significant amount of cushion inside large moving boxes.

Small. Small bubble wrap ranges in bubble size from 1/8” (3mm) to 3/8” (10mm) in diameter. Smaller bubble size provides less protection against shock or impact, but greatly aids in protecting items from scratches and other superficial damage. Use small bubble wrap for electronics, glassware and other sensitive/delicate items.

Bubble Wrap Envelopes. Bubble wrap envelopes are a good choice for protecting things like CDs, books,small framed pictures and other flat items. These handy envelopes feature bubbles along the inside, which equals to maximum protection for breakables. They also provide easy-seal protection.

Anti-Static Bubble Wrap. Anti-static bubble wrap is designed to protect electronic items, like cell phones, computers and TVs. It works by dissipating static charge. This is good for protecting sensitive electronic chips inside cell phones, etc.

What Should You Pack with Bubble Wrap?

Honestly, there isn’t a single thing that can’t be wrapped in bubble wrap. That’s part of its amazingness! However, certain items require better protection than others and will benefit more from the superior protective qualities of bubble wrap.

If you need to pack fragile items, the more protection the better. The more securely you wrap these items, the greater the chance they will remain intact during your move. Do not use bubble wrap sparingly for the following items:

China. China sets include many pieces. To protect every plate, saucer and cup, wrap them first in packing paper, followed by a secure layer of bubble wrap. Also place some bubble wrap inside all cups, and between its body and handle, to provide extra support and eliminate the risk of breaking.

Glasses. Consider how many glasses you have broken in your lifetime. Now imagine what happens to glasses when poorly packed inside of a moving box. Yikes! Glasses top the list of the most easily damaged items during a move, so be sure to wrap them carefully when packing. Each glass – whether a wine glass or a valuable piece of crystal – should be individually wrapped with bubble wrap. Also, place an extra layer of bubble wrap on top of the wrapped glasses before sealing the box.

Artwork. If moving with figurines, paintings and other valuable pieces of art, don’t forget these items need maximum protection too. First, wrap in packing paper to better protect any delicate surfaces. Then follow with several layers of bubble wrap. Secure with packing tape.

Mirrors. Mirrors are another item that is easily cracked and broken during a relocation. To provide the mirror’s surface with optimum protection, it is a good idea to cover it with packing paper. Then, using bubble wrap with large air pockets, wrap the mirror in several layers of protection. To secure all packing paper and bubble wrap, encircle the entire mirror with packing tape.

*Framed paintings and mirrors should be placed in specialty picture/mirror boxes for maximum protection.

Vases. Due to their awkward shape and delicate material, vases are highly susceptible to damage – so grab the bubble wrap to provide the best protection possible. To wrap, set your vase on its side on a sheet of bubble wrap. Then, roll it until it’s completely covered, and secure it in place with packing tape. Be sure the top and bottom of the base is safely wrapped and taped.

For all moving supplies, including bubble wrap, packing paper, boxes and more, ABC Movers has everything you need to make your move a success.

Important Steps to Take When Moving Antique Furniture

Moving breakable items is always risky, whether you move a few blocks away or clear across the country. Things get even trickier when the items you need to move include antique furniture. Antique furniture requires a delicate touch and ultimate protection throughout the moving process, otherwise you risk costly – and upsetting – damage that can sharply diminish its value. Since moving antique furniture is such a specialized job, the best choice is to trust in the expertise and special equipment of professional movers. But before you move these precious items, here are some things to do first.

Take inventory

The very first thing you need to do before moving antique furniture is to complete a detailed inventory of all the pieces you own. It is also a good idea to inventory all non-antique furniture that require special packing and handling due to fragility, aesthetic appeal, sentimentality, etc. As you make a list of each furniture piece, be sure to note any existing damage, and also take plenty of clear, high-resolution photos. Photograph each item from all sides and angles, concentrating on pre-existing defects, weakened sections, or extra fragile parts.

Why is it a good idea to take photos prior to your move? Photographs will provide proof of any damage that occurs during the moving process and can be easily provided to both your insurance company and moving company.

To keep or to sell

After inventorying your furniture and having it appraised, you are ready for the next step, which is deciding whether all the antique pieces you own are worth the time, energy, and effort to relocate them to your new home. Antique furniture can be worth a good chunk of change depending on the item and condition it’s in. There is no right or wrong answer when making this decision, so simply opt for the choice that is best for you.

Have antiques appraised

Considering that antiques can be quite valuable, it’s a good idea to have these items insured before your move. This will help cover any potential damage these possessions may encounter during the moving process. However, before you are able to insure your valuables, you will need to have each piece appraised. We can’t stress enough how important it is to know the value of all of your antique furniture prior to moving day. Having these items appraised is the best step towards ensuring their safety. In some instances, you will be required to obtain more than one appraisal as verification of the value of your antiques. This is especially true if you own pieces considered to be priceless.

So how do you find a qualified and trustworthy appraiser? Ask your insurance agent/company or authorized antique dealers about recommendations for locally licensed antique furniture appraisers. You can also try contacting the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) for assistance. Most appraisers charge a flat fee or an hourly rate for their services, so be sure to find out ahead of time how much you’ll be charged.

Purchase insurance coverage 

Once you have your antique furniture appraised, you can then purchase proper insurance coverage. This is by far the most important pre-move task to accomplish in order to protect your antiques. If you are someone who prefers to “save” money by not purchasing insurance for your valuable items, be aware that the risk is almost never worth it. With insurance, even if the worst happens to your antiques during your move, you will still be able to recover the value of these prized possessions. After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Take a closer look 

The final step to take before moving day arrives is to take a closer look at each piece of furniture in order to recognize any potential risks to be battled during the move. This way, you will be able to figure out the appropriate way to protect and care for each piece. Inspect the construction/main frame, top section, legs or feet, and current condition/pre-existing damage like cracks, loose joints, etc. Here are some other things to take into consideration pre-move.

Size: Before the hustle and bustle of moving day begins, it’s vital to ensure all pieces of furniture will easily fit through doors and doorframes in both your old and new home. Measuring the dimensions of all pieces and doorways will make sure moving these items goes smoothly.

Temperature and Humidity: Antique furniture comes in many different types of wood. This makes extreme temperatures and excess moisture very damaging to the delicate finishes found on some of your items. To avoid this, temperature and humidity levels should be the same at both your old and new home.

Problem Spots: Another important thing to consider before your move is to identify any potential problem spots or sections that could prove to be problematic, such as loose shelves, interior parts and non-secured glass. Mark these areas as fragile on your inventory list, and be sure to inform your movers about them before the relocation takes place.

Moving fragile items can be worrisome, but with the right steps, you can turn a risky situation into a success!

Add Some Fun to Your Move with These Special Pre-Move Ideas

Packing. Scheduling and planning. Buying moving supplies. Packing. Booking movers. Did we mention packing? With so much to do before a move, it’s all too easy to throw your arms up in defeat and exclaim, “I quit!” With all of the not-so-fun tasks to do, you’re probably wondering if there are any fun aspects to a move. Well, you’re in luck! We’ve come up with some special pre-move ideas to look forward to, so check ’em out below.

Give your friends a proper goodbye

Parting ways with good friends can often be a very sad experience, so we suggest eliminating the sad by replacing it with the fun and memorable. Take a few moments and think about each friend you will soon be leaving behind. What is a favorite activity you both like to do together? What “last” activity do you most want to experience with them? When considering these questions, you can come up with all sorts of possibilities you both will enjoy. By spending some quality fun time together before moving day arrives, you will part ways with a bang instead of pondering why your paths are leading in different directions.

Throw a memorable farewell bash

Saying goodbye to your memory-filled home, closest friends and family doesn’t usually sit at the top of the “fun” list – especially if you tend to focus on the negative side of things. But before your movers arrive, can you think of anything more fun than throwing a memorable farewell bash? The best part about organizing a farewell party shortly before your move date is that it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. In fact, no one will expect anything super special from you considering the transitional period you are in. This makes it the perfect time to invite your crew over for a casual get-together (think pizza and drinks), so you have a chance to spend some carefree time with the people you care about most.

Have a photo session

Whether you opt for your digital camera or smartphone, before moving day arrives, take some time to wander around your place snapping photos – and be creative! Along with bringing you amusement and some time to relax, it can also play two important roles in your future.

  1. Photos are practical and can serve as proof of the condition your belongings just before your move. If for any reason you need to present evidence of any damage that occurred to your belongings during your move, pictures will help you file a damage claim with your professional movers.
  2. Photos allow you to remember a certain time in your life that you can never get back. Photos can be used for photo albums, picture frames, and other creative ways to keep your fondest memories close.

Take a memento from your old home

Okay, so it’s never a good idea to take something that you really shouldn’t from your old home, like a microwave or the front door, but finding a small memento to take with you can be a lot of fun. It can also provide you with a great keepsake. What should it be?

A glass jar of soil or a few cool rocks from your private garden or driveway?

Pressed leaves from your favorite tree in the backyard?

A door handle from a room that meant the most to you? (Only if you owned the home, of course!)

Whatever memento you choose, it will keep good memories alive and help lower the chance of post-relocation depression.

Give away/donate some items

As moving day approaches, you will often question why you have so much stuff! As you pack your belongings, it is the perfect time to purge items you no longer need or want. It will also make moving day shorter and smoother. Whether you choose to give some of your belongings to friends or a donation center, both will have rewarding benefits. You will save time and money with less items to pack, and you will also brighten someone’s day by helping those in need.

Design your new home

While you won’t actually be able to design your new home until after your move, you can still fantasize about it in the meantime. Not only is it fun to visualize how you will decorate and furnish your new home, but it can also help make the process of unpacking much easier.

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How to Move Your Piano Safely and Efficiently

moving piano - photo 2Pianos are an extravagant and treasured piece of furniture. When it comes time to move, you can’t afford to make an error in transporting such a precious and substantial item, no matter what type of piano you own.

A Grand Piano can cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to half a million dollars. They weigh a great deal – 650 pounds to 1,300 pounds – and are also impressive in size, at five feet wide and nine feet long. Upright pianos may not be as “fancy” as the Grand and Baby Grands of the world, but they are still a precious item that needs to be treated with extreme care.

Sure, a piano can be manhandled during a move, but this is a very risky choice that could possibly damage the piano’s interior workings. General repairs can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars, with full rebuilds or serious damage repairs costing much more than minor fixes. As well as repair costs being a potential consequence of trying to tackle moving a piano on your own, the weight and bulkiness can translate to injury to yourself and friends. While upright pianos are easier to handle and transport than the Grands, it is still a very wise decision – and investment – to opt for professionals to move them properly.

Professional piano moving is actually a trade. It requires specialized tools, techniques and knowledge in order to safely transport and navigate a piano from one home to another. A service like this will more than likely cost extra, but the payoff will be huge!

If you choose to move your piano yourself, here are some helpful pointers to make the process a success.

tape measure - photoMeasure. In order to know how you will be able to safely move your piano out of your home and into your new home, measuring is key. Measure the piano, as well as doorways, stairwells, etc. Otherwise, you may find out on moving day that the hallways are too small to even get your piano out the door! Having all of the required measurements is the only way to configure a way to move your piano.

Tools. Moving a piano is different than grabbing a cardboard box and toting it to the moving truck. Pianos are extremely heavy and awkwardly shaped, plus they are easily damaged and broken. In order to move an item of this magnitude safely and efficiently, you’ll need the right tools and equipment, such as piano dollies, protective cloths and furniture piano dolly - PHOTOpads. Don’t forget an extra set or two of hands! You’ll want to make sure you have some trusted – and strong – friends that are willing to help you move your piano.

Safety Measures. There are several safety measures to consider and take when moving a piano, such as locking the lid of the piano and also ensuring the piano rollers can withstand movement. The last thing you want to have happen while moving a piano is for the rollers to break and your back to go out trying to lift it into the moving truck.

When you finally get the piano on the moving truck, it is extremely important to secure it correctly. A piano should be placed at the back wall within a moving truck and secured with straps. It should also be covered with furniture pads so it will stay protected from scratches, dings and other potential damage.

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Stage Your Home with These Low-Cost Tips

house staging tips - blog PHOTO (ABC)It’s time to sell your home. You are most likely excited to get the process started, and also a little nervous. Selling a home is a big deal, after all, and you want the process to be simple, smooth and quick. When you put your home on the market, you will have prospective buyers browsing photos of your house online, as well as checking it out in person. There are thousands of houses on the market, so what can you do to make yours stand out from the rest? Stage it.

Staging a home is an excellent tool to help sell your home faster – and for more money. In fact, staged homes have been shown to sell for more than six percent above the asking price. To learn how to successfully stage your home, continue reading.

A Welcoming Exterior

The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers notice, so make it presentable. The front door (or wherever potential buyers enter your home) should be welcoming. A good way to do this is by adding a welcome mat and plants or flowers. The area should also be clean and maintained while your house is on the market. If the outside of your home isn’t appealing, buyers won’t waste their time.

The Power of Light

Opening curtains and blinds is a no-cost way to brighten your home with natural light, which will make it feel more open and inviting. If your home doesn’t provide much natural light, consider investing in light fixtures, lamps, etc. For small rooms such as the bathroom, replace old bulbs to provide the best light possible.

Remove Personal Touches

Staging a house means making it feel like a home to prospective buyers. But most importantly, you want them to envision themselves there – with their own belongings. To do this, remove family photos or artwork; it will only distract them.

Be Careful of Scents

The nose is a powerful thing,with the sense of smell having the biggest impact on a buyer’s connection to your home. Scents and aromas can make your home feel cozier, so incorporating them into a showing can be a cost-effective idea. Just don’t overdo it! As inviting as certain scents and aromas can be, too much can turn buyers away – especially those with sensitive noses. So keep it subtle. Opt for neutral aromas like lavender, vanilla or sage.

Choose Neutral Colors

If you have the time and means, it is always a good idea to outfit your home’s walls with a fresh coat of paint – and make it neutral. Neutral colors make a space look larger and more inviting. Potential buyers will also be more visually attracted to an interior with light or neutral colors than one with bold red or dark purple walls.

Organize, Declutter, Clean

Organizing, decluttering and cleaning aren’t always fun, but they are all a part of the moving process. They are also essential in staging and selling your home. A messy, cluttered house will instantly turn potential buyers away. However, storing personal items and removing excess clutter will draw them in; it will also increase the value of your home.

For rooms that tend to pile up with clutter, try cleaning it and turning it into a more useful space, such as an office. This is an inexpensive way to make your home feel more spacious. Simply rearranging the furniture in your home can transform it, providing it with a whole new look and feel.

Staging a home doesn’t have to be difficult – or expensive. But putting a little TLC into your home with these easy tips is a worthwhile choice that can make selling your home simple, smooth and quick.

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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