Relocating the Elderly: A Helpful Guide

A home is more than just four walls and a roof. Home is a place that provides comfort and safety. A place that holds memories. All of these qualities grow the longer you live in the same home. Because of this, having to move to a new home can be very upsetting – especially for the elderly. Not only is it harder for seniors to endure a move physically, but it is also difficult emotionally. After all, they have spent years of their time, effort and money to create a home they truly love. Moving seniors can be an enormous challenge, requiring time, organization, and lots of patience. You will also need the assistance of the guide below that will hold your hand as you go through all of the stages of the senior relocation process.

Communication

Moving house is always a time of difficulty and worry. But for the elderly, leaving a cozy, comfortable place that has been their home for many years can be a time of great sadness and apprehension. The main cause of this distress is the perceived sense of loss – a loss of control, independence and self. In order to ensure a smooth transition, reducing your parents sense of loss and powerlessness is a must. To do this, communication is of utmost importance. To create an open line of communication:

  • Discuss the matter at length. Talk with your parents about why they need to move and their options for where they can move to;
  • Be patient. Give your parents time to think about moving, grieve their loss, and also accept the changes that are to come;
  • Be positive. Point out the good aspects of them moving – less responsibilities, less work, increased safety, better healthcare, the chance to spend more time with you and their grandchildren (if moving closer to you).
  • Give them choices. Let them choose their new home or living community. Allow them to be part of the moving preparations, letting them decide what belongings they will take with them, etc.

Planning

After a decision is made about whether or not your parents will be moving – and where they will be moving to – it is time to start planning the relocation. With every move, a great deal of time, effort and organization occurs. For a senior move, you will need to accomplish a number of important tasks, such as:

  • Downsizing your parent’s belongings.
  • Packing your parent’s belongings.
  • Hiring professional movers that are experts in handling a senior move.

Packing

When packing for a move, the elderly are not just packing mere belongings. They are packing memories, keepsakes, and other essential elements from their life. Because they will need to limit the amount of items they move with them, packing can be a longer-than-usual process. To make the packing process efficient and stress-free, you should:

Be considerate and patient. While you may want to just throw things into boxes and donate gobs of other items, it’s important to be considerate and patient with your parents at this time. Ask them what they’d like to do themselves and what they will need help with. While it’s a good idea to help them sort their belongings and steer them in the direction of getting rid of nonessential items, be sure to let them have the final say in what they keep and what they say goodbye to.

Start early. As we just mentioned, it can take time for your parents to decide what belongings to keep and which ones to toss. This is why it’s important to start the packing process early – around three – four months before moving day.

Begin with simple tasks. Easing into the packing process will make it much more bearable on everyone involved. So begin with simple tasks first. For example, try having your parents pack a room in their home that doesn’t hold much emotional attachment, such as a guest room or study.

Another way to help make the moving process easier is to focus on one area at a time. This will make everything that needs to be accomplished less overwhelming.

Pack an essentials box. The first few day after a move is always the hardest. Unpacking, finding specific items you need, and so on. This is why packing an essentials box is a must In this specific box, pack the most must-needed items your parents will need during those first few days after moving. This way they will have easy access to the necessities – medication, toiletries, clothes, basic kitchen items, etc.

Ensure the safety of belongings. Moving is hard enough without suffering the loss of items that were damaged during transportation. While packing, take the necessary steps to ensure all of your parent’s belongings are safely packed to ensure they make it from Point A to Point B on moving day.

Label all boxes. To keep the packing process organized, be sure to label all moving boxes, furniture and other belongings clearly. When labeling, include the specific location that each box, etc. is to go in at your parents’ new home. It is also a good idea to label boxes with their contents to make unpacking easier. For items that require special instructions, be sure to state them on the labels.

Moving Day

When the day of the move arrives, emotions will run high for everyone involved, especially your parents. You will need to be extra cautious in order to keep everything running smoothly and error-free. Here are some things to consider on this stressful day:

  • Be present on moving day to supervise all moving activities as well as the emotional state of your parents.
  • Take the necessary precautions to eliminate the risk of accidents and injuries during the move.
  • Set aside any items that should not be loaded on the moving truck (an essentials box, valuable items, or important documents).
  • Take the time to double check the house before leaving it for good. Ensure nothing has been left behind.
  • Create a safe and comfortable trip for the senior(s) as they relocate to their new home.
  • After the move, help your parents settle in to their new home. Place all o their belongings in the correct places and ensure they are able to freely and safely navigate through their new home.
  • If your parents have moved to a retirement community or assisted living facility, ensure they know how to reach staff for assistance.

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Important Steps to Take When Moving a Safe

If you read our previous blog, “Moving a Safe: Important Prep Steps to Follow”, you learned the necessary prep steps to take when moving a safe. If you didn’t read it, hurry and do so before venturing further!

Now, let’s continue…

Moving a safe is a big job and should be taken seriously. You will need to have strong people to help you move it, the correct moving equipment, a plan for how to move it successfully, and a vehicle to load it onto. For optimal results, follow these important tips to move your safe:

Step 1. After prepping your safe for transport, be sure to close the door and lock it in place. If the doors to your safe accidentally open during transport, it could cause a lot of damage – to you and your helpers, to other belongings or your property, and even to itself.

Step 2. Your safe may appear indestructible, but trust us, it can be damaged during a move. This being said, use moving blankets to completely wrap your safe; ensure no parts are visible. Then, using packing tape, moving straps or rope, secure the blankets in place.

Step 3. With the help of your moving buddies, slowly tilt the safe and slide a heavy-duty dolly underneath the bottom. This step should be performed with extreme caution. One slip or misstep and someone could get hurt.

Step 4. Once your safe is on the dolly, you will need to secure it in place. Do this by wrapping the entire body of the safe with straps or rope, fastening it tightly and securely to the dolly. It is vital that the safe remains firmly attached to the moving dolly at all times, so before continuing to the next step, double-check your work.

Step 5. All of your strength will need to be used during this step, so get your muscles ready. After double-checking to ensure your safe is securely attached to the moving dolly, tilt back the two-wheeler so the full weight of the safe is balanced on the wheels.

Step 6. As you begin to slowly roll the dolly, have at least three of your helpers support the safe. You may also want to assign someone to walk a few steps ahead of you in order to warn you of potential trouble along the way (bumps, cracks, etc.). During this time, no one should make any sudden or unexpected movements. Doing so could confuse others, or even throw them off balance. Sharp turns or bumps should also be avoided if possible because it could cause the safe to fall off the dolly.

Step 7. If you’ve managed to transport your safe to the awaiting moving vehicle, you will then need to lower the loading ramp. This way you can wheel your safe up the ramp and into the vehicle where it will remain until arriving at your destination.

Step 8. After loading the safe, strap it against one of the vehicle’s sides, securing it as tightly as possible. Remember, the more securely you strap your safe to the inside of your moving vehicle, the better the chance it will survive the many bumps and turns on the road. Be sure to use as many straps and ropes as necessary to achieve complete immobilization during transport.

Step 9. Once arriving at your new home, you will need to repeat the above steps in reverse order.

Don’t forget. Safety is your number one priority when moving a safe. If you are not 100% certain you are up to the challenge, turn to experienced professionals that can help you get the job done.

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Moving a Safe: Important Prep Steps to Follow

Moving to a new home is no small task. Instead, it is a process that involves an interconnected series of moving-related jobs that serve one main goal: to get you, your family and everyone’s belongings successfully from Point A to Point B. Sure, some moving tasks are easy, but others are much more difficult. A problem can lead to damage of certain possessions and injury to yourself or those helping you. It can also cause large amounts of stress and irritation. One example of a difficult moving task is moving a safe. No matter their size or what they contain, moving a safe is a challenging job. So how do you tackle it?

First, you need to focus on safety. When moving any object, safety is important. When moving an object that is heavy and awkward, the importance of safety escalates and should be of utmost concern. Say, for example, that you own a huge high security commercial safe. Typically, this type of safe can weigh up to 500 pounds or more! When combining this extraordinary weight with your safe’s large dimensions, moving it can be both hard and dangerous. Under these circumstances, hiring professional movers is a good idea. One that we strongly suggest. But what if you can’t afford to hire professional movers to help you or you can’t find reliable movers you trust? Or, perhaps, you are just one of those individuals who insist on doing things themselves. Whatever the reason may be, before taking on the mighty job of moving your safe, there are some steps to take first:

Measure. The first thing to do when planning on moving a safe is to measure it. Knowing the dimensions and weight of your home or office safe is the only way movers will know what type of moving equipment to lend you. To find the specific data for your safe, check the Internet or the instruction manual.

Secure the proper moving equipment. If you want to master the task of moving your safe, you will need to have the correct moving equipment to get the job done. For this particular job, you will need to use a heavy-duty appliance dolly (or hand truck). You will also need some supporting straps (or a very long rope) in order to secure your safe once it is loaded onto the dolly. It is also a good idea to have a number of thick moving blankets on hand in order to protect the safe from damage during transport.

Empty your safe. While it’s not an absolute must to empty your safe before moving it to a new location, we do suggest it. Due to the unusual movements the valuables inside your safe will be subjected to during transport, it is a good idea to remove these items before beginning the moving procedure. This way nothing risks being damaged. Emptying your safe is an especially good idea if it is a heavy-duty gun safe. Not only could your guns be damaged during transport, but why risk a safety issue if you can easily avoid it? Once you have removed items from your safe, be sure to pack them securely in a separate box or container.

Confirm help. Whether you hired professional movers to move your safe, or decided to gather some of your strongest friends to help you, it’s a very good idea to confirm that your helpers will indeed show up as planned. Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to move a heavyweight safe by yourself. We cannot stress this enough! Doing so risks costly damage to your property, along with serious personal injury. So be sure your hired helpers really will show up on the big day.

Dress correctly. We know clothing and footwear are probably the least of your concerns when moving, but trust us – they matter. When picking out your clothes for moving day, it’s important to choose items that will provide comfort and protection for your body. Avoid baggy clothes and jewelry that may get caught on something and compromise safety. When deciding on footwear, choose a comfortable pair that is closed-toe. They should also provide good traction in all situations.

Another thing to ensure you wear when moving your safe (and other items) is work gloves. Investing in a high-quality pair of work gloves will not only protect your hands and fingers but also allow for a better grip.

Secure a moving van or truck. In order to transport your safe from Point A to Point B, you will need to use a moving van or durable pickup truck. Whatever vehicle you choose, ensure it is equipped with a loading platform to make the process both easier and safer for everyone involved.

Now that you know how to prep for a ‘safe’ move (pun intended!), head over to our next blog, “Important Steps to Take When Moving a Safe”, to learn the steps required to move your safe.

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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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 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!

Childproof Your Home: A Room-By-Room Guide

Life with a baby, or babies for all you twin parents out there, is a lot of work! Anyone who denies it … well, they obviously haven’t ventured into a life with kids! If you’ve recently moved to a new home with a baby in tow, congratulations are in order, because you have accomplished two very difficult tasks! But as you unpack and decorate your new home, there is one more vital step to conquer – childproofing! Ensuring your little one’s safety should be done as soon as possible after your move, as it will require some careful planning and proper execution. Once done, you will officially be able to relax in your new home. So how do you tackle this important parenting task? Childproofing is all about identifying potential household hazards, then effectively eliminating them by employing the necessary safety measures. The best way to start is by going into each room of your home and making a list of anything that may pose even the slightest risk to your baby’s well-being. Don’t forget, your child doesn’t see the world the same way you do, so you’ll need to try and see your home through his/her eyes. You may have to crawl or roll around on the floor to best spot potential dangers to your child, but it will be well worth it if it keeps them safe.

For a room-by-room guide to childproofing, read on!

Nursery

The nursery should be your first stop when childproofing, as it’s the room where your baby will be spending most of their time. The leading causes of accidental death in babies under age one is suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Here’s how to reduce the risks:

  • The only things that should ever be in your child’s crib are a mattress with fitted sheet and your child, so empty your crib entirely of all toys (especially stuffed animals), bumpers, blankets, comforters and pillows.
  • Cribs must now meet stricter federal requirements, so you may want to try and get a bed that was built post 2011 for stronger safety.
  • As sturdy and stable as your child’s changing table appears, there is still a chance that it can tip over, injuring both you and your baby – especially when your child begins wiggling all over the place during diaper changes. To avoid dangerous situations, secure your changing table to the wall.
  • What looks like a simple plug outlet to you can look quite intriguing to an adventurous child. To protect your child from electric shock, install electrical outlet protectors. (This should be done for every plug outlet in every room of your home – even those you don’t think they can reach.)
  • Do your child’s nursery windows have blinds? If so, the strings used to draw them up and down pose a strangulation hazard. Make sure to keep them out of your baby’s reach, or install cordless blinds for better protection. You may also want to consider mounting window guards to completely eliminate any risk of accidental falls out the window.

Bathroom

One slip in the bathtub and serious injury and death can occur. This is why drowning is another leading cause of injury-related child deaths in the U.S. For infants under age one, the bathtub is the most dangerous place in the entire house. Babies can drown in as little as an inch of water. This is why we must state that you should never, not even for a second, leave your baby unattended while in the tub! If for some reason you absolutely have to leave the bathroom, take your baby with you. Also:

  • Keep your baby as far away from faucets as possible.
  • Place non-skid strips on the bathroom floor to prevent you from falling and dropping your child.
  • Install a toilet lock.
  • Install a baby gate to keep baby out.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the room in your home where it is all too easy to get distracted. It’s also a place where infants are known to get into trouble! From hot stoves and boiling water to chemicals and food, it’s important to take the necessary steps to properly babyproof it.

  • Household chemicals and cleaning supplies are typically stored under the kitchen sink. Dishwashing and laundry pods are particular dangerous, as they resemble candy. You have two options:
  1. Securely latch the cabinet doors under your sink (and all other low cabinets that hold dangerous items) with a childproof lock.
  2. Move all chemical supplies to a top cabinet where your child can’t reach them.
  • When not cooking, cover stove knobs with protective covers to prevent them from being turned on by mistake.
  • Use the back burners on your stove, to discourage brave attempts to reach for scalding food. If using front burners, turn pot handles inward so your child won’t be tempted to reach up and grab them.
  • Always keep an operational fire extinguisher in your kitchen, and make sure you know how to use it!

Living Room

At first glance, your living room probably doesn’t appear to pose much of a threat. But it is actually filled with a number of hidden dangers that must be addressed to ensure your child’s safety.

  • Statistics show that every three weeks, a child is killed by a TV tip-over. This being said, you should mount your television set on a wall or place it on a stable piece of furniture and anchor it safely to the wall.
  • Secure all bookcases or other bulky furniture items to the wall. Also, distribute the weight of their content by placing heaviest items at the bottom. This will make them less prone to tipping over, and minimize the risk of something heavy falling on your child.
  • For all furniture pieces – tables, chairs, etc., with sharp edges, protect them with soft corner guards to lower the risk of puncture wounds.
  • Keep all remote controls and other battery-operated items out of your baby’s reach. If swallowed, batteries pose a great risk to your child’s health.

Stairs

If your new home has stairs, even if it’s only a few, it’s important to childproof them properly. The best way to do this is to mount safety gates at the top and bottom of your stairs to prevent child access. Be sure to install them so that they open out and away from the staircase.

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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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The Ultimate Checklist for Efficient and Speedy Packing

Time-consuming? Check! Stressful? Oh yeah! Exhausting? Yawn… Very! Okay, so moving may not be the most thrilling experience, but there are ways to make it easier. All you have to do is take advantage of the packing checklist below that offers practical and logical tips to help you pack your home quickly and efficiently.

How to Pack Efficiently

Anyone can just throw their belongings into a box and slap some tape on top. But taking the time to pack efficiently will be well worth it. Not only will it make moving day more organized, but it will also make unpacking much easier. Here are some must-know tips for being an efficient packer.

  • Create an inventory of your entire home, and decide which items you will take with you and which ones you will leave behind. The less stuff you pack, the less money you will have to pay for supplies and transportation. Also, you won’t waste time packing things that you really don’t need or want.
  • Never underestimate the time required to pack your home for a move. So, start as early as possible to avoid the unavoidable buildup of moving stress.
  • Packing an entire house is a hard and near-impossible feat for one family, let alone one person. Ask for packing assistance from friends and professional packers to get the job done faster and more efficiently.
  • Request a list of non-allowables from your moving company in advance. This will ensure you don’t waste time and energy packing items that are forbidden from being transported (e.g., hazardous goods, explosive/flammable/corrosive substances, pets, plants, perishable foods).

How to Pack Quickly

No matter where you are moving (apartment, house, new office) or what type of move it is (local, intrastate), time is of the essence. Here are the top ways to pack quickly.

  • To be a quick packer, good organization is key. Create a customized and prioritized day-by-day packing calendar so you can make the most of the usable time you have before Moving Day arrives.
  • Use the pack-in-stages approach. This means packing a certain number of boxes every single day. Just make sure you stick to it!
  • Designate one specific room as your packing station. This will speed up the packing process considerably by allowing your other rooms to stay clutter-free and easily accessible throughout the most time-consuming pre-moving tasks.
  • Institute a master packing strategy to avoid wasted time on random and disorganized packing jobs. 1. Start with the toughest rooms to pack. 2. Pack items you use least before those you use most often. 3. Pack heavy/bulky items first.
  • Make an effort to stay focused. Keeping your concentration while packing will greatly speed up the moving process.

How to Pack Moving Boxes

If you’re going to move, you will need the ultimate packing supply – moving boxes! Purchase, or collect for free, a large number of cardboard boxes that are in good overall condition. You can get them directly from a local moving company or local business/supermarket/bookstore/electronics stores, etc. While at it, go ahead and gather other must-have supplies – bubble wrap, packing paper, packing tape, scissors and markers. Once you have all of your supplies, packing can begin. But before you start tossing things inside with no rhyme or reason, here are the best ways to fill those boxes.

  • For extra protection of your valuables from moving mishaps, lay a sheet or two of clean packing paper on the bottom of each box.
  • Reinforce the bottom of every box with a few lengths of high-quality packing tape. No matter how durable the moving box looks and feels, this will help eliminate the risk of accidental breakages.
  • Pay attention to the size of each box. Use small boxes for heavy items, such as books, and medium-large containers for lighter belongings, like pillows, blankets and stuffed animals.
  • Ensure you use filling and padding materials inside boxes. The better you pack any unused space with soft fillers, the more immobilized your items will be.
  • Clearly label all moving boxes. By marking the content, destination room and special handling instructions, you will save time, confusion and nerves.
  • Pack a special moving box – or maybe a few – with the daily essentials you will need post-move (toothbrush, toilet paper, some clothes, etc.). This will save you time and energy trying to track down important belongings within the mountain of sealed boxes looming around you.

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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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