Important safety tips to avoid injuries during your move

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Moving day is a culmination of things. Stress and anticipation. Moments of pure chaos. And don’t forget hard labor and lots and lots of sweat. If you’re not careful, you could also add injury to the madness. Moving is already plenty painful without adding injury to the list, so read on for a few tips to help your move go as smooth as possible. Continue reading “Important safety tips to avoid injuries during your move”

Stress and moving: how they connect

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When a move is ahead, the first word that comes to mind for many is stress. In fact, moving ranks among one of the most stressful events in one’s life. It’s really no surprise, considering it’s such a costly, laborious and nerve-wracking endeavor. Continue reading “Stress and moving: how they connect”

Keep moving costs down with these budget-friendly moving tips

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When it’s time to move, costs add up quickly – a situation that can lead to extra stress during an already stressful situation. While many moving expenses are unavoidable, there are multiple ways you can keep costs down. All you have to do is plan ahead and follow these easy budget-friendly moving tips. Continue reading “Keep moving costs down with these budget-friendly moving tips”

Moving during the holidays? Here’s how to make it easier.

movingA move is always stressful, whether big, small, long distance or local. But planning a move during the holidays takes moving stress to a whole new level – especially if you have kids. Is it actually possible to pack boxes, organize and clean your home, shop for presents and decorate for the holidays all at the same time?

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How to Prepare and Move Your Washing Machine and Dryer

movingMoving house involves a great deal of packing. Collecting all of the necessary supplies. Wrapping items so they don’t get damaged or broken. It’s a lot of work and takes a lot of time. What often proves to be the most difficult to prepare and move is large items. Couches, armoires, desks. Even big, awkwardly shaped items like these have to be packed somehow so they don’t get messed up during transport. There are two things that are especially difficult to pack and move. Can you guess what they are? If you guessed the washing machine and dryer, you are correct! Your washer and dryer are heavy, bulky and can be truly difficult to move. But it must be done, so we are here to help.

Here are some helpful tips to pack and move your washer and dryer.

Washing Machine

Your washing machine, more than likely, is the heaviest and hardest thing in your laundry room that will need to be moved come moving day. Before you start, here are some supplies you will need:

  • Washing machine instruction manual
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Bucket
  • Washer locks
  • Packing tape or duct tape
  • Moving blankets
  • Dolly, hand truck, furniture casters, or additional blanket/towel to slide the machine

Now that you have gathered the necessary supplies, you are prepared to follow the steps below:

moving1. Shut off the water supply to the washing machine.

2. Shut off the power supply to the washing machine at the electrical panel, and unplug the machine.

3. Using your slip-joint pliers, disconnect the hoses from the valves and from the washing machine. (Keep a bucket handy in order to catch any water that may be left in the hoses.)

4. Refer to your owner’s manual, and remove the drain hose from the back of the machine. Then install washer locks, and follow any other instructions in your manual concerning how to prepare your washing machine for moving.

5. Tape the lid of the washing machine closed. Also tape the electrical cord to the back of the machine. (If you have a front-load washer, the door should automatically lock, so be sure to close it completely before moving the machine.)

6. Wrap the washing machine in moving blankets. This will protect it from dents or scratches. If you have a team of professional movers helping you, they can now take over and your job is complete. If not, move on to the next step.

moving7. Load the washing machine onto a dolly. It can then be pushed up the ramp onto the moving van. *Be sure you have at least one or two friends helping you during this step. Your washing machine can weigh up to 300 pounds. Its weight and large size make this is a job you definitely don’t want to tackle alone!

If you do not have a dolly or hand truck, lift each side of the washing machine until you have placed a moving blanket completely underneath the machine. Then pull the blanket, with the washing machine on top, to the moving van.

*If you have to move your washing machine up and down stairs, take extreme caution when doing so. Go slowly, lift with your legs (never your back!), and take as many breaks as needed.

8. Secure the washing machine inside the moving van with rope or ratchet straps. Do not place anything heavy on top of the machine, as it could dent the top. Light boxes, however, are acceptable.

Dryer

Compared to the mighty weight of your washing machine, your dryer will feel like lifting a feather. Okay, maybe not a feather, but it will definitely be lighter because dryers weigh half that of a washing machine.

Here’s how to move it:

1. For an electric dryer, unplug it from its power source and secure the cord to the back of the machine with packing tape or duct tape.

For gas dryers, disconnect the hose and store it inside the dryer (or drum).

moving2. Disconnect the metallic hose vent. If it’s in good condition, you can store it inside the dryer. If you have an older vent hose, however, you will want to throw it away and replace it with a new one after your move is complete.

3. Wrap the dryer in moving blankets just like you did your washing machine. This way you won’t risk any dents or scratches.

4. Whether using a dolly or a moving blanket, follow the same steps you used when transporting your washer. (Step 7)

Important things to look for when moving to a new neighborhood

movingWhen it’s time to find a new home, there are many things to take into consideration. Here are some important things to look for when scouring neighborhoods for a new place to live.

movingGreen Spaces. Whether you dig a city vibe or more urban area, everyone can benefit from having some greenery in their lives. That’s why it’s a good idea to look at neighborhoods that offer local parks. Find out how many are in the area. Do they provide key aspects you and your family want? For example, are they within walking distance to the homes you are looking to live in and do they have play equipment like swings and slides for your children to use? It is also important to make sure these parks are safe, so check with trusted neighbors in the area and do an Internet search.

Neighborhood Watch Program. Speaking of safety, another important thing to learn about when searching for a good neighborhood to live in is whether it has a neighborhood watch program (NWP). An NWP is a good indicator as to whether the neighborhood is serious about safety and if it can provide your family with extra security. Speak with members of the community to find out if there is an NWP, how often they meet, and how they go about ensuring neighborhood safety. If there isn’t an NWP but you like the added security it provides, you may want to consider asking others in the community if they’d be willing to start one with you.

Good Schools. If you have school-aged children, then the location and quality of schools in the area you intend to live is of utmost concern. After all, what’s more important than your children’s education and safety? This is why researching the schools in the area where you plan to live is a must. When researching schools, use a school finder to compare important indicators – average test scores, ratio of teachers to students, and reviews from current and former neighbors. Ideally, you will want the school your child to attend to provide an excellent overall performance record and enough teachers to give your child the attention they need to succeed.

movingWalkability. Living in an area where you can ditch the car and simply walk wherever you need to go sounds pretty phenomenal, doesn’t it? There are several benefits of it too, like saving on gas and lowering wear and tear on your vehicle. Plus, it helps lower your carbon footprint – a definite score for the planet. Fresh air and exercise don’t hurt either, and we all want to look and feel our best, right? If you want to live in an area where you can easily walk around on foot, check out Google’s walkability score website. Just type in the name of the area you are considering moving to, and it will provide you with information on how pedestrian-friendly it is.

Friendly Neighbors. There are the neighbors that you never see and the neighbors that are overly friendly and make you want to run in the house before they notice you. And then you have the perfect neighbors that are just the right amount of friendly and trustable. Having a good relationship with your neighbors is important for both you and your family’s safety and peaceful living experience. Neighbors that have a good rapport with one another will think highly of each other, have get-togethers, and keep the yards clean and safe for kids in the neighborhood. Before you decide on a permanent residence, consider chatting with potential neighbors in the area. This will give you a feel for who you might be living near.

movingPolice/Fire Departments. Another important thing to consider before moving to a new area is to find out how close police and fire departments are to your potential home. You’ll want to live in a neighborhood that provides a noticeable police presence, but not so noticeable that it indicates the area may have a crime problem. It’s also a good idea to look for a local fire department in order to try and get a feel for how long it might take them to respond to an emergency should something ever go wrong.

Culture. What you should also think about when choosing a specific location to live in is the kind of culture or lifestyle you want to be surrounded by. If you have small children, you may want to live in an area with other families with young kids. Or, if you’re an older couple, you may want to live in an area with people close to your age. While it is definitely a matter of preference, an area’s culture can make a large impact on how much you enjoy living there.

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8 must-know tips to follow when moving in snowy weather

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Winter is here! That first snowfall of the year can be truly magical, can’t it? Unfortunately, the effect has a tendency to quickly wear off, especially when you have to move house in a land of white. To make your winter move a success, here are eight, must-know tips to follow:

movingConfirm detail with your moving company. It may be more difficult to move house during winter, but it is actually a pretty smart idea. With winter being moving companies off-season, moving rates are often lower, and it is much easier to book movers because they are more available. But because the winter season often brings unpredictable weather it is important o confirm the details of your move with your moving company ahead of time. Check in with them one week prior to your scheduled move as well as one to two days before. This way you and your movers are on the same page and if there are any problems due to the weather, you can come up with a backup plan.

Check the weather often. Since winter can be so unpredictable, it is important o keep a close watch on the weather as your moving day approaches. Check the forecast, paying close attention to what your trusted local meteorologist has to say. Also check it every week leading up to your move, and then every day the week of. If you are concerned the weather will cause roads to be shut down or that it will hinder your move in any way, don’t hesitate to call them and express your worries. Remember, as anxious as you are to get your move over with, it is always best to play it safe and delay your move. Getting stuck in a blizzard is definitely not worth it.

MovingCover your floors. Moving in snowy conditions leads to the floors of your home becoming dirty and wet. It also makes floors extra slippery and dangerous to walk on. To avoid ruined floors or a potential injury, it is a good idea to cover your carpets and hardwood floors. Just grab a few cheap plastic tarps from the nearest hardware store and use them to cover the areas of your home that will see the most foot traffic during your move. We also suggest laying down floor mats at every entry way to help clean off shoes and decrease the risk of injury.

MovingClear sidewalks, driveways and street. The floors inside your home aren’t the only thing that can lead to a potential injury on moving day. Your sidewalks, driveways and street can too. Carrying a heavy couch down an icy sidewalk, for instance, is a very dangerous scenario. The solution? To salt, shovel or snow blow any major walkways that will be used during your move so your movers can walk upon them safely. Not only does this help protect your movers from injury and save you from a potential lawsuit, but it also ensures your belongings are better handled and not broken or damaged.

Double pack fragile items. During cold weather, many things become more delicate and fragile. To make them less likely to break during the move, it is a good idea to double pack them. It is also important to keep any items that are prone to breaking in cold weather off of the moving truck if at all possible. If your moving truck has to stay outside overnight, be sure the most fragile items are brought inside to avoid damage.

movingTurn off your heat. It may sound crazy to turn off your heat during the winter, but it is definitely a good idea to do so on the day of your move. During your move, your home will have a constant flow of people going in and out. This will make it hard for your furnace to do its job. As it strives to heat your home, all of that nice warm air will all go straight out the door. In turn, your electricity bill will skyrocket!

Check the utilities at your new home. After a long and very cold moving day, the last thing you want is for your heating system and power to not be working at your new home. This is why it is very important to ensure all of the utilities at your new home are turned on about two days prior to your move.

movingHave sheets, towels and blankets on hand. Hopefully, you don’t encounter serious snowfall on the day of your move. But if the skies open up and your snow begins to pour down, you will want to be prepared. To do this, you will want to have sheets, towels and blankets on hand. This way, you will be able to cover and protect your furniture so it won’t be ruined when being moved in and out of the moving truck.

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The top 6 things your movers want you to know

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Hiring professional movers is a great way to get out of all the manual labor that moving to a new home requires. After all, movers have the expert know-how required to perform a smooth and trouble-free relocation. However, there are some things they wish you knew that would further ensure they are able to do their job and do it well. Here are the top six things movers want you to know in order to make moving day easier for everyone involved:

1. Stay out of the way. There’s a reason you decided to hire professional movers to move your belongings for you – and that’s so you wouldn’t have to do it. This being said, stay out of the way when your movers are at work. They are trained to relocate your belongings in the safest, fastest and most efficient way possible, so let them do their job. Trying to micromanage them and tell them how to do their job will only slow down the process and create unnecessary tension. Your best bet is to provide your moving crew with any information they may need and then get out of their way.

2. Stay nearby. Okay, so we just told you that you should stay out of the way while your movers work. But don’t take this to mean you should actually leave while your movers do their job. What we really meant was to just go to a different room or outside. Here’s why: Even though your movers will be mostly busy when moving your belongings, they may need to consult with you at some point – whether to ask you a question or for some other reason. Good communication is key to a successful move because it saves time and prevents misunderstandings and mistakes. So even though you are staying out of your movers’ path, be sure to stay nearby for the times they do need you around.

3. Take care of details ahead of time

movingDetails, details, details. If there is one thing that can make or break a move, it’s ignoring all the little details involved. Not only do you need to pay attention to them, but you also need to do so in advance. Here are some details to stay on top of prior to your move:

  • Consider your location. Does it have stairs or a long distance between the front door and the closest parking place? Are there any physical elements that may prevent access to your moving truck? Obstacles like these should be discussed with your movers in advance to ensure the necessary steps are taken before moving day arrives. This way, your team of movers can determine exactly how much time, how many workers, and what size truck they will need to successfully perform your move.
  • Reserve parking access. If parking poses an issue during your move, it is important to reserve a parking space for your moving truck before moving day. Convenience is key to making your move easier, so the closer access your movers have to the entrances of your old and new homes, the better!
  • Reserve the elevator. Are you moving out of or into an upper-level
    apartment building? If it has a working elevator, your movers will need to movingensure access to it – this is especially true if you live in a busy building with lots of tenants who require continuous access to it. To make sure your movers don’t have any problems using the elevator, go ahead and reserve it via your landlord for the day of your move.
  • Remove safety hazards. With your movers carrying heavy items to and from your home, it is vital to remove any potential safety hazards before they arrive.Ensure there is plenty of free space in all rooms so they can easily move around. Remove doors from their hinges (if necessary); remove obstacles from corridors and entryways; and keep paths from the front door to the moving truck clear – no debris, fallen leaves (they’re slippery!) or other potential hazards.
  • Prevent property damage by taking the necessary precautions – cover floors, carpets and stairs with protective, anti-slip materials, wrap banisters in old blankets, protect door frames with foam padding, install corner guards, and remove paintings, mirrors, clocks, etc. from walls.


4. Speak up.
Movers can’t read your mind. If there is something you need to tell them – speak up! These are some things you should tell your movers movingahead of time:

  • Where they can park.
  • How to access your home.
  • If there are any rules to be aware of – parking rules, time restrictions on moving hours, etc.
  • Which items need extra care.
  • What level of coverage you want.
  • What additional services you need.
  • What items you don’t want loaded on the moving truck.
  • Where you want specific items and boxes to go – a designated room, a self-storage unit, etc.

5. Pack everything before movers arrive. Another thing movers wish you knew is that the best way to ensure a fast, efficient, and smooth move is to have everything fully packed and ready to go when they arrive. This way they can immediately get to work and complete the job in the quickest and most efficient way possible.

If your movers have to wait around for you to finish packing, this delay will cost you extra money in the end. The expression is “Time is money”, isn’t it?

moving6. Pack properly. As just stated, it’s vital to have all of your belongings packed and ready to go as soon as your moving company arrives. But it is also very important that you have packed everything properly. If your movers believe something has been inefficiently packed, they will make you repack it. They don’t want to be held accountable for things breaking under their watch, and you don’t want your possessions to be broken during your move. The optimal way to deal with this is to pack everything correctly before your movers arrive.

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Lamps: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pack Them for a Move

Lamps. They come in all shapes, sizes and wattages and serve a very useful purpose – to provide us with light. But no matter what type, style or size they are, one thing is certain – they are hard to pack for a move. Their irregular shape and fragility are the two main reasons for this. Luckily, we have just the tips to make packing your lamps simple, so read on!

What You’ll Need

When packing for a move, it’s crucial to have the right supplies. Here’s what you’ll need to pack your lamps correctly.

Packing boxes. If you happen to have the original packaging your lamps came in when purchased, use them! It will save you a lot of money and extra work. If you don’t have the original packaging, however, you will need to find cardboard boxes to use instead. These boxes should be large enough to fit your lamps, including the lampshades.

Packing paper. Packing paper is a must when boxing fragile items. It’s clean, soft and works as a great cushion for breakables like lamps. Newspaper may be on the soft side, but it’s best to avoid using it when packing because it could lead to ink-stained lampshades and hands.

Bubble wrap. Packing paper is great when moving, but there’s one thing that is even better – bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is considered the best protective material when packing fragile items for a move because its air-filled pockets provide excellent cushion and protection. Be sure to stock up on this much-needed supply and purchase several rolls from a local moving company or store like Home Depot.

Packing tape. Packing tape comes in very handy when sealing up moving boxes. It can even be used to secure paper and bubble wrap in place. Just be sure to never place tape directly on delicate items like a lamp because it can ruin the finish.

Permanent marker. After you go through the steps of packing your lamp for moving day, it will be important to have a permanent marker on hand to label all boxes you use.

How to Do It

Now, onto the steps that will tell you how to pack your lamps when moving.

Prepare boxes. Before packing your lamp base, it’s important to ensure that your moving boxes will provide adequate protection and support. To do this, use high-quality packing tape to reinforce the bottom of each box. Even if you are using new boxes, this step should still be done.

Next, crumple packing paper and place it on the bottom inside of each box. This will provide a cushion layer that will absorb any potentially damaging bumps that occur during transit.

Remove the lampshade. One good thing about lamps is that you can make them less awkward in shape by removing their shade. How you remove it will depend on the model, brand and design of your lamp. For most lamps, you will either unscrew the finial and then remove the shade, or simply lift up the shade and pull it off.

If you are packing a table or floor lamp, check to see if it has a harp – the U-shaped metal or plastic frame that holds the shade in place. If it does, remove the harp from the lamp and set it aside in a safe spot until further notice.

Unscrew the bulb. Not all light bulbs are the same, but all should be removed before packing your lamp. This is because light bulbs are extremely fragile and their chance of surviving a move is very low – unless packed correctly. If you have your light bulb’s original packaging, then be sure to use it when packing. If not, wrap your bulbs in bubble wrap and carefully place them inside a special box or container – one that is unlikely to be damaged during a move.

Secure cable. For a lamp to work, it must be plugged into a power outlet. Because of this, they all typically come with a power cord. You don’t want to risk tripping on a cord during your move, and you also don’t want the cord or plug to get damaged, so be sure to secure it to remove these risks.

To do this, bundle the cable around the base of the lamp. Then, use a cable tie to hold it in place. Avoid using tape to secure the cord because it could damage the base of the lamp.

Wrap the lamp base and harp. Place your lamp base in the middle of a large piece of bubble wrap. Then, slowly roll the lamp inside the protective material. When covered in a few layers of bubble wrap, tape it in place with packing tape. Again, don’t use tape directly on the base of the lamp so you won’t risk damaging it.

After the lamp base is completely covered in bubble wrap, follow the same wrapping technique with the lamp harp you set aside earlier.

Box the lamp base. Now that your lamp base is properly protected in several layers of bubble wrap, place it upright inside your moving box. If you have more than one lamp base (and your box is big enough), you can arrange several lamp bases in the same box, one next to the other. Just be sure to place crumpled packing paper between them so the bases aren’t directly touching each other.

Fill empty gaps. When packing fragile items, it’s important to make sure there is no empty space inside your box. To remove it, fill these areas with crumpled paper or old pieces of clothing. This will ensure nothing shifts inside the box during transit.

Seal and label boxes. When your box is packed, close the lid, seal it shut with packing tape and label the box with a permanent marker. Be sure to mark the box as fragile!

Now that you have packed your lamp base, you can move on to packing the lampshade. To do this:

Wrap and box lampshade. Using two sheets of packing paper, wrap it around your lampshade and tape it in place. Then, wrap it again with a few sheets of bubble wrap and secure these in place with tape, too.

Use extra padding. Lampshades are very delicate, which means they can get damaged easily, especially during a move. So do yourself a favor and use extra padding materials inside your moving box and around your lampshade to protect and immobilize it.

Seal and label the box. Finally, seal up the box with packing tape and label it with words like “fragile” in big, bold letters.

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