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Long Distance Moving For Short-Term Relocations: How To Make It Less Expensive

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Long Distance Moving For Short-Term Relocations: How To Make It Less Expensive

If you find yourself constantly moving for your job/career, and your employer has you moving really great distances, it gets pretty expensive. It is also quite taxing on the body since you feel like you never really fully unpack before you have to pack up again. If you are about to move again, and you dread the expense of long distance moving, here is how to make it less expensive. Move Less (Less Stuff That Is) Obviously, moving less often would save you money, but when that is not an option, moving less stuff works just as well. If you take the absolute basics with you every time you move, you know exactly how much truck space you need, how many boxes you need, how much the move will cost if you use the exact same long distance moving company every time, etc. Additionally, you will spend less time packing and unpacking because you do not need to pack quite so much. Fit Everything You Can into Twenty Boxes or Less and Rent the Short Truck The “twenty boxes or less” rule is a good one to follow if you find yourself relocating every three to six months. It usually takes most people at least a week or more to unpack twenty boxes, and another week to repack them for another move (when they are not off from work and working steadily on packing). When those boxes are all labeled for the rooms they need to be placed in, then you can quickly organize the stuff on and off the truck with every move. If you sleep on a cot or an inflatable bed, that works quite well too because then your “bed” can fold up or deflate and fit in a box. With so few boxes, you can hire/rent a short truck, rather than the fifty- or one hundred-footer. Ask Your Boss for a Moving Expense Account Some companies set aside moving expense accounts for employees who travel extensively for company business. They may also have a few apartments in each city where there is a home office. If any of these apply to your company, you may want to ask your boss if you can have a moving expense account and/or access to the company apartments in these other cities. They may be reserved for executive-level employees only, but given your constant relocation needs, your boss and company may be willing to bend these rules. Click here to find more...

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Four Tips To Prevent Common Local Moving Emergencies

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Prevent Common Local Moving Emergencies

Even a perfectly executed move within your own state can be a long and grueling ordeal, but what about when things go wrong? Miscommunication, poor planning or plain old bad luck can all quickly turn into moving emergencies, resulting in lost or damaged property and frustrating delays. Rather than risk your belongings or deal with needless headaches, follow these four tips to ward off disaster during a local move.  Separating Your Essentials As you pack up your items and furniture, set aside all of the items that you might pack for a short vacation, such as hairbrushes, toothpaste and a few changes of clothes. Not only will these be easier to find at your new house if they aren’t hidden away in a box, but they may also prove handy if your goods are lost, stolen or damaged. Keep your bag or box of essentials with you as you move to ensure that they arrive at your destination safely.  Creating a Folder for Important Information Similarly, you should keep a folder full of relevant paperwork on hand at all times in case you run into an error in communications during your move. This might include the paperwork for your rental or the deed to your home or the contract for your moving company or van. With this folder, you will not need to go rummaging through boxes to prove that you have rented a truck beforehand or are contractually free to begin moving in to your new residence.  Following a Checklist Besides packing up and transporting your furniture, you will probably have other items on your moving to-do list, such as notifying your utility services, changing your address, updating your driver’s license and every other little detail that comes with changing your address. Before you even begin to pack, write up a checklist of everything that needs to get done and then update it regularly. This simple precaution should keep you from lying awake at night wondering what you have forgotten.  Hiring a Reliable Local Moving Company Of course, the quickest way to improve your odds of success is to place your belongings into the hands of an experienced local moving company. Not only will local movers have the equipment and experience you need to pack, transport, and unpack goods quickly, but they also tend to be more reliable than volunteer friends and family members. Contact a moving and storage company near you to receive an estimate for your household and increase the chances that your next move will go smoothly.  For local moving companies, click on this link or do an online...

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My Little Pony Playsets And Ponies – Storing Them For Years Without Damage

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on My Little Pony Playsets And Ponies – Storing Them For Years Without Damage

My Little Pony playsets and ponies really do hold their value quite well. The playsets and ponies from the 80’s are selling for a hefty sum today, so imagine what they will go for in a few more years. If you have some ponies and playsets around that you would like to hold onto for a while, it is important that you prepare, pack and store them in a way that will protect them and ensure that they remain in great shape for the next several years. Here, you will learn how to do just that. Pony Prep If your ponies aren’t in tip-top shape, it’s time to bring them back to their original beauty. Body – Discolorations and stains can be removed with the right products. Give the pony a bath with gentle dish soap. Apply a little bit of Goo-Gone to a cotton ball and apply it to scuffs and stains that wouldn’t wash off. Let it sit for twenty minutes or so and return with a dry paper towel to buff the stain away. If the stain persists, you can apply a small amount of zit cream to the blemish and set it out in the sun. This will remove the stain in a day or two. You may need to retreat a few times to remove stubborn stains. Hair – Mangled hair is a time-consuming thing to fix, but it can be done. Start by soaking the pony’s hair in hot water – not quite boiling, but very hot. Massage some hair conditioner through the hair and work the tangles out carefully. Remember to grasp the hair where it comes out of the pony’s body so you don’t pull it completely out. Use a wide-tooth comb to comb the hair. Once you have all of the knots out, use a tight-tooth comb to smooth the hair. If you want to curl the pony’s hair, wrap the hair around a Nerf dart and hold it in place with a rubber band. Let it sit for a day, then remove the rubber band and carefully unwind the hair. You will be left with gorgeous spring-like curls. Playset Prep You want your playsets to be as clean as possible before you store them to prevent them from becoming discolored. Use a gentle cleaner with a soft cloth to wipe down the surfaces. Use Q-tips to get in those small spaces. Don’t saturate areas with stickers or the stickers could begin to peel. If there are yellowing areas of white plastic, apply a bit of 10% peroxide gel to the area and set it out in the sun for a day or two. This will remove the yellow color from the plastic and bring it back to bright white. Let the sets dry completely before packing. Packing Ponies and Sets Pack the ponies and sets in boxes carefully. It is best to loosely wrap each pony in a sheet of acid-free tissue paper to help keep the hair from becoming mangled again. Remember to pack the boxes lightly. You don’t want too much weight on the items at the bottom of the box or they could crack or become misshaped. Store the Ponies and Sets Now, find a climate-controlled setting to store your ponies and sets. This is a...

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How Can You Reduce Packing Costs During Your Move?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Can You Reduce Packing Costs During Your Move?

If you’re planning a cross-country move, you may be investigating the variety of services available to help you make the process easier. While there are enough services for hire to essentially allow you to leave your home without packing a single item and arrive at a fully furnished and unpacked home on the other side of the country, these services can come at a cost. One way to reduce costs is to do as much prep work yourself as possible. Read on to learn more about the steps you can take to prepare for your packing services and movers to allow them to work as quickly (and therefore cheaply) as possible.  Get rid of hazardous items Because moving companies aren’t permitted to transport many hazardous items — like paint, fireworks, or propane tanks — you’ll need to either make alternative transportation arrangements for these items or dispose of them in a legal and environmentally-friendly way. This will help you eliminate a hefty disposal fee when you leave these items behind for the moving company (or for your real estate agent).  Purge still-useful items Once you’ve gotten rid of your trash, you may need to purge even further — paying movers to pack and transport unwanted or unused items across the country is inefficient and unnecessarily expensive. Even just going through your closet and donating clothes that haven’t been worn in the last year, or going through the other rooms of your home and trashing or donating items that haven’t seen the light of day in years can significantly reduce the amount of belongings that will need to be packed, saving both time and money. Separate your valuables and necessary items before the move To avoid inadvertently having needed items made inaccessible until after boxes are unpacked at your new home, you’ll need to separate them before the movers arrive. These items can include spare glasses, medication, important documents like birth certificates and Social Security cards, and gadget chargers or battery packs.  Organize (if you have time) If your home is normally in a state of disarray, taking some time to organize like belongings with like can help streamline the process for your movers and ensure that the unpacking process will go equally smoothly. If you’ve already purchased a home in your new location, you can also evaluate its floor plan to determine where you’d like to place specific items prior to the...

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Six Important Things To Do When Moving To A New State

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Six Important Things To Do When Moving To A New State

Moving out of state comes with a lot of unique challenges, even if you hire a moving company to handle the move itself, since you will need to be make a lot of changes to everything from your utility providers to banks. By making plans well ahead of time, you will not need to deal with as many changes once you arrive at your new home and will be able to get comfortable right away. Call Your New Electricity Provider It can be frustrating to arrive at your new home, only to discover that the electricity has not been hooked up yet. In order to ensure that this basic utility is ready once you arrive, make sure to call the electricity provider in the city you are moving to and make arrangements to ensure that it will be hooked up upon arrival. Make Plans to Hook Up the Internet The internet is another utility that many people forget about when dealing with all the stress involved with moving. Making an appointment for the internet to get hooked up will ensure that you won’t be in your new home for weeks without internet access. Schedule DMV Visit for Car Plates and License Many states require their residents to have the appropriate car plates and a current driver license, so you will need to make these arrangements before you arrive at your new home. By scheduling the DMV visit ahead of time, you will not need to worry about waiting in a long line or missing any important forms for the appointment. Make the Appropriate Changes to Your Insurance If you already have health insurance, you may need to notify your provider and make the changes necessary for the new state. In some cases, you may need to cancel the insurance altogether and sign up for new insurance for the state you are moving to. Consider Changing Cell Number Cell phones are incredibly useful nowadays, so it makes sense that you may want to change the number to reflect the city and county you are moving to. Contacting your cell phone provider will help get you any of the information you need to make this change. Redirect Automatic Payments Credit cards, streaming services, car insurance, and other bills may go through automatically with your current address associated to them. Making changes to all your automatic payments will ensure that your new address is reflected appropriately and that you will not have any unnecessary charges later. By making plans for your move a few weeks before the date arrives, you will not need to worry about these problems later. With all the hard work taken care of now, you can simply relax once you have arrived at your new...

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Moving Green | A Mover’s Guide To Cutting Packaging Waste

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving Green | A Mover’s Guide To Cutting Packaging Waste

Moving can be one of the biggest jobs any individual could face, but it is also a time in your life that you will produce a lot more trash than what you normally do. Between tape, boxes, and other packing supplies that you use to keep your valuable protected, you could easily have a truckload of trash by the time you finish unpacking. If you would like to make your move more earth-friendly, the key is to cut out all of the waste that you can. If you get a little creative, you can easily eliminate a lot of the packaging materials from the equation.   Get Innovative with Protective Packaging  A good portion of the waste you collect when you move is the protective wrapping and box filling material that you use to protect your breakables, like newspapers, packing peanuts, and bubble wrap. Instead of using this material that often gets tossed in the trash, use your own belongings to wrap your valuables. In the kitchen, use dish towels, dish cloths, and even pot holders to wrap your plates. If you have paper plates around, stick one in between each plate to prevent them from clanking together, and they can be used later on. Use clean laundry to protect your glass decor and towels or sheets to wrap pictures and large mirrors.  Pack your boxes tightly to prevent movement by placing small items in with larger ones and using every last inch of space in a container that you have available.  Make Use of Plastic Storage Bins and Other Containers You Already Have Even if it means you have to make a few more trips, using plastic storage bins for the move instead of other boxes and containers is a much more green idea. Plus, plastic storage bins are much more durable and will take a hit while still protecting your belongings inside. You can also reduce a lot of waste by using things you already have in your home for packing. For example, you can fill your kitchen containers with small items, such as utensils or spice containers, or you could leave dresser drawers full and wrap them in reusable plastic wrap for the move to your home or a place like Security Self Storage.  When you take some time to pay attention to how you pack and what you use for packing, you can easily cut the amount of waste you have at the end of your move. Even when you move staying green is a possibility if you get...

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Eliminate Waste And Minimize Stress–Getting Rid Of Unneeded Items During A Move

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Eliminate Waste And Minimize Stress–Getting Rid Of Unneeded Items During A Move

If you’re facing a permanent move, the prospect of loading up all of your belongings into a truck can seem daunting. Many people have more possessions than they know how to transport, so downsizing can become an important task. Unfortunately, emotional connections and indecisiveness can short circuit that process and leave you struggling to pare down your belongings. Below, you’ll find a guide to some tips for helping you eliminate waste during a move. Following these suggestions should help you save space in the truck and decrease some of the stress that comes with unloading, allowing you to enjoy a much smoother process that will help you stay excited about your new home. Start In the Bathroom As mentioned above, many people struggle to relieve themselves of clutter because they develop emotional connections to certain objects. While this is understandable, it can also become a serious hinderance. Therefore, it’s important to build up your momentum and get yourself in the right mindset to continue divesting yourself of waste. One good way to start the ball rolling down the hill is to begin your clean out in your bathroom. Most people are far less likely to have an emotional connection to half used toiletries and old towels, and once you’ve started to make cutbacks there, it will be much easier to maintain your enthusiasm for the process. Make Use Of Your Camera It’s probably unlikely that you’ll ever again wear a t-shirt from a fraternity barbecue that occurred over a decade ago, but the memories that accompany that shirt may still be fresh and valuable. Luckily, there are easy ways to hang on to those memories without having to cling to the cloth. Modern technology has graced a huge amount of people with the ability to carry a high quality camera in their pocket at all times. Making use of that camera and taking pictures of items with memories attached can allow you to relive those memories without having to struggle with physically packing them up. Be Realistic About Storage Many people have storage areas in their homes that are filled with boxes that were never unpacked from the previous move. If you’ve moved an item more than once and never taken it out of the box, odds are good that you won’t miss it or need it in your daily life. Being willing to sacrifice those items can allow you to let go of a lot of clutter and maximize your storage space efficiency, guaranteeing that your new home remains comfortable and clean. For professional moving services, contact a company such as Wheaton World Wide...

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Choosing Your Unit In A Self Storage Facility

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Your Unit In A Self Storage Facility

Getting the best storage facilities when moving can prove to be tricky for someone who has no experience in doing this. As such, it is always best to be prepared. When moving, chances are you will come across items you do not use frequently, but you may not be ready to get rid of them. If you do not want to give them away or have no time to hold a garage sale, then a self storage facility would be your best bet. The following tips should enable anyone to select units in a self storage facility that will be beneficial during your relocation. Determine what material would suit you best The first thing that you would have to do is decide what material that you would want the units to be made out of. Several materials are used in the manufacture of these units. These include aluminum, wire and even wood. If you are looking for self-storage units that will last a long time, you would be best advised to purchase the ones that are made from metal. For average duty industrial lockers, you can consider those made from heavy plastic or from wood. Establish the level of security The next thing that should guide you in selecting these units is to find some that are lockable. If you are looking to purchase units that will be used to secure items, then you should not purchase those that come with a latch. Instead, opt for units that can be used in tandem with a padlock. This gives you full control when it comes to ensuring how secure your items are. Some of these facilities will not provide insurance for your goods so it would be in your best interests to take measures to cater to their safety. Consider the ventilation The third tip that you could keep in mind when looking to select the right units would be to ensure that they are well ventilated. The entire unit does not have to be ventilated though. As long as there are several slats that will allow air to circulate then you are on the right track. This will ensure that the items you are storing will not be subject to moldy conditions. Additionally, good ventilation minimizes the chances of your items developing a musty smell over time. For more information, contact AAA Flying Trolley Self Storage or a similar...

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Tips For Storing Holiday Items In A Storage Unit

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Storing Holiday Items In A Storage Unit

If closet space is tight in your home and you love decorating for the holidays, you can rent a small storage unit to hold all of your festive items, such as Christmas trees, ornaments, Easter baskets and patriotic Fourth of July yard decor. Choose a unit that is close to your house so that you can quickly and easily access the celebratory pieces as you need them. Prepare the Items for Storage When you’re done using an item for the season, take the time to clean it so that it’s ready to go when you need it next year. For instance, dust off delicate pieces such as Christmas tree ornaments and lights, and wrap them in paper or plastic for protection. If you’re storing any food-related items, such as cake pans, cookie jars, serving trays or holiday-themed mugs, make sure they are thoroughly cleaned in warm, soapy water first. Any traces of food or drink could attract pests, including rats, mice and cockroaches, to your storage unit. Wash, dry and iron, if needed, any fabric items, such as holiday quilts, pillow covers or clothing before folding them for storage. Package the Items for Storage Next, place the holiday pieces in appropriate containers. You can group small items, such as ornament hooks, festive ribbons and bows, gift-wrapping tools and candles in shoe boxes together for convenience. When you go to retrieve your items next season, you’ll be able to find the little items quickly. Also, consider storing important items, such as family heirlooms and expensive antiques in sturdy, plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes, to protect them from water damage. You can also invest in a fireproof safe for extra protection. When packing the items into the storage containers, place items that you won’t need until later in the season on the bottom, and the items you’ll use right away at the top for convenience. Label the Storage Containers Once the containers are all packed and ready for storage, don’t forget to label them to save frustration later. Use a permanent marker to write the contents, such as “Easter decor” or “Christmas baking items” on all sides of the containers so you can easily see it. If you anticipate needing certain items such as yard decorations early in the season, place an”open first” label on the box. You can also label the containers according to which rooms the contents will be used in. To learn more, contact a self storage company like Falmouth Self...

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How To Secure Your Belongings Before You Put Them Into Self Storage Units

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Secure Your Belongings Before You Put Them Into Self Storage Units

When it is time to pack up and move some of your stuff into storage, you may be asking yourself, “What is the best way to store stuff?” Well, you already know you want to relocate many of your belongings to self storage units until you can figure out if you want to keep it or let it go. The problem is how to pack it up so that it remains undamaged for months, or possibly years, in self storage. Here are some helpful hints on keeping everything tidy, dry, organized and salvageable, if the need ever arises. The Really Important Stuff  If it is stacks of important papers and files, you could file them in office folder boxes or copy paper boxes like most doctors and lawyers do. However, the papers that are tied to your home ownership, your bank accounts, your passports, your vehicles and all of your insurance policies (including life and disability), should not be in a storage unit if you can help it. If you do put these documents in storage, lock them up inside a fireproof, waterproof safe so that nothing can damage them in your absence. The Really Dangerous Stuff The really dangerous stuff needs a safe, too. Guns, knives, swords and the like should all be locked up inside a gun safe, for everyone else’s protection and not just yours. You will have to check with your self storage landlord or landlady to make sure they do not have a problem with the storage of a few hunting rifles or fileting knives in your unit. If they do, it will be in the lease contract, which you should read and get a copy of before you sign. The Really Valuable Stuff It is not advisable to store valuables in a self storage unit, but if you have no other option, make sure your valuables are: Wrapped in bubblewrap or other protective packaging, just as though you planned to ship them to another location Placed in a secure container, e.g, a safe, a lockable footlocker, etc. Labeled as something other than “Valuables” or “Extremely valuable”–you do not want to tip off a thief that you have something worth stealing Additionally, do not wrap valuables in such a way that heat, humidity or freezing cold could damage them. You want your valuables to resist everything that could be a problem, and wrapping and storing them according to the tips above will definitely help keep them...

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