A look at moving

How to Help The Kids Pack For a Move

Wednesday, 20 January 2010 23:40 by homemovers

How to Help The Kids Pack For a Move

Moving is a stressful time, and can be especially more of a shock to your children.

Depending on how far you are moving can mean that they are going to leave behind their school, their friends, and the normalcy they have become accustomed to. To help ease their burden, explain what is going on and what they have to look forward to. Next it will be time to help them pack up their rooms.

Assess what is in their room and what packing space you have. Decide if you are taking the furniture or will get new furniture in your new place. Go through your kids’ clothes with them and have them choose what to take with them. It is now a good time to pass on the clothes they have outgrown or just do not ever seem to wear. The same process can be applied to the toys and other items in their rooms. If you have limited storage space, have them choose only enough items that can go into that space. This may be really hard for them, but show them that you are leaving behind items as well. The items you are leaving behind can go towards a yard sale or given to good will.

Get your children somewhat involved in the moving process, so hopefully it will not be as much of a shock to them.





Preparing The Contents Of Your Bathroom For a Move

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 22:55 by homemovers

Preparing The Contents Of Your Bathroom For a Move

While packing for a move, you bathroom must be cleaned out and packed away just as the other rooms. Just like the rest of your house, chances are you have accumulated a good collection of items in the bathroom.

A good place to start sorting through would be the medicine cabinet. See what each pill bottle and medicine container is supposed to be and what it contains. Sometimes we make those travel containers a collection of assorted aspirins and medications. Not a wise idea, but people do it. Aside from that, check the conditions of the containers and the expiration dates. If the expiration dates are long past due, the effectiveness of the product may be gone or diminished. If you have any old prescriptions that were never finished, those should be disposed of too. That does not mean washing your old pills down the drain, which is bad for the environment and can potentially poison others. Look up a proper hazardous waste facility to dispose of your old medicines. During the move keep your daily needed medicines with you and pack the rest away.

As for the rest of the stuff in your bathroom, you must also decide what stays and what goes. Space is very important when packing, so you may want to leave that half bottle of shampoo behind. Or maybe you want to take it, it is up to you. If you have any travel containers, it would be a good place to deposit the contents your mostly used larger bottles.

While packing, keep the medicines separate from shampoo and other toiletries. Store bottles upright to help prevent leakage. Pack everything tight, so that it will not move around too much. Make sure to label what is in each box.





Tips For Packing Up Your Bedroom

Friday, 8 January 2010 16:38 by homemovers

Tips For Packing Up Your Bedroom

Your bedroom may a lot of stuff to move or very little. In either case when it times come to move it all must be packed up and ready to go to the new house or apartment. The first step is always to assess your situation and determine what is staying and what is going. Your main items to move in your bedroom will most likely be your clothing. You may not want to use up a large portion of your moving boxes on clothes, so feel free to utilize whatever suitcases, duffel bags, laundry bags, and the like. This will keep you from wasting storage space in the moving truck with empty luggage and will leave you more room for other items.

If you have a collection of books to move, sort them out by size and pack them together. Find strong durable boxes and pack the books upright with the pages of the pointing to the outside and the spines in the middle. Any empty space can be filled with newspaper or other packing material. Seal the box and it is ready to go. It is always a good idea to label your boxes as to what they are.

Any fragile items like music boxes and jewelry boxes should be wrapped in padding and stored in a well-padded box. Keep everything in the box tightly together with padding to prevent movement.

If you are taking your bed with you, the mattress and box spring can be loaded onto the moving truck. Store them vertically and cover them with sheet or other covering to help keep them clean. The frame and head/foot boards will need to be dismantled and stored together on the truck as well.

This is just a few general ideas, the items in your room may vary.





Tips on Moving a Refrigerator

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 23:14 by homemovers

Tips on moving a refrigerator

When you are going to move to a new place, you will need to bring your appliances.

Here are some tips for getting your refrigerator ready for the move.

·                 Completely empty the fridge of all food and shelving.

·                 Unplug the refrigerator from the wall outlet.

·                 Defrost the freezer and dry it with towels.

·                 If you use an icemaker or water dispenser, disconnect them.

·                 Secure the doors closed with rope or bungee cords.

·                 When it is time to move the fridge, try to keep it upright. A furniture dolly would help you out the most here.

·                 Under no circumstances should you store the refrigerator on its side. The compressor oil can go down into the cooling tubes.

·                 If you cannot position the fridge upright for movement, then at least keep it angled up.

·                 You do not want the fridge to move inside of the moving truck, so secure it with rope against the walls of the truck.

·                 Once the fridge is in its new location, leave it unplugged for a couple of hours. In this time the compressor oil time will recede to where it should be.

After a few hours have passed, plug in the fridge and let it get to its normal temperature. Note that this may take a couple days, depending on your particular model.





Where to find Free Moving Boxes

Wednesday, 16 December 2009 13:50 by homemovers

Where to find Free Moving Boxes

Yes, you can buy moving boxes. But why add another expense to your already expensive move? With a little searching and asking around, you should be able to attain some boxes for no cost but your time.

Your first bet is to check locally. You probably have that neighbor that is frequently getting packages from UPS and FedEx. Ask your friends and neighbors if they have any extra-unused boxes they could let you borrow or have. Chances are they will have something you could use. Check with local grocery stores, they usually have a number of boxes out behind the store. Check early because you don’t want to have to argue with the cardboard recyclers for them. Ask at any local shop you believe could have some extra boxes.

And of course in this age, you can check online. You can check out the free ads on sites like craigslist and freecycle. You can put up an ad of your own, requesting extra boxes someone might have. The only cost to you would be going to pick up the boxes. There are also a number of other websites advertising themselves as cardboard box exchange sites. Where you can again post request for used moving boxes.

Then there are the free boxes offered by the U.S. Post Office. They are intended for use by people who need to ship packages, but I’m sure people use them for this purpose as well. So it may be looked down upon, but it is a means to an end.





Tips on Choosing New Carpeting For Your New Home

Saturday, 12 December 2009 06:25 by homemovers

So you are moving to a new place. Unless the place is brand new or recently renovated, the carpeting may be old and worn out. If this is the case, you probably want to get it replaced before moving in. It is easier to do this while there is little to nothing in the new house.

Here are a few tips to get you started in looking for new carpeting.

  • Keeping in mind that you just bought a new place, set a budget of what you can afford to invest in new carpeting.
  • If you aren’t going to do the whole place, decide on which rooms you will do and measure them.
  • It is a wise idea to replace the areas that will see the most foot traffic.
  • Shop around and visit multiple carpeting stores to home improvement stores.
  • Ask questions about the lifespan of the carpets you are considering. You often do get what you pay for, so if you can invest in quality carpeting do so.
  • Choose the protective padding that will be underneath the carpet.
  • Determine which colors and styles will work best in your new place. Take some samples home and compare them.
  • Ask about installation rates. It is possible to do it yourself, but unless you are a professional carpet layer, it may come out sloppy.

Find out about store and company warranties.





I'm moving, how do I pack my television?

Wednesday, 7 October 2009 23:37 by homemovers

You’re moving and have a TV. to move. What should you do? If you have the original box and packaging great you’re set. But if you don’t here are some tips for packing your television sets for a move.

  1. Disconnect all of the cables and store them separately.
  2. Wrap the TV up with lots of bubble wrap and seal it with tape.
  3. Buy a TV box from your moving company. If you get a box, you still need a lot of packing materials: Styrofoam, bubble wrap, etc.
  4. Keep the televisions upright. This is especially important with all of the new HD Televisions out there.
  5. If going on a moving truck, pack them next to soft items like mattresses or bags of clothing. Pack it so that it won’t move around.
  6. Wrap the TV’s with moving pads or blankets. Try to keep the vibrations down.
  7. Try not to put any pressure on the screen, besides the packing materials.
  8. If it is in an unmarked box, be sure to clearly write TV on the side of the box so the movers will pack it properly in the truck.




How to Pack Books.

Monday, 5 October 2009 20:53 by homemovers

It has been mentioned in a previous post on packing, but here is a little video reiterating  the main points. Choose a small box sturdy box, sort the books by size, and pack them well together.





 

Packing Breakable Dishes

Friday, 2 October 2009 02:11 by homemovers

I've mentioned boxing dishes in a previous post. Here is a good informative video.





Tips on Renting a Moving Truck.

Thursday, 1 October 2009 01:10 by homemovers

Tips on getting a Rental Truck

  • Determine how much stuff you need to move. Truck rental companies often have various sized trucks that are sized by amount of rooms they should be able to hold. Just give the company the details and they will help you pick a truck.
  • Research multiple companies to find the best rates and service plans
  • Decided on how long you will need the truck. When you will need to pick up the truck. Try to reserve a truck in advance.
  • Figure the distance of your trip. Are you going across town or across the state? This can greatly affect your price. Bigger companies will usually have a rental center in other states that you can return the truck to.
  • Keep all of your documents handy when talking to the company. Be ready to show a drivers license and a credit card when you pick up the truck.
  • Find out about rental truck insurance or whether your current house or car insurance covers it.
  • See what moving tools are available for rent. A dolly can always be pretty handy. Or you might need some padded blankets for your furniture.
  • You will probably have to make a deposit on the truck, so be ready for that. And there are usually extra fees on mileage traveled. And always fill up the gas tank before you return the truck, or else you will get hit with another fee.
  • Before you sign for a truck, inspect it yourself. Check for any external and internal damage. Check the level of the gas tank and the mileage. You don’t want to get blamed for any pre-existing conditions on the truck. So once you and the company agree on the truck’s specs, you are free to take it home and start packing.