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Stress Free Packing | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

The ultimate stress-free packing experience would be one offered by your moving company, for sure.  Hire them, bring them in, and they pack for you… But 99% of the time, this is not the case.  Most people run out, buy their boxes, and get to packing up their stuff.  Besides, only you know the more valuable, sentimental, and cherished items from the others.  Me, I am a bit obsessive-compulsive, so I would want to pack everything myself the way that I want to.  Besides, after moving no less than eight times in my life, I think I’ve become pretty good at it…  But, prior to packing “everything” for a move, there are things you should do to make your pack more “stress-free.”

Organize and Get Rid of Stuff

Trust me.  Decluttering your home and getting rid of the items you really don’t need will make your life easier.  Example:

  • The 12-year-old pillows on your couch with worn covers that you bought when you were in college.
  • The old blender you replaced with a Ninja or Vitamix
  • The old pair of sneakers that have been sitting in the back of your closet
  • The old lawn furniture that may not be right in the back yard or has about had it due to using over the years,

Really, making the decision to get rid of items will literally liberate you and make you less stressed about how you may get items to your new home, increased costs, and or whether or not items may be the right fit for the new space.

Get rid of anything broken that cannot be repaired you do not need.  Sell stuff on Offer Up, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace, to recoup a little cash for your moving costs…

Overdo the Packing Supplies

Seriously.  Again, I have done this enough to know, you never, ever, buy enough boxes, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, etc. the first time you bring them home.  You will almost always go back to the store to purchase more of them.  If you think you need 5 boxes, buy seven.  If you think one roll of packing tape is enough, buy two, etc.  It doesn’t matter if you have extras.  You may use them for storage at your new home for the attic or basement, or you can turn around and sell them.  Someone will buy them because of the sheer number of people that are looking for moving supplies at any given time.

Don’t standardize on one size box either, especially large boxes.  Do you know how heavy an extra-large box of kitchen supplies can be?  Will that box be safe?  Get smaller boxes for different packing options.

Buy more than you think you’ll need.  Trust me on this one…

Get Organized…

Yes, you heard it.  This is critical to helping you minimize the stress of packing and having a deadline to move. The more organized you can become early in the process, the less stress you will endure.  Here are a few tips to getting organized….

  • Label your boxes before you start and put them in their designated rooms.
  • Color-code each box in each room or label them for breakables
  • Create an inventory per room that you want to pack and a list of items you wish to get rid of.
  • Use a spreadsheet to keep track of boxes and belongings, by numbering each box for each row or column in the spreadsheet.

Get creative to make your life easier going into the process and at the exit of the process when you are unpacking.

Research “How to Pack”

You might find it silly, but there are literally hundreds, and maybe thousands of videos on YouTube for how to pack belongings, your kitchen, etc. that will make your life more efficient in the process of packing.  Click this link and you’ll learn more in just a few short minutes:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+pack+for+moving.  Don’t know how to pack your shoes, there’s a video for that.

One bit of advice we can give is that you should start the process no less than a month or more in advance… If you know you are moving in 90 days, start offloading the items you do not want to bring with you, selling them, disposing of them, or giving them away.  Once you have done that, you’ll be able to assess what you will “need” to be packing up.  Start packing 30 days ahead of time.  Why a month and not a couple weeks.  From experience the following may affect your packing:

  • Work schedule,
  • Holidays & family obligations
  • Budget
  • Weather
  • Car problems
  • Health issues

The list can go on.  You want to give yourself ample time to pack to keep yourself from being stressed out.

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If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here:  https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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5 Of The Best Ways To Avoid Moving Scams | Hercules Movers, Inc

500,000+ people moved out of New York City in 2020, almost 1,000,000 people moved out of California, and more people moved out of New Jersey than any other state, per capita.  You could barely find a moving company, they were so busy getting people to their new homes from their old.  Working with a reputable moving company may be one of the best decisions you could make, despite how busy these businesses were, and still are.  However, when any type of business spikes and there is high demand, you will find those nefarious players out there who may want to take advantage of you and scam you out of your money, belongings, or both.  By doing these three things, you’ll be taking prepurchase precautions and make a better hiring decision for yourself and your family.

Research Reviews

Today, it goes without saying that you’ll likely hit a business’s Google ratings before you buy.  It’s normal, and people trust reviews like they trust a referral from their best friend.  You can review Yelp, but today yelp is likely secondary to Google, but Facebook may not be a bad option for the reviews… You will occasionally find the disgruntled employee acting like a customer, or a bad actor giving a business a poor rating, so please keep that in mind, but the Internet is likely the fastest way to determine if you are going to make a call to that company for your no-obligation quotation.

Ask Friends and Family

Just like researching reviews, friends and family won’t generally steer you wrong. I’m not sure there’s much more to say here, but this is likely a no-brainer.

Ask Better Questions

Get detailed in your Q&A when you are speaking to the Moving company representative and/or ownership.

  • How long have they been in business?
  • How many moves a day/week do they perform?
  • Are the employees long term?
  • Will there be a manager coordinating the move when they arrive at my home?
  • Can they provide references (see the review paragraph above)?
  • Do they have their license numbers handy?
  • Are they fully bonded and insured?

There are likely other questions but think a little deeper than beating them up for a better price on your quote.  You do want your belongings to get to your destination in one piece…

The Low Quote Warning

If you’re smart, you’ll get a couple of quotes.  If one of them is significantly less expensive, this could be a warning sign.  They may nickel and dime you to death with mileage, extra labor costs, etc. Or, they may not be fully insured, etc.  Remember, there are a lot of costs to running a business… Truck payments, truck insurance, employee insurance, other insurances, rental on their office space, employee costs, tax costs, etc.  These things make up the cost basis of the quotation and keep the moving company in business.  If the quote is too low, well, they may not be paying these, and you may be out of luck if items are broken, the truck they use is not stable enough, or if there are other issues or accidents.

Hard to Find on the Internet

Transparently, if you are looking for a moving company you’re starting on the Internet these days… And, moving companies today are notorious for advertising on Google, blogging, making videos, etc.  They put themselves out there so you can find them.  If they’re hard to find, on page 10 or further down than Google, they may be a bit obscure, and you may not want to put much stock in them.  A thriving and growing moving company doing business consistently should be easy to find and research online…

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.

 

 


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4 Ways to Help Your Kids Get Used to Their New Home | Hercules Movers, Inc | NJ Movers

Not only can moving to a new home be stressful for you, but it can also be tough on the children.  If you’ve moved beyond your neighborhood, out of town or across the country, your kids may have left their friends behind, are in a new environment, and likely will be starting at a new school in the coming days.  Making new friends and leaving the old ones behind can be a bit stressful for a child. They’re essentially alone in a new environment at school for the first time all over again!  Here are a few ways you can make it easier on your child or children 

Keep Your Kids In The Loop

From the time you get ready to make the decision to move, keep your kids involved. They can actually be a big help if they are made part of the process.  Meaning, letting them know where you are moving to, some of the positive points and highlights, getting them to help you pack, unpack, etc. pack their toys in “their boxes” so that they can unpack them themselves, keeping them occupied so you can put your dishes in the cupboard for the first time without distraction.  This way they play a vital role in their minds to moving into the new home, helping to make it their own.

Make it a Special Family Growth Opportunity

Kids respond to the news of a move different from one another.  This is just a fact.  Some will be excited for your move south (if let’s say you’re moving from New Jersey to North Carolina, Georgia, or Florida, as many of our clients have done), and some will be more resistant to a move out of the neighborhood leaving friends behind.   It will be your job to get your children pumped up about your move to your new home, creating excitement for the new adventure they’re going on.  

One way to create some excitement, depending on their age, is to let them pick the color of their new room, or pick out that racecar or dollhouse bed for their new room.  This could ease their mind and distract them from the thought of leaving their best friend in first grade behind.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about a pet, such as a kitten, and think the new home is the right place, and the distraction may be the right time to do so for your child.  Or, maybe you’re moving to a new home with a pool, which is sure to get your kids excited for summer fun.

Make it a Game

If your children are old enough, you may have had them memorize your home address.  They’re getting a new one, so you may want to turn the memorization of the new address into a game with treats and prizes to get them interested in learning their new address… 

Tour the New Area (A Couple of Times)

It’s likely you moved to a new neighborhood in a new town.  Very rarely does someone move two doors down from their old home, unless you’re moving from a smaller apartment to a larger one in the same building?  If you’ve moved to a new town or a new neighborhood, it’s likely that your children are a bit overwhelmed with the simple things, like getting off the school bus at the right home. Make it a point to find out what the route is their school bus will be using, and drive that route to and from school a couple of times.  This will familiarize both you and them with their route so they are more comfortable on their first day at the new school.  It will be rough enough on them getting on a school bus with a bunch of kids they don’t know.  

Take them to the closest playground or park.  Show them something they can look forward to in a semi-familiar environment.  Every kid likes a playground if they’re of that age group.

Ask them to pay close attention when you are touring the area, and try to have them navigate you from place to place or on the route home.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Now that you are done with planning, packing, moving and unpacking, you have done the bulk of what is to be done. However, the work doesn’t end there. I wish it ended with unpacking. When you are done unpacking, you will definitely have a numerous amount of moving boxes that you’ll have to deal with. You will need to determine what to do with these boxes. The good news is that there are a lot of options available for you to choose from and this part of the moving process is not a very stressful chore you handle.

We have put down a few creative ideas available to you. You can decide to go with one or more of them.

  1. Keep them

You can fold up your moving boxes and keep them in the basement or store of your house. Especially if by the nature of your job, you have to move again. A lot of people move more than once in their life. Even if you don’t have to move again, chances are that a family member, a friend or even a neighbor will have to move sometime in the future and they will need moving boxes. You ca keep your boxes for times like that. As long as you have space to store these boxes, there’s no harm in keeping them for next time. Ensure that you do not store them in a place that can attract pests. Store the moving boxes in a cool dry place. It is also important for you to examine each box before storing it so you do not store up boxes that are damaged and will be of no future use.

  1. Sell them

You can sell them. People are always moving so there will always be need for moving boxes. You can put up posts on the internet or place poster around your new community for people around to see. You can also contact local moving companies. They should be willing to buy since they are in the business of moving for people.

  1. Donate them

You can also donate these moving boxes. Ask around for people in need of moving boxes or local organisations that need them. This can even give you the opportunity to meet people from your new community. There will always be people that could use free cardboard boxes. Community centres around or local businesses could use them for storage. Schools or churches around you could put them to good use for things like art projects or storage.

  1. DIY projects for your home

There are a lot of creative ideas for DIY projects for leftover cardboard boxes. Some are practical projects for your home while others are just artistic for decoration. We have come up with a list. Take out time to relax and enjoy doing them.

  1. DIY insulation:  Moving boxes are made from cardboard and cardboard is great for DIY insulation. This is not to state that cardboards are not replacements for actual foam insulation in your home, cardboards still very useful.  What makes cardboards good for insulation is the air trapped between the two outer layers of cardboard. If you have an attic or storage in your home, cardboards can be used to line the walls. It helps prevent extreme temperatures and make your home a little more energy-efficient. This can be a fun project for you and your family.
  2. Door labels:  If you stay in an apartment building, then you can cut some boxes and use them to label your apartment number at your door. Some buildings do not have numbers and it will be a good way for your visitors to identify your apartment. If your home is not an apartment building, you can use these boxes to label the rooms in your house. Design them and place them on the door post of each room. If you do not want to label doors, you can just decorate them and place them on doors. This can be something your children do as fun project to pass time in their new home
  3. Picture frames: Moving boxes can be designed to become picture frames. Just check the internet for a couple of DIY tutorial videos. These videos will help you transform basic boxes into beautiful frames that can be used for yourself and even be given as gifts to family and friends.
  4. Mirror frames: Boxes can be cut and designed to any shape for your mirror frames. Just cut it to suit the shape of your mirror and then get stickers and fancy things to design the box. Ensure to have fun while at it.
  5. Storage boxes: All you need to do is design the boxes to revamp the boxes and then they become fancy boxes for storing things such as magazines and random household items.
  6. Jewelry boxes: You can use old moving boxes as jewelry trays or jewelry boxes. Just pad the bottom of the box with a moving paper of foam. You can even use a napkin to do that. Then you can place your jewelry in them.
  7. Drawer dividers:  Cut the boxes into pieces and then they become useful as dividers for your drawers. Ensure to measure the size of each drawer before cutting to get the appropriate size. Dividers in your drawer will help you maximize space.
  8. Balcony planters: Leftover moving boxes can be used for planters. You can turn them into planters for your balcony or patio. Ensure to line the interior of the box with plastic bags and poke some holes for drainage.
  9. Napkin rings: If you can cut some of your leftover moving boxes and then roll them tight enough, they can be used to hold napkins in your home.
  10. Arts and crafts: Your children can make use of the left over boxes for arts and crafts. Just get paints, markers, stickers and other things used for decorating. They can create toy houses and other DIY decorations for their rooms. This will definitely be a fun activity for the family.

 

 

 


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Moving from one home to another, no matter how long or short the distance of the move is can be very stressful. The whole process of house hunting, packing, unpacking, and settling is very stressful. Moving is on the top ten list of most stressful event s a person goes through.

It is an accepted fact that moving is a stressful event. However, moving is also as expensive as it is stressful. Apart from the new home, you are paying for the many packing supplies you have to buy and that is not even the cost of moving your belongings. A lot of money goes into the whole process of moving.  Because you’ll need to spend a lot of money, it is important for you to be on a budget and save cost as much as possible.

Packing is arranging your belongings for a move. Packing is a major aspect of your moving process regardless of where you are moving to. You need to pack properly and keep track of your belongings. Nobody wants to be in a new home and discover that they are missing an important item or that your things were damaged in transit.

Because packing is very stressful, there are a lot of tips on how to pack properly to ensure the safety of your items during the moving process. However, many of these tips will cost you a lot of money. Moving is expensive and an expensive part of moving is packing. There are however a lot of cost-effective ways to pack for your move. These cost-effective ways will save you money that would have been spent on packing while protecting your belongings at the same time. We have outlined a couple of cost-effective ways that you can utilize for your move.

  1. Declutter

This is the first step you need to take when you are about to move. Before you start packing, it is very important for you to take time out to go through your belongings and declutter. Decide the things you need to move with and the things you do not need. There are different ways of getting rid of the things you do not need to move with. You can have a yard sale; you can donate them to charity or even throw some away. Reducing the things you need to move with automatically reduces the cost of moving especially where you are hiring a moving company. If you do not do this before packing, you will end up moving unnecessary items and spending unnecessary money moving them.

  1. Make use of plastic boxes

Moving boxes are the major packing item anyone has to buy. The popular moving boxes are cardboard boxes and even though they can be very durable, you might end up throwing them away after your move. Some of them will even get damaged during your move. One way to save you the cost of moving boxes is to rent plastic moving boxes. There are moving companies that rent out plastic boxes to movers. All you need to do is to return the boxes after your move. They might even have an arrangement for picking up the boxes. This is a very cost-effective moving tip and will save you lots of money considering all the boxes you’ll need to pack your moving items.

  1. Use all your containers

When packing, people tend to pack their containers – hampers, baskets, and boxes – empty. Utilize these containers. Do not pack them empty because they will just occupy space. Fill them with other things you need to move with before you pack them.

  1. Minimize the moving supplies you need to buy

As stated above, you can decide to rent instead of buying. However, before renting, it is also important for you to make use of items you already have. You can use your suitcases to move your clothes and certain delicate items. In addition to that, you can use your towels and soft clothing to wrap delicate items instead of buying bubble wraps and moving papers.

Make use of balloons in the place of air pillows. This saves you money while doing just what you need it to do – protects your belongings. Balloons even have an advantage – they come in different shapes and you get to control the size to suit the box you need to place it in.

You can also use shredded paper as cushioning material to protect your fragile items. This will replace the need for you to buy packing peanuts or packing papers. Shredded paper works well to fill the spaces in your moving boxes thus protecting your items.

If you own liquor boxes, you can use them to move your delicate items such as plates. These boxes are strong and specially built to carry delicate items. They even come with handles which make it so much easier when you have to carry them. Ensure to go through your things to find if you have supplies from your last move. Also, ask friends and family to get free moving supplies. They might have moving supplies from previous moves.

  1. Sell large items

Another cost effect tip for packing is for you to sell your large items and electronics. Selling your large items is especially important where the home you are moving to is in another state or another country. When you compare the cost of moving to the cost of purchasing a new one, it is more economical to sell the one you have and buy another one when you get to your new home. It is not a good financial decision to move large items like your refrigerators, gas cooker, and washing machine across the country. There are various apps and websites available for you to sell these items.

All these tips will definitely help you save costs when you are packing. Do whatever you need to avoid buying moving supplies that are not essential for your move.


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Moving can be very stressful especially because of all the packing you have to do. A lot of mental and physical strength goes into packing. When you need to move, shoes are part of the items that can be tricky to pack.  Maybe because they appear strong but need special care for moving or because they come in different shapes and sizes and you will need to put that into consideration when packing them. You must however move with your shoes and so you need to pack them properly to prevent any form of damage.

Packing shoes requires a bit of tact and of course a bit of your time. You need to take special care as you would with any other delicate item you need to pack for a move. Take out time to pack your shoes properly and look for tips to help you pack your shoes properly. These tips will help you pack your shoes properly.

  1. Sort out your shoes

For any item you have to move, you need to sort it out and determine the ones you need to move with and the ones you should get rid of. The same rule applies to your shoes. A lot of people keep shoes that they have not worn in years. Chances are you are one of them. So, sort them out then determine how to get rid of them. You can sell them to make money. You’ll need a lot of money for your moving process. Have a yard sale or try using websites or apps available for selling used items. If you are not able to sell them, then you can donate them to charity or to family and friends. You can also recycle the shoes instead of just throwing them in the trash. Just make sure you move with only essentials.

  1. Have your packing supplies

There are certain supplies you need to move your shoes. You’ll need to get them. Use large strong boxes, socks to stuff the shoes, packing papers, markers, and packing tapes.

  1. Clean the shoes

Generally, when you have to move anything, it makes sense to clean it. You should not get to your new house and have to unpack dirty things. Cleaning things from your old house should not be part of your settling in the plan. It is important to clean your shoes before you move. Ensure that the shoes are not damp before you pack them. If they are not dry before you pack them, mold might develop on the shoes while they are being moved.

  1. Keep your shoes fresh

After cleaning your shoes, you can also air-dry them and then spray the shoes with antibacterial spray or use alcohol to rub the shoes before packing them. You can also place unused tea bags inside the shoes before packing them. You should do this before stuffing the shoes with materials. Attach the unused teabags to the material and place it in the shoe or place the teabag in the shoe before placing the material for stuffing inside the shoe. These things help to keep your shoes fresh when you are ready to unpack them in your new home.

  1. Stuff the shoes

To help protect your shoes during the move, you will need to stuff each shoe with socks or any soft material. This will protect your shoes and prevent smashing during the move. If you don’t have socks to use or you cannot use any material, then you have the option of using packing papers or plastic wraps. This helps to keep your shoes in their natural shape. After stuffing the shoes, you may wish to wrap each shoe with wrapping paper for further protection.

  1. Group your shoes by type

Go through your shoes and sort them according to their category, type, and size. This will help make packing the shoes easier. Packing shoes according to size is a good plan because it makes sense for you to put shoes of the same size in the same box. Putting big shoes on top of small shoes might damage the small shoes. If you have to put all the shoes in the same box, ensure to put the big shoes at the bottom of the box and the small ones on top.

  1. Wrap the shoes

When you need to place the shoes in the box, you can wrap the shoes with either moving papers or bubble wrap. When wrapping the shoes, take special care in wrapping shoes with heels and buckles. Do not use plastic bags to wrap your shoes. Plastic bags can rip off during the process of moving the shoes.

  1. Tie sneakers together by their laces

For sneakers, keep pairs together by tying their laces together. This way, you might not need to place them in boxes if you don’t have extra for them. Also, if it makes it easy for you to pick them up when you are unpacking.

  1. Box pairs individually

If you have the original boxes for some of your shoes, then you can use them to pack your shoes. Where the shoes are expensive, you’ll need to protect them and so it’s good to use individual boxes. If you do not have the original boxes, you can get small individual boxes for your shoes.

  1. Put the shoes in boxes

For other shoes that are not too delicate or that you are too concerned about, you can box them all up in a strong moving box. Ensure to place the larger and stronger shoes at the bottom of the box and then put the more delicate ones at the top. Avoid using plastic bags to pack your shoes they are not advisable because plastic bags can rip because of the weight of the shoes or because of shoes with heels or buckles.  If you do not have a spare moving box, you can use baskets to move your shoes. Baskets can do the same work of protecting your shoes and making sure that they are not pressed during the process of the move.

 


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Moving is a process that uproots your life from one location and takes it to another location. There are a few things more stressful than moving.  When you move, you need to pack most or all of your property. This is not an easy task as each type of item you own will require a special mode of packing to ensure adequate protection.

We live in an age of technology and for this reason; a lot of people have a lot of electronic devices to pack when moving. Televisions, laptops, computers, tablets, video game systems, and stereo equipment are all electronic devices.  These devices cost a lot of money and you need to make sure that they are protected all through your packing and moving process.

Here are a few tips to help you when packing your electronics in preparation for a move.

  1. Sort Your Electronics

By nature, electronics are delicate things to move. It is therefore important for you to move with only essentials. It might be a better financial decision for you to sell some devices and buy them when you get to your new location. Go through your electronic devices and determine the ones you really need to move with.  You will even find that there are a lot of devices that you do not need at all. Sell them or donate them. Try as much as possible to reduce the number of electronics you have to move with.

  1. Make Use of the Product manual

It’s best for you to follow the manufacturers’ advice for packing electronics. The manufacturer of an electronic device knows the most about what it takes to protect the product. So, ensure to go through the owner’s manual. If you cannot find the product manual that came with the device, you can check the website of the company. The website will definitely have useful information about the device you need to move.

  1. Use the original product boxes and materials for packing

If you saved the original boxes your devices came in, it will be best for you to use it to pack the device. These boxes are made and used by the manufactures to keep devices before purchase. They are usually custom made boxes and are very effective in packing and repacking these devices. You might not find packing materials that fit as well as the original product boxes. There are other materials that are put in product boxes to protect the devices in the box. If you have these things, they will be very useful for you when you want to move.

  1. Get important packing materials

If you do not have the original packing materials available, you will need to get some essential moving supplies to pack them. You will start with these essentials: sturdy cartons, newsprint for wrapping things up, tape, scissors, and felt-tip markers to the number and label each box.

  1. Disassemble Your Devices

You will need to disassemble your electronic devices before packing them for a move. Take out the batteries in all your electronic devices – appliances and their remotes. Batteries can overheat and get damaged during the move if left in the device. This might have an adverse effect on your device. So, remove batteries to protect the device and the battery. Eject CDs from your device and tape the device shut. If you have a printer, eject the cartridges and wrap your printer appropriately for a move.

  1. Have a Code for Packing Cords

When you have disassembled your electronic devices, you will need to deal with the connecting cords.  Many electronics such as computers, television, stereos, and other devices have a lot of connecting cords. You will need to develop a code for sorting out the cord so you do not mix them up. The easiest code will be to use a color code. Use colored stickers to mark each cord and the same color sticker where the cord connects to the device. This will save you the stress of trying to figure out which cord goes where when you are unpacking and reassembling your electronics.

  1. Control the Storage Temperature

Many electronic devices are sensitive to temperature. Devices like computers and television sometimes need to be stored in temperature-controlled units. You can find this information on the product manual or contact the manufacturer or your storage facility. It is advisable to use the recommended storage temperature when moving to avoid the possibility of damage to your electronic device.

  1. Wrap Your Electronics Devices

It’s important to wrap your devices. You can wrap your devices using moving supplies such as bubble wraps, moving papers, and even old towels. This helps to protect the devices and minimize the possibility of damage that can be caused by moving electronic devices. If you do not wrap the devices, you can use bubble wrap or moving paper to cushion the boxes before placing the device in the box and then use the same thing to fill the top of the box before sealing the box. Where the device is one that has a screen, do not use paper to wrap it. Use a bubble wrap as this is more effective for the protection of glass. Each device will need unique care when wrapping. Ensure to protect them properly.

  1. Use Quality Packing Tape

When you have placed the items in moving boxes, seal the boxes and label them appropriately. Seal the boxes completely with quality packing tape to secure the boxes properly.

  1. Label Appropriately

It is also important that you label the boxes containing your electronics as fragile. In addition to that, use a marker to indicate what item is inside the box. This will also help the movers to be careful when handling boxes that contain electronics.

  1. Make a Record

You will need a general inventory list. However, it is important to make a list of the electronics you are moving with. You will also need a record to show how you disassembled the electronic device. This will be useful for your unpacking when you need to assemble the devices.

 

 


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Packing for a move can be very hectic. This is said to be the most dreaded part of having to move. As dreaded as packing is, some rooms are easier to pack than others. The kitchen is said to be the most difficult room to pack. This is because the kitchen is filled with lots of fragile items and packing them for a move can be very stressful. You need to pack like a pro to protect each item and prevent damage during the process of moving.

Fragile items are items that can easily be damaged or broken. Many household items are fragile in nature and when you need to move, you need to take special care in packing them to ensure that they do not get damaged during the move.  Simply labeling the boxes fragile will not protect the fragile items inside the boxes.

We have highlighted a few helpful things to note when packing your kitchen items and fragile items to avoid common mistakes that people make mad ensure maximum protection of your properties.

  1. Sort your kitchen and household items

Go through your kitchen like every other room and determine what you’ll keep and what to do away with. Whenever you have to move is a good time to audit your kitchen and appliances. Sort them out and determine what to with the ones you don’t need to move with. This might be a difficult thing to do for your kitchen. However, only move with items that are necessary.

The same rule applies to every other household item. It just might be easier and cheaper for you to buy a new one when you get to your new home because of the special care and cost that comes with moving them. So, go through your fragile items and determine which ones you have to move with.

When you have sorted out your items, you can sell the items that are still in good working conditions. Selling them helps you raise the money for another one when you get to your new home. You can give out the others to charity or to family and friends. This saves the stress and cost of moving items that you’ll end up not using in your new home.

  1. Get quality moving materials

The kitchen items are very delicate. This makes it important for you to get a quality moving supplies for packing them. Take time to get yourself quality moving boxes, wrapping papers, bubble wraps, packing papers, tapes, and markers. These are the things you’ll need to pack your fragile items, kitchen wares, and appliances.

  1. Boxing kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances come in a range of sizes and it is important to protect them. If you still have the boxes they came in when you purchased them then use those boxes. These boxes were designed by the producers to protect these items. If you don’t have them then it’s advisable to use medium-sized boxes. Do not stuff boxes with too many items because they become difficult to move when loading.

When putting the appliances in moving boxes, you can cushion the boxes with bubble wraps or packing paper for extra protection especially of the appliances are delicate items. When placed in the box, tape the top of the box and any other side necessary to tape then label appropriately.

  1. Plates and glasses

For plates, there are plate boxes specially made for them. These boxes come with cells for each plate to ensure that they are protected during the move. Plate boxes are easy to find. If however, you don’t find moving boxes, get packing papers or bubble wraps, and use regular boxes. Cushion the boxes with packing papers and wrap each plate with bubble wrap to prevent damage. Use the same style for glasses. Wrap them individually. You can use tapes to fasten the bubble wrap to each item to ensure that it stays intact throughout your move. When you are done packing the box, ensure to tape it and label it appropriately.

  1. Pots and pans

For pots and pans use medium-sized boxes. Medium-sized boxes are advisable because they are easy to pack and move. Ensure that the boxes you get are sturdy ones. You’ll need to stack the pots in the box. When stacking your pots, put packing papers in between the pots to provide a form of protection for them. Cushion the boxes with moving papers, old towels, or old clothes to ensure that the pots are stable during.

  1. Television

Packing televisions can be tricky because they come in different shapes and sizes. If you still have the box you bought it in, then it makes it easy for you to pack it in that box. There are also special television moving boxes available. They are flat paneled boxes and they come in different shapes and sizes to suit different sizes of televisions available. Where you cannot get any box to suit your television, get regular boxes. Wrap the television in bubble wrap and tape it to fasten it. Cushion the box with packing paper and place the wrapped television inside the box. Fill any excess space with packing paper t ensure that the television does not move inside the box when your items are in transit.

  1. Picture frames and mirrors

There are special boxes used to move fragile items like mirrors, picture frames, and glass tops. These items should be secured with packing paper before placing them in the moving boxes. When placing more than one in a box, ensure to put packing papers or bubble wraps in between the two of them to avoid collision during the move. Place old towels or extra packing papers in any extra space in the box to ensure that the items don’t move around in the box.

  1. Lamps

For small and medium-sized lamps, you can use regular moving boxes to pack them.  Just ensure you wrap each lamp with a bubble wrap and tape the bubble wrap to the lamp to be extra careful. For tall floor lamps, however, you will need special lamp boxes because of the special nature of their length. Thankfully, these boxes are available. They are tall boxes that protects your lamps efficiently during the move.


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You’ve planned, arranged, packed, and arranged with the movers. Now it’s finally time to move. The moving day can be very exciting but like everything concerning moving, it can be very stressful. If you have packed and arranged your things properly, this means that the bulk of the work has been done. This does not mean that there is no work to be done on a moving day. There is work to be done.

Before the moving day arrives, it is advisable to create a checklist of things to do on a moving day to make your move go smoothly. This list helps you to be prepared for the moving day and reduces the amount of stress that comes with the day. You will need to know what to expect to help you prepare. Knowing what to expect on a moving day helps you with your list and consequently, reduces your stress level on that day.

Here are a few things to expect and to prepare for on a moving day.

  1. Less sleep

You will need to wake up early on a moving day. Wake up early and take breakfast because you’ll need the energy. Waking up early gives you ample time to do all you need to do before the movers arrive. This helps to avoid any form of delay on your part.

  1. Set aside items that are not going into the moving truck

There are certain essentials that should be with you during the move. They include things like an overnight bag, important documents, medications, gadgets, and electronic devices. You can put all these in a separate box and label the box before setting it aside. Set them aside do they do not get mixed up during the move. These are essentials that you’ll need when you get to your new home.

  1. Note the time the movers will arrive

Whether you have engaged the services of a moving company or you have gotten friends and family to come and help you with your move, it is important that you note the time they are arriving for the move. Finish up any last-minute packing or preparation that you need to do before the movers arrive. Ensure you are prepared and be ready by the time they arrive.

  1. Ensure that your property is safe for the move

Moving involves a lot of lifting and moving around. The last thing you want to deal with on a moving day is an injured person. So be sure to secure the property and its environs. Reserve a convenient parking space for the moving truck so it’s easy to move items into it, provide ample space for a mover to walk through when carrying items, remove obstacles from the way. Just do your best to ensure everyone is safe during the move.

  1. The moving company ‘may’ compile an inventory

Where you have engaged the services of professional movers, expect them to make an inventory of items to be moved. They do this to ensure that all your items get to your new home and also to be able to prevent any future liability claim for loss of items. Where you are making use of family and friends to move, it will be necessary for you to make an inventory of your items to be moved. This helps you not to forget and to know what goes where during the move. Even when you have engaged the services of professional movers, it is still advisable for you to make an inventory of your items to be able to compare with the inventory of the movers.

  1. You’ll have a lot of moving to do

Whether you hire professional movers or not, you’ll have to join in moving a lot of the things you have to move. So, dress appropriately. Wear something comfortable that will allow you to do all the lifting you’ll need to do. You can wear jeans or shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers to allow you to move easily.

  1. Expect the movers to be in control of the move

Agreed, it is your move. However, the movers will be in charge of determining the best order to load and arrange your items. This is especially true when you have engaged the services of professional movers. Professional movers have their techniques for packing and loading different items. They also have a method of arranging the boxes into the moving truck. During this process, you will have to take a back seat and let the professionals do their jobs.

Where you are not using professional movers, it is advisable for you to make a plan on the move and who moves what. This plan will help you to keep things coordinated when the time to move comes.  You have to be coordinated to have a smooth move and ensure that you don’t forget anything at your old home or lose things in the process of moving.

  1. Expect a bill of lading

A bill of lading is a document that is issued by a carrier of items, acknowledging the receipt of the items being moved. It details the type of items carried, quantity, value of the items, moving estimate, expected delivery date, and the proposed destination of the items. Where you have engaged the services of a professional mover, expect to receive a bill of lading from the moving company.  You’re going to have to sign this bill of lading so ensure you go through the bill of lading to confirm the items on it before signing it.

  1. Prepare refreshments for your movers

This is important because the stress that comes with moving will tell on the movers. After a while, they will water, a cold drink and snacks to keep them refreshed. Have a stand for this or a small section where these things are kept so when the need arises, you are ready for it. If you are not able to prepare for this, just have cash at hand to order from any restaurant around.

Now that you know what to expect on a moving day, we hope you will be able to prepare properly for your move to avoid any form of stress that is avoidable.


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It is finally time for you to move after all your packing and planning. If you have opted to use professional movers instead of engaging your friends and family to help you move your properties, then you’ve made a good choice. It is a good choice because moving companies are professionals in loading, transporting, and unloading items and so will ensure the safety of your properties.

Millions of moves going on in the country every year. A lot of people use moving companies for their move. It doesn’t always go as planned because a lot of shady things such as scams and missing items happen to people. All the wrong things that could happen during a move make it important for you to hire a quality moving company when moving.

To hire a good moving company, there are certain things you have to look out for to make the right decision. The below paragraphs will highlight a few things to look for when hiring a moving company.

Due Diligence

You will need to do a due diligence search on the available companies and avoid any company that doesn’t meet up. Moving company scams are very common. Check the company name and address and find out about the owners. Avoid companies that have changed their names a few times. Some companies do this after being assessed and found unfit, after a bad recommendation or even a lawsuit.

Ensure that the company has been around for a while and there has a registered business place office you can go to when the need arises. Check out the office to ensure that they actually d business there.  Check if they have an alias with which they do business and of course find out if they are properly licensed.

This is important because you don’t want to entrust your properties to a company you will not be able to trace if anything goes wrong during the move.

Check with People Who Have Moved Recently

You can ask family and friends for recommendations of companies that have helped them move. If they don’t have you can check the company’s website to see their recommendations. Check for movers association and ask for a recommendation for the best movers. You can also check with your neighbors who recently moved in or former neighbors who recently moved out and ask for their recommendation and experience. The moving company you decide to use needs to have good reviews from past customers.

Get an Estimate

When you have done your due diligence and you’ve gotten recommendations from other customers, then you can request an estimate from your selected few. To get an estimate, be prepared to answer questions about the location you are moving from and to and items to be put in the truck. This information helps the moving company in calculating the cost of your move. When you get a different estimate, depending on your budget, you can begin to eliminate companies from your list. Do not base your decision solely on the price. However, ensure that you get value for your money. Moving can be very expensive and so try to avoid a company that over-charges.

Moving Inventory

A moving inventory is a list of items to be moved. A good moving company will take a stock of the items to be moved before moving them. Moving inventory is very important. It helps the company to be accountable for the items it is moving. Even though it is advisable for you to have your personal inventory to compare, you should avoid companies that do not take inventory of the items. It shows that they lack accountability.

Avoid Companies That Request for a Large Deposit

Agreed, most companies will ask for a deposit. However, you should avoid companies that request for a large deposit. The ideal thing should be paid upon delivery of the items to your new home. A good moving company will not demand for a large sum as a deposit.

Moving Contract

Every good moving company should have standard moving contracts. Ensure however that it is adjusted to suit your specific need. Do not sign a blank contract. Standard things such as the cost of the move, the date for the pick-up and delivery, liability for damages to your properties, and a list of items to be moved should be stated in the contract.  Avoid any company that does not allow you to input necessary things into the contract. If things go south, you might not be able to enforce some things where they are not expressly stated in the contract.

Extra Charges

Some companies give you a cheap estimate and somehow find a way to give you extra charges at the end of the transaction. Beware of this type of moving company. Find out from the company and former customers if there will be extra charges and when they will arise if any. Make sure that their rates are as transparent as possible.

Value of Insurance Coverage

Moving companies assume the liability of items while in transit. However, there are different levels of coverage. There is a comprehensive – full replacement – coverage and there is an alternative where the movers only cover a certain percentage of damages. Find out the type of coverage the company offers and ensure that it suits your budget and adequately protects your properties.

Number of Staff Members

When comparing companies, ensure to confirm the number of movers each moving company has. The more the movers, the faster you loading and unloading will be. Moving consumes time and so it is important to maximize as much time as you possibly can. If the movers are few and take longer, this can also increase the hourly rate you’ll have to pay for the move.

Size of Trucks

This is very important. Consider the properties you have and ensure that the moving company has a truck that will fit your items. You don’t want to find out when they arrive on a moving day that the truck is too small and you’ll have to do multiple trips.

When you have done all this, then you can be sure to end up choosing a good moving company and be confident in their services.


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