Keeping your valuables safe when moving

One of the most problematic parts of moving house is the risk that things will get damaged. You will likely be extremely concerned about the well being of items that are made from glass, china or any other breakable material, especially as they will have to be lumped in with everything else in a van, which will then subject all of your items to some severe vibrations and shaking as it moves. The transit part of a move is the most nerve wracking, as you can not do anything to protect your beloved belongings, as they are trapped away in the back of the van. This can be quite a tense period, as you will be terrified that you will open the rear of the van to find a bomb site of smashed up things that you once loved. The reality is that removals companies train their staff in handling and packing things in a way that prevents these sorts of things happening, but there are things that you should do to prevent the likelihood of such an event. As always with a move, you should start planning and packing well in advance of the actual date. This will give you time to source materials and work out ways of doing things in a cost effective as well as highly protective manner. You will not regret putting some thought in to the process, but you will regret neglecting your things, and losing them to the swinging space in the back of the van.

For a start, you need the right materials. Many who are concerned about their belongings’ safety will reach straight for the bubble wrap, but it is a high cost material, whose production is terrible for the environment. In some situations, you will need bubble wrap, but for the most part, tissue paper from a sustainable or recycled source will suffice, as scrunching or layering it will provide a protective barrier against things knocking in to each other. Having sturdy boxes that will not lose their shape is another vital material to have. Older boxes will crease more easily, which can mean that sticking them is unsafe. The result of a few boxes falling down from a pile in the van would be disastrous to the items within and around them, so be sure to buy new boxes, and make sure that you recycle them afterwards, as sending them to landfill is another ecological nightmare. make sure you are armed with plenty of packing tape, as it always seems to run out at the worst time. You can always use spare rolls of tape around the house if you have some left over, so do not be scared of getting an extra or two!

A sheet of paper between plates should be enough to dampen the vibrations that may cause them to mark each other or to crack, but it is worth filling out any empty space within boxes with bunched up tissue to prevent any movement. With large items you should find any smaller extremities that are likely to break off, and be sure to remove them if you can. If not, place protective cardboard or wood around them and tape in place. if you can, then highlight the area so that those who are moving the item can see that they need to watch out for that bit. Mirrors should be protected again with hardboard or cardboard, especially over the sheet glass, as cracking can be easy if it is not well protected.

 

Ways to Find Cheap Moving Supplies

Ways to Find Cheap Moving Supplies

 

Are you on schedule and you need to move very soon? If that is the case, then you are aware that you’ll need plenty of moving boxes on the cheap side to deal with your belongings. Obtaining these boxes however may take some effort and money, though there are ways you can find a good supply of boxes for your needs at affordable prices or maybe even for free with a but of luck. The following tips aim to help you find a way to obtain boxes as you need them. We begin with the following:

  • Check up with your family and friends

This may be one of the fastest ways to obtain boxes if you contact the right people. Neighbors and friends as well as family may have some boxes remaining from previous moves. The same can work with coworkers or if you are working in a store, as there are plenty of boxes being recycled and thrown away every day by companies. Consider that before you go off buying boxes for your moving needs.

  • Check up with retail stores

Local grocery stores and larger retail chains may have a great variety of boxes if you’re lucky. You should visit these stores before buying anything. Ask their supervisor whether they can donate boxes to you and the majority of people working in this business will gladly give you a good number of those, as they will have to break them down and recycle them anyway. Doing so will save you a great deal of time, money and efforts while packing so take what you can as it is given to you.

  • Buy boxes from storage companies
  • Check classifieds websites
There are many companies which specialize in selling boxes and storing items, so buying from them will provide you with great sets of boxes at affordable prices. You can also obtain boxes through office supply stores, though the sizes and the variety will be significantly lesser than that of storage companies, who work with a range  of items and clients. You can go one step beyond that by checking out the yellow pages and other sources of information to find what you need.

Craigslist is one good example of that, as it allows you to contact a broad online community for advertisements that may have what you need. In many cases you might even find that some of the adverts are in fact meant for giving away boxes and not even selling them, so look around carefully and see whether anything is available in the vicinity of where you live. If not, you can always check if the advertisements allow shipping of boxes at your expense in bulk. You’d be surprised how many things one can find on classifieds websites.

  • Check online with a wider range of search

You can find a whole lot on the web, as in companies who deal specifically with boxes online, providing cheap and flexible opportunities to find what you need.  In many cases you can find a whole lot more than you would if you look for boxes otherwise, so keep that in mind during your packing phase.

Difficult Objects Moving Tips

Moving is hard on us when we need to take care of large quantities of objects and especially difficult ones, such as the bulky and awkward belongings we often have around our homes. Years of accumulation of objects of all kinds can mean all the difference in the world when the big day of moving. There are pieces of furniture and other things that need you to do the extra effort required to get them from point A to point B. The following article will give you tips on what you need to do to get things done. We begin with the first one on our list:

* Moving Fish and Aquariums

Keeping fish around your home is a great, relaxing way to have pets that are clean and require a minimum amount of care compared to larger pets. It’s like your own little Georgia Aquarium! They do however need more care when it comes to moving. If left at the mercy of a simple move of the whole aquarium they will likely not survive the road ahead due to bruising and temperature changes. Fish can bruise when the water they are moved in moves too fast due to sudden stops, so keep that in mind. You must drain the majority of the tank as you won’t need all the water in it to get things done. If you have any plants in the aquarium you should move them to a bag separately from the fish. The fish themselves should be moved in a small bag and handled with extreme care. The reason for keeping some water in the aquarium is the micro-organisms that inhabits the water that create a symbiotic relationship with the fish as they live there.

* Moving plants

Although plants may not be quite so difficult to deal with, the can be depending on their type. They could be hurt just as easily as pets, if not even more so. If your plants are placed in ceramic planters, then you will need to move them to plastic ones at least a week before you decide to move. This will protect them from breaking during the move. Depending on the length of the trip the plants may need some stable conditions and a temperature-controlled transport or storage. Exercising caution ensures your botanical garden makes it to your new home. 

* Moving a piano

Pianos are notoriously heavy, often weighing somewhere up to half a ton. They are odd and uncomfortable to carry, difficult to deal with and impossible to move alone. There is a good reason why people keep hiring piano movers, since even moving it down to street level can be difficult and it sometimes involves you having to haul it right through a window. Most homes are not made to support large and bulky objects moving through their doorways. Professional movers will use a crane to get them through the windows since in many cases the doors are impossible to deal with. On the other hand a piano dolly may also be used to move it around, but that also requires you to have a large freight elevator to help you out. In all cases you will need the help of movers to get it moving and that simply cannot be avoided.

Moving to Australia

One of the phrases Australians use to refer to their country is “The lucky country”. Without doubt, more and more people realize this fact themselves, as there is an exceeding amount of people who move to Australia every year. It is becoming one of the most popular countries to migrate to and it’s no surprise. Moving to Australia is a huge step, so here are some useful tips for those of you planning this life-changing event. Step 1: You need to apply for a valid visa or citizenship and obtain one before you start scheduling the packing and booking your plane tickets. Go to the website of the Australian Government and look for the Visa and Citizenship Application. Step 2: Finalize all legal matters, taxes and finances that could affect your family before you plan the move. You will have to set up a new bank account in Australia. Step 3: Find information of international shipping, its costs and delivery terms. Decide how much you’d like to move to Australia. If you are moving to a fully-furnished home you don’t need to pay for furniture removal. Step 4: You need specific documents upon your arrival to Australia – medical and work records, birth certificate, marriage certificate, school reports for your children and your passport and visa documents. Step 5: Australian customs don’t allow the import of all items. Make sure you check the restrictions before you pack and move. Australia doesn’t allow moving with most animals and plants. Step 6: Go to a medical check-up to ensure that you are ready for the travel. Take any prescriptions you have that you could use in Australia. Step 7: Plan the travel from the airport to the house. Consider car hire or another form of transport and book your tickets. Step 8: If you are not going straight to your new home, plan where you could stay for a few days. The costs can vary depending on the area. Step 9: On the moving day, make sure you have all your luggage carefully packed and leave yourself enough time to get to the airport on time. The weight limit for your luggage is 40 kg and you are also allowed one item of hand luggage. Have all the necessary documents for fragile or valuable items. Step 10: Upon arrival, go to the immigration desk to show your visa and Incoming passenger card. Then take your luggage after it’s been scanned and exchange some money. The first few days after the relocation are usually the hardest, but as soon as you receive your shipment, it will get easier. Moving to Australia is a huge experience and quite an exciting one; make sure you prepare a solid checklist, plan your budget carefully and enjoy every minute of this event.

Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving can be quite rough on your pets. They are usually territorial creatures, used to the place where they live. When they are removed from that habitat it brings elevated levels of stress along with it. What you need to do for the most part is pay attention to them during the move, providing them with the moral support and love they deserve. That is only part of what can be done however, as you need to keep some things in mind. Are you moving to another country? Doing that may put you at odds with the different laws of said country – most countries require your pet to pass certain vaccinations before it is admitted with their boundaries. This article will cover what you may need to do when you move with your pet as far as organizing goes:

* Check pet regulations

If you need to move overseas you will need to check on those. Some countries require a quarantine period before your pet is allowed to enter the country legally. In some cases that quarantine can extend to the rather annoying six months period, so keep that in mind as you decide to move. For example within the United States each state has its own laws when it comes to transportation of pets. If you are moving to Hawaii your pet will require a quarantine, especially if you have a dog. Hawaii is a place with no rabies, thus the reason for the careful quarantine imposed on pets. Luckily, you can make the length of the quarantine shorter by testing your pet 120 days before the move as well as paying a fee.

* Move your pet with you

For the most part professional movers don’t really move pets. You need to consider if you can move your pets with you instead. It will be less stressful for them to be in your presence instead of that of total strangers. You will also have a chance to keep an eye on them while you’re at it. Cats are somewhat easier to move as they will be confined by their carrier, thus eliminating the chance of running rampant inside the vehicle while traveling on Georgia 400, Interstate 75 or Interstate 85. You should consider putting up some seat covers or a barrier so you can keep your dog away from the front seat.

* Look at the airline rules regarding pets

As it is likely you will be traveling by air if you’re moving abroad, you will have to consider some things. First of all you will need a carrier for each pet. Keep in mind that in almost all cases you will need to place your carrier in the luggage compartments of the plane. On occasion you might be allowed to keep your pet in a small carrier by your seat. Whatever you do you will need to show proof that your pet has been immunized. Airlines will require you to show proof that a rabies shot was given to your pet. You will also have to show an acclimation certificate as well as a certificate of veterinary inspection. You will also have to pay a fee for transportation your pet by air on top of everything.

* Have your pet wear an ID tag

If you are transporting your pet you will need it. Regardless of the type of travel you have chosen your pet will have to carry a tag. Anything can happen during transport, for example your pet could get lost during air travel. Since in most cases they are shipped pretty much like any other luggage, they could be left behind. Having an ID on your pet and the carrier will help greatly when people need to contact you. Make sure you have multiple contact numbers or e-mails so they can be of use.

* Check out the local laws concerning pets

Once you have arrived at your new destination you will need to be careful with the law. In most cases you will need to license your pet within a given time period so they can reside there legally.

The Waves of Stress In The Process Of Moving

Stress is an undeniable and ever-present part of the relocation process and you need to be aware of where and when exactly you will be feeling terribly stressed just to be prepared. Maybe simply try and resist the stress although these are universally stressful moments and more or less they will affect you in some manner. These moments are easily distinguishable in pretty much every stage of the removal process and that indeed includes the research of information, the planning, the packing, the loading, the transportation especially, and then the stress gradually diminishes after the unpacking and the unloading depending of course on the visible condition of the transported possessions. Naturally the level of stress depends on what kind of person you are but still the most stressful moments can’t be mistaken and this article will identify them. First of all, you will most definitely experience stress when you are researching for information because you will be wondering whether or not the choice for a new property you are making is right or not. The stress might double if you are feeling insecure about the choice you have made and if you have failed to find something that will make you certain that you are on the right track, so it is understandable that you need to be perfectly sure that you are making the right choice here. Checking mover reviews is a good start. Sites such as Kudzu.com list companies and their client reviews. After that it will come the time for the planning, and there are waves of stress there to be found as well, most particularly in the case if you don’t have enough time. You will have probably read from forums how much time it will take for a packing process for instance and when you actually find out that you don’t have the necessary time at disposal you will shrink the plan in terms of time and that will make your nervous. What you can do is simply get yourself together and do it faster. That’s the only way and there is no way completely out of stress in that one. Then again, when it comes down to the packing, the true waves of stress will sweep over you. Stress will certainly establish itself if you break something because that already means that more or less you have failed in your packing. You shouldn’t think of it in this way though. Remember that in moving, most companies offer packing services.

 

Lastly, perhaps the two most nervous and exciting stages in the same time of the removal process will be the transportation of your stuff, the unpacking and the unloading. The reason why the journey itself is such a thrill ride is because anything may happen, the weather can get worse, a road accident might occur (Georgia highway 400 has them daily) and you know that all your items are in the hands of another person. And of course don’t forget the feeling you get when you open all your stuff and you check if everything has stayed the whole and unharmed.

What You Need to Know Before Moving

Moving is without a doubt one of the biggest and most important steps in life one can take. Many people are excited by the idea to live in a new area, new town, or even in a new country. However, others feel nothing less than fear from the unknown. In other words, a serious step like this requires a lot of planning and consideration. There are way too many things that have to thought over and over again, so decisions concerning a move should not and cannot be taken overnight. You will have to think about all the changes that a possible move will bring. Remember that there is no turning back, once you’ve made the change. Or even if there is an option to go back, it will have to do with lots of additional expenses, so ask yourself these important questions before you undertake anything.

Are there good job opportunities ?
Everybody’s life depends on his/her incomes, so this aspect is of vital importance. Do some thorough research to see in what condition the labor market is and whether there is a demand for people with your qualifications.

The cost of living?
This has, to a great extent, a lot to do with the first question. The place doesn’t need to be super cheap, but it also shouldn’t go to the other extreme, making you barely make ends meet. After all, your new hometown needs to make you feel comfortable. Learn if you will be able to afford living there. If the answer is ‘no’, postpone moving or simply choose a different destination.

What your family thinks about it?
Bear in mind that this is not an individual decision. Talk things over with the other members of your family. Don’t be selfish. If you have already decided on a certain place/house, make something like a family meeting, sit together as a family and consider both the pros and cons. Will your children be able to adjust to the new surrounding, to find new friends, etc. There are many other factors than “I want to move”.

Is it a safe neighborhood you are moving to?
Another very important thing for you to consider. If safety is not important, then what is? You will have to do your best to ensure your family’s safety and even to make some compromises if you have to. Gather a lot of information about the neighborhood you will be living. You can contact the local police department to ask about criminal rates in the past couple of years. Asking around the locals is also a smart option. They can give you a first-hand experience.

How much is the moving going to cost you?
Last, but definitely not least, you will have to take into deep consideration the overall price you are about to pay. Will you be able to afford it? Have you hired the most reliable and efficient removal company? Can you save money by doing some things on your own? These are all questions that need answers.

 

Arranging moving companies in GA

There are many things to consider if you are moving from your home in the Georgia area, one of which is to find suitable moving companies in GA. In order to ensure your move goes smoothly, you need to look for movers that are known for their reliability, high levels of service, and efficiency. They should also offer good value for your money. Looking at these qualities is an important part of arranging your move.

Look at testimonials from other customers with moving companies in GA

It can be a challenge to determine which moving companies in GA offer the above qualities, but one thing you can do is to look at testimonials from past customers. With Pair of Guys movers, you will find plenty of reviews and testimonials from happy customers who have been delighted with the efficiency, professionalism and value that was offered.

Finding local and long distance moving companies in GA

While many people in the Georgia area move locally, there are many others who move out of the area altogether. The location you are moving to will determine whether you need local or long distance moving companies in GA to help you with your big move. When you select your moving company, you need to make sure that they are able to provide services based on where you are moving.

Enjoys services from reputable moving companies in GA

If you want moving companies in GA that are able to offer both local and long distance moving services, look no further than Pair Of Guys Movers. You can move to your chosen location with speed and ease when you use the services of a reliable moving firm. You will have expert assistance from those with the experience to get you safely and quickly moved to your new home, no matter how near or far it is.

Choosing which moving company to use in GA

If you are moving from your home or premises in Georgia, choosing which moving firm to use can create some confusion. It can be difficult to decide which company to use from among the moving companies in GA. Some people end up basing their decision purely on price alone. However, while competitive pricing is a very important factor, there are other factors that you need to look at as well.

What else you should look for in moving companies in GA

Some of the other qualities you need to look at when it comes to moving companies in GA are the reputation of the firm you are considering using, and whether the company is fully insured. This will ensure you get peace of mind and protection. At Pair of Guys Movers, you get to benefit from affordable pricing, fully insured moving services, and reliability, all of which help to contribute towards a seamless and stress free move.