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.

 

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.

Downgrading the size of your Home

Consider what Self-storage can do for you It is not uncommon for people to feel the need to move into a small home. Maybe your kids have moved out, perhaps you are selling your home in order to play the market and need a temporary property to live, or perhaps you just want to cash out on your big property and move into a small one in order to maximize your disposable income. Whatever your reason, the chances are if you are moving from a larger home into a smaller one, there won’t be enough storage space in your new home. If you try and fit all your items from your old, larger home into your smaller, new one, you’ll either be out of storage space for anything else you buy from then on, or you’ll be cramped for space as items take up space in your living room, kitchen, bedroom and hallways. Luckily, there is a solution for you, and that solution is self-storage. Self-storage companies allow you to hire out whatever space you need for a cheap rate. They have become increasingly popular in recent years, with massive self-storage complexes popping up all over the place up and down the country. One of the key benefits of self-storage is the security they provide. If you’re having to wriggle and carefully maneuver yourself to and from every room in your home because you’re scared that externally storing your now household obstacles won’t be secure, then put that fear to rest straight away. Self-storage companies, especially the massive complexes, have the most up-to-date security systems: round the clock guards, CCTV, fencing, alarms, electric security keys are just a few security features to name. In fact, storing your items externally will often mean they are safer there than they would be at home. Another reservation about using a self-storage unit is that you won’t have round the clock access to it. Although the possessions you store shouldn’t be items you need on a daily basis, you will from time-to-time require what you store. Almost all self-storage companies will be open 7 days a week for 12 hours a day. Many will have 24/7 access. So if you decide you need something from your storage, and its 3am on a Sunday, no matter what company you use, you should have access to your things whenever you need them. Another benefit of self-storage is the flexibility they offer. If one week you need 75 square-foot, but the next week you only 25, then self-storage companies will be flexible to your needs. Almost all self-storage companies near Atlanta and throughout Georgia will offer contracts by the week or even the day, and you can just renew it every week. Alternatively, if you need storage for 6 months, a year or longer, then most companies will offer discounts for contracts of this length. To put bluntly, if you are downsizing home and don’t want to bin your items, then you may have no choice but to hire out a self-storage unit. But this shouldn’t feel like a choice that you are forced into – the service provided is extremely flexible, modestly priced and secure. Unless you are working to an extremely tight budget, then hiring out a self-storage unit will mean your floors are clear, your cabinets are empty, and your loft isn’t full to bursting. If you require direct vehicle access to your self-storage unit, then outdoor units could be your answer – they allow you to drive straight up to your unit to ensure that heavy items can be just picked up and put in the vehicle with ease. Whatever your circumstance, but especially if you are considering downsizing, then you should consider hiring a moving company like Pair Of Guys Movers to have the job done efficiently and correctly.

Top tips for a smooth relocation

Making your move go as easy as possible is often one of the main concerns we have when moving home. Of course, no matter how well we plan, something can still go wrong, but we can certainly reduce the chances of accidents, damage and stress as much as possible by taking time to plan and organize. The following tips will greatly reduce the panic and stress of moving day, and make sure that you are at least ready should anything go wrong. Making a checklist, schedule and budget You can start preparing for your move well in advance of moving day, and make sure you know exactly what tasks you have to do, by simply drawing up a moving checklist. Just add all the things that need to be done prior to your move, such as packaging, finding a moving company, checking reviews, getting packing supplies, and so on. Once you have a good idea of how much you need to do, you can start scheduling yourself tasks to be done daily/weekly. It’s best to start make these plans at least a couple of months in advance of your move to give yourself plenty of time to get things done. This way you won’t be rushing at the last minute and causing stress for yourself. Don’t try to set yourself unrealistic goals when scheduling however. It can be much better to do a little often, or a few things a week if you’re busy, than try to do too much and get yourself behind. This will only make everything more stressful, which is exactly what planning should do. A moving budget can be very helpful to have in place too. This can ensure that you don’t end up spending a lot more than you thought, as you will have a guideline figure to make you pick and choose what kind of services are going to be essential, and what you can do without.

Planning and organizing your packing

Once your checklist and other plans are ready, you should start organizing your packing. Try to work the packing in with the checklist and schedule, so you are getting some done each day. This will break down what can be a daunting task into easy, manageable portions. It’s generally best to start with the least used items in the house first. Things such as valuables or glassware that you only use on special occasions. You can then work your way towards the more everyday items, so that by moving day you only have an essentials box left to pack. Before you start packing it can be very useful to go through and de-clutter the house. Any items that you have that are old or unwanted can be gathered together and sold off. By doing this early on, you may be able to raise extra funds for your moving budget while decreasing the amount of space you’ll need when it comes to packing a removals van. Having an essentials box can really make any relocation a lot easier too. On moving day, or just before, make sure you have a cooking pot and pan, a set of cutlery for everyone some mugs, some basic easy to cook food, some simple refreshments, a change of clothes, some towels and so on. Basically, everything that you might need for an overnight stay. This will mean that you can unpack this first on arriving at your new home, and can take a moment to relax, have some food and freshen up before you start unpacking.

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.

Making a Long-Distance Move

Changing the place where one lives is something very common these days, with changing job opportunities and family issues. In some cases things might be as simple as moving across town, however in many others this will mean moving cross-state, country and abroad to a completely new life situation. If you don’t do a proper amount of planning and research however, you risk going through a frustrating and difficult experience. This article aims to lighten the load off your shoulders so you can enjoy a worry-free move. We begin with the following tip:

* Get a suitable insurance policy

The majority of insurances offered by moving companies will be based on the weight ratio of your combined belongings, rather than their actual value. Before you decide on your move you should ensure you have your belongings either covered by your insurance company or by the mover’s choice if they have such an option available.

* Begin packing ahead of time

The more moving day approaches, the more likely it is to forget important details if you’re not careful. When the moving vehicle arrives you will have far too much to do to remember the little things, so ensure you planned ahead well before that day. Any personal papers and belongings are very important, such as financial and medical records. These should include every piece of information you need, but they should stay with you instead, since moving companies are not allowed to ship valuables and personal documentation.

* Label all boxes and furniture

Although this is a simple task, in fact it will greatly aid you in avoiding any confusion when things get unpacked and prepared for move-in. If you use a system combined with a careful inventory of all you’re moving, then you will make things much easier on yourself. Drawing up a floor plan of your new home and labeling the intended locations of furniture pieces. This will allow the moving team to place them exactly where you want them to be. Make sure you also note the contents of each box and whether they are fragile or not. This will also help you in the unpacking process.

* Ensure you hire a good moving company

An Atlanta moving company that has a good reputation  as well as a good online record. When you need to focus on moving long distance in or outside of Georgia, companies with experience are the ones you should go for, as they will provide you with reliable cargo transportation options. You should focus on companies offering positive reviews that have a history of professionalism, rated high for what they do. The price of the move in the end should be set in stone before the actual move, thus barring additional fees not mentioned in the contract. Avoid payment until you are absolutely, 100% certain everything you’re getting is provided and on contract and watch out for hidden travel fees as well as nickel-and-dime type charges.

Why labeling your boxes is essential

So you have decided to move homes or change your business location and are in the process of packing all of your belongings or office supplies. Every article will recommend that you label your boxes, and you may be well aware of the advantages of labeling your boxes. Then why is it that so many people ignore this basic task and do not label their boxes? Labeling boxes can seem like a time consuming task. You may think that you do not need to go back into the boxes once they have been packed and sealed. You may also feel like that you do not have the time to individually label each box or keep an inventory of some sort, especially if you have left packing till the last minute. However, this article will show you just how important it is to label your boxes. It will provide you with a few scenarios that may apply to you where you will thank your lucky stars that you decided to label your boxes. Imagine this: you are a business owner and have planned to pack away all the paperwork. You have more than one box. For some emergency reason, your client requires you to change something on a contract or on another official document. Now you are faced with the task of having to find your client’s relevant file amongst boxes of paperwork. This task alone could take you hours. However, by taking out mere minutes to label a box with a simple “Files, surnames A-F”, you could end up saving those hours which will allow you to stay on track with the packing and the removal overall. Now let us talk about private, home removals. You are packing away your kitchen belongings and have a few boxes all sealed and ready to be loaded. You are in the process of cooking something and have realized that you have packed away something that you should have left until the end e.g. a glass or a knife etc. A labelled box will allow you to open that specific box, retrieve the item and go about your business as normal. However, unlabeled boxes will mean that you will have to open and rummage through each box before finding your item. Labeling boxes also makes unloading easier. When you arrive at your new home, boxes can be kept in the rooms that correspond to be labels on the box e.g. “plates” can be kept in the kitchen, “toys” can be kept in the bedroom etc. This means that when it is eventually time to unpack, you have all the belongings right there in the boxes waiting for you. In some cases, you may have to keep your items in storage before you can transport them to a new location. If you ever need something out of those boxes before you are unpacking them, you will find it a lot easier to find whatever you are looking for if the boxes are labelled. Imagine how long it would take to have to go through each and every box at the storage lot to find what you are looking for. You simply cannot depend on luck alone. Above are just a few relevant reasons as to why labeling boxes is essential. Whilst many think that it is a waste of time and a hassle, in theory it is a great time saver. Remember to be as precise on labels as possible. By adding additional labels such as ‘handle with care’ you can draw attention to delicate items. 

Find Reliable Movers for Business Moves

For any homeowner, moving homes can be a stressful experience. However, for businesses, the pressure can be even greater. A business move can involve getting everything moved and set up in a new location at high speed, so that the business doesn’t suffer and disruption is minimal. This is why it is important to find reliable movers for business moves, as you can then get back on track with your business without unnecessary delays.

Benefit from Reputable Movers for Business Relocations

If you want to benefit from the services of reliable and reputable movers for business moves, look no further than Pair of Guys movers. Using the services of the experts at Pair of Guys movers means that you can rest assured that your move will go smoothly, your business equipment will be transported safely, and your business can get back up and running again sooner rather than later.

Saving Money During The Moving Process

Moving is an expensive event to organize and to prepare for. Moving to a new home place will not only cost you the price you will pay for the purchase of the property in a more modern district in the big city you live or in the suburbs of the nice provincial town you prefer to spend the rest of your days and raise your kids. As a matter of fact, removal expense (save for the investment of the new house or a flat) may become as much as the cost of the newly bought place to move and live in. This may dissuade you to overtake a removal at once, but we recommend you not to hurry with rash decisions, which will lead to disappointment sooner or later. We actually suggest you to think twice about everything that is connected to your future removal. Considering each of the details from your plan wisely will help you deal with the situation easily and fast. Moreover – it may help you to make some savings as well. Saving during the removal process is actually possible. Take a look at our tips and discuss them with your better half – they may help you organize your removal cheaply and fairy. Good luck!

Find a budget-friendly local moving company by browsing it in the web with a particular price you are ready to pay. We are sure that at least two or three options will suit to your financial condition right now. You may do some savings by asking your friends for a van or a trunk that they may borrow to you in order to transport your personal belonging and furniture. In this case you will not pay for the additional transportation services. If you worry about getting the furniture out of your house, gather your band of brothers and assign each of the members with a particular room. As a reward give them pizza and buy them a drink later – you will mix the task with the farewell party you will have to do after all. Go to the local club and celebrate your last night out in the neighborhood or go even further with the savings – and finish the furniture eviction with a meeting at home – for the last time with your friends and with the warm home atmosphere. While collecting your things and preparing your baggage, you may do some extra savings. In order to skip the part with the expensive boxes, ask for cardboard boxes from your neighbors – they must have some, because after all they moved to their house somehow, too. In case they are not enough, use your old suitcases and tourist knap sacks – fill them with things that will not break or damage. Your clothes may be carried out on racks – this is both – cheap and wise, because later you will be happy that you should not iron them over and over again. While you are packing, consider the things you are taking with you very carefully. Some of them, for instance, are not too old and too useful enough to carry them or to toss them. Arrange a sale in front of your house and earn some extra money from your lovely neighbors – this is even better than savings, isn’t it? Be creative and prudent and saving may become even your obsession during the removal!

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.