Friday, December 28, 2012

Tips for Packing Yourself!


1. Plan your packing. Pack items that you don’t use often first, this way you can start packing early and still get on with your daily routine 


2. Don’t underestimate the amount of work it takes to pack your belongings, you never realize how much you own until you try to move it. 


3. It is illegal for moving companies to move flammable items such as aerosols, fuels, or toxins. Other opinions including throwing these items away properly or keep them in a separate box you can move in your own vehicle. 


4. Provide a good cushion for items packed by putting the most packing paper on the top and bottom of the cartons 


5. Clearly label boxes “fragile” on boxes that contain breakable items, also label the outside of the carton with the contents of the boxes. This will make unpacking easier! 


6. Think twice about using old newspaper to pack your items. This may be okay for some items but keep in mind the ink can rub off onto your possessions. 


7. Create a “open first” box for the items you use most, this way you can get back to your daily routine with ease. Some essential items you may want to include are cooking utensils or toiletries. 


8. Double check if your items are packed tightly by seeing if the carton makes any noise, for example rattling. This may be a clue that the contents are packed too loose and run the risk of being damaged in transit. A quick fix for this is placing other items such as linens, blankets, or more packing paper to fill the empty space and provide extra cushion. 


9. Hedberg Moving Solutions has all the packing materials you need to properly pack your belongings. Ask your Hedberg Moving Solutions agent for suggestions regarding the quantity and types of cartons you will need. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Reviewing Your Mover


Choosing a moving company is the biggest decisions to make during a move. You may be thinking what should I be looking for in a moving company? What questions do I ask? Thankfully technology can answer these questions in just a few clicks! The internet allows you to read others experiences with your mover before hiring them. Websites like Angie’s List or Google Review are wonderful places to visit when looking for reviews. 

Questions you might want to consider when reading reviews or writing your own review:

Approximate date/month and location of move Was it a long distance move? local move? summer move? winter move?Look for similarities between your move and the individuals writing reviews. This way you can compare your move with their so you can get an idea of what the except. Another item you might like to add is the type of move you had and the services included. Was it a household move? commercial move? did you use the companies packing service?  

Impressions of the staff Were they courteous and helpful? Gruff but effective? Totally rude? did they follow through on special requests, answer questions thoroughly, and pay attention to detail? If you had any negative concerns, how were they addressed? Did they make the effort to pad your items or protect your flooring?

Punctuality Were they on time for all appointments including the estimate, moving day, and delivery? Did they give you a reminder call? How did they handle delays beyond their control, like traffic or inclement weather? 

The overall completed job Did they get the job done in a satisfactory manner? Would you use them again or recommend them to a friend? Were you satisfied with the services you received? 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Remodeling? Use Portable Storage!


When you remodel do you push all your furniture to one corner or jam it all in your garage? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions you might want to rethink your remodeling plan. Your items run the risk of becoming damaged or a tripping hazard when they are squished together in the corner of a room. Maybe you’ve thought about packing all your items up and renting a space from your local storage facility. This may work for you but you’d have to lease the space for at least a month.   If you need the space that long it might be a good idea for you. If you don’t need the space that long your might think about a more convenient opinion of portable storage. 

Don’t know what portable storage is? Portable storage is a convenient storage space right in your own drive way. The facilities will drop it off and leave it there until your remodeling is finished no need to fill out any lease. Better yet Hedberg Moving Solutions can get your portable storage loaded in no time! Just think of all the time you will save yourself, plus you know professionals have packed your items safe and sound. 

What do you look for in a portable storage? Price is always a factor but more importantly the security and quality of the storage. You may want to ask if the storage is constructed to be whether proof, have strong doors, and is built off the ground. Before ordering your storage unit visit the company’s website or examine a portable storage unit in person. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Going Away Party?

Moving doesn’t have to be all about stress, take some time to bid farewell in style! Before you leave your home don’t miss the opportunity to relieve some stress and see your friends and family. Here are some going away party ideas to say farewell to your loved one and  hello to new beginnings. Invitations can be a perfect way to personalize your going away party. Printing companies offer the opportunity for clients to design their own cards. Otherwise you can get in touch with your creativity side and make your cards by hand. You could personalize this invite to each guest with a picture from a special memory you had. If your in a time crunch their is always the option of a evite over Facebook or another social media website. Having a photo booth at your going away party will allow you to capture the moment. Guests can take pictures and leave them for you as a keepsake for your new home. You could place all the photos in a scrap book and allow friends and family to  write a message by it. This could also serve as your good-bye book where friends or families can write encouraging messages or tips for your new home! If the going away party is for an individual at your office consider bringing them a going away gift. Custom pens or stick notes are easy gifts they’ll actually be able to use at their new job. Another idea is getting them a gift card to their favorite lunch stop, this could be a convenient gift as they are transitioning into their new role. If someone you know is moving around a holiday consider giving them a seasonally themed gift. For example candy canes, hot chocolate mug, coffee mugs are inexpensive way to send some holiday cheer during their office move

Monday, December 3, 2012

Packing your Computer


Packing can be a daunting task but let use take some of that stress of your shoulders with a little packing advice. Computers and printers are expensive items in your home that are not easily replaceable without making a dent in your wallet.  The follow are some suggestions to avoid damage to your devices while packing and during your move. 


Protect your DataThere are important files and programs on your computer that need to be backed up before moving anything. You can backup your information on a CD or flash drive. Once you back up your programs and files store the memory device with the original program install disks. This will insure that you can set up your files and programs with ease in your new home. Lastly before moving anything make sure all disks, floppy disettes, and flash drives are removed from the computer and printer. 


Disconnect First shut down your computer fully and unplug all cords from outlets. If possible it is a good idea to roll up and rubber band all cords. If needed, you can place a piece of masking tape on each cord making note of where it plugs into. Place all the cords in a zip block bag or a box that is clearly labeled, you might also want to put your mouse and keyboard in this box as well. Next disconnect your printer, removing all cables and ink cartridges from the device. 


Packing Your Computer 
If you still have the original box for both your computer and printer this will be the best box  choose for moving. The original Styrofoam was made to securely keep the device in pack so no damage will occur. If you don’t have the original packaging their are special moving boxes that can be purchased through your local box supplier or some moving companies. 


Packing Your Monitor and Tower 
Computer monitors can be easily cracked or scratched when bumped  therefore it is important to correctly pack this item. If possible use the original packaging that the monitor came in. If not, pack your monitor in an appropriately sized boxes with bubble wrap. This will protect your monitor from moving within the box while moving. Make sure that the computer tower or desktop unit is packed upright or on it’s side with the motherboard lying flat on the bottom. If you are unsure check the computer’s manual as to what side this might be for your computer. The original packaging is yet again the best packing option but if not available get an appropriately sized box and an insulation like bubble wrap.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Avoid Moving Scams

Thinking about moving? The following advice will help you choose a professional moving company by avoiding moving scams. First and most importantly, make sure the moving company can prove they are legitimate. Any legitimate company should then offer you a in-home estimate. This will give you a realistic idea of how much there is to move and how much it will cost for your move. 


After your in-home estimate a moving company should provide you with a  written copy of your estimate. You should visually be able to see this estimate for example via e-mail so you can see what you are paying for and have to opportunity to ask questions. Another item you can look at is the reputation of the company. Take the time to search the company’s name and see what others experience was, some websites that provide reviews are Google Maps or Angie’s List


One thing to keep in mind is moving companies that offer coupons for their clients. There are strict state laws that forbid moving companies from offering coupons. This is a scam to lure in new clients and usually never end up getting their discount. Moving companies must also hold the correct certifications and licenses. Ask the moving companies you are looking into for their DOT and MC license numbers. If they can not provide those for you, you might want to re-think your decision. The Better Business Bureau may be another way to research your moving company and verify these certificates and licenses. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Buying a Foreclosure? Look at these Considerations 1st!


Look at buying a vacant house? Foreclosure homes can come at a really great bargain for you wallet but may turn out to be a huge unexpected headache! Now this depends on a variety of things, you might consider asking yourself these two important question, why has this house been lift empty? How long has this home been vacant? Below are a few tips you might want to take a second look at before making your final decision. 


Home inspection result. Home inspectors and we regular John and Jane Doe do not have x-ray vision meaning we can’t assess the real condition of  all wiring and plumbing inside walls. Sometime in vacant houses the utilities aren’t even turned on which really poses the question, do they even work? Having a home inspection is crucial in giving you a general overall condition of the home. Also make sure to find an inspector that will put a house to the test. A good inspector will test outlets, water flow, radon testing, ect. If he/she is only using their eyes you may want to get a second option. 


Cover-ups. Former owners of a vacant property can try to cover up their reason for leaving the house. Serious problems like mold, electric or plumbing issue, and water damage can be covered if your not looking carefully. Look carefully for any fresh paint spots, new drywall, or anything looks suspicious. You never want to buy a house blind, make sure your looking for the signs of a cover up. Many vacant homes will also be subject to vandalism, this is another good question to consider asking the seller, inspector, or realtor when viewing a showing of the home. 


Balancing values. Vacant homes are discounted which is most likely why you are looking at them versus a home with a current resident but sometimes under the surface they are not a bargain. How much of the home are you actually seeing? A simple repair like a new coat of paint or appliances can be a easy fix but having to replace an entire house’s plumbing or electrical could be devastating. How much of a deal are you really getting after a catastrophe like that?  Buying a new home can be exciting but try stay realistic about what it will require in terms of financial investment. It’s much easier to budget for the worst case and have extra money to spend rather than have no money to spend because of a problem you overlooked. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Top 4 Ways to get Rid of Unwanted Items



When thinking about packing and moving all your things, you probably feel overwhelmed. When your in the process of planning your move you may be dreading the number of things that have to be put into boxes.  Instead of seeing your time and energy wasted, try some of these potential money makers. The things you don't necessary like anymore may be a treasure to someone else.


#1 Sell your items online 
This is the easiest and most efficient way to get rid of your unwanted items and you make some extra money. Some people are overwhelmed at the number of places you can sell your items online but here’s my suggestion, Craigslist. It’s as easy as putting a picture of your item and an e-mail or phone number to be contacted at. This way you just sit back and relax as individuals contact you while making some extra cash! 


#2 Have a Garage Sale 
If you can make some money by selling your items instead of just throwing them in the garage, you should. Have a garage sale can be more time consuming than selling your items online but it can be a lot of fun. If you ask neighbors and family members to join in this task can be less daunting and create more traffic to your sale. Organize the items you will be selling, tag them, make signs to attract a crowd, and finally sit back and watch the extra cash stack up. This can be a great activity to get the whole family involved in getting rid of their unwanted items cluttering up under beds and in closets. 


#3 Donate your items 
If you don’t want to sell your items online or go through a garage sale you might want to think about donating items to a non-profit organization of your choosing. There are many people who need your items but can’t afford them so why not give your items to a worthy cause? Plus this will save your time and energy if you do not want to answer inquires about items or organize an event like a garage sale. The first step in donating your items may be checking out your organizations website or contacting them to see what the guidelines for donating are


#4 Recycling items that can not be sold or donated 
There are always some items in your possession that don’t seem to sell or can’t be donated and now you have to ask yourself what do I do with it? You can always throw it in the trash but what about the accumulation of garage? Green is the new black. It’s always a good idea to check if your items can be recycled and how. For example computers, paint, and batteries might be some items you question before throwing away. If you just throw these items in the trash they can damage the environment or cause health-related illnesses in landfill areas. So before you just throw items in the trash find out if it can be recycled first! 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Moving to another State?


Moving any size home or distance can cause stress and anxiety.  But when it's a interstate move, the concerns seem to increase.  What most people find is that staying organized and creating a plan of action helps reduce your moving stress significantly and who doesn’t want that? We've put together some great ways to organize your interstate move to make it as simple as possible:
Make a checklist. Decide what items in your home you’ll take with you, donate or get rid of. This checklist will also help make sure you have everything when unpacking in your new home.

Research first.
Before you spend time getting moving estimates, think about the types of moving services you need and what your budget is then start contacting moving companies.  When researching moving companies make sure to ask yourself some of these important questions: What is their hourly rate? Are they insured? Do they offer Free moving boxes? Using the internet has also made research easier! Try looking up your company on Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps,  and Angie’s List to read reviews from other clients. This will give you a good idea of what the companies values are and if your interested in getting a quote.

Start getting moving estimates. Once you've decided on companies that meet your standards, begin requesting estimates. If possible make sure to set up an on-site estimate this way you get a accurate price ball-park for your move. If the estimates don't line up with your budget, make sure to speak directly with a representative; companies like Hedberg Moving Solutions can often offer options that lower the cost of your move.

Get packing. Quality boxes can often be purchased from your moving company; make sure to ask about Hedberg Moving Solution’s Free Box Promotion.  Start by packing items that you don't use regularly, such as out-of-season clothes, decorations, books, etc.  Some tips to keep you more organized are to clearly mark each box with the room it should go into and the items enclosed. Designate one room to hold all your packed boxes until move day. If possible pick a room closest to your front door this will save time when the movers are running boxes to the truck and ultimately save you money.

Some things you don't want to load into the moving truck are items like daily hygiene products, medications, and the family pet. These items need to make the trip in your personal vehicle. Chances are you'll need these things before you make it to your new home in a different state.
Relocating a long distance can be stressful, but there's no doubt that starting out with an organized interstate move can make it much more enjoyable and exciting!  If you have questions about your move or want to know how Hedberg Moving Solutions can help, give us a call at 763-434-6683.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Moving to the Cities or Suburbs


One of the more difficult decisions you have to make when moving is deciding on where to live. Choosing between moving to the suburbs or cities can be one of the deciding factors. The suburbs looks appealing because life is easy going, this is mainly due to the decrease in neighborhood traffic. Whether the traffic is commotion from cars or people the cities can get very loud in no time. What you do get from living the suburbs is wide open living spaces with privacy because your nearest neighbor is a few doors down. 
This decision can become even more difficult if you are moving with children. Suburban life allows nature to surround you, this includes big yards for pets and children to play in. Suburban homes can be very affordable but you have to consider the size of the house and land it is built on. The suburbs may sound like a dream come true to some but you also have to prepare for longer drives to the grocery store and shopping mall. There is always the option of car pooling though so don't let one little aspect ruin your dreams of a home in the suburbs. 
There are others who plan to be city dwellers, this way you always have a short drive to all retail stores and work. There are always down falls though, you need to be prepared to pay more for your prize possessions especially if you live downtown. You also have to be up for the commotion of the city, clustered buildings and sometimes continuous noise. 
What most would love about city living is the fact that getting around is easy, you have the option of public transportation or walking. Most love the convenience factor of living in the cities. Whether you decide to live in the suburbs or cities you have to pick whats best for your family and future! When you pick your dream home and location take the stress out of moving and let us take care of it for you! 


Monday, October 1, 2012

Moving Expenses to Plan For


Moving is a hectic time that can cause you to overlook small expenses. Planning and preparation are key to a successful move. Here are some expenses that are widely overlooked but  are very important to a successful move.  



Storage: In some cases storage is needed for a move, this fee is per month the items are held . Factoring in the cost per month storage is needed for your possessions is easily overlooked when adding up moving cost. 

Boxes/Packing Materials: If you plan ahead you can search for bargains or ask your moving company for the use of boxes but when you run out last minute they are expensive at local retail stores. 

Changing Addresses: Many utility providers charge a fee to transfer your information and service to a new address.  Another fee to watch for is a early cancellation/disconnection fee if you are under a contract term with the provider. 

Household Items: It’s inevitable, you can not move into a new home and remember to bring everything you need. For example light bulbs, hangers, or cleaning supplies could be items you have to buy once your moved in. Although these items sound inexpensive, they add up fast! 

Just starting to plan your move? Take advantage of our FREE Box Promotion and relieve some of your unexpected moving expenses! Visit our website www.hedbergmoving.com to contact us today! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Do’s and Don’ts of Lifting!


Moving can be a stressful time and injury can only make it worse! Here are some things to keep in mind while lifting your possessions. Don't want to risk an injury? Let us do the heavy lifting, we're pro's at it! We'll safety get your possessions from your old home to your new one in no time! Just visit our website www.hedbergmoving.com to plan your move today! 

Do
  • Wear non-slip gloves to keep items from slipping out of your hands
  • Pick up any tripping hazards from your walking path
  • Ask for help if there is a large or heavy item 
  • Life with your legs not your back, simply bend your knees and keep your back straight while lifting 
  • It’s not a race, take your time and put safety first 
  • Stretch before and after lifting 
  • Listen to your body, if something doesn’t feel right take a break 

Don’t
  • Carry more that one box at a time
  • Try to lift items that are heavy or large 
  • Carry items on your shoulders or head 
  • Twist and turn while carrying a heavy item 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Exclusive Offer: Free Moving Boxes!


The most critical thing to remember when purchasing/packing boxes is the heavier the item the smaller the box you will need. If you can remember this one simple rule packing yourself will be easy and safe. 

1) Small boxes, also known as 1.5 cartons, are used for heavy or dense items including books, canned goods, small appliances and hand/power tools.  

2) Medium boxes, also known as 3/0 cartons, are general purpose boxes that are typically used for toys, pots and pans, ect.

3) Large boxes, as known as 4.5 and 6 cartons, are used for light weight items such as lamp shades, pillows and bedding.

4) Dishpacks are specially made for transporting any dishes that might be in your kitchen. These are also available with cell dividers that make it easier to pack glassware.  

5) Wardrobes are used for transporting your clothes, they are equipped with a bar so your clothes stay free of holes and wrinkles while you move. 

What planning your move? Take advantage of our Exclusive Offer, FREE Boxes with your move with Hedberg Moving Solutions. Visit our website www.hedbergmoving.com to schedule your Free in-home estimate today! 

Monday, September 10, 2012

What is Climate Controlled Storage?


In some cases you may need short or long term storage for your items but what’s the difference between regular storage and climate control storage? Well we’re here to answer that very question. “Climate controlled storage” is a way to protect your possessions from severe hot or cold by maintaining a steady temperature and humidity. 

Maintaining a controlled environment minimizes the risk of: 
  • Cracking and warping 
  • Rust and corrosion 
  • Bacteria overgrowth causing mildew or mold
  • intrusion of pests such as mice or termites

Choosing whether or not to have a climate controlled storage can be difficult but it can be easy by just asking yourself these three questions!

  1. What geographic area do you live in?
  2. What are you planing to store? 
  3. What is the value of what you are storing?
Do you need to storage as part of your move? Hedberg Moving Solutions can help you out! We have a partnership with Smartbox USA that can allow you to have storage during your move. This process is convenient and affordable just visit our website www.hedbergmoving.com and send us an email or call us for a quote today! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Never Refuse to Reuse!


Just finish unpacking? Do you have a bunch of moving boxes? Don't just throw them away; reduce, reuse and recycle! We believe green is the new black! As a company we provide boxes to our clients free of charge, this way we can pass on the savings to other clients and recycle our moving boxes! If you just starting to plan your move make sure to check out our website www.hedbergmoving.com to answer any of your moving questions and request a Free Estimate! 


Creative Ways to Reuse your Moving Boxes: 


1) Weed Blocker: You can either use your old moving boxes to store the weeds as you pull them out or place a small portion of a moving box over the weeds with a rock or stick placed on top. This will eliminate the weed from getting sunlight and ultimately kill it without the use of harmful chemicals. 


2) Garage Floor Protection:  This is very convenient when working on cars, card board will absorb any oil or antifreeze that might leek when tuning up your vehicle. Another added bonus is cutting your clean up time down when using this slick little trick. 

3) Afternoon of fun for the kids: When children are young the best part of getting a gift is the box! Take all the moving boxes laying around your house and let the kids get creative. You could make art projects or build a giant fortress. 


4) Pass on the Savings: if you know of any friends or relatives moving give them all your used moving boxes. If you don’t know anyone close to you moving try posting on your Facebook or making a Craigslist ad so your moving boxes don’t go to waste.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Last Chance to Win Twins Tickets!



Its your last day to enter for Twins Tickets!

How to Enter
1. Visiting our Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HedbergMoving
2. Click "Like"
3. That's It! You've been entered!

Hurry, the count down has begun! Only 6 hours until the Drawing for the tickets pictured below!



Want to Double your Chances????
1. Go to our website  www.hedbergmoving.com
2. Take a look another our new website
3. Give us some feedback by clicking on any "get a quote" or "get a free estimate" button
4. That's it! Now your name is entered again into the drawing!


Tickets:
For: Twins vs. Seattle Mariners
When: Tues. August 28th at 7:10pm
Where: Target Field
Seats: Sec. 120 Row 5 Seats 3 &4

Monday, August 6, 2012

Want Free Twins Tickets? Show your Support and Win!

"Like" us, Hedberg Moving Solutions, on facebook and have your name entered for Home Plate Box Twins Tickets! 




















How do I Find Hedberg Moving Solutions on Facebook?
1. Go to our website www.hedbergmoving.com 
2. Scroll to the bottom of our home page 
3. Click on the Facebook link 
    - (dark blue icon, left hand side of bottom center) 
4. Log in and Click "Like" next to our name! 

After you've Clicked like your finish and entered into our Drawing! 

Want to DOUBLE your Chances of winning? 
1. Visit our website www.hedbergmoving.com 
2. Look around and decide if you like or have a suggestion about our new website
3. Click on any "Get a Quote" or "Get a Free Estimate" button 
4. Leave us your name and thoughts/suggestions and have your name entered in Again! 



Drawing will be held on August 17th! Twins Game is held on August 28th, 7:10pm at Target Field! 


Here's an idea, Make a deal to split the tickets with a friend or family, you'll bring them if you win and vice versus, almost tripling your chances with every friend or family member you tell!  


There's only 10 more days until we draw a luck winners name! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Protecting your Flooring on Move Day

Your move day is filled with a lot of running in and out of your new home and you want to make sure to protect your floors from dirt, scuffs, and scratches. 
 
Carpet 
Protect your carpet with carpet mask; this is a material similar to Saran-wrap that puts a layer between the bottom of your shoe and new carpeting. Most moving companies will lay this carpet protection as they prep your new home. If you are moving yourself you can purchase this online or check local stores. Commonly carpet mask will come in rolls as small as 24’’ x 50’ up to 48’’ x 500’ with a range of prices from $9.99 to $99.99. A cheaper alternative if you are moving yourself is using shoe booties. These are cheap paper-like wraps that cover the top and bottom of your shoes. 
 
Wood Flooring
Floor runners are used by moving companies to protect your wood flooring. This will make a path from room to room where traffic throughout the day can travel. As I said before most moving companies will automatically lay this while prepping your new home. If you are moving yourself floor runners can be priced online or at packaging supply stores that may be located around your community. Another cheaper option if you are moving yourself is using old rugs that you make have laying around or in storage. These will help to prevent scratches but you must make sure granolas do not get underneath them. If they do they can scratch your floors because they are not adhered to the wood surface like floor runners.

Combining Two Households

Moving in with a significant other? Getting a roommate? Merging two separate household can be a daunting task but here are 3 simple recommendations to make it easier. 

1) Plan Ahead: Make a schedule in advance to take your home room by room one day at a time. Make sure to inventory and clean everything in your home, then compare your list with your new roommate or significant other’s so you will not have duplicates. Make a list or mark the items that are duplicates so you can sell or donate them. This way when you move in it will decrease potential clutter the new home.
 
2) Divide Up the Work: It’s hard work keeping up a home and you don’t want to be suck doing all the cleaning or cooking so divide the chores up. Together discuss the chores that you like doing the best, then divide up the work accordingly. This will decrease potential tension and keep the new home fully functioning.  
 
3) Put Together a Finance Plan: Bills can cause a lot of stress, but putting together a plan for  rent, groceries and utilities. Some options you have are setting up a joint account for expenses or merge your finances completely. 

Moving with Man's Best Friend


Before You Move
If your moving to a new state contact the State Veterinarian’s Office to request pet laws and
regulations. Special permit may be required if you have any exotic animals such as a wolf, monkey, or large cats. Next contact the City’s office in our new community for local pet regulations; these may include a leash law or limiting the number of pets in a household. Once you are sure your pet will be allowed in your new community request health records from your veterinarian so they can easily be transferred to your new one.

Travel by Air

  • Confirm that your airline allow pets 
  • When you book your flight let the airline know if your pet will be traveling in the cabin with you, if allowed, or as freight 
  • Photo of your pet handy
  • Purchase a carrier that meets International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements: most airlines have these available for purchase per your request 
  • Make sure the carrier is comfortable for your pet: large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down
  • Avoid flights that have layovers if possible, this will reduce the stress of your animal 


Travel by Car

  • If your pet is not used to car rides, help them adapt by taking them on frequent short rides until your move date
  • Try not the leave your pet in the car alone but if you have to leave the windows slightly cracked, lock the doors, and keep your vehicle within eye sight to insure the pet is not stolen 
  • Do not feed or water your pet a few hours before you leave this way you can get on the road without stopping
  • Remove water and food dishes from small animal cages to avoid spills while on the road

Moving this Summer? Prevent Heat Injury!


Summer fever as begun and it’s the most desirable time to move! Moving is hard work but it’s very important to put your health first especially when moving in the summertime. Heat exhaustion, cramps and stroke are the most common types of heat related illness. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of each while in the hype of moving.

Heat exhaustion: occurs after too much exposure to high temperatures and development of dehydration. Sign and symptoms to look out for include: confusion, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, nausea, pale skin, profuse sweating, and rapid heart beat.

     Treatment:

  • Move into air conditioning or a shaded area 
  • Drink water or sport drinks, with added electrolytes such as Gatorade, and a snack that contains salt
  • Apply cool water to you body to help reduce core body temperature.
  • Heat cramps: occur when muscles are fatigued by heavy work in a hot environment. An individual is most at risk is doing tasks they are not used to performing causing heavy perspiration and imbalance of fluids in the body. Muscle spasms are involuntarily, painful, but brief. 


     Treatment:

  • Move to a resting place that has air conditioning or at least shaded
  • Drink water or a sports drink with electrolytes such as Gatorade
  • Heat stroke: this is the most serious heat injury that can cause brain damage or death if not treated. Heat stroke is a combination of severe dehydration and prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Signs and symptoms to watch for include: fainting, temperature above 105 degrees fahrenheit, headache, lack of sweating despite the heat, muscle weakness, vomiting and nausea, shallow breathing, disorientation, seizures, and unconsciousness. 


     Treatment:

  • If medical attention is needed immediately call 911 or transport the individual to the hospital 
  • Move individual to a cool place with shade
  • Remove any restrictive or unnecessart clothing 
  • Place a cold item such as an ice pack or frozen vegetables on the individuals neck, back, groin, and armpits to cool body  


Prevention of a heat related injury is very important on move day for both you and your moving company.

  1. Make sure you are keeping hydrated with water or sport drinks such as Gatorade throughout the day to keep your fluid and electrolytes in balance. Caffeinated beverages like pop will increase your risk for dehydration
  2. Wear light, loose fitting clothing so that your body stays cool and perspiration will evaporate quickly. Your clothes should also be light in color so the sun is not attracted to you 
  3. Schedule your move either early in the morning or later in the evening so the sun is not directly above you and the moving crew

Organize a Garage Sale!


Feeling cluttered after the winter season? Well we’ve got the answer to your problem, get rid of the clutter and make money too with a garage sale!

Moving Yard SaleFirst thing you may be asking yourself is: “How do I decide what the sell?” One great way to decide is by looking at each item and asking yourself, “Have I worn, used, displayed or even seen this within the last year?” If the answer is No then consider adding it to the Sell pile.

Challenge your family to contribute to the garage sale, this is a easy way for them to make a profit and voluntary clean the house without realizing it. Children will be more willing to give up outgrown toys and clothes if the deal is sweetened with a cut of the profits. This is also a great way for wives to get their husband to clean out their “man cave” that they don’t dare enter!

Consider asking your neighbors to join in on the garage sale, two heads are better than one. Another buddy may be able to make the decision bewteen keep or sell easier and less painstaking. Plus a two or three family yard sale will get twice as much traffic with less hassle.

Be firm on your decisions, once an item is in the garage sale inventory don’t take it out because of seller’s remorse. A easy way to avoid this is by grouping items into boxes that you can’t not easily see through until you display them the day of the sale.

Do your homework! Take the time to read garage sale ads in your local newspaper or take the time to visit a local garage sale so you can note a price range on items similar to yours. There’s no sense in labeling a item if your price is the same or higher then the local hardware store or Target.

Finally, Plan Ahead! Strategically pick a day early in the month, right after a payday
this way potential customers have extra spending money. Know what is going on in your community, you don’t want to plan your garage sale on the same day as a county fair or graduation that could cut down the traffic at your sale!

Creating Curb Appeal


Making a good first impression on potential buyers starts once they step foot out of their car, here are a few quick and easy fixes to your home.

  • Repair walkways: visit your locate hardware store and pick up replacement blocks or quick set cement that is a fast diy project 
  • Plant Hardy Annuals: these are plants that perform their entire life cycle from seed to flower to seed within a single year, another idea is to plant Perennials which are plants that only the top portion dies each winter but regrows the following spring from the same root 
  • Paint your front door and refresh trim: this can be an expensive way to make your home stand out from the rest of the block for potential buyers

Reducing Moving Stress

Moving can be a stressful time but you can avoid it by doing three simple things: plan ahead, plan ahead, and plan
 ahead. This may sound simple but it’s easier said then done so here are some tips for reducing your stress and managing your time! 
 
1) Learn about your home - Fear of the unknown can put a damper on your new home and new   beginning so take the time to research. Find local attractions near your home like malls, theme parks, theaters, and restaurants that you can look forward to visiting. 
 
2) Know who’s moving you - Take the time to meet your mover by asking for a on-site estimate so you know who will be handling your belongings. This will reduce your moving anxiety and comfort you because you know who your working with by face.
 
3) Plan Ahead - Take the time to make a “to-do” list of things you want to get done. For example choosing a room to pack a day or choosing a day your would like to use our packing services to do it for you. 

Moving back home?


With Current economical status the way it is having to sell your home, needing a room mate, or - the unthinkable -  having to move back with your parents are all realistic events that could occur.

If you’ve lived alone but now need to make space for a room mate or significant other, or owned a house and are in the process of downsizing, there will inevitably be a need to reduce your belongings.

This can be a agonizing activity. It can, however, be refreshing.  There’s something exhilarating to the idea of spring cleaning and liberating yourself from the mess.

These unused items are just piling up, high in the garage or that room that no one is allowed to go into.  It could be as simple as having a garage sale or donating items to charity to free yourself of the unneeded clutter while earning some much needed extra cash or graciously giving to others.  Think about advertising on some community boards and free websites like Craigslist.

Or if some items are to valuable to get rid of think about using a Self Storage.  These are safe, convenient, and offer a quick solution to a pressing spacial problem. Plus there a inexpensive way to hold onto the cherished items that have no place in your new home.

Apartment Pre-Moving Cleaning Tips

Not only will the incoming tenants love a clean apartment to move into but on many leases you have to in order to get your deposit back. Before starting check your lease for requirements on rules of your landlord. 
 
Areas Easily Forgotten to Clean
  • Oven: If you have a self cleaning oven you have an easier task ahead of you, simply set the oven to clean and let the oven do the work. When cleaning cycle is complete, wipe out the film left over, and TADA clean oven! If you don’t have a self cleaning oven there is a little more elbow grease involved. First take out all racks from the oven and place them in the sink full of some warm soapy water and some vinegar. Second spray the inside of your oven with a oven cleaner of your choice and let it sit before scrubbing. After scrubbing both clean place the racks back in the oven, stand back and admire your work. 
  • Refrigerator: Clean out your refrigerator of any food by either eating or discarding it. Don’t forget to unplug and pull it away from the wall then sweep or vacuum behind it. After pull out the drawers, if removable, and wash with warm soapy water. 
  • Shower Drain: Make sure drains are not clogged with hair or toys from kids, this can be a not so fun job especially if you have long hair. One way to unclog the drain is to buy a product such as drain-o from your local grocery store. If you would like a more natural approach gather 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 gallon boiling water. Carefully pour all the baking soda down the drain and pour down half of the vinegar.  Immediately after this make sure to cover the hole so the fizz is forced down the drain. Follow this same procedure as you add the second half of the vinegar. Let this sit for about 15 minutes and then pour the entire gallon of boiling water down the drain. 
  • Closets & Baseboards: Once your rooms are empty of personal items and moving boxes make sure to sweep inside of all closets and wipe down base boards with a wet paper towel. 
  • Walls: First remove all of your picture frames, posters, and other decor from walls within your soon-to-be old apartment. After make sure to inspect walls for any holes left from your pictures and check lease for specifics on the conditions your walls must be left in. If needed take the following steps to repair your walls: 1) Purchase a compound mixture from your local hardware store and a putty knife, fill the nail or screw  holes with mixture using the putty knife. It's important to allow for enough time to let this dry fully before proceeding. 2) If the fill is not flush with the wall, use sandpaper to make it level. 3) After all holes are filled, paint to match the existing wall color.