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.