Moving Tips for a Summer Move

Summer Sun

Summer Sun

Summer is here and for a lot of people that means moving. May through September are the busiest months of the year for the moving industry. Kids are out of school the weather is nice so everyone wants to get their move done at this time of year.

What does this mean for you if you are planning your move?
Plan ahead – moving companies that have good reputations and have been around many years book up weeks in advance. Waiting till the last minute can mean you won’t get the date you want or you could end up with a less than desirable company because they are the only ones available.

Drinks – while it’s not required it is nice if you have water or Gatorade on hand for the movers. In the heat of summer it is much appreciated and makes for a happy crew.

For more tips check out All Reasons Moving Checklist and Moving Tips articles.

Moving Trucks

All Reasons Moving Trucks

Moving Trucks

All Reasons Moving has a variety of different size trucks for different needs.
The most common is our 26 Foot Bobtails which are used for all aspects of moving,  Office, Home & Apartment Moves. One truck holds approximately 1200 square feet of household furnishings. They all have lift gates (hydraulic lift),  ramps and are fully stocked with pads, dollies, tools and everything we need to move all your belongings.

We also have smaller trucks 17 foot bobtails which are good for overflow. This works well for some houses when you don’t really need two big trucks. For example 1400 square feet, you just need a little bit more room. It is also used for smaller jobs like moving a few pieces, studio apartments or one bedrooms.

Flatbed trucks are used to move large equipment, vaults, large potted plants, swing sets, wood and outdoor things which are too dirty to go into our clean furniture trucks. Flatbeds are also used for shuttling homes out of areas where a bobtail cannot get into. Some of these areas include but are not limited to: Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, Saratoga and Atherton to name a few. These areas have low hanging trees and steep driveways which make it difficult or impossible to get a bobtail close to the house. If you aren’t moving far we will use the flatbed to move everything but in most cases the flatbed is used to shuttle contents down to a larger moving van.

We also have a forklift that rides on the back of the flatbed and is used for lifting heavy machines, pallets and other heavy things that need to be transported.

Whatever your need All Reasons Moving has the right truck to do the job.

What is a Home Estate Sale?

Estate Sale

Estate Sale Items

We ran an article last week about Unexpected Treasures. Judy Johnson is in the business of Home Estate Sales and Liquidation. For those of you that may not know exactly what a home estate sale is or how an estate sale works here are a few tips and questions to help you better understand and how to prepare for your own estate sale for your home (provided by Judy Johnson of Unexpected Treasures).

What is an Estate Sale?
– An estate sales is a public or private sale of the contents of a home, held inside the house itself.

What do you need to prepare ahead of time to have an Estate Sale?
– If you are hiring an Estate Sale expert such as Unexpected Treasures your only job – albeit a challenging one – is to decide what you want to keep and removed it from the house before she sale. Leave everything else behind.

Can you do an Estate Sale on your own?
– You can do an estate sale yourself but the advantage to hiring a professional is you get their vast knowledge about appraisals and what is valuable and what is not. What will sell and what you should get rid of ahead of time. You also get their mailing list of collectors and dealers that attend these events regularly. You stand a much better chance of selling everything and getting the best price the larger your audience.

What is considered valuable for an Estate Sale?
– Values of the items constantly change depending on what local buyers are willing to pay for something at any given time. In addition to fine art and antiques, collectors and buyers are looking for almost everything that is in good condition. Some of the more popular purchases are sterling silver, costume jewelry, tools, kitchen items, linens, books military and scouting things, fishing, golf gear, furniture and garden items. There are often other items which are not as obvious such as postcards and other paper items, mid-century decor from the 1930’s to 1970’s, dolls and toys.

Who attends Estate Sales?
– Buyers at Estate Sales include local collectors, antique dealers, residents in the area and people who enjoy looking at treasures.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when preparing for an Estate Sale?
– Do not throw anything away! One person’s junk is another persons treasure. Let the person handling the estate sale evaluate everything before you throw anything out.

If you are considering an estate sale for yourself, parent or other family member that may be needing assistance consider hiring a professional such as Unexpected Treasures. For more tips on estate sales an liquidation check out estate sale tips.

Packing Your Kitchen for Moving

Packing your kitchen dishes and stemware properly for moving is essential to making sure everything gets to the final destination without casualties. Packing & moving is stressful and everyone always worries about packing properly.  Following our instructions you can be sure everything gets to the other end without any damage.  The key to successful packing is PAPER. You want to use lots of paper to wrap the dishes and glasses.

Supplies Needed:

  • Newspaper or Newsprint
  • Boxes (dish packs are thicker and sturdier for packing breakables)
  • Tape
  • Marker

Tips for packing:

  • First place a table pad or cardboard box on your table to protect the table from scratching
  • Then gather up all your supplies
  • Lay out a stack of paper (you can use newspaper but the ink can be messy, newsprint is cleaner)
  • Set the items to be packed on the table so you can reach them easily and don’t have to walk back and forth to the cupboards
  • After you have a box built crumble some paper in the bottom of the box (dish packs are best for breakables because the box is thicker and more sturdy)
  • Then starting with your plates you can begin wrapping your breakables and placing them in the box TIP: Plates are strongest when stood on end and not laying down
  • Put a couple sheets of paper in between each layer as you are packing
  • The top row of your box you can put lighter items such as stemware or tuperware
  • Place a few sheets of paper on the top and close the box
  • Always remember to label the top and sides of all your boxes
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Transportation Industry & High Fuel Prices

Fuel Pump

Fuel Pumps

As we all know, Fuel Prices have gone up tremendously. The Transportation Industry has hit the hardest. Whether it’s Buses, Long Haul Carriers, Moving Companies or Taxi Cabs all across the board gas prices are hitting everyone and will be passed on to consumers. Everything takes fuel, even a farmer has to put fuel in his tractor. California Companies have been hit hard over the last couple years and many are just hanging on. Fuel prices are just one more thing that is going to eat into their profits and threaten their businesses.

Not only is Diesel up to $4.50 per gallon but Big Trucks only get about 10 miles to the gallon. Many companies tack on a Fuel Surcharge to transportation. Freight Companies, Moving Companies, Delivery Companies, Limo Companies and even a lot of service and repair companies just to name a few. Expect those costs to go up. Don’t be surprised the next time you get handed an invoice and see a line for a Fuel Surcharge where there may not have been the last time you used that company’s service. Companies can’t afford the high prices of fuel and have to pass it on to the consumer.

The actual cost will vary depending on the industry and the miles driven.
Why am I telling you this? You should be aware as a consumer you will be charged a Fuel Surcharge by different industries trying to keep their heads above water.

Self Storage Security

Storage Facility1 in every 10 households rents a storage.

How safe are the Self Storage Facilities? There have been many reports on the news about break-in’s at these facilities. There are self storage facilities that are safe and have adequate security but they are not all the same. Be smart! don’t just base your decision on price or because of a special they may be running. Protect yourself by doing some research ahead of time. It can be helpful to check on-line reviews to see what others are saying about the facility you are considering.

Some of the tactics being used to gain access into units are:

  • The Thief rents a unit and actually breaks through the sheet rock wall into the units on either side allowing them easy access undetected by anyone
  • Facilities that do not have adequate security camera’s make it easy for a thief to break the locking mechanism and just open the roll up door. It only takes a few minutes to break a lock. They then remove the items and put them inside their own unit located in the same row. Close the roll-up door, put the lock back and everything appears normal until coming to remove your things and see it has been broken into.

If you do need to rent a self storage facility there are things to watch out for to help protect yourself.

  • Be careful of facilities offering first month for $1.00. These facilities are more likely to be targeted since the Thief doesn’t have to put much out of pocket.
  • Visit the facility,
  • Walk the grounds.
  • Inspect the unit they have available for you to rent
  • Is the facility clean? If it’s run down and not well taken care of then chances are their security system isn’t well maintained and probably out of date as well.
  • Is the facility gated? does the gate work? There is usually a man-door next to the gate does that door have a working locking system?
  • Are the units Individually Alarmed? Look for a facility where each unit is individually alarmed.Security
  • Do they have working camera’s. Camera’s should be located throughout the facility NOT just at the entrance. If it’s an inside storage facility camera’s should be on each floor. Outside facilities should have camera’s throughout the grounds.

Don’t forget to insure your items while they are in storage. In case of a loss you want to make sure you are covered. It can be a good idea to take pictures of the items and have an inventory for the insurance company.

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