Can I Move A Pool Table On My Own?

So you own a pool table and plan to move from your current home. You may decide to try and move your pool table on your own. Is this a good decision? No. Pool tables are delicate and incredibly heavy, and moving them requires a tremendous amount of strength and technical skill. It is not a smart move to move a pool table on your own with so many professional movers available.

The following is a list of step that moving pros will take to move your pool table:

    1. Disassemble the Pool Table: In order to move a pool table, it needs to be taken apart. Failing to take it apart might not only result in serious property damage but also puts the movers and bystanders in serious danger.
    2. Moving the Pool Table: For this part of the process, some heavy lifters will be required. Reputable moving professionals will always ensure that they have the proper manpower for the job. The slate on a pool table could weigh upwards of 800 pounds.
    3. Making Room for the Pool Table: Before moving a pool table the area that it will be placed will need to be made ready. If there is thick carpeting in the room, it may need to be removed. The pool table requires a completely level surface and too soft of a ground may not provide the proper support to ensure that the pool table is level.
    4. Reassemble the Pool Table: Professional movers have plenty of experience reassembling pool tables. Every piece must be put back together properly to ensure the game can be played as intended. Even if one piece is not fashioned correctly it can throw the whole game off.

Now that you are familiar with the basics of moving a pool table, you know that moving it on your own may not be the best idea. It is in your best interest to hire a professional moving company that has experience moving pool tables. The moving pros at All Reasons Moving & Storage can help you move your pool table. Give us a call today for an estimate.

Moving Tips – Pre-planning is Key

With so many details to consider prior and after a move, it isn’t surprising that moving can seem chaotic and difficult. On the All Reasons Moving blog you will find a lot of helpful tips on managing a move to keep your sanity, keep track of your belongings and prepare yourself like a pro for the entire process. Below are four tips that will help even more.

We always appreciate hearing from our clients who have had a successful moving experience, or where they could have had a smoother go of it. Please let us know your moving experiences (good and bad) and tips so that we can provide better service and information to our community.
BEFORE the Move Tips.

Our BEST Tip Ever: Hire a GOOD moving company. When you hire a reputable moving company, your cares and concerns are considerably reduced. When you trust your movers, peace of mind soars. There are several ways to find a mover but the biggest things is to make sure they are licensed and insured.

        Resources to help you choose a mover:

Make a Moving File: From moving contracts to confirmation that the energy has been turned off, you will accumulate tons of paperwork related to the move. Put all files related to the buying and selling of your home, the move, the new home, contacts and useful information in one portable file box that you keep handy at all time. Consider keeping a measuring tape, calculator, business card holder, stamps, stationery and envelopes, and a file for current bills and correspondence in this box as well.

Necessity Box: Always pack a box with essentials. Things you know or think you may need in your new home the first night. Flashlight, toilet paper, light bulbs, tools, toothbrush & paste, paper towels, plastic cups, bottled water, soap and whatever else you know you can’t live without and don’t forget about what your pets may need like food and a water dish.

 

Moving is a stressful time but a bit of pre-planning can help take the stress out of your move.

Using an Organizer Before Moving

At All Reasons Moving we often recommend hiring a Professional Organizer before boxing up, to help sort and de-clutter especially if you are downsizing and/or have been in your home for many years. The busy lifestyles everyone has living in the Bay Area usually means you have a lot on your plate and don’t think about sorting or getting rid of stuff until it’s time to move.

The type of things an Organizer can help you with would be:

  1. Sorting and Purging. Often the most difficult part of moving is deciding what to keep and what to toss. An Organizer counsels people to go through their belongings prior to moving. People don’t think they have a lot of unused stuff, but when they actually go through it they’re surprised. For instance, they have 15 sets of bed sheets and they really only use four.
  2. What’s Important? A good organizer will ask clients what is really important to them. What do they value, love and use most often? This becomes the plumb line around which choices are made. Grief can complicate situations, for example when a surviving spouse has trouble letting go a good Organizer will not push. Ultimately it is the client’s decision what to keep and what to donate.”
  3. Downsizing. When a move involves downsizing, it is useful for an organizer to know the actual room and house or apartment dimensions. Going from a huge walk-in closet to one or two smaller ones will dictate the amount of clothing and accessories you can take. If your new dining room only accommodates six and your table linens are for an 8-ft. table, then some choices become obvious.
  4. Changing Lifestyles. A move can bring real life-style changes too. If you have a garden at the old place but no longer will have one in the new location, don’t bring the tools.
  5. A “Disinterested” Observer. Relationships can muddy the waters. A caring, professional organizer helping to sift through things can be easier than a sibling or child with whom you have a relationship.
  6. Paper. Pay close attention to paper. Statistically, we only look at 20% of the paper we keep. Paper is heavy, costly to move, and takes up lots of space. A professional organizer will help you box only the most important papers.
  7. Arrival Box. Having a clearly marked Necessary Box (see previous post) with items you will need at your new destination is useful. In addition to toothbrush, toothpaste and jammies, think about having appropriate bedding handy.
  8. Trust. For more information about professional organizers, visit the National Organization of Professional Organizers. There you will find a list of organizers in your area—trained and vetted— that you can trust to assist your family or your elderly parents in this potentially stressful time.

For More Information, contact:
National Association of Professional Organizers

Bay Area: Amanda Kuzak – Kuzak’s Closet
(650) 646-4343

Fresno Area: Brenda McElroy – Organized by Choice
559-871-3314

At All Reasons Moving, our goal is to eliminate the stress of moving by providing fast, courteous, knowledgeable and professional movers. We customize the move to fit your individual needs and can help you find the right team of professionals to assist with other needs such as Organizers, Painters, Carpet Installers or House Cleaners to help reduce your stress level before and after the move.

Please call us for a free, no obligation quote on your moving needs: home, apartment and office and we will be happy to share our list of resources with you. We can even help with hauling unwanted items away to recycle, donation, eWaste or dump. Happy Moving!

10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Moving

ListWe hope you have been reading our many blogs to help you on and before moving day, taking all the valuable advice that you need. From our Moving Checklist, Packing Your Kitchen, to ensuring a smooth flow of boxes getting packed up and loaded on the truck, to arriving and settling in comfortably and quickly, we are always finding more great ideas to make your home, apartment or office move be the best ever! Here are ten tips on what to do during a move to help ensure a safe move.

  1. Focus on SAFETY. During a move, one main focus is on safety. There are lots of people moving about often carrying or moving heavy loads that can inhibit vision and maneuverability. Keep your eyes open and your head up! Keep long hair pulled back and trim long fingernails to avoid painful nail breaks. Keep small children and pets offsite so you’re not distracted and they are not underfoot.
  2. Keep Traffic Areas Clear. Ensure that boxes are pushed to the outer edges of rooms, or all pushed to the center of the room as they are packed. Keep doorways and main walkways unobstructed.
  3. Close cabinet and closet doors. When a cabinet is completely packed, close the doors. Their sharp edges and width create striking hazards and take up space. It will also help you to know that cabinet has been done.
  4. Watch for Hazards. When the dining table is removed, the chandelier becomes a head-bonking hazard. Hitch it up out of the way. When rug edges are exposed upon removing sofas, tables and chairs, you have a tripping hazard. Roll them up and move them to the truck or side of the room. If floors become muddy or wet from in-and-out foot traffic, make sure to keep towels handy to keep them dry.
  5. Move Things Carefully. Never over pack boxes, and test them periodically during packing to make sure you can lift them comfortably. Never strain your back or arms to lift something. Lift using your legs, not your back. When in doubt about moving something, get help, or let a professional mover handle it.
  6. Note Broken Items. If something in your home is already broken and has been patched together, notify the movers. If something becomes broken during the move, make a note of it to handle later. Again, by choosing a reputable moving company with whom you can have clear and honest communication, even if something near and dear to you becomes damaged, you will be able to handle the situation in time. Don’t hold up the move over small things.
  7. Walk Through. At the end before the trucks takes off do a complete walk through the house check all closets and cupboards for items you may have left behind. Remember to check attic and basement. You may just find small items left behind on a shelf or even an entire cupboard you forgot to pack.
  8. Cleaning Out Your Empty Home. By law, you are required to sweep out the home you are leaving. Depending upon your situation and any closing agreements you made, you definitely want to go through the empty house with a broom and dustpan. We also recommend going over shelves with a damp cloth, not only to leave the home clean, but also to make sure no precious items got overlooked.
  9. Lastly: Turn out all the lights, make sure all appliances that are staying are turned off. Your refrigerator should not be turned completely off as that may cause mold simply set it to the lowest setting and close the door. Make sure heater or air conditioner has been turned off and close all shutters, doors and drapes. Walk the outside perimeter of your home to make sure no outdoor items are left behind, and no windows are open.
  10. Lock the front door, side door and remember to leave the garage door opener where it can easily be found by the new owners.

and now you are off to your new home!

History of Moving

History of MovingA friend recently expressed out loud the thought that everyone hates moving.  Moving is not convenient but often has to be done. It is sometimes welcome and exciting, but moving is never convenient.
I got to thinking further, and really moving is great these days! Compared to 200, 100 or even 50 years ago it’s so much easier now.

There has been many technological advancements; cartons, containers and packing materials have improved thousand-fold over the years! There is lots of information out there on how to approach it and many services you can hire for help with sorting, packing and transporting.

As I allowed my thinking thread to wander further back, I wondered how people transported things throughout time. As it turns out historically, people really didn’t move around much. What they had to move, they basically carried on their backs in skins, rough cloth pouches or bags. In cultures where there were no pack animals, women typically did most of the heavy carrying, to leave the men free to protect them as they went along. Dogs might have been harnessed to carry or drag things, and even as cultures became exposed to horses, they often continued to move things by dragging.

It is said that the Chinese invented the wheelbarrow, and this method of moving things was extremely useful, as even someone small could move heavy loads. Chaises were also designed on a wheelbarrow model, allowing people on foot holding only two long poles to pull others.

In the Middle Ages, Kings and Queens of England would often go on long treks called “progresses” throughout the kingdom, visiting lords and noblemen often for the purpose of ensuring their loyalty.. The royals’ entourage would include basically the contents of their entire castle, staff, animals and accoutrements, including bed linens, clothing, etc., all transported by cart and coach. The host nobles were expected not only to house, but also feed every person on the crew, and their animals. The royal guests themselves were privy to the highest treatment of all. It was not uncommon for the noblemen to be bankrupt after one of these extended visits, which were regarded as a burdensome “privilege.”
It wasn’t only hard on the noblemen. The cortege of maids, footmen, coachmen, and lesser attendants were responsible for making their majesties comfortable in any venue, for packing, cleaning, airing and repacking every item at each moving stage. Moving boxes were heavy, cumbersome wooden crates or trunks, bound around with metal, requiring heavy keys (which also needed to be managed). No one enjoyed these month-long sojourns except the royalty.

As time moved along and the wheel had been invented and there we covered wagons it began to get easier. Still you did not have packing boxes but were lugging around wooden crates and heavy trucks. There weren’t moving vans or even roads so I wonder how many china pieces were broken during a long trip. The decision to move was not made lightly that is for sure.

So the next time you have to move think about how much easier we have it than our ancestors did. It’s not going to make it any less inconvenient but does help to put things in perspective. Aren’t you happy you don’t have to suffer with outdated methods of transporting your belongings?

We at All Reasons Moving pride ourselves on keeping the latest equipment, a fleet of well-maintained trucks, and knowledgeable staff. The only similarity you will see is that you will be treated like royalty, and your move will occur seamlessly.

Moving Plants

Ficus TreeMain concerns when moving plants are: not to kill them and are you legally and logistically allowed to transport them. Plant lovers, don’t despair— you don’t necessarily have to leave precious houseplants behind! When moving plants, follow these tips to ensure their safe arrival. But first, a few caveats.
States regulate importation of plants and animals. Do your homework! You may not be allowed to bring in plants unless they have been grown indoors in sterilized potting soil. Potted outdoor plants, including fruit trees may be forbidden, even if they have been transplanted to sterilized soil. Check the U.S. Department of Agriculture website for detailed information.
Also, by law a carrier may not accept a shipment containing perishable items—plants included— except if the distance is less than 150 miles or delivery is made within 24 hours. If you know you may not legally or logistically be able to move your plants, you may be able to bring cuttings. Wrap cuttings in saturated newspaper or peat moss, then loosely in plastic. They’ll store well for several days.
For plants you plan on transporting, All Reasons Moving advises:

 

  • First take into consideration how far away you are moving. You cannot leave plants locked inside a moving van for days or weeks and expect them to survive. If moving a long distance you may want to give your plants to a friend or leave them for the new owners of your home.
  • Prune plants as much and as soon as possible. This will reduce bulk and damage to leaves and tender branches during boxing. De-bug plants by enclosing in a room with a bug bomb, or in plastic bags with bug powder. Keep isolated until the move to prevent re-contamination.
  • Use wardrobe boxes for tall plants. Book boxes work well for smaller desk plants, and medium size boxes are great for mid-size plants. Punch air holes in each box, and line the bottom with plastic. Keep box flaps taped upright for additional protection, and fill gaps around pots with newspaper. Note: Unbreakable plastic pots are lighter, but not all plants like being transplanted. Consider repotting to plastic pots before boxing if conditions warrant. If you re-pot, give plants at least two days prior to moving to recover from this procedure.
  • Water plants two days prior to moving. Don’t overwater, a hot vehicle may cause mildew or fungus; cold temperatures may freeze them.
  • Pack plants last
  • Upon arrival, unpack plants first. Cut away or unfold the bottom of the box and slide plants out, instead of hauling them out where your hands or arms could damage branches.
  • Allow plants to settle in, resting away from the unpacking bustle. Avoid direct sunlight and temperature extremes until they acclimate from travel shock. Water and feed normally.

At All Reasons Moving, we know that being surrounded by beloved, familiar plants can make a house your home. Ask us how we can help move all your precious belongings safely and intact.

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