How to Make Your Move More Eco-Friendly

Many homebuyers want to have the eco-friendliest move as possible. Making your moving process more sustainable doesn’t require extra effort; it just takes awareness knowing the simple ways you can change your moving method.

Reuse Materials and Recycle on Your Way

Your first instinct when you start packing your things is to buy cardboard boxes to store and transport everything, but this is something you might want to reconsider. Cardboard isn’t always the greenest form of material to use, and you have to be mindful of buying 100% recyclable cardboard, which can be more expensive. Instead, use the containers you already have in your house, such as suitcases, plastic bins, reusable grocery bags, and other pieces of luggage. Collect all of these items and fill them up before resorting to buying new cardboard boxes. This will not only make your moving process more environmentally-friendly, but it will also save you money.

Sell What You Don’t Need

In the beginning of your moving process, combine all your belongings together that you no longer use or need on a regular basis. You could consider selling them, in a garage sale or through an online site, or donate them to a local nonprofit organization. Decreasing the amount of possessions you have before you move will mean less things to pack, less gas for your trip, and less packing materials used.

Purchase Recyclable Materials

The least you can do for your moving trip is to buy supplies that are biodegradable and recyclable. This includes recyclable cardboard, biodegradable packing peanuts (instead of Styrofoam) and packing paper.

Our movers at All Reasons Moving & Storage will help you through your entire moving process, including providing the most quality supplies and efficient materials. Contact us today to get started.

Tips for Packing Glass and Other Fragile Materials

One of the more stressful tasks to take on during a move is packing up all that glass, fine china, and other fragile goods. Some opt to use bubble wrap and heavy boxes, others newspaper and crates. Whatever packaging material you decide to use, check out these tips to up your glass packing game.

Use Appropriate Packing Material

Don’t store fragile items with heavy or blocky items. During the move, large items can shift and shatter light, delicate glasses or crack the plastic on fragile electronics. Store your glass together and don’t be afraid to use multiple boxes full of packing material. There are various types of packing material:

  • Newspaper: Readily available, recyclable and biodegradable. Newspaper can be used to wrap glass plates and bowls, or to stuff inside delicate vases and cups. Make sure all the glass is covered and use excess newspaper to fill empty spaces in the box. Newspaper isn’t the best packing material for electronics.
  • Bubble wrap: While not biodegradable, this light-weight, flexible plastic can also be used to wrap electronics outside of glass. You can also ball it up and stuff it in empty spots to provide more cushioning and support.
  • Packing Peanuts: Usually made of Styrofoam, packing peanuts are not eco-friendly and a bit messy, but can help fill up empty spots in boxes more so than other packaging materials. Use these to add cushioning and fill the box rather than engulf your items with just these entirely. If you’re worried about the environment, consider biodegradable starch peanuts instead.

You’re not restricted to just one of these, so use a combination to minimize the chance of glass or fragile items breaking.

Prepare Against Inclement Weather

If you’re moving during winter, keep in mind that cold temperatures can cause glass to become brittle. You’ll want to pack a little more thoroughly or use more packing supplies to ensure the safety of your products. For rainy weather, make sure your packing supplies don’t get wet. Bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts will be all right. Newspaper and biodegradable starch peanuts will not fare well in wet conditions and could fall apart, resulting in loss of cushioning for your glass items.

Also keep in mind the road conditions during the move. If there has been heavy snow, consider how the moving van may brake or turn in these conditions. Slippery roads could encourage the truck and its items to slide or bump around. When packing up the moving van, make sure your glass is secured with no heavy items on top and make sure it is unable to slide or fall during the move.

What’s in the Box Matters

If you can, try to use cardboard wine cases to move your glass. The divided sections within the box are made to provide support to glass items so use this to your advantage. Other boxes to consider are thicker walled or heavier bottomed boxes. In addition to thicker walls, these can also provide support and minimize tipping during the move. When packing your box, put non-fragile items on the bottom and pack your glass on top. Make sure your glass is packed together but don’t overpack! Leave some space at the top so you can fill it with some more helpful packing materials.

If you’re unsure whether your glass is safe, check out our post featuring some of the packaging material we offer our customers. If you’ve still go questions, give All Reasons Moving a call. Our experienced workers can help you figure out what packing materials are best for your move.

Packing Moving Boxes: Time Saving Tips

Packing BoxesFollow a few simple steps to speed up your packing process and make unpacking a breeze.
Gather the supplies listed and follow the few helpful tips listed here to help stay organized and on track while you are packing your home for moving day. Doing an inventory and being organized means you will always know where to find things should you need to locate something you have already packed, this could be a lifesaver.

A. CLIPBOARD PEN AND PAPER:

Tip #1: Use a stiff piece of cardboard. Punch a hole in corner. String on a pen. Paperclip or staple some pages to cardboard. Label the room you are packing on each piece of paper.

B. MARKER:

Felt tip marker

C. TAPE:

Several rolls of packing tape and dispenser. Cutting tape with scissors slows you down.

D. BOXES:

Lots of various size boxes! Make sure boxes have lids.
Tip #2: It’s never to soon to start packing. As soon as you know you will be moving you can start by packing rarely used items, often in the farthest reaches and corners, getting them out of the way.

E. START Packing:

Mark a #1 on top of your clipboard page, detailing what is inside the box. You choose the amount of detail, but enough to remember what’s inside.
Tip #3: Fill each box to the top. If there is empty space at the top fill it with paper. A full box means it won’t crush when other boxes are stacked on top.

F. SEAL THE BOX:

Bring closure and completion to every box, as it is packed. Close short flaps first, then long flaps. Tape down the seam. If the box is in good shape one piece of tape across the top is enough. These boxes will be stacked be sure they are strong. Press tape down firmly after each pass.

G. MARK:

When you are done taping, with your broad tip marker, write which room the items came from (ie., Master Bedroom) then write the box number on the top and sides of the box. Writing the room name and numbering each box expedites unpacking.
Following this system – detailing, sealing and numbering each box as you go for each room help you to stay organized and easier to find things when you are unpacking in your new home. At your new home, movers will unload faster, easily identifying where each box belongs.

Starting with the highest number, unpack each box completely. If you won’t be using some things for a while, don’t unpack them. You have each box’s contents detailed whenever you need to find something.

For more great packing and moving tips,  check out our other blogs such as Moving Checklist, Packing Your Kitchen .

Home Moving Security

Home SecurityWhile packing and getting ready for your home move you need to think about where to put all those boxes and how to keep things safe. In a perfect world, theft, burglary and taking things that don’t belong to us would never happen. Sadly, however, stealing does happen, and people use tough economic times as an excuse to cross the line.  More and more people are finding themselves victims of break ins. Especially at a vulnerable time such as during a move, it pays to be prepared and vigilant.

Prevention is your best defense. This article will focus on garage safety, since if you are moving your home you are likely to begin stacking boxes and valuables in your garage.

Did you know that there are videos on YouTube, which show how burglars can open an electric garage door in less than 10 seconds without breaking anything? There are inexpensive deterrent devices you can buy online to prevent this. Check out The Garage Shield for more information.

Think about it: if you were a thief, wouldn’t you rather simply walk away with a couple of packed boxes, rather than juggle a bunch of separate bulky items?

It is difficult, but up until the actual moving day, try to never let it look like you are moving. If your garage is attached to your home, keep the garage door closed. As you are packing move packed boxes into the garage for storage. If your garage is detached, it is not always practical to keep the door lowered as you move boxes back and forth. If possible, use the side door, or obscure the activity in your garage by parking cars in front of the garage.

As a general rule, keep your garage door lowered whenever possible, even when you are home. If you have a garage side door, be sure it has a deadbolt, and keep it locked when not in use. If there are decorative glass panes at the top of your garage door, or a window on the side of the garage, cover them with paper from inside.

You won’t be able to completely hide the fact that you are packing to move your home and storing items in your garage, especially from someone who is intent on looking, but your vigilant behavior will be a deterrent. Try to change your routine, install motion sensor lights over the garage, a barking dog is always a good deterrent. You can install inexpensive motion detectors which can be purchased at your local Lowes.

With a few simple precautions, your garage can be a safe storage area until moving day.  If you are moving things to your new home ahead of time. Remember to secure that garage and house, no one is living there yet which makes it an easy target for someone to enter during the night and take everything you just moved over.

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.

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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