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.

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.

#3 Reason – Hire a Moving Company for Remodel

 

Reasons to Hire a Moving Company: You don’t have to be moving to hire a Moving Company. There are other reasons why people need to move furniture out of a room. Are you getting new carpet? Getting your Hardwood Floors redone? Planning a Remodel, Painting? Small jobs like this are how a lot of home owners throw their backs out. When you aren’t used to lifting heavy pieces you are at risk of getting injured.  Call a Moving Company to move your household items on-site into the garage or other room(s) of the house not affected by the project. If you don’t have anywhere to place the furniture a Full-Service Moving Company can load everything up in their moving van and take it back to their warehouse for storage until your project is done.

With the housing market the way it is many people have chosen to remodel or spruce up their homes rather than move. You still have to pack everything up into boxes and move all the furniture out while the work is being done and many people just don’t know what to do. Contractors don’t want to move the items, painters aren’t movers they don’t have the right equipment. What happens if they damage any of the furniture? Are they covered? Hire a Professional Moving Company that is licensed and Insured to do it for you and you won’t have to worry about any of that.

If you are planning on having the Moving Company remove your items from your premises we highly recommend checking out their warehouse. Make sure you know where your items are being stored and that it is in a clean and secure storage facility/warehouse. There are many Moving Companies that do not have their own storage facilities. Check with the company and find out where their warehouse is located and drive by it doesn’t hurt to find out where they will be storing your items. It could save you some heart ache later on.

Have you ever been involved in a remodeling project that required moving your furniture out? How did you do it?

#1 Reason to Hire a Moving Company

 

Lifting Procedures

Proper Lifting

Don’t want to hurt your back!

The cost of hiring a Moving Company  is  small compared to the cost of hurting your back, missing work, going to the doctor or chiropractor. Professional movers are trained on how to lift properly  and have special equipment to make the job go smoother and easier.

Hiring a Moving Company can not only save you time but save your back. Even if you are using a Mover you will most likely be packing some of all of your boxes. The following are some tips on Proper Lift Procedures as a guide. Remember safety first and don’t do too much.

Proper Lifting Procedures:

Safety first

  • Lift close to your body
  • Feet shoulder width apart
  • Bend your knees and keep back straight
  • Tighten stomach muscles
  • Lift with your legs NOT your back
  • If you find yourself straining, get help
  • Do NOT twist when lifting

Knowing how to lift is helpful even if you are just moving boxes around the house while packing. Remember always use your legs not your back.

Have you ever been hurt while moving something heavy?

 

 

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