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.

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.

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.

#4: Moving Because of Mold

MoldMoving Companies are hired every day for all kinds of reasons. Mold is one of the projects where we are hired to pack certain rooms or even an entire home so contractors can treat for mold. Mold can be very dangerous to your health especially for young children, people with allergies, asthma or the elderly. Typically you only have to empty a room if there is evidence of mold in the walls, under the carpet or if there is a lot of it present. If you find mold in your home you should treat it right away to stop it from spreading.

In very extreme cases we have to remove everything from the home while the mold remediation work is taking place. A Full Service Moving Company can remove everything and bring it to storage OR move you to a temporary home or apartment while the work is being done. If the Mold is really bad you will want to move out completely.

 

There are treatments for mold which range from taking care of a small problem in a bathroom with vinegar and water all the way to removing sheet rock and replacing it with new. Catching the problem early and taking action can mean not having to move out of your home while major repairs are being done.

For more information about mold causes check out this article on Realtor.org.

Have you ever had to deal a mold issue? Do you have any cleaning tips or tricks for getting rid of mold?

#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?

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