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.

How to Make Your Move More Eco-Friendly

Many home buyers 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.

Hiring Unlicensed Movers: Why You Shouldn’t Do It

If you’re looking for help with your upcoming move, you might have been shopping around for the most affordable moving services. During your search, you might have thought about hiring unlicensed movers. This can be tempting because it can often be a lot cheaper; plus, you might be thinking that you can help someone out who really needs the business and the money. However, it’s pretty much never a good idea to hire movers who aren’t licensed. These are a few reasons why. [Read more…]

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 bulky 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. Moving Companies and packaging stores sell newsprint that doesn’t have writing on it. This helps keep your items and your hands clean and not full of black ink.

-Bubble wrap: While not biodegradable, this light-weight, flexible plastic can also be used to wrap electronics. 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. Remember the more paper and packing material you use the less likely something will break.

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.
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. If you are moving yourself make sure when packing up the moving van your glass is secure and will not slide or fall during the move.

What’s in the Box Matters

If you are packing yourself cardboard wine boxes can be used to move your glassware. 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. Moving Companies use dish packs or mini dish because they are a thicker heavier box. Because they are a thicker box they won’t crush as easily and you can stack other boxes on top without worry. When packing your box, put heavier items on the bottom and pack your glass on top. And don’t over pack! Leave space at the top and fill it with newsprint or newspaper.
If you’re unsure how to pack your glass safely, give All Reasons Moving a call. Our experienced workers can help you figure out what packing materials are best for your move.

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.

A Few Tips for Making Your Home Move Less Stressful

Moving can often be a fun adventure but it can also be exhausting and frustrating. During this time it is easy to get lost in the madness and stress of the situation. The key to a good move is preparation. Proper preparation will ensure that your move goes off without a hitch. There are many small things that you can do that will go a long way in streamlining your move. Here are a few tips for making your home move less stressful.

Be Creative

Time and space are at a premium in any move. A good way to make the most of these is to use clothes to pad your fragile objects. This will save on the amount of boxes that you need because you are using the unused space to store clothes. To the same end, you can also pad the inner walls of the box with socks.

Color Code

Color coding each box by room is a great way to save time when you reach your new home. Bring in a box, look at the color tape that is affixed to it, and place it into the correct room. Every little bit helps when you are in a time crunch.

Photograph Electronic Hookups

Photographing how all of your electronics are hooked up can save a large amount of time when you reconnect t them in your new home. This will save time and dramatically decrease your stress level.

Consider Hiring Professional Movers

Professional movers have the experience and tools to get your move done well and efficiently. it is always good to employ the use of friends to help, but a professional moving company will take a lot of the worry off of your shoulders. If you are looking for a professional and reputable mover in the California area don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us put our knowledge and skills to work for you.

5 Tips for Moving in Winter Weather

Moving to your new home can be a pretty stressful situation to deal with. Add icy or wintry weather to the mix and you’ve got a disaster waiting to happen. Many homeowners don’t stop to consider that inclement weather can easily slow down the moving process or even halt it altogether. As we get deeper and deeper into winter, homeowners should be more aware now of their surroundings than any other time of year. Here are some tips to keep you on track and prepare against the snow.

  1. Check the Weather: Being aware of the changing weather can really help during your move. The use of a weather app can come handy when you’re checking the weather once a week before the move and then every day during the move.
  2. Get Updates on Your Local Traffic News: Be aware of any road closures that may occur on your route. Be prepared to reach out to your moving company and don’t be afraid to express your concerns if there will be a delay in your move.
  3. Double-pack/Double-wrap Electronics and Fragile Items: The cold weather is not favored by electronics and glass items can get brittle in low temperatures. Double-pack electronics and keep them in a warmer environment such as secured in the cabin of the car. As for glass, double-wrap or add more packaging material to the moving boxes to better protect the items.
  4. Get Winter Essentials Ready: Extra towels, clothing, blankets, and even spare boots are essential for winter moves. Keep these items in your car so you can easily reach them to warm up. Once those winter essentials are packed, why not prepare some warm meals or drinks to add to the coziness of your drive?
  5. Keep Calm and Stay Flexible: Even if you feel you’ve prepared for the worst, anything can happen during winter weather. A sudden freeze could bring your entire move to a halt and in extreme cases, you may have to bunk down and wait out the storm. In these cases, keep the line of communication between yourself and your movers open. This way everyone is aware of the situation and what must be done once the worst has passed. Try your best to keep calm if your move is delayed and keep in mind that your safety comes before the move.

Don’t think you have to shoulder the entire weight of responsibility during your move. Always consider reaching out to your moving professionals. All Reasons Moving & Storage is dedicated to helping make your move smooth and cost-efficient. Since 1991, All Reasons Moving & Storage has been providing high quality moving and storage services to individuals, families and businesses in San Jose, California. Call us today for a free quote.

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