End of Summer Moving Tips

Moving at the end of the summertime can be stressful, but with these moving tips, it doesn’t have to be. Many families try to move in their new home before school starts.

Have a Plan

One of the most important moving tips is to have a plan. Every person in the household should have their own responsibilities. Designate every person in the household to one area in the house that they’re responsible for packing, organizing, and cleaning.

Throw Away Clutter

It’s a good time to get rid of clutter. If throwing away clutter isn’t an option, donate it to charity. Think about what you really need and what you don’t need while you’re packing.

Think About Your Pets

If you have pets, you’ll need to attend to their needs before you start packing, organizing and cleaning. First, you’ll need to update their identification tags. Next, you should consider keeping them in a kennel until the move is completed. Moving can be stressful for pets too. Lastly, be sure that you have everything you need if you’re flying to your new home. You’ll need to make flight accommodations for you and your pet. You’ll need to find out what their policy is for animals. Every airline has restrictions on weight and crate requirements.

Hire a Professional Moving Company

The easiest way to move is to hire a professional moving company. A professional moving company will be able to tell you how long it’ll take to move everything to your new place. Hiring a professional moving company is a good way to eliminate a lot of stress.

Final Words

Moving is always easier if you have people helping. It’s important to make plans and have help so that moving isn’t as stressful. If you have a good plan and people helping you move, you should be able to move everything to your new place in a week. With these moving tips, your move will be an easy transition. Call All Reasons Moving for help from a professional moving company.

How Do I Get Ready for My Office Move?

If you plan on moving your business to another office location, or to another state, there are a couple of things you need to prepare for. First, you should figure out the best plan for packing, because it is a rather large task of moving your company office and keeping track of all the supplies and furniture. Just like anything, preparation will make all the difference, so make sure you have a solid moving plan before you decide to take action.

What Are My First Steps for Preparing My Office Move?

  • Create a moving plan: The first, and most important, step is to create a moving plan. Make a timeline that will allow for the different stages of the move. Depending on the size of your office and how many people are on your moving team, you will need from three months to eight months of preparation, so the earlier you start the process the better. Collect all the necessary information on the new office space, such as floor layouts and any potential issues with the new space.
  • Gather your team: Someone from each department or division should be a member of your moving team, and for smaller companies it may mean all employees are involved.
  • Packing: employees typically pack their own desks but you need to identify who will be packing common areas. Will this be handled by employees or the moving company? Make sure everyone knows how things should be labeled for easy placement in the new facility.
  • Servers/Computers & Phones: Have a specific person coordinating this effort and make a plan for cutting the equipment over. Are you re-using the same equipment or purchasing new? Make sure you’ve got all your vendors lined up and on the same page with your schedule. Your company will want to have the least amount of downtime.
  • Schedule a few meetings during the planning process. Meet up with your team as well as outside vendors to ensure everyone knows their assigned tasks and major milestone dates.

 

Moving your office doesn’t need to be hard or stressful, especially if you have an efficient moving company to provide you with all the necessary vehicles, equipment, storage units, and other services you need. Contact All Reasons Moving today for your free estimate or to fill out a form 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 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.

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.

Home Maintenance Tips for Winter Allergies

Most of us think of summertime as the season for allergies. In this latest installment of our Home Maintenance series, we have advice on reducing dust, molds, pollens and other microscopic airborne particles that wreak havoc with sinuses during winter. Windy days bring their share of dust, and it is a big job to keep on top of it, especially if your family suffers from allergies or weak sinuses.

Drink Water.

The very first thing you can do for yourself to combat the ill effects of winter allergy symptoms is to drink lots of water. If you tip down three large glasses of water first thing in the morning, you might be surprised at how much that helps alleviate allergy symptoms, completely naturally. Although the thought of pounding that much water first thing might not seem too appealing, it can’t hurt, and you may be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Now back to the remedies requiring sheer elbow-grease!

Home Maintenance for Floors, Baseboards and Molding.

Take a stiff-bristle broom and sweep everything before vacuuming, even rugs where hair and dander can get trapped. Vacuum the floors, and with the brush attachment, vacuum all the baseboards and hard to reach floor areas. Fill a bucket with warm water and vinegar or floor cleaner, and using rubber gloves and a sponge wipe all the baseboards and walls. Squeeze out the sponge until practically dry and wipe down all pictures on the wall to get rid of dust and fly droppings.

Air Purifiers and Filters.

If you live in a particularly dusty or dry area, then cleaning out air filters and purifiers should be on your home maintenance list. At least twice a year call in professional cleaners to vacuum them out. Professional HVAC maintenance personnel will also recommend the proper filtration system for your home, based on square footage, number of pets and children, and proximity to dust creating environments, like highways, construction, etc.

Other Filters.

Consider investing in a vacuum with a series of filters for maximum trapping and dust containment. You can also keep windows closed and run a home purifier continuously.

Windows.

The funny thing about windows is that you never notice them until they’re dirty! Keep windows sparkling by cleaning them on the inside, and spray television dust repellant on the glass. This home maintenance tip pays dividends as it creates a slick surface that dust won’t cling to. If you have a lot of window blinds you want to treat, you can mix a batch of your own DIY dust repellent. How cool is that?

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