Thanksgiving Moving Tips: What to Do If You’re Moving During Turkey Day

Moving can be a hassle anytime of the year, but having to move during the holiday season can be especially difficult. When you have to balance the responsibilities of moving with the festivities of Christmas and Thanksgiving, you can find yourself overwhelmed before you know it. Therefore, it is very important that you know how to successfully handle moving during Thanksgiving prior to attempting a move around Turkey Day.

Tips for Moving During Thanksgiving

If you are moving during Thanksgiving, here are few tips to help make your holiday move smooth and enjoyable:

  • Don’t ignore the holiday. Instead, embrace it. Share in holiday cheer with your movers by including them in your celebration. Have snacks and other refreshments for you, your family and your movers, including hot cider, hot tea and cookies. If you have kids, let them put Thanksgiving decorations on your moving boxes.
  • Schedule around the festivities. If you and your family are into football, have a football handy to throw around during moving breaks. Keep a radio and/or TV hooked up so that you can keep track of the football games. If possible, maybe schedule a lunch or brunch break so that you can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Have your Turkey Day dinner plans set well ahead of time. If you are moving within your same metropolitan area and have friends or family who can host Thanksgiving dinner, then make plans with them. If you are moving to a new city and know friends and family there, see if they would be able to host Thanksgiving dinner. If you do not have friends or family available to host dinner, set aside everything you need for a picnic dinner and when time comes, set up a picnic dinner in your new place and celebrate Thanksgiving there.

Whether you are a homeowner, renter or business, 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.

Asking A Friend To Help You Move: Is It Worth It?

When it comes time to move, many people often turn to friends to help them move. Is it really worth it to ask a friend to help you move? Perhaps a friend owes you a favor and you may think that them helping you move would not be unreasonable. If you are considering asking a friend, there are a few things that you should consider first.

Damage to Your Belongings

One thing people often don’t think about when they ask a friend to move is what will happen if they break something in the process of moving. Are they going to replace it for your or will you have to replace it. If you do have to replace it, is it going to be something that you will hold against them?

Imagine your friend attempting to move your HDTV and, in the process, they drop it and the screen shatters. HDTVs are not cheap to replace. This is a far too common scenario. It can cause animosity between friends when something is broken during a move.

Sustaining An Injury While Moving

If your friend is injured, who is going to pay their medical bills should they need medical attention?

When you are moving there are going to be large items that weigh a lot, like TVs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, couches, etc. When people are not experienced moving heavy items they may lift them incorrectly. This can cause a back injury. Items can also be dropped on feet or hands may be smashed between the item and a wall or a door.

Who Should I Ask To Help Me Move?

If you are moving and need help, call a licensed and insured moving company. Most reputable moving companies will replace items they are responsible for breaking. They will also have insurance that will cover their movers, should they be injured while moving your belongings.

Unlike your friends, All Reasons Moving offers the best and most streamlined moving service around. We are also licensed and insured.  Call us at (408) 240-0244 or fill out our free, online quote form to learn more about the moving services we can offer you.

Moving Efficiently with your Family, Friends or Pros – Part Two

Moving Efficiently: Tips for Organizing a Move

Welcome to Part II of Moving Efficiently. A little bit of pre-planning will help you organize your move. Whether family, friends, or hired moving professionals, no one wants to waste his or her time. It may sound a little self-serving to say “get the most from your helpers.” The truth is that people who help you will be happier when your  pre-planning saves them time and frustration.

People want to feel needed. They want to know that their time spent has made a difference. So do yourself and your helpers a favor by planning ahead for moving.

Last time we recommended assigning people to manage the specific tasks, including team leads who are responsible for supplies and food. This time we focus on how to stage work so that when help arrives, they can carry out their focused tasks quickly and efficiently.

1. What you must do first.

By now you’ve already decided whether you will have (or have had) a garage sale. There should be no trash in any closet or drawer. If there are items not moving with you, get them out of the way. The goal is to have your  helpers focus on packing anything they see. It’s a time waster if something gets packed when it shouldn’t.  And vice versa.

2. Have supplies at the ready.

By this point, you’ve assigned the task of purchasing moving supplies. On move day, their job is to make sure that every room is equipped with enough boxes, paper, tape and markers. That way an entire room can be packed quickly and efficiently. It’s frustrating for your moving helpers to have to rummage and search for scissors, a misplaced Sharpie marker, or run out of moving boxes.

3. Stage the work.

Direct your assistants where to focus. We recommend packing the least needed items first, and the most needed items last. This serves two purposes:

  • You will have access to your more needed items for the longest time, and
  • Your most needed items will be packed onto the moving truck last and will be unloaded first.

Label drawers or closet shelves so that people will know where to focus on packing first. When everyone knows their assignments, you’ll find the work gets done faster and you’ll save energy. You’ll need it… for when you unpack!

Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

Moving Efficiently with Family, Friends & Pros – Part One

Tips for Organizing and Moving Efficiently

Moving a home can be very stressful. Whether you’re organizing a team of family members or if you’ve hired pros like us, a move takes coordination. Chances are you won’t be performing every moving task on your own. You’ll be assigning tasks to your moving team. Many of us are not familiar with project or task management. Here are some tips to help you make your move more efficient.

Assign Team Leaders to Manage Certain Areas.

Even children can be responsible for some jobs. Moving can be a traumatic process. Making them feel part of the team can help. A huge time-waster is people standing around not sure how they can help. Or worse, having multiple movers doing a task that should only take one person.

Make a list of jobs and who is responsible. Then, tape it in a prominent place so your moving team can refer to it without having to bother you, the move manager.

1. Supplies Manager.

Not being able to quickly and easily find supplies is one of the biggest time wasters during a move. Several days or a week prior to move day assign someone purchase needed supplies. We recommend having these moving supplies on hand:

  • scissors
  • box cutters
  • strong tape and dispensers
  • Sharpie pens or other permanent markers
  • disposable cameras
  • extra moving boxes

Add anything to this list you think you might need and make sure you have enough. We recommend setting up a supply area in each room. That way each moving helper can manage himself.

If you don’t hire professional movers to supply wrapping paper and other moving supplies, you will need to use one of our handy charts to determine how many of which kind of boxes and how much paper you will need.

2. Food & Water Manager.

Moving is an extremely labor-intensive, tiring… okay, an exhausting job. Not only are you using your body intensively, often mental fatigue accompanies moving as you sift through precious belongings, making myriad decisions about them moment by moment. You need to keep up your and your team’s strength, and most importantly, stay hydrated. Assign one person (who can drive) to be responsible for maintaining a food and hydration table in a centrally located place. This person can also arrange for lunches and dinners between packing duties.

Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

Moving A Home Efficiently Tip: Add Music

Use Fun, Upbeat Music to Increase Home Moving Efficiency & Foster a Better Mood

Moving a home is generally known to be a stressful time. It is a time of renewal, change, discarding the old, and moving into the new and uncertain. The sheer physical requirements of moving a home are tiring. Now add the emotional component. It isn’t surprising that you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted when dealing with all the loose ends related to moving.

Why think about music during a home move?

Human beings are drawn to rhythm and music in widely varying forms the world over, from infancy until old age. Music brightens our world. It lifts our spirits and can change our outlook on things. It can calm, invigorate, inspire or make one nostalgic. Music is a universal language. And you can use it to your advantage during a home move.

Our advice: Put on some tunes!

When faced with a particularly distasteful moving task, like cleaning out the garage or basement, grab your iPod or your mini-speakers. Hook them up to your laptop or other favorite music system. If you have internet access, Pandora offers a way to build your own radio station with endless variety.

Blast it out! A lively salsa, peppy jazz, or just some good old fashioned rock ‘n roll will do wonders to keep your feet moving, your mind occupied with happier thoughts, and decision-making (as in what to throw out!) a breeze.

At All Reasons Moving we understand the human side of the home moving experience. Our clients aren’t robots; neither are their friends who are often on hand to help. Like plenty of good food and water, keep your movers happy and productive with rollicking tunes. After all, many companies play background music to inspire certain paces and behaviors. For example, visitors to Disneyland are hard-pressed to find a corner of the park unattended by peppy, upbeat chords. Is there any reason your home moving experience shouldn’t be at least as pleasant as the music at Disneyland?

At the final moving destination, be sure your tunes are within easy reach, too. They should be among the first thing you unpack. It’ll keep your mind clear, your feet moving and your face smiling.

Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

 

Home Maintenance: Painting Accent Tips

Home maintenance doesn’t just mean repairs. Sometimes we just need a change of pace, a refreshing pick-me-up. If remodeling or moving is out of the question, here are some tips for how to get a new bang out of familiar rooms for a fraction of the cost and with minimal time.

Painting Accents is Home Maintenance

In a previous post in our home maintenance series we discussed painting just one accent wall in a room. This quick, easy project can be done in a day! If you already love the paint colors in your room, try sprucing up one or all walls with these ideas.

  1. Faux painting. Using glaze paints, you can dab on layers of complementary colors with sponges or rags. This is an “adding” technique; there are also removing techniques, where you paint on a complementary color, then take some of it off by rolling old rags across the surface at random angles. Both techniques result in a marbled, faux effect that can be quite beautiful especially on an accent wall.
  2. Stenciling. Craft and hobby stores carry an assortment of stencils, stencil brushes and special stenciling paint. If you want a row of seashells as a wall border in the bathroom, or flowers around a window these are super fun do-it-yourself art projects. All you need is some masking tape to hold up the stencil while you dab in the paint.
  3. Stripes and masking. It’s easy to mask off lines, multiple lines at angles and straight-edged shapes for quick designs. Use masking tape and butcher paper to mask off the lines and shapes not to be painted.

TIP: When using masking tape, using the original (not the new) paint color and paint along the edge of the tape where the new color will meet it. No matter how hard you press, no masking tape is 100% seep-proof. By painting the original color along the edge of the tape, the original color will seep through a little. When you paint along the edge of the tape with the new color, the original paint will already have sealed off the tape edge, so the new color can’t creep underneath it.

Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

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