Over the past 25 years we have learned a thing or two about moving.
Our blog is here to share tips to help make your move stress free.
Please dismantle before we arrive. Wipe away any dirt that could cause rust. If there are screws or nuts and bolts used for assembly put these in a ziplock bag, so they do not get lost.
Empty out the charcoal and clean your grill. If your grill uses propane, please disconnect the propane tank. Remember, we cannot move the propane tank.
If it is an inflatable pool please deflate. Ensure the pool is free of water so that it does not mold or mildew in transit.
Again ensure your chairs and table are clean and free from dirt and sand before we arrive.
Once you get these items ready for our arrival we recommend you cover them with a tarp or store safely in your garage. You do not want an afternoon thunderstorm to get everything wet.
Summer is a busy moving season because kids are not in school. Moving is somewhat arduous under the most favorable circumstances yet doing so during the summer presents unique challenges. While moving in the summer, you'll have to give a tad bit of additional thought to how and what you are packing, and how to beat the heat.
Proper packing of household items is your best protection against property damage, regardless of whether you're moving a short distance or cross country. It's enticing to leave everything to the last minute. But don’t. Successful moves start with planning.
HEAT AND YOUR BELONGINGS
Some Items are advised not to be packed, as they won't fare exceptionally well in a hot moving truck and ought to be brought with you in your vehicle or donated to someone who can use them. Items such photo albums and candles do not fare well in a moving truck in the summer. Also, musical items such as instruments, cassette and video tapes, compact disks and vinyl records could warp or be damaged by high temperatures in a hot truck.
Separate things that may cause problems during the move. Along with the above-mentioned items, don’t forget that certain baking ingredients or foods will not move well during the summer. Make it easy for your movers by separating the things that will not go in the moving truck, so they know what not to pack.
Do not wrap leather upholstered furniture in plastic; it will sweat; pad leather furniture with blankets instead. You can also remove furniture legs if detachable to prevent damage.
Moving in the summer heat is exhausting and draining. It is critical that you stay hydrated during the moving process, since you will most likely have your doors open letting the heat in your home. It is recommended that you keep cold water on hand not only for yourself but for your movers. They will probably have their own water, but it is always nice to offer them something cold to drink.
When you and your movers stay hydrated there is less of chance that a heat related injury or illness will occur. Staying hydrated will also help keep the packing and moving process moving along at the expected tempo.
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1. Make sure their microchip is up to date with your current cell phone numbers.
2. Have all their medical records and shot records with you. You never know when you will need to show proof that they are current
3. Make sure they have a tag on their collar (even if it's a kitty). Remember, you're moving, so your previous address won't work. Get a new tag with your phone number on it, instead.
We are often asked what can be packed and moved. It is easier to list what cannot be packed and placed on the moving truck.
To maximize your movers time and your investment we encourage you to ensure the below products are NOT present
on the day the movers arrive to pack your belongings.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has Hours of Service (HOS) that most drivers must follow. You do not want your packing delayed because your movers have met their HOS. The HOS start when they leave their place of business, and you must remember to factor in the time it will take them to return to their place of business.
You do not want to pay your movers to spend their time sorting what they can and cannot put on the truck.
We recommend donating items that cannot be moved to friends, family, or a local organization in your community that will benefit from the gift.
If at any time you are preparing for our arrival and you have a question, please give us a call at 910-455-0481.
We are here to make your move as stress-free as possible.
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Moving does not have to be stressful. We've all heard the horror stories of a pot on the stove with food in it being wrapped and packed. Or the movers packing the air mattress and linens that were going to be used for the actual move. Our tips below will help you maximize your move and reduce stress.
Create a moving binder. A moving binder is where you will keep inventory and To Do checklists, important papers, phone numbers, and contracts. We recommend you select a binder that is a bright color or a color that does not blend in with all the other binders on your bookshelf. You want to easily identify it. Hold on to your moving binder on moving day or keep it in your vehicle. You do not want it packed and put on the moving truck.
Now is the time to sort your household items, clothing, and toys into categories – keep, toss, and donate. Make a timeline to ensure you get through each room before the movers arrive. Donate and toss items you do not want to take with you before the movers arrive. Do not spend money having things that you no longer need or want being packed and move
After completing step two above, you will want to stage the items that you do NOT want the movers to pack and move in a room that they do not enter. Put a note on the door – do NOT move the contents in this room - or something similar. This step will save your movers time and supplies, which will save you money. .
Visualize where your items will go in your new home. Look at the floor plan or the actual place and decide where you want your furniture placed. When the movers arrive, the unloading will go faster and smoother.
Create a stress pack for each family member. The contents will be age appropriate and used to keep stress at bay. For children, you may have a few new books, coloring books, games, etc. You want new items, so the child can't say they already read the book or played the game. Include a few favorite snacks and any medications that may be needed. For adults, you may want to include pain medication or aspirin, favorite snacks, and single serve beverages of choice. Make these unique for each person, and when tempers start to fly, you can provide the stress pack to de-escalate the hissy fit.
Moving does not have to be stressful. These five tips will help you get organized and reduce the stress typically associated with moving while saving you money. We look forward to helping you with your next move. Contact us for a free estimate at 910-455-0481.
Will you be moving during the Christmas holidays?
Our tips will help you keep the holiday spirit alive.
Moving during the holidays can be a fun and memorable experience when you follow our tips.
J.E. Thomas & Sons Moving looks forward to helping you with your next move and making it stress-free.