Friday, February 12, 2010

Moving Basics

Here are some additional general Moving tips that will be advantageous to consider during your move:

Check the Calendar

Certain times of the year are busier Moving times. It's wise to plan ahead and make sure there is availability on the day you want to move.
It is important to book your Moving services well ahead to secure your ideal Moving date.
Remember that time is important on Moving day. For instance, if you have a waterbed, it is likely to take around two hours to empty the water! So plan ahead and consider doing certain tasks the night before.
Don't Make Avoidable Mistakes

When looking for properties, don't forget to measure the space for your refrigerator and other kitchen or laundry appliances.
Find out if your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covers your belongings in transit.
It is important to remember that all pools and spas that can hold water must have appropriate barriers to prevent access by young children.
It's a good idea to compare measurements of the doorways and hallways in your new home. You may actually need to sell or donate some items.
Don't forget to be environmentally friendly! Flatten all your Moving boxes for recycling. Many Moving companies will pick them up after your move.
Don't Forget the Bills and Expenses

It is important to arrange finances for quick cash to cover unexpected or emergency Moving-related expenses.
Make sure that direct debit and billing links to your bank accounts are organized to handle any changes resulting from your move.
Be sure to settle all bills that may be overlooked in the move a few days before Moving day.
Budget wisely for forgotten items you may need once you move in to your new home. Did you remember to find out if your home comes with a hose, for instance?
Make sure to get several FREE Moving quotes to help you better Estimate the price of your move.
Keep it or Part with it?

A general rule of thumb is if something hasn't been used in over 12 months, seriously consider selling or donating it. Help from a family member or friend will ensure you remain objective.
Things that you have a hard time parting with, but which will inevitably be stored in a garage, storage facility, or shed after the move should be packed in stackable containers that are rodent and dust proof.
Take Care of your Food

Be prepared to order take-out food or eat out on the first couple of nights in your new home. Chances are you'll feel too tired to cook, but even if you do feel like cooking, most of your kitchen appliances will probably still be packed away.
Make sure you use up your frozen foods or dispose of ones you have not used. Never let them thaw and try to refreeze them again. Not only will be there be less to transport, but you will also avoid the risk of food spoilage.
Enjoy your Old Home, New Home, and Even Moving Day!?!

You'll be able to browse through some wonderful memories in years to come by making a video or album of your old home. Don't forget to include neighbors and friends!
You'll have more time to enjoy settling into your new home if you clean your belongings before they are moved.
Fun music will create a positive mood when it's time to start Packing and unpacking. Turning the TV on may be too distracting.
Do Right by the Buyers

It is important to make it quite clear to prospective buyers/tenants exactly what is included with the property. Are any appliances included? What about window treatments, rugs, etc.?
You should always shut and lock all windows and doors as you leave your old home on Moving day.
How do People Come out of Moves Alive, Happy, and with Most of their Belongings in Tact?

Use colorful tags to indicate each destination if your furniture and household items are being delivered to different locations.
A couch can usually be moved into your new home more easily by standing it on end and twisting it through the doorway.
A close friend or relative can help out on Moving day by acting as a message center for you if you don't have a mobile phone.
You will need to consider your current work situation and whether it's important to live close to work before you decide where to live.
Your Local newspaper can be a great resource for finding out about facilities, services and events in your new neighborhood.
Don't despair if you are not totally happy with your new home on the day you move in. Keep in mind that most homes can be adapted over time to suit your lifestyle and tastes.

Green Moving

Green Moving

You know it, I know it, the whole world knows it; the environment is a very fragile entity that must be treated with care and respect. With all the latest news about global warming and being environmentally friendly, everyone is trying to figure out new ways to recycle and save energy and natural resources. From ethanol powered cars to energy saving light bulbs, companies and manufacturers are trying to do their part to help preserve this precious planet of ours.

But what can you do personally to help save the planet? When a person moves they inevitably use many different types of Packing materials; boxes, blankets, bubble wrap, tape, rope, scissors, Styrofoam peanuts, and the list goes on and on. When it comes to these materials, boxes are probably needed most. It used to be that once a box is used it gets thrown away never to be seen again. But with the recent “green” resurgence, choosing boxes can become a more complicated, but necessary process. Just to paint you a picture, in 1995, 13 million tons of cardboard was disposed of (14% of the total municipal solid waste generated). Cardboard is by far the single largest contributor to municipal solid waste in this country. And what are Moving boxes made of? That’s right, cardboard.

Instead of just picking up the cheapest or strongest boxes, first do some research to make sure that your box is recycled or can be recycled. There are two typesof place to pick up some Moving boxes; from a supplier or from someone who is getting rid of boxes. The latter is obviously cheaper and environmentally friendly because you’re reusing a box that otherwise might’ve been thrown out. If you’re only in a position to purchase Moving boxes, then there are certain things you should avoid to stay environmentally friendly.

Sometimes a cardboard box looks like cardboard, feels like cardboard, and may even smell like cardboard. But the truth is, it may not be 100% cardboard. Sometimes boxes are contaminated with other materials such as wood, polystyrene foam, metal, plastic, wax, and newspaper can be found within your cardboard boxes. What’s the big deal? The problem with these contaminates is that they interference with remanufacturing the boxes because they have to be separated from the actual cardboard. This is a difficult, time consuming, and expensive process. Consequently, contaminated boxes often get thrown by the wayside. Although cardboard is biodegradable, the process is long and slow resulting in a large buildup of cardboard waste in landfills. To help prevent this needless waste, be green with your Moving boxes.

So what can you do? Ask friends, co-workers, Local supermarkets, and anyone and everyone if they have extra boxes that you can use for your move. This is a cheap and environmentally friendly way to obtain cardboard boxes. Or, if you buy Moving boxes, make sure that they are not filled with contaminates and can be recycled. When you’re done with your Moving boxes, you can then pay it forward and see if anyone you know needs any cardboard boxes or just recycle them yourself.

Although 65% of cardboard is recycled per year, and is the most recycled material in the United States, it is up to all of us to keep that number steady if not raise it. Who knew that something as simple as cardboard could be so complicated? This being true, it is extremely simple and uncomplicated to make sure you’re being green when choosing cardboard boxes for your upcoming move.