Thursday, April 28, 2016

Moving and Packing up Your Fine Arts: What To Do and Not to Do

Moving to a new place can be daunting, not to mention a lot of hard work and labor. However, when you hire movers for the job, you can reduce the stress that you feel, while also saving your back from the heavy lifting that needs to be done. If you’re one of those residents that have many pieces of art, then you have to know how to pack them up and move them to the new place. 

Here are some considerations to take in mind when it comes to packing and moving your fine arts from one home to the next. 

Packing Up Fine Arts

Packing up your fine arts can be tricky. You have to purchase bubble wrap, as well as a cardboard paper wrap to go over this. Wrap the fine arts up tightly, and ensure that you’re placing them in a box that fits them well and does not give them much room to wiggle around. This can damage the art if you’re moving the box, and it is moving around inside. 

Another option is to skip the packing with bubble wrap and other methods, and to purchase an art box made specifically for art pieces that cost a decent amount. You slip them into the desired slots, slip the top on the box, then it is able to be moved. 

Moving Fine Arts 

When the time comes to move the fine arts, it is always recommended that you clearly mark the box for what the items are. Make sure to add fragile to the outside, and fine arts. This is especially true if you’re hiring movers. They need to know how to handle the boxes, and where to place them when it comes to putting them on the truck. 

Shipping Fine Arts

While it can be done, it is not recommended that you ship fine arts to the new place. Not only are you trusting in the mail professionals to move the item, and have nothing happen to it, but you’re not in complete control of how the item is handled. This can be nerve wracking to most, especially if it is an expensive piece of art. It is best to leave it in your hands during the move. 

Ask us here at Green Truck Movers what we are able to do for you, and we can help you make the most of the move you’re doing. Whether you’re a business or a homeowner looking for a way to make that move a little less stressful, we are able to help. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Moving on a Budget: Ways to Save During That Move

Moving is a daunting task, and no one actually loves the idea of having to move all of their belongings from one place to another. However, when it comes to moving, you’re probably on a set budget for what you can and cannot spend during the transition. Through the use of movers, you’re able to save time and money when trying to get to the new place, but what other ways can you stretch that budget and make your move a bit more enjoyable?

5 Ways to Stretch That Moving Cash

  1. Don’t Pay for Moving Boxes - There are so many other ways that you’re able to get a hold of boxes. Check with stores, freecycle, nearby friends and relatives, and anyone else that might want to get rid of unwanted boxes during the move. 
  2. Ditch A Lot of Your Stuff - Go through and make a list of what is essential, and what you can downsize. When you choose to remove the clutter, you’re choosing to downsize and spend much less when it comes to moving extra stuff that you do not need. 
  3. Ship Heavy Books Through the Mail - When you use priority one price boxes, you’re able to easily move heavy books without having to worry about the price associated with them. If it fits, it ships and all for around $11-$12 per box. 
  4. Wrap Items Up with Other Items From the Home - Use your towels, blankets and soft items to wrap up those breakable items. This saves on peanuts, papers and other cushion supports that you would otherwise have to purchase for the move.
  5. Hire Movers - Though mentioned, when you hire movers, you’re hiring someone to come out and do the labor for you. You’re saving on time, which also saves money. You’re also able to grab their truck in the process, so no having to worry about renting one. 

When you’re ready to make your move, speak with us here at Green Truck Movers. We are more than happy to provide you with the essential moving tips and advice that you need, as well as the moving help that will get you from point A to point B without the added stress. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

12 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Move (and Your Life) Much Easier

Let’s face it. No one likes moving, and everyone finds it stressful. However, there are ways to get around this type of stress that you’d find when moving your items from one place to the next. You want to ensure that you’re happy with the outcome, but also that you didn't spend all of your time worrying about how the move is going to go.

  1. One of the biggest tips that not many people think of is to pack an overnight bag. This can be a bag with the essentials that you need in it for a few nights. This will help you find what you need such as clothes, toiletries, food items and so on.
  2. Wrap all of the breakables you’re packing in clothes, blankets and other soft items to save on bubble wrap and other packing materials.
  3. Label the boxes with the items that are in them, and the room that they are going to be going in. Not only does this remove any guest work, but it allows you to put the right boxes in the right rooms. 
  4. Show up to the home before you move the items and do some cleaning. You can clean the kitchen and the bathrooms and any other surfaces. Do some vacuuming, and even paint if you want to change colors before your furniture is inside.
  5. Cover the openings of bottles that have already been opened with Saran-Wrap and then re-cap them.
  6. Don’t stack plates and other breakable thin objects, instead pack them vertically so that they are less likely to break.
  7. Cover the tops of drawers with press and seal to keep the contents folded and inside them. This will allow you to use the drawers as boxes, and save on moving boxes.
  8. Use sandwich bags to keep small items handy, and then label the bags with the items that are inside them. You can then tape the baggies to the specific items they go with. 
  9. Cut down on the amount of boxes that are used by using all of the baskets, suitcases and other items that you have to pack items in. 
  10. Place a grocery bag over the clothing that is hanging in the closet, so that you can quickly grab the bag, with the items hanging and then hang them in the new place.
  11. Always take pictures of the home when you move in, and when you move out if you’re renting from someone. This can resolve any further miscommunication later on down the road.
  12. Change your address to the new one at least a week or two before you actually move to the new home. This can ensure all of your mail is delivered in time.

One of the best ways to reduce the stress you’re feeling with a move is to hire reputable, professional movers for the job. Speak with us here at Green Truck Movers to find what you’re looking for, and hopefully remove a bit of the stress you’re feeling about this move. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Clever Ways to Make Your New House Feel Like a Home

Moving into a new home takes time. It takes time to move all of your items from one home, to the next. However, it also takes time to make the new house into a home. There are a few ways to make the house feel like a home, just by doing some simple things. Once you start feeling more comfortable in your surroundings, you can truly feel at home with the new house that you’re living in. 

Make the Kids Room First 

When you put together the rooms for the kids, you can feel more at home because they have their own spots put together. This can also make them feel more at ease, while giving them something to do while you’re working on the rest of the home.

Put Up Those Familiar Sights and Sounds

Hang up familiar family photos, and make sure to hang any clocks or run any fans that you would normally run in the home that you once had. This can make the space you just moved into more like home. Your familiar belongings can make it easier for you to feel comfortable. 

Go Along Your Regular Routine 

When you go along in your regular routine, everyone can feel more at home. When the whole home is uplifted within the world of moving, everyone is off balance and this can leave big voids in the new home. Make it a great experience by keeping everyone up to task with their normal schedules. 

Make it Comfy

Lay out that mattress, get the pillows and the blankets and make sure you’re comfortable when the time comes. You want to lay out on the comfortable pieces that you feel the most familiar with when moving somewhere new. When you feel safe within a bed, within your own blankets, then you can truly feel at home.

Skip That Pizza Delivery

Instead of ordering pizza on the first night or two at the new place, create a box for some quick meals to make and enjoy together. When you make meals in the kitchen, not only does it give the home a nice smell but it makes it feel more like you are home. Ordering pizza makes you feel more like you’re on a vacation in an unfamiliar place.

When you want to make that move a bit easier, then speak with us here at Green Truck Movers. We can help you move your items from the old house, to the new and even help you bring everything in. Moving is tough already, let us handle some of the work load. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Moving with Kids: Tips for Keeping Them Occupied

When kids are not occupied, no matter what it is that you’re doing, you’re going to end up having a harder time doing what you need to do. This is because you have to keep them occupied during the entire transaction from start to finish. In addition to this, you’re going to find that the job that would take a couple of hours actually takes twice to three times as long as it should. Don’t let this be you. Use these tips for moving with kids the next time you have to move from one home to another. 

Keeping The Kids Occupied

  1. Bring a lot of coloring books, crayons, markers and anything else that can be used to create some of the most award winning pictures. One of the best tips that was given is purchasing blank books that they can create their own stories in. This generally keeps them somewhat busy.
  2. Give them a craft or problem to solve. This can keep them busy for some time, and will keep their minds occupied, so they do not wander too much while you’re working. 
  3. Always keep snacks and drinks handy in a bag. You want to make sure that they have something to snack on, sip on and that it is within an easy reach away from them so they are not constantly asking you for these items. 
  4. Bring their electronics since this will always keep any kid occupied when the time comes. Just make sure that you have the chargers on hand and ready to go when the battery beeps that it is too low to keep going.
  5. Bring a whole pack of books, coloring items, electronic devices, their favorite toys and anything else you can think of. Snacks and drinks are a good addition but when you add all of these items to one bag, you cannot fail when it comes to providing them with something to do. 

When you’re ready to move, and you want to make your move even easier on yourself then speak with us here at Green Truck Movers. We can come out and move all of your items from one home to the next, so you can take the stress of having to do that yourself off. Let us do the work for you, so you can focus on the other things that need to be done.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Creating the Perfect Moving Checklist

Moving can be stressful, and with it comes the packing, the sorting, the labeling and then the moving inside a truck. Obviously, the moving of boxes and bringing them in and out of homes can be done through a professional service, but what about the sorting, packing and labeling? You still have to take care of that, and there is a way to make this much more easier on you. 

Through the use of a moving checklist, you can not only pack, sort and label but you can ensure that everything that needs to get done for your move, is done. Never miss something, since you can check them off as you go down the list and get things done. Always consider these moving checklist to-do's when creating your list.

Creating the Moving Checklist 

  • Sorting and Purging - This is when you go through each room of the home, sort through everything, get rid of things you don't want and minimize the clutter, so you're not bringing it all with you to the new place. As a tip, start in one room and work your way around the house. 
  • Speak with the moving company that you're going to moving with. You want to have them ready to go on the moving day, so you're all prepared. 
  • Keep a Folder - Place the important documents for the move inside it, receipts and anything else that you might need quickly, to reference or for whatever else.
  • Order Supplies - You might need bubble wrap, furniture movers and boxes. Making sure to have these is a great idea. It can help move the process faster.
  • Start Using Up Perishables - Anything that could go bad during the move i.e.: the milk, the eggs, etc., you're going to want to use up in the couple of weeks leading up to the move. This will ensure that nothing is wasted, or goes bad.
  • Begin Packing - Start your packing room by room. Make sure that everything fits nicely in the boxes, and that they are not over-packed, because you do not want them to break when being handled. Clearly label where they go, and if they are fragile. 
  • Make an Overnight Box - Overnight boxes are great for those first few days when you need to access clothes, sanitary products or food. Make sure it is all clearly labeled and together. You want to keep those where you can see them, or pack your duffel bags with these items for you to move in your vehicle.
  • Keep Valuables Safe - Pack your valuables in a separate place while boxing things up. This is the bag that you want to keep with you, and this can include any sentimental items. You do not want those to get lost.
  • Do Transfers for the New Home - When you move in, you have to change school records, bank records, records for anything that might use your address, and of course, your mail. This should all be done around the time you move. 
Of course, you can also add your own twist and specifics to the moving list, to make it your own since we might have left something out. However, we promise that this can make your move much smoother than without a list. 

Speak with us here at Green Truck Movers, so you can get the move you need, and the stress taken off your shoulders. We are a professional team of movers that can get your stuff from one place, to another in no time at all. Contact us today to learn more, and to get a custom quote for your move. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Packing Tips for Your Next Move

When it comes to packing up and moving out, you have to ensure that you’re doing things right. While a move is not the smoothest thing out there, and it can be quite stressful, you want to be happy with the outcome when it comes down to it. Through the right packing tips, you can make the move a bit less stressful. 

Packing Tips for Your Move

Here are some great ideas for packing up and getting ready for the move you’re going to be making. They can make things easier, and make your move much more efficient. 

  • Instead of buying a lot of bubble wrap, find towels and clothes that can be used to wrap up the breakable items that you’re packing. 
  • Make sure to clearly label and close all of the boxes that you’re packing, and when labeling, put which rooms they go in. Always label the breakables as fragile. 
  • Make sure to evenly place the boxes and build them up in an area where they are easily accessible for moving purposes. 
  • Pack up smaller items together, and then put them in areas of importance if you’re moving over a course of a few days. You want to move the least important items to the home, or most important depending on where you’re going to be staying for this time. 
  • Roll your clothes up, and then pack them together tightly. This will save you space when trying to fit everything in the box together. 
  • Create a packing checklist to make packing go much smoother than if you were to not pack everything up. You want to make sure that you do not leave anything behind, and that certain items are packed together.
  • Pack a box for the first night that you’re going to be staying at the new place. You want to make sure that you can access all of the important items that you might need such as personal care items, toilet paper, cooking items and some food and blankets and pillows. Throw in a couple of games for good measure.

Of course, to make the move even more efficient and effective, hire movers that will come in and move the boxes for you. They are able to take the boxes you’ve packed up, pack them in the moving truck and bring them to the new place. You should feel good about using them in the end. Speak with our A+ moving company today here at The Green Truck Moving Company. We are professional and here to help, whenever you need us too.

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