3 Green Packing Options To Consider For Your Next Move

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Green Packing Options To Consider For Your Next Move

Packing materials are a necessity when you’re planning a move – you have to condense and protect your possessions somehow. But those packing materials can add up to an awful lot of waste if you’re not careful. For families who are concerned about their environmental footprint, this can be a problem. Luckily, it’s getting much easier to find green packing materials. Whether you’ll be packing up the house yourself or utilizing a moving company’s packing service, you can ensure that your move is as green as possible by selecting environmentally friendly packing materials. Take a look at some options that you have when it comes to picking out your packing products. Look For The Letters PCW The traditional staple of any home packing effort is the cardboard box. They’re inexpensive, easy to come by and available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so it’s no wonder that they’re an important part of most moving experiences. But as you know, every cardboard box represents trees that had to be cut down to create the paper. Look for boxes that have the letters PCW on the box. Those letters indicate that the cardboard boxes are recycled from post-consumer waste. If you’re not familiar with that phrase, it means basically what it sounds like it means — post-consumer waste is trash that consumers have used, then recycled. This is distinct from pre-consumer recycled content that is mainly made of scrap materials that never left the factory. Generally, recycled products made of post-consumer waste are considered to have a greater benefit to the environment than other recycled products, so you should opt for these whenever possible. Think Outside the Bubble Wrap Bubble wrap and foam peanuts are both made of products that take a long time to degrade. As a matter of fact, the material used to make foam peanuts can last in the environment for as long as a million years, and plastics take up 30% of landfill space. Bubble wrap and foam peanuts aren’t items you’re likely to save or reuse, either. Instead of using these environmentally unfriendly items for cushioning, use recycled paper, or hold onto your daily newspaper instead of recycling it for a few weeks before you make your move, and use that instead. You can also use bed linens, towels, and even clothes to wrap up fragile items. You’ll save space and use fewer boxes by using items that you’ll have to pack anyway for cushioning. You can also ask your moving company if they sell any environmentally friendly packing items. Companies that do a lot of shipping are starting to explore more environmentally friendly packing materials made from unexpected items like bamboo, mushrooms, and corn. Your moving company may have eco-friendly cushioning and stabilizing products that you’re not aware of. Consider Rentable Containers Another option is to use hard plastic containers that can be rented from your moving and storage company or packing service. Plastic containers have several benefits over cardboard boxes. They’re stackable, they can’t be crushed or easily punctured, and with an airtight lid, you won’t have to worry about moisture getting in or about anything falling out. They’re also long-lasting, and they can be recycled once they are no longer usable. By renting the containers, you can ensure they’ll be reused...

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Moving From One State To Another? What Items May Be Restricted?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving From One State To Another? What Items May Be Restricted?

If you are in the process of selling your current home and purchasing a home in a different state, you may be considering hiring professional movers to help streamline this task and make it less onerous for you and your family. However, there are certain categories and classes of items that may not be appropriate to have moved with the rest of your belongings, or could require specific and special handling — everything from business records to a wine collection. Read on to learn more about restricted items that could affect your interstate move. What items legally require special handling when moving from state to state? There are certain items that are carefully regulated for interstate transport and must be transported separately from household belongings, and then other items where special transport is recommended, but not required.  Items you are required to pack separately or take special measures in transporting include the following: Confidential business records If you had a job that required you to maintain custody of confidential paper or electronic business records at home, you will likely be required to take special precautions to secure this data from disclosure. This is particularly important if you work in the medical field and your patient and record transactions are subject to the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Losing these records in a move or having them damaged could subject you to significant fines or other financial penalties for your HIPAA violation. You are usually better off transporting these items in your personal vehicle if possible, or shipping them through an insured private carrier, rather than transporting them on a moving truck with your other household belongings.  Hazardous materials Those with a well-stocked mechanic’s garage may be disappointed to learn that transporting oil, gasoline, paint, fireworks, and other potentially hazardous materials across state lines may not be permitted. You will want to check the laws of the state to which you’re moving to determine exactly how you’ll be required to transport these items, or whether you’ll need to sell, dispose of, or recycle them instead.  Firearms If you own a handgun, shotgun, or other firearm, you will be required to register it in your new state, and an existing concealed carry permit may not transfer over to your new residence. While you should be able to obtain a temporary exemption for moving purposes, you’ll want to check with your new state’s bureau of firearms to determine exactly what legal requirements govern your ownership and ability to transport a firearm in your new state. In many cases, it may be worthwhile to rent a secure storage unit and store your firearm out of state, rather than be forced to sell it or harbor it illegally in a state with strict gun laws. What items are recommended for special transport? Most commercial moving companies will refuse to transport certain categories of items that could pose risk of spoilage or damage. These usually include perishables (like refrigerated or fresh food), living plants, pets, or prescription medications. You’ll need to make special arrangements for these items or transport them yourself in your personal vehicle. Often, it may be more cost effective to sell or give away items in your old location rather than pay to transport them to your...

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7 Tips For Moving In The Winter

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 7 Tips For Moving In The Winter

Moving is not fun at any time of the year, but it can be especially frustrating in the winter. The freezing temperatures, slippery roads and snow make it more difficult to move your belongings to your new place. However, if you plan ahead and get the right supplies, it is possible to simplify your winter move. Here are seven helpful tips for moving in the winter: Hire Professional Movers Working with professional movers is even more beneficial in the winter. If you hire movers to transport your belongings to your new home, you will spend less time out in the cold and reduce your risk of injury. When they move your items to the truck, you can just relax inside and stay warm. Read more about the advantages of using professional movers and consider the services they can offer you that will make the experience smoother overall, no matter the weather. Pay Attention to the Weather While this may seem obvious, you may forget to watch the weather when you are busy packing your belongings. It is important to carefully monitor the weather up until the movers come to your house. Even if there were no severe weather reports in the morning, things could change. If they predict a snowstorm when you are supposed to move, it is best to reschedule your move. If you have hired movers, you should call the company and see if they can move you a different day. Most moving companies are very understanding about winter moving issues and will be happy to reschedule your move. Protect the Inside of Your Home When you are moving items from your house to the moving truck in the winter, you are likely to track snow and ice on the floors. You do not want to leave the home dirty when you move out, so it is important to protect the carpeting with plastic film. If you do not want to spend the money on plastic film, use cardboard. Do Not Pack Winter Supplies During a winter move, it is a good idea to have all your winter gear, such as shovels, salt and gloves, handy. You never know when you will need it. For example, if the walkway to your new home is blocked with snow, you can use your shovel to clear the path. If the sidewalk looks slippery, throwing some salt on it will prevent falls and injuries. Stay Hydrated and Warm With Hot Drinks Moving can take its toll on your body and lead to dehydration, so it is important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. A glass of water may sound unpleasant when it’s cold out, so choose warm drinks like tea and hot cocoa. If you have hired movers to help you, do not forget to offer them some hot beverages; they will thank you for it. Get Your Car Serviced Driving conditions in the winter are much more harsh, so you should make sure your vehicle is running smoothly; this is especially important if you’ll be towing a trailer behind your vehicle. At least a week before your move, get your car serviced by an auto mechanic. He or she will look at the fluid levels, check the brakes and make sure all other components are working properly....

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6 Tips For Moving Into A Smaller Space

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Tips For Moving Into A Smaller Space

Whether it’s to save money or simply because you want to simplify your life, you’re moving into a smaller space. Moving from a larger home to a smaller one presents some unique challenges, and can lead to stress and clutter if not tackled in a proactive manner. Luckily, there are things you can do to make the most of your move into a smaller space, allowing you to live a more streamlined lifestyle. Here are six tips for doing just that: Be Ruthless When Decluttering This is not the time to hang onto objects that you no longer use regularly or love. As early as possible before your move, begin evaluating all of your belongings with a critical eye, and set aside the things you don’t wish to bring with you. Duplicate items, broken household objects, bulky and outdated furniture, clothes that don’t fit or aren’t in style- now is the time to say goodbye to all of these. Throw a Big Yard Sale A yard sale is an efficient way to get rid of a bunch of stuff at once while also raising some cash for your move. To make the most of your yard sale, be sure to clean and repair items if possible, and price them appropriately (this yard sale pricing guide will help). Advertise your sale online and by placing posters around your neighborhood. Make sure to stop by the bank for change (plenty of small bills and coins) and enlist the help of a friend or two so that the yard sale isn’t left unattended when you need to run inside to use the restroom or grab a snack. Rent a Self-Storage Unit So, you’ve gotten rid of everything you possibly can, but you still have too much stuff to comfortably fit in your new smaller home. An affordable self-storage unit is a great solution. Here you can store things you don’t need at the moment but also don’t want to get rid of. Off-season clothes, boxes of old letters and other sentimental items, and camping gear are great candidates for self-storage. They can all be neatly stashed away waiting for you when you want them, without taking up precious space in your home. Make Use of Storage Containers These days storage containers come in a variety of materials and designs, allowing you to use them as part of your décor instead of hiding them away in closets. Baskets can house everything from towels to kids’ toys to scarves and accessories in an uncluttered way. Document boxes and brightly colored file cabinets can keep your papers neatly out of sight. Look for Multi-purpose Furniture When moving into a smaller space, it’s a good idea to get rid of excess furniture; instead, focus on pieces that can serve multiple functions. An attractive wooden trunk can double as both storage and a coffee table. A low dresser can house your computer, allowing it to do double duty as a desk. A convertible sleeper couch means your living room can work as an impromptu guest room if you have out-of-town guests. Embrace the “Six Month Rule” Once you move into your new place, keep potential clutter under control by utilizing the “six month rule.” Twice a year, go through your clothes, kitchen stuff, etc., and ask yourself...

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5 Reasons to Rent a Storage Unit During Home Renovations

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Rent a Storage Unit During Home Renovations

Planning a home renovation takes a lot of time and forethought. While you are deciding which materials to purchase and which contractors you need to hire, you should also consider where you will store your belongings during your renovation. While you may be able to shift furniture into a spare room during a renovation, there are several reasons that renting a storage unit will make your project safer, faster, and more pleasant to complete.  Protect Your Furniture and Appliances Home renovations can kick up a surprising amount of dust, dirt, and grime. If you have a major renovation in multiple rooms, you may want to remove your furniture and appliances from your home as opposed to relocating them to a different room or simply covering them during the project. You should also keep in mind that burglars occasionally get information about potential targets from construction workers and other service people who are at your home for brief periods of time. If your belongings are in storage during your renovation, it will be more difficult for untrustworthy people to gain information about your lifestyle.  Keep Your Work Space Organized  If you have a large renovation project, it is likely that you will have tools and materials that you do not need for every step of the project. Storing these items in a storage unit while you are working gives you more space to move around your home and work without having to constantly move items out of the way. You are also less likely to misplace a package of tiles or a bag of nails if you only pull out the items you will be using each day.  Purchase Items When They Are on Sale  While you are organizing your renovation project, you should look for materials that are on sale to reduce your costs. If you have a small home without many storage options, you may run out of room for storing larger items. For example, if you are renovating a bathroom and you need a place to store items such as a toilet, sink, and bathtub while you are laying tile. Instead of waiting until you are ready to place these items, you can purchase them when you find a good deal and have them ready to install as soon as your room is prepared.  Keep Tools and Materials Safe When You Are Not Working  Renovation sites make excellent targets for theft. This is because tools and materials, which lack identifying marks and can usually be resold easily, are often left laying out in the open. If you are not staying in your home while it is being renovated, you may be at an even higher risk for theft.  If you rent a traditional storage unit or a mobile storage unit that can be kept in your yard or driveway, you can lock your tools and materials away more securely, making your home less likely to be targeted during your renovation.  Inspire Yourself to Work Faster There are a couple of ways that renting a storage unit during a renovation can inspire you to complete your renovation sooner. If you are staying in your home during your renovation but storing some of your furniture in a storage unit, you may be eager to get your furniture back so...

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