Tips protecting doors when moving

Anytime damage occurs to your house, it’s not good, you get stressed out and might even cost you more than what you expected when moving. I provided you tips on how to protect your stairs, both carpet and wood but it’s just as important to protect your doors.

Moving big furniture items out of your rooms including big ticket items like refrigerators, beds etc. can easily damage doors when moving. If you use movers like Rainier, which I highly recommend, we know how to protect doors when moving out your household goods. We take care of this process to give you peace of mind.

But, if you are moving by yourself and even if you are utilizing a moving company, here’s some tips you in conjunction with your movers can do before moving your big-ticket items:
• Cover up – Use blankets and other type of covers to protect your doors from scratches, scuffs, scrapes and breakage. Professional movers know how to use door covers to prevent any damages occurring.
o In addition to blankets, you can use bubble wrap and cardboard sheets.
• Furniture blankets – This is your best bet….movers like Rainier use this type of protection for your doors.
• Pads – If you don’t use blankets or furniture blankets, tape on pads to all corners of the doors with masking tape, an easy way to avoid cracks, scrapes and other damage to them.

In the next blog, I’ll give you more door protection tips including protecting your door frames.

Safe moving!

Tips on moving flat screen TVs

One of our previous posts we provided you tips regarding how to get your friends to assist you to move. This week, I’m going to provide you some insights on how to move flat screen TVs and how to ensure they arrive at your destination safely.

Your flat screen TV is one of your most expensive and fragile items you have to move. It’s also one of the most difficult items to move. That said, many people have asked me how to make sure flat screen TVs are moved properly and safely. Here are a few tips:
• Make sure your TV is always moved in the upright position. Why? Because lying it down flat will damage it. No matter the distance traveled, vibrations from a moving van are inevitable and will crack or damage the screen.
• Shipping your TV in the right box makes all the difference to keep it safe and secure. Keep your original box if you still have it and use the Styrofoam inserts as well. If you don’t have the original packaging, have your mover or you purchase a heavy duty, corrugated cardboard box to hold your flat screen. We have plenty of these boxes if you decide to use our moving services.
• Use solid packaging moving tape to close the box. Place Styrofoam on all four edges of the screen. Use bubble wrap and peanuts to go in the box so the TV is in place.
• Use a sharpie or other type of marker to mark the box showing which side is up. Also, note to have it never lye down flat.

Due to the fragility of flat screen TVs are, I’d leave it to professional movers if you can. I’d also recommend purchasing insurance so you can replace your TV if it does break in transit.

Safe moving!

Tips on moving delicate items including TVs

Moving delicate items can be a big challenge when you are moving to a new home especially TVs such as flat screen TVs and other types of electronics.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:
• Make sure your TV is always moved in the upright position. Why? Because lying it down flat will damage it. No matter the distance traveled, vibrations from a moving van are inevitable and will crack or damage the screen.
• Shipping your TV in the right box makes all the difference to keep it safe and secure. Keep your original box if you still have it and use the Styrofoam inserts as well. If you don’t have the original packaging, have your mover or you purchase a heavy duty, corrugated cardboard box to hold your flat screen. We have plenty of these boxes if you decide to use our moving services.
• Use solid packaging moving tape to close the box. Place Styrofoam inside your moving boxes with your electronics and other items. Use bubble wrap and peanuts to go in the box as well.
• Use a sharpie or other type of marker to mark the box showing which side is up. Also, note to have it never lye down flat. This is for additional electronics.

Due to the fragility of flat screen TVs and electronic gadgets, I’d leave it to professional movers if you can. I’d also recommend purchasing insurance so you can replace your TV and electronic pods etc. if it does break in transit.

Safe moving!

Tips on thanking friends when they help you move

When your friends are carrying boxes and heavy items around and that’s no fun, so you can compensate your friends for their effort by planning something fun to do after the relocation. Here’s what I would suggest:

1. Take them out to dinner – Find a nice restaurant that they enjoy and purchase the dinner.
2. Buy tickets to a concert, play, or sports event – This is a great way in paying them back while having fun too.
3. Plan a movie night, a game night, a bike outing, a fishing trip or something similar – Fun activities can be one of the best ways to compensate your friends who helped you move.

Just choose an activity your friends love or a special event they would like to attend and enjoy it together (make sure you pay for it) – this is a great way to reward your pals for their moving help and also a chance to spend some good time with them.

4. Send a thank you note – A thank you letter or card is a classical way to show your appreciation (and one of your few viable options if you’ve moved far away from your old home and your old friends) – everyone who helped you with your move should all receive a personal thank you note from you. It should be handwritten on quality paper (or on a special thank you card) and should not include cliché phrases and empty expressions – make your thank you note personal, meaningful, and fun, so that your friends smile when they read it and feel appreciated and valued.

Follow these tips so if you have to ask your friends to move you again, they ill be more than willing to do so.

Safe moving!

Tips about taking photos

When you plan to move, you may want to keep memories of the place you’re leaving or maybe even from the moving process itself. You can have fun posting some of the photos on your preferred social media or arranging the pictures in an album after the move is over.

Always date-stamp your photos to be able to counter false claims by proving the date those photographs were taken. Turn on the date-stamp function of your (smartphone) camera or, if that’s not possible, e-mail those photos to yourself.
Also, make sure the time and date are correct in the settings of your digital camera or smartphone before you start snapping away.

Finally, keep the photos on the memory card, right between other pictures you took at that time to counter “smart” suggestions that you may have changed the time/date setting on your camera prior to taking the photos in question.

Most importantly, have fun to keep your memories alive in your previous home!

Safe moving!

Tips on moving your lawn mower

You can’t just load your lawn mower into a moving truck the way you left it right after you last worked with it. And you shouldn’t do it either for a number of safety reasons. Before you can load a lawn mower into a moving truck, you’re going to need to prepare it properly for safe transportation.

Here are simple steps to preparing a lawn mower for a move:
1. The very first thing you need to do when moving a lawn mower is to drain completely its gas tank and its oil tank and transfer those liquids into appropriate containers.

Gas and oil are hazardous materials that top the list of non-allowable items when moving home. And as you know well, professional movers cannot and will not transport dangerous items of any kind.

Dispose of the lawn mower liquids in accordance with the local environmental regulations. Or you can give them to a neighbor who also owns lawn care equipment.

2. Clean well your lawn mower – The second step to preparing a lawn mower for moving is to clean it from any remaining dirt and grass cuttings before loading it up on the moving truck. The idea, of course, is to prevent your other belongings from getting dirty and to keep the inside of the moving vehicle in decent condition.

Use a large sponge and water to wash your mower and pay special attention to its wheels and undercarriage.

3. Remove all attachments and blades – For safety reasons, you’re going to need to remove the blades from your lawn mower before you load it up for transport. Consult the user’s manual of the machine if you’re not sure how to do it properly.

Use extra caution while handling the blades to avoid injuries. Use thick gloves while removing the cutting elements, then place the original protective covers over the sharp blades to secure them. Finally, wrap them up in large sheets of bubble wrap and pack them separately in a cardboard box.

4. Disconnect the spark plug – The final step to preparing a lawn mower for a move is to disconnect its spark plug so that it can’t accidentally be started during transport. Even with its gas siphoned, a lawn mower can still be started in some cases because of the fuel fumes built-up in the tank.

Follow these tips and your lawn mower will be shipped safely!

Safe moving!

Tips about using specialty boxes when moving

In reality, specialty boxes can be extremely useful because the design and purpose of each box are different. For example, wardrobe boxes are used to hold and protect hanging clothes just like a tiny wardrobe,
dish barrel boxes are used to guard and transport fragile and breakable chinaware thanks to their extra thickness, and
mirror and picture boxes are great for packing and moving framed pictures, paintings and mirrors of various sizes simply because those cardboard containers can be re-sized and fitted around the individual framed art pieces.

Of course, it’s important to keep track of the packing expenses as well. While specialty boxes add extra security that your valuable items will stay perfectly safe during the physical transportation between the two homes, the additional cost of these special-purpose cardboard boxes may not always be worth the investment.

How much do specialty boxes cost? A dish barrel box costs around $6, a mirror/picture box is around $5-$7 per box, while a wardrobe box can cost between $10 and $14 depending on its exact size – small, medium or large.

In comparison, a standard-sized moving box costs anywhere from around $1 (small) to approximately $2.50 (extra-large). Therefore, the question of whether you really need specialty packing boxes when packing for a move remains on the packing table. Maybe you can manage it with standard-sized packing boxes by adding more wrapping and cushioning materials.

Specialty boxes are important for your clothes and other items. Go online or make sure to ask your mover about them.

Safe moving!

Tips about moving your automobile overseas

Your moving overseas and what do you do if you want your best friend to come with you? That nice shiny four wheeled friend has taken you many times from Point A to Point B. And now you want your cool car with you when you move. Depending upon where you Are moving, you can have your far-wheeled friend shipped overseas by us through an international auto transport company.

That’s pretty easy but there are some other things you need to consider before your car is revved up to be shipped across the Atlantic or elsewhere. As always, do your research and find out about the country or city’s public transportation system. This really varies from country-to-country and you will be able to assess how much you will need to drive your car and what kind of driving conditions you can expect.

Here are some factors to keep-in-mind and to know about:
• Is your automobile street legal in your new city? Remember that Japan, Britain, Australia and other countries require you to drive on the left-side of the road.
• Make sure your professional mover knows about any import tariffs. Your mover lets you know about any of these potential fees so you are not surprised by any unexpected costs.
• Drivers licenses – Most countries will allow you to drive with your existing American driver’s license but only for a specified period of time.
• Research your new country’s driving regulations and laws before your international move so you know when you need to obtain a new license.
• Purchase insurance – When you move, things can happen so make sure you buy moving insurance for your car especially if it’s a new car. This will provide you peace-of-mind if something should go wrong during the transport.

Follow these tips and ensure you hire a reputable moving company so that your four-wheel friend is taken care of during your overseas move.

Safe moving!

Tips on which rooms to begin packing first

Tips on which rooms to begin packing first

You are moving for the first time and packing your belongings by yourself, but you don’t know which room to begin packing first and it seems like a daunting task.

Once you have sorted out and boxed up the storage areas, you should move on to the other less commonly used rooms in your home, such as the guest rooms and the living room. The most essential rooms – the kitchen, the kids’ room (if applicable), the bedroom, and the bathroom – should be packed last, of course.

All your clothes, kitchen items, electronics and pretty much everything else that is not yet into the moving boxes should be packed up in the week before moving day. So, make sure you have enough clothes to last for the next few days, take out the plastic utensils, have your kids each choose one set of toys they want to keep out for the last few days, put aside the items that will get into your box of essentials and pack all the rest of your belongings (do not forget to prepare household appliances and disassemble large furniture pieces, as well). Keep a few extra boxes and bags handy for last-minute packing endeavors.

That way, it will be much easier to pack your belongings and still be able to function for a couple of days before your official move.

Safe moving!

Tips about embassies and important contact information

So, you are set with your visa and or passport, now you need to make sure you get to know our embassies. Most embassies and consulates around the world have their own websites. When you move to another country, it’s really important to know the contact information and address of the embassy and consulate of the country you are moving to. They have excellent resources and can assist you if something goes wrong in your new international home.

Here are some important websites you should bookmark and make sure you have on hand before you move overseas:
Embassy.org – Washington D.C. is the “hub” for international resources, lists of directories, passport and visas guides and much more.
Governments on the Web – This is one of the most comprehensive lists of governmental institutions on the worldwide web which lists ministries, parliaments, offices, city councils, central banks, embassies, multi-governmental institutions and more. A great resource to use and know about the important local offices in your new country.
Visa information – A private company not affiliated with a government agency but provides expedited visas, passports and other vital information needed for your move overseas.
Forms and customs information – Rainier Overseas provides useful information on our own site including forms and customs information you should be aware of. Our online search tool is also really helpful.

Safe moving!