Last Minute Packing Tips

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Well you may have procrastinated all the packing that you knew that you had to complete, and now it’s the eleventh hour, and none of your stuff is in boxes. There’s little point to fret or stress, because you need to expend 100% of your mental energy towards getting that stuff all packed up! In this blog post, the expert packers at US Express share with you some of our most trusted tips for last minute packing.

 

Get your Bearings

Before you start, organize your mind over what objects you need to pack up. Try writing out a checklist over everything you need, based on what room the objects belong in – just to make things easier and more organized.

 

Ask for Assistance

Ask your friends and family to come on in and give some help assisting you to help packing. Make sure to stockpile the house full of drinks and snacks to keep them refreshed and eager to help.

 

Packing Supplies

Make sure to purchase or acquire boxes, markers, packing tape, bubble wrap, insulation, and any other materials that you might need to pack. It’s much easier to get all the supplies that you need before you start packing, because it will be harder to resume the packing groove after leaving to re-up your supplies once you’ve already begun it. Don’t worry about over purchasing moving supplies – you can always return unused objects, and it’s better to be over prepared than underprepared.

 

Only Pack what you Need

Create separate boxes for garbage, and for donations, and as you pack, sort out which of your belongings you want to keep, give away, or throw out. This can be doubly helpful if you’re a borderline hoarder. If you come across any items or objects that you don’t need or use, simply put it in these two boxes. You’ll be a lot happier when you realize that your new place will be a lot less cluttered.

 

Clothing Organization

Set apart clothing that you will need in the coming days, and create a second area full of clothes that you will need in the coming weeks. Put that second collection of clothes in an easily accessible bag, suitcase, box, or container so that you won’t have to aggressively search for it when you arrive at your new location. Any other clothing can simply go into large bags or boxes – and make sure to give away any clothes you no longer wear!

 

Box for Essentials

Designate separate boxes for items that you will need to use as soon as you arrive at your new location including toothbrushes, toiletries, towels, electronics chargers, lights, coffee pots, etc. This box can be added to until you leave, because the likelihood is that you’ll still be using some of these items while you pack.

 

Snacks and Entertainment

Make sure that you can play music that everyone helping you pack can agree on. Music can put you in a productive trance that helps your packing move along faster and with more precise efficiency. We also recommend including a bunch of healthy and fun snacks to refuel you and your helper’s energy – ideas include popcorn, fruit, granola bars, or any other favorite treats.

 

Healthy Time Management

Make sure to set a timer for particular time blocks and pack with extra vigorous energy until you hear it ring. Then set it for about ten or fifteen minutes, take a short break to gather your mind, and set the timer for another hour. By taking regularly spaced out breaks, you can maintain endurance and energy.

 

We all know that packing at the last minute isn’t fun (or preferable) but by following these strategies, you can have it all done way before your movers arrive. And if you still feel lazy, the expert moving technicians at US Express are prepared to provide full packing and unpacking services, so that you don’t have to worry about anything.

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Moving Plantlife

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So, you’re preparing to move your home, apartment, or office. Your new place has amazing windows, with a ton of natural light, and you can’t wait to get your plants settled in, cozy and ready to be healthy. But how can you get them all there in one piece? By taking some extra steps you can make sure all your plants get to your new place safely, and intact. Here’s US Express‘ guide on what to do when you’re planning on relocating your green leafy friends:

 

Work with a moving company that knows how to handle plants

Many companies wouldn’t take on the responsibility of transporting a living thing like a plant, but the experts at US Express are fully equipped to safely transport your chlorophyll filled pals. If you have a large plant collection, or rare delicate plants, make sure to mention so before the move.

 

Plastic Containers

Make sure to put plants inside unbreakable plastic containers before you move, so that any of the movers won’t have to worry about accidentally breaking any ceramic pots. Also, plants need a bit of time to safely recover from the stress of being re-potted, so this gives them time to establish comfort before being moved.

 

Pruning

If you have large plants like spiders or ferns, make sure to prune them before the move to make them more manageable and easier to deal with. They will become even healthier from the pruning, so don’t worry. However, don’t ever prune succulents.

 

Plant Checkups

Before the moving date, inspect plants for any mites, plant diseases, or fungus – and if found, treat these with natural remedies to make the plants less sensitive towards damage before the big move.

 

Water Plants in Advance

You don’t want your plants to be dripping during the move, and if the soil is damp, it can more easily transfer extreme temperatures that might occur during the move to the delicate roots of the plant.

 

Have enough room

Ensure that you always have enough boxes for all the plants to have a good amount of their own space without compressing or crushing the leaves, and if the box is going to be closed, make sure to include holes so the plant can breathe.

 

Protective Wrapping

Line all boxes with plastic bags in case they tip over, and place towels or rags inside for extra insulation. Consider placing damp newspaper inside the boxes to keep them cool if the weather outside is super hot – but keep in mind it’s best to avoid moving plants in extreme temperatures or weather patterns.

 

Pack up Plants last

Make sure not to let plants sit inside a moving truck or car – or even outdoors – for too long, especially if it’s very cold or hot out, as it can damage them. Pack up your plants after you’ve finished loading everything else into the truck or car.

 

Adjustment Period

After you arrive at your new place, allow your plants to get used to their new location before putting them back into their permanent pots. Since plants don’t move around naturally, after a move many plants might look a bit wilted or unhealthy for a bit, but with a couple weeks of tender loving care they will be back to prime health. Once they look sprightly again, put them back inside their permanent ceramic pots, and welcome them officially to your new location!

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Repairing Home Damage when Moving

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When you’re moving apartments, it can be frustrating when you notice that you’ve incurred some damage – whether to your belongings, or the structure of your old or new location. From scuffed floors to broken plates, this damage can occur to even the most careful and painstaking moves. Sometimes security deposits can be lost when lots of damage occurs, so it might be a wise choice to brush up on different ways to quickly and cleanly remedy damage when it occurs. Here’s US Express‘ guide to repairing any forms of the usual home damage before you move out.

 

Wall Damage

Holes

Even homes that don’t undergo rough physical strife often incur some damage to the walls – it’s normal wear and tear. Any objects that were affixed to the wall probably left a tiny hole – which even if small, can lead landlords to never giving back security deposits. It’s super easy to fix these small holes though – you need some sandpaper, and some spackle. Just place spackle over the holes using a putty instrument, let it dry, and then sand it down until the surface is smooth and uniform. Large holes might require filling with a plaster or mesh patch before the application of spackle.

 

Scuffs

This occurs when furniture color rubs off on the wall or floor. This is more of a causal issue, but can make a home look somewhat dirty. Simply remove these scuffs with a ‘magical eraser’ soaked in water, squeezed of extra moisture, and applied with firmness to the stains. Then dry off the wall with a stain-free towel. If you cannot acquire a magical eraser, you can use an ‘all purpose cleaner’ however you might need to use more physical force to remove the stain.

 

Floor Damage

Tile Scratches

If there’s big holes or significant scratches on tiles, you will have to replace the tile altogether. You can fix light scratches with toothpaste applied with a gentle cloth, or even metal polish or vinegar! Simply apply one of these solutions, and then seal it in with car wax.

 

Hardwood Scratches

These occur when heavy furniture is moved around – denting or scratching gentle hardwood. Obviously it’s best to avoid this altogether by protecting the floor with cardboard before moving any furniture, however don’t fret if this damage does happen. Simply rub thin wool on the scratch across the wood grain, then place wood filler on the scratch, and sand it down after it dries. Then apply a varnish that’s the same color of your floor.

 

Carpet Damage

Stains

You can remove carpet stains using many solutions – which vary in efficacy based on the type of the stain. These solutions include everything from alcohol and ammonia, to baking soda or dish soap. If you’re dealing with a heavy stain, try renting an industrial carpet cleaning machine – which may seem drastic, but is certainly worth it if you’re risking the loss of your security deposit.

 

Holes

If a carpet is severely damaged, you might need to cut out the ripped part, and replace it with a patch that fits the resulting hole. It’s the best to use remaining pieces of the original carpet for the hole (kind of like a skin graft,) but if you don’t have this, you can transfer a portion of the carpet that sits under furniture that’s permanently placed (so that the new hole won’t be noticed.) Simply cut it out, and reattach it in a direction where the naps run together.

 

Shifting

If the carpet has pulled outside of it’s metallic border, reshift it in the right place by replacing the metal border altogether. If the carpet is starting to tear up, you might need to replace the ripped part (see the above tip for holes,) but as long as the tear isn’t larger than an inch this should be treated as a casual cosmetic repair, rather than something to worry about.

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