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Proper Moving Driving Techniques

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Proper Moving Driving Techniques

Here’s our guide to safe moving truck driving. If you’re driving your own truck make sure to adhere to these rules – and any professional moving driver should absolutely do so to.

 

Essential Moving Truck Rules

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times
  • Stop every two to three hours to take a rest – don’t let yourself get fatigued.
  • Take turns driving if you can.
  • Don’t tailgate- ever. Trucks require a larger amount of room, and a longer amount of time to stop, Keep around an entire car length between you and any vehicles to your front or back.
  • Always follow any traffic lights or signs, and use your turn signals vigilantly.
  • Stop to check left, right, and left again at all intersections.
  • Be aware of any truck-specific road signs.
  • Don’t make sudden stops or turns.
  • Use your truck’s mirrors – be aware that trucks require longer turning time, and more room to turn.

 

Passing

  • Don’t pass on any sort of curves or hills.
  • Don’t use the passing lane on any sort of major interstate parkway or highwya.
  • Don’t pass any vehicle that’s moving faster than forty miles per hour.

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How to throw an Excellent Housewarming Party

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You’ve just moved into your new home, and you couldn’t be more excited. All you want to do is show off your new digs to your friends and family, inviting them to break in your space while simultaneously showing it off. You may be wondering how to throw a truly memorable and fun housewarming party; here’s our suggestions on how to make your party a major win.

 

Do some advance planning

Make a list of the people you’d want to attend; decide how many people can socialize in your place comfortably. This depends on what sort of party you’re throwing – is it a sit down affair? In that case, think about how many people would fit inside your home sitting down at tables – if it’s a standing party, think about if there’s enough room for everyone to stand comfortably,

 

Send out all your Invitations

Use email – or even better, for the most part- Facebook to save on paper costs. If you’re using Facebook, make an event page. The best part of this tactic is it has a built in RSVP feature.

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Staying Productive While Moving Your Office

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Changing the location of your office is an intense task for any business to undergo. It requires lot’s of strategic tactical decisions, and to a degree may change the regular flow of business. It’s important that you ensure that the process of moving your office does not have any major negative effects on the productivity and money-making ability of the business, or the pace of labor. If your company places its attention towards human resources to help ensure full participation and cooperation on the part of your employees it can go quite smoothly. Here’s some steps to ensure the maximum amount of office productivity as you prepare for a move,

  • Relocate your office on a weekend, when there’s much less traffic, and business to take care of.

  • Help work out new commuting routes with your employees to make sure that they have an easy way to get to work.

  • Allow employees to help assist with the move, but if there’s any other work that needs to get done that’s of a higher priority, make sure that they do that first.

  • Contact all internet service and telecom companies in advance to make sure that there aren’t any delays, and that your employees can easily access all systems as soon as possible after your business moves.

  • Make sure to have an advance plan for your move.

  • Make sure to hire the best possible moving company.

  • Make sure to backup all important data in advance of the move, and make sure that your employees do the same.

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Disposing Old Electronics while Moving

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Disposing Old Electronics while Moving

Let’s say you’re moving to a smaller place and need to downgrade, or you’re upgrading your home theatre and want to get rid of an old television. Whatever your situation is, getting rid of electronic waste isn’t as simple as putting it on the side of the street. Items like fax machines, VCRs, computer keyboards and mice, laptops, cameras, and cell phone batteries are banned from normal garbage cans in New York City.  If you try to get rid of them by leaving them on the side of the curb you can end up subject to hefty fines. Don’t worry though; you can still totally get rid of these items (you don’t have to maintain an electronics junkyard in your house.) Here’s some of the choices that you have.

 

Sell them

There’s actually a thriving market for old, gently used, or obsolete electronics. Many people are willing to use older electronics just as they are if they still work, while others will recycle some of the internal materials in order to build larger Frankensteined together machines. There are also tons of places that will pay just for the precious metals (like cadmium) within the electronics, which they then sell back to larger manufacturers. If you wouldn’t mind making a little extra money, this is a great option for you.

 

Donate them

Charities like Housing Works or Goodwill will gladly accept any used electronics and make them available for (very cheap) sale or donation for others that might be able to use them – make sure to call the charity venue beforehand, since many places have size and weight requirements; you don’t want to travel out to a charity venue with heavy electronics only to find out that they aren’t viable for donation. The functional New York Stuff Exchange is another fantastic option.

 

Try giving it to the retailer

If you’re purchasing new electronics from a retailer – whether an independant business or a big box store – ask  them if they would take the old one to resell or recycle – the likelihood is that they would.

 

Give it back to the manufacturer

Electronics manufacturers are actually legally obligated to take back old electronic items. Try calling the manufacturer of your appliance and figure out how you can get it back to them – many would provide you with a pre-labelled box or envelope to send it back to them, with postage fully paid in advance.   

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How to Pack Dishes

If you want to learn how to pack up dishes before moving, it probably means that you’re about to immerse yourself in the preparations for a house move. It’s commonly accepted that packing is the major challenge homeowners face when moving – it can be incredibly time consuming, to the point of it being common advice to double the amount of time you estimate it will take to complete any task. If you’ve read any of our other blog posts, it should be clear that advance planning is an essential for a pleasant move. So it will absolutely assist you greatly to know that dishes aren’t an impossible item to move – you might think that it’s a given that a few of your dishes will be broken, but it’s not a necessity. There’s a proven technique of safely shipping and packing dishes that you can utilize for maximum productivity.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Sturdy cardboard boxes

It’s always better to be safe – it won’t add much work for you, and it pretty much guarantees that your dishes will be transported safely. Try investing in some double layered, corrugated cardboard boxes (known as dish boxes) that are specifically manufactured to keep dishes intact during transportation.

 

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is your dishes’ best friend. Buy as much as you can and use it liberally. Double wrap all plates to prevent even seeing one small chip.

 

Newspaper and Packing Paper

Be aware that newspapers can possibly leave ink stains on plates -especially if it gets damp. Newspaper is a fantastic addition to packing paper as it’s cheap and functional – but one should always wrap dishes first in soft packing paper, and then for additional support and bolstering protection, wrap it in newspaper.

 

Guideline for Packing Dishes

  1. Reenforce the bottoms and sides of all the cardboard boxes that you’re using with packing tape – this is just to stay as safe as possible and avoid the possibility of the box breaking under the weight of the stacked dishes.
  2. Pad up the insides of the boxes with crumpled up packing paper or newspaper – this will create an additional layer of insulation that will protect both the sensitive bottom half of the box – as well as some of the sensitive areas of the dishes. If you like, you can also use a thin towel as an effective bottom reinforcement.
  3. Prepare a stack of packing paper (soft is ideal) and make sure it’s at arm’s reach.
  4. Put a fragile dish in the center of a stack, and cover it with a few sheets of packing paper. Diagonally, from one corner to the other, wrap the dish completely by tucking each corner towards the center. Tape if you need it.
  5. Once your stacked and wrapped piles of plates are ready, wrap small bundles of a few stacked plates in a sheet of bubble wrap as extra protection.
  6. Put the wrapped plates into the box one bundle at a time – the best way to arrange them is to stand them up on their edges – never lay them flat as it’s much easier to break them that way. The heaviest plates should go in the box bottom first, while the lighter pieces should be stacked on top of them.
  7. Protect each row of plates from the others with insulation inserted at the sides – you can use anything from the traditional choices of packing paper and bubble wrap to something like a dish towel or thin t shirt.
  8. Fill in any empty spaces in the box with soft cloth or newspaper to make sure that the entire structure of the package inside the box cannot shift around or move – you don’t want any pieces touching each other during the package handling.
  9. When you’re done arranging the contents of the box, put one last top layer of paper or bubble wrap on top, close the lid, and tape it up.
  10. Label the moving box with “FRAGILE’, ‘HANDLE WITH CARE’, and coordinates for what room the box should be placed in.

 

Additional tips

  • If you’re transporting a ton of dishes, save some money by inspecting all the china that you’re bringing and see if there’s any already damaged or soiled pieces that you want to discard or donate. It doesn’t make any sense to pay for supplies to transport already damaged kitchenware that you’ll just throw out later. Every additional pound of your belongings eventually increases the bill.
  • Never make boxes too heavy. Nows not the time to be a bodybuilder. Make sure that any boxes with dishes – or any fragile materials – is under 40 pounds in order to prevent any slips or accidents.
  • If you’re carrying the dish boxes during the move or loading it into the truck, be as careful as possible to move slowly and steadily – with not the slightest bump or trip – to avoid any potential accidents. A fall from even arm’s height can negate all the careful wrapping that you’ve done.
  • If you feel like packing up fragile dishes is one step too many in your roster of moving responsibilities, simply hire a mover to do it for you. Transporting fragile kitchenware is nothing new to the moving team at US Express; rest assured that our skilled and experienced servicemen can pack up and transport your dishes in a method superior to any amateur attempt.
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Prepping Office Furniture for Moving Day

Moving a home or commercial office is a complicated undertaking. Whether you’re expanding or consolidating, you need to manage all the small details to your office move with a level of strategic organization – this is the only way the move will go smoothly or pleasantly. Here’s a list of tips on how to prepare any office furniture for a move – that can greatly improve the entire moving experience.

 

Clean out all your drawers

Regardless of how tedious this task sounds, it should be done first. Clean out every drawer in your entire office – no desk or filing cabinet should be spared. By allowing objects to rest in drawers during the move, you make the furniture much heavier and increases the chances of both the movers, and the furniture itself being damaged. For logic, safety, and liability’s sake, make sure that every drawer is completely emptied. As a general rule, estimate that each drawer’s worth of paperwork will need about one and a half boxes – this is also a great opportunity to throw out any unnecessary paperwork for good.

 

Make sure furniture is professionally disassembled

Make sure to be organized when taking apart furniture for a move –  unbolt any attached furniture way in advance, removing all shelving units, joined desks, or dividers. Use small plastic bags written with sharpie to hold on to any bolts, screws, or other internal mechanisms of your office furniture. Use painter’s tape to secure the clothes onto any furniture that they belong to – this really minimizes the stress of reassembling your furniture after your move. You never want to be missing any screws or bolts, as this can compromise the structural integrity of the furniture.

 

Vigilantly Label

Make sure to label as much as you can – label drawers according to number and their individual contents. It makes it much easier for you to unpack to know what rooms certain boxes belong in. Make sure large pieces of furniture are equally largely labeled so that their intended is location is clear from the very start of the move in.

 

Create a tentative floor plan in advance

By allowing yourself to take the advanced time to map out your new office space, you can greatly improve its aesthetics and flow. Consider who will be located in what office, where their furniture will go, how desks will be laid out, and how all filing cabinets will be organized. By having a clear and detailed plan from the start you can ensure that all your move in will go as smoothly as possible, with little to no mistakes or wasted time.

 

Hire professional moving assistants

Make sure to choose a team with experience in commercial moving – they offer the singular amount of experience to professionally move important files and delicate office furniture, so that you can be certain that your time is being spent as productively and utilitarian as possible. By using a professional full service moving company, you make the entire process easier for everyone involved.

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How to Avoid a Huge Mess When You Move Out

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Moving can be a hugely time consuming, stressful task to undertake, but when you have to do it, you simply have to do it. There’s tons of things to get taken care of – you need to sort and pack all the items you’ve accumulated over the years, arrange plans with movers and utility companies, pack, unpack, put away all your things in your new home – and there’s tons more.

 

With all these tasks taking up your mind, it’s likely that you’ve forgotten one of the key tasks for moving – house cleaning! To avoid extra charges – and to be a courteous person – you need to clean your house thoroughly before you leave. To help make things much easier, we’re put together a list of tasks that you need to complete before leaving your old home. Good luck!

 

What you’re doing to need : Trash bags, old newspapers, all-purpose cleaner, dish detergent, scrubbing sponges, a vacuum cleaner, a mop, a broom/dustpan, rubber gloves. cleaning rags, toilet cleaner, and all purpose eraser.

 

Kitchens

First empty all the cabinets and take out their internal liners. Wipe down all the inside surfaces with a wet cloth.

Clean the oven stove, and microwave, removing all burnt food or grease. Make sure to clean underneath the drip pans, as well as the counter top, sink, and plumbing fixtures.

Take out the refrigerator shelves and let them soak in the sink while you wash the inside with a scrubbing sponge and soap. Wipe the inside dry, wash the shelves, dry them, and place them back inside. Make sure to remember to sweep below the fridge as well.

 

Bathroom

Empty bathroom closets and take out the internal liners. Scrub the shower, shower walls, tub, sink, and counter with an all purpose cleaner. Use a heavy brush or toothbrush on grout. Clean the toilet completely. Spray the mirror with glass cleaner and wipe clean. Mop the floor.

 

The rest of the house

Clean windows with a mixture of 50% tap water and 50% distilled water, and wipe clean with a rag. If windows have stubborn dirt, use soapy water before the water mixture. Wipe down windowsills.

Remove all nails or hooks that you’ve placed in walls, and fill them with putty (commonly found at hardware stores.) Use the magic eraser to take off any scuff marks, but make sure to test it first on a small surface to ensure that it doesn’t directly remove the paint from the walls.

Clean window blinds with a rag and a cleaning solution, or vinegar.

Check for any dead insects that could be on lighting fixtures or fans. Wipe down closet shelves, and remove any cobwebs from the walls or ceiling.

Lastly, vacuum and mop any tiled or hardwood floors.

 

Last Minute Questions

Ask yourself these questions right before leaving.

  • Did you take the trash out?

  • Did you take photos (with time stamps) to prove documentation of the condition of your house when you’re moving out? (This is useful in case the landlord files false damage claims later on.)

  • Are your closets empty?

  • Did you return your key to the landlord?

  • Did you tell your neighbors you’re moving?

  • Do all the electrical appliances work properly?

 

If you don’t want to get all dirty, you should consider hiring a cleaning service before leaving. Just remember that this pre-move-out cleaning is an absolute essential if you want to get your security deposit back from your landlord. By following the above rules, you can see to it that your landlord is satisfied.

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