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how to pack fragile items

How to Pack Fragile Items

How to Pack Fragile Items Packing breakable items requires a little TLC. Although it’s a time-consuming process, careful packing can prevent your china or family heirlooms from arriving in broken pieces. It’s not enough to wrap items in bubble wrap. To make sure your precious items arrive in perfect form, you should pack like a professional. Moving is stressful enough. You don’t need the added stress of worrying about your fragile things. Here are a few tips for packing fragile items so they don’t break. Packing Plates  If you pack your plates correctly, they will not break, and you can keep your full set. Wrap each plate with newspaper and then secure with adhesive tape. These materials are inexpensive and work beautifully. Make sure you have a sturdy box or bin and stack your plates vertically. Packing plates this way maximizes space and reduces the risk of damage during a move. For fine china or porcelain plates, it’s a good idea to go an extra step and add a piece of cardboard between the plates and on the top and bottom of the box. Fill any empty space in the box with crumpled newspapers, old t-shirts, or towels to reduce chances

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how to choose a moving date

How to Choose a Moving Date

Ready to move? Are you having trouble choosing a moving date? You are not alone, 11.2 percent of Americans moved last year. One of the biggest decisions you will have to make when you decide to move is when you will do it. This can seem like an overwhelming decision because there is so much to consider. However, if you look at some of the major issues and know how they are likely to affect you, then your decision will be a lot easier. Here is some help to keep you on the right track when selecting a moving date. 1. Cost The cost you will have to pay should always be a consideration. If you can get a discount then take it. However, the biggest moving deals can usually be found in off-seasons such as winter. If saving is a big priority for you then you should contact a moving company and book early for the colder periods of the year. While the competition is less you may find yourself competing with others who want to take advantage of low winter prices. Just be forewarned that although moving during the winter is much cheaper. It can also be a little more

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7 Questions to Ask a Moving Company Before Hiring

7 Questions to Ask a Moving Company Before Hiring

Approximately 14 percent (that’s 40 million people) in the U.S. move at least once each year. If you are planning a move, then one of the best things you can do is find and hire a quality moving company. However, before hiring a professional moving company, think about this – are you really willing to open your home and let strangers in to tamper with your belongings? Can you really trust another person (or several people) that much? If you find the right moving company, you can. The key here is to find the “right company.” Keep reading to learn a few questions you need to ask before hiring a moving company. When you ask the right questions, you can have confidence in the moving company you ultimately hire. 1. Does the Moving Company have a Registration Number? The moving company you hire needs to have a registration number, which is issued by the FMSCA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This registration number is officially called a USDOT number. Keep in mind, if you are hiring a moving company that doesn’t handle out-of-state moves, then they may not be registered. It’s best to check with the FMCSA to find out for

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Moving With Children How to Prepare Your Kids for a Move

Moving With Children: How to Prepare Your Kids for a Move

How to Prepare your kids for a move – moving with children What do Michael Bublé, Simon and Garfunkel and Lynyrd Skynyrd have in common? They’ve all had massive hits with lyrics about the yearning to be back home. Longing for home is a natural emotion because home really is where the heart is. You see human beings are creatures of habit. Most people like to have a routine. They head to work or school and then come home in remarkably predictable cycles. Any change and we can get upset, anxious and angry. It’s very sensible then to consider the psychological effects moving house can have on children. We’ll show you how moving with children can be a life-changing experience for the right reasons. Consider Your Move Carefully It’s not always easy to plan months in advance for a move. Work may mean it’s essential to make a quick decision. This can be tough for kids. They are perhaps too young to be part of the decision process. They may also not understand it. Like many adults, children are happiest when things are familiar and when there’s a routine. If moving isn’t essential, it’s wise to think carefully about the advantages of any change.

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top 10 moving safety tips

Safety First: Top 10 Moving Safety Tips Everyone Must Know

Over 40 million people per year move to a new residence–but the process doesn’t come without risks. Lifting heavy objects, using sharp packing knives, and navigating tight spaces could lead to a serious injury. Unless you’ve prepared for moving day and know what it takes to stay safe, the day of the move could prove to be more dangerous than you expected. Here are some of the most important moving safety tips that you should keep in mind. 1. Wear the Right Clothes When the big day arrives, be sure that you’re wearing the appropriate clothes and shoes. They should be flexible, breathable, and loose-fitting. You don’t want your clothes to be baggy, but you should have enough room to move around comfortably. Strong footwear is the most important part. Be sure to wear closed toed shoes with a good level of support and traction on the soles. Don’t wear anything with a high heel or open toes. 2. Don’t Overpack the Boxes It might be tempting to pack as much into one box as you possibly can. But just because you can fit over 100 pounds of books or equipment into a box doesn’t mean that you should. Moving boxes are only designed

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how to label moving boxes

Label With Logic: How to Label Moving Boxes

If you are one of the 35 million Americans planning a move, you’ve likely come across some of the stresses involved with a move. Transferring utilities, getting the new house ready, figuring out logistics, these are all some common stressors people face. One area people often overlook is the packing and unpacking process. There are some steps you can take to make the process of moving boxes simpler though. Taking the time to properly label your boxes can save you time and headache as you relocate your items. Labeling your boxes will help the movers properly place boxes. This will also help you as you unpack in your new home. There are some simple steps you can take to properly label boxes for moving day. Why Are Labels Important? It’s tempting to just get everything packed up and deal with locating items later. This can cause a lot of stress as you try to locate the items you need immediately though. If you take the time to label your boxes, this will help movers and other family members know where to put boxes as you move things into your new home. This makes it easier to unpack items where they need to

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