Moving? Tips to Help your child adjust

Whether you’re relocating across the country or across the city, moving can be an especially stressful experience when kids are involved. Aside from the packing, unpacking, and physical labor aspect of it, there’s also a lot of emotion involved. Moving to a new home requires extra amounts of flexibility and fortitude — from the entire family! And sometimes helping the littlest members of the household adjust to a new home is not as simple as filling out a change-of-address form. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do – both before the move and after – to lessen their anxieties and alleviate their fears. Kids are resilient and while most adjust quickly to new changes, as a parent, there are a few things you can do to help ease the transition and make things less stressful for your children.

Acknowledge their emotions – Moving to a new home is an emotional time for everyone involved. In fact, psychologists say that moving is one of the top five most emotionally stressful situations that one might experience during their lifetime. Allow kids the freedom and space to feel a variety of emotions. Instead of a continual pep talk, invite kids to express their feelings and examine the root of those feelings. Kids are resilient, more so than grown ups. Don’t hide the idea of moving. Bring them into the conversation and allow them to be a part of it. Talk to your kids to help them understand it’s safe to process emotions rather than bury them.

Help your child know what to expect – Visit your new place, if possible. Don’t just go to the house. Take your kids to the playground, to see their new school and to the local library. Find the best pizza and bakery. Learn about the new neighborhood with your kids. Encourage your children to research the area you’re moving to, so that it’ll be more familiar to them once they move. Research sports teams, clubs, and other local groups to find out the best ways to immerse your family in the new town.

Read books – One of the best ways to help a young child with their anxiety and sadness is by reading positive books about the moving process. Hearing stories of other kids going through similar situations can help normalize emotions and ease any fears. Here are a few recommended books about moving.

 

Work while they sleep – Seeing their things get sorted and packed up might be stressful for some kids, while other kids might find a sense of purpose in contributing to the work of moving. Be aware of how the decluttering and packing process is affecting your child. If they seem rattled or anxious, you may want to consider packing while they are asleep. Also, you may want to dispose of items that cannot move with you — like that broken toy or the cracked sandbox in the backyard — while they’re sleeping to minimize their stress. If they are helping you pack, make it fun. If you have small children, we recommend getting them boxes to play with while packing up their rooms. Teach them how to pack correctly and let them be a part of the process, overall.

Pack a ‘favorites’ bag or box – When the time comes to pack up the final necessities, make sure all your child’s favorite items are consolidated into one special bag or box. Favorite toys, stuffed animals, blankets, books, clothes, or pajamas can all be packed together for safekeeping. In order to keep those items close, your child may want to hold onto that bag in the car rather than putting it in the moving truck.

Set up the kids’ rooms first – With the exception of setting up kitchen and bathroom basics, make kids’ rooms a top priority when unpacking in your new home. Everything for the kids’ rooms should be properly marked. These boxes should go into the moving truck last and come off first so you can start unpacking their room first. Getting things settled in their new space will help kids feel more comfortable and stable. Also, let them help with the unpacking process so that they know where everything is located in their room.

Get back into your routine – After you move, make every effort to get back on a normal schedule. Most people like routine, especially children and teens. For the first night, you may let the younger members of your family stay up a little longer just to make the night special, but after that, it’s important to establish a daily routine.  If you have a baby or a young child, it’s especially important to keep their daily routine (i.e. meals, play times, nap times, activities, etc.) as consistent and normal as possible. This will help keep your kids feeling secure and you feeling sane.

From the initial home search to the big moving day, do your best to make the process fun for your child. Elite Moving & Storage is in business since 2006, helping over 2,500 families each year with their moving needs. From full-service moving capabilities to storage options, Elite Moving & Storage can assist you with every aspect of your move. For more information on how we can assist you, contact us today!

Moving During the Holidays

Moving is a stressful experience any time of the year and the holidays are usually a pretty hectic time for most people.  If you plan on moving from December to January, the holiday season can crowd in on the whole process. Therefore, if you’re planning to hire a moving company, make sure to book a reliable service as soon as possible. Here are some tips for balancing your holiday fun and packing up your things for the move.

Organize tasks – The key to being successful at anything is to organize what must be done, and when it needs to be done. We suggest writing down ALL your holiday must dos as well as the holiday wants (like taking an evening to drive around and view light displays). From there, pick designated days that will be devoted to packing your current home. On those days, turn on a Christmas show for the children, and start to tackle how to pack.

Hire Movers – The holiday season is a perfect time to hire a moving company to handle your move. As not a lot of people typically move during the holidays, moving companies are more accommodating during this time of the year. Look for a trusted team of professionals like Elite Moving & Storage to do the packing and transport! It’s likely your friends and family have their own hectic schedules this time of year.

Start Packing Early – Begin a few weeks before your moving day and start by choosing a location to stage all your boxes. A garage, if you have one can be a perfect location. Then go room by room taking first all the things that won’t be moving with you. Moving is a perfect time to de-clutter! Then, go room by room packing up all the non-essentials. Get all your books packed because you can visit the library until your closing day, pack all your off-season clothes, pull down everything from the attic, extra bedding, etc. We also suggest packing up your Christmas decor, gift wrap, presents, and holiday wardrobe in separate and clearly labeled boxes. You could ask the movers to put them in a specific place. This way you can unpack your holiday treasures as soon as you arrive and make the new place feel like home. Don’t stress to unpack the whole house and take time to enjoy the holidays! You’ll have plenty of time to unpack after.

Cold Weather – Many places across the US experience cold, snowy conditions during the holidays. Therefore, make sure to pack accordingly. And don’t forget to bring supplies to help you load and unload in the weather. Make sure you are prepared for slippery surfaces as you load and unload. Ask your moving company about the weather conditions and how they might affect the shipment of your household goods. Try to keep good communication so they can update you and make sure to ask any questions you have regarding holiday moves.

Floor Protection – The weather outside is frightful and Elite Moving & Storage offers the perfect solution to keeping your floors clean and scratch-free as we move your items from the truck into your home. Floor runners are protective materials that safeguard your floors during your move. This floor runners are blue with a rubberized bottom, so they stay in place when you walk over them. They are designed from high-quality materials for areas of your home that experience high traffic or specific sections of the floor that have heavy objects that could damage them.

Moving during the holidays may feel stressful at first, but keeping organized and planning ahead will get you where you need to be. Remember not to let anxiety take away your holiday spirit, since this season should be one of the best times of the year! Call Elite Moving and Storage today for a free quote! Our expertise and efficiency help you have peace of mind and give you a quality experience from start to finish.

What to Pack in Your Car for a Cross Country Move

Cross-country moves can be difficult. However, they can also create fun memories! Being prepared is the best way to ensure a smooth move. Proper car packing is not just about maximizing the space in your vehicle. It’s about making the right decision about which items to go into the car versus into the moving truck. That’s why we put together a list of some essential things to pack in your car for your cross-country move.

 

Organize your belongings – Set aside all the items you intend to transport in your car. Items you should bring with you in your own vehicle include valuables like jewelry and special mementos, important documents, essentials boxes, and small electronics. Make sure you save enough space for your pets and their carrying cases.

Extra clothes (and masks!) – Set aside a few changes of clothes. Whether you arrive before your moving truck, you need another layer, or your travel outfit gets dirty, you’ll want extra clothes on hand. It is especially important to pack extra undergarments, socks, t-shirts, jeans, pajamas and a jacket. Don’t forget your mask and bring several extras in the car in case it gets dirty or someone leaves one behind.

Bathroom packBe sure to include the essentials to wash off that “hours in a car” feel. Pack a small bag of bathroom essentials including, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, face wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash and lotion

Pillows & blankets for napping – Driving cross-country takes a long time. It’s likely your passengers will want to take naps during the drive. Get a few pillows and light blankets so they can sleep as comfortably as possible. If you have children, you’ll want them to each have their own blankets.

Road trip snacks & music – No road trip is complete without quality road-trip snacks and good music. Don’t forget the basics on an already stressful day by being sure to bring snacks and plenty of water + hydrating drinks. Entertain yourself and your passengers with audiobooks and music. Create playlists and download tunes, stories and podcasts ahead of time.

Use bags for packing – Use duffle bags or plastic bags for packing things in your car. Bags are flexible and don’t take a lot of space. Bags are ideal for packing bedding and clothes. Consider using vacuum bags to pack clothes and bedding in your vehicle. Vacuum bags shrink based on the volume of items saving more space for additional items. Cardboard boxes are useful for arranging items and stacking up in the moving trucks, but they take up a lot of space in a car. If you have to use a box to carry any items, use small manageable boxes.

Small tool kit – When you get to your new home you won’t be getting started on major fixes right away any small or annoying bits will be able to be taken care of right away when you include this in your essentials bag.

First aid kit – Along with traditional first aid kit supplies, make sure you include a small pair of scissors, tweezers, alcohol pads and extra bandages.

Car emergency kit – Roadside emergencies happen when you least expect them. Be prepared by packing the following items in your trunk: flashlight, gloves, spare tire and lift kit, roadside flares and folding shovel.

Be safe – It is always essential that you have a clear, unobstructed view out of all of your car windows and that you can safely operate your vehicle without items shifting or sliding.

 

Packing the essential items on this list in your car is a great way to start your cross-country move on the right foot. Elite Moving & Storage will help you plan your move, transport your belongings, support you along the way, answer any questions and help ease your concerns. Contact us today!

The First Night Box: What to Pack

After all of your planning and decision making for this move, you can finally start to relax and enjoy your new house but you also want to make sure that your first night is a happy experience. After you arrive at your new home and your moving company unloads your belongings, you will likely have boxes everywhere, which can make finding essential items next to impossible.  Packing a special box or two just for your first evening will make your first night in your new home less stressful. The first night kit does not need to be a box; you could choose a suitcase, plastic tub, or even a storage trunk depending on what you need to pack.

Be sure to label the boxes very clearly as “ESSENTIALS,” and keep them separated from the rest of your stuff. When you’re ready to move, put these boxes aside and pack them up last on the truck. If you have room in your personal vehicle, we recommend transporting them yourself for extra easy access.

We’ve created some suggestions to help you plan your first night moving box and alleviate some of the stress that could come from digging through endless boxes just to find your toothbrush or bedsheets.

Clothing & Toiletries – It may take you a few days to get all unpacked and situated in your new home. Because of this, you will need to include a few days of clothing in your first night box. By doing this, you will be able to relax and not worry about which box your need to grab your next outfit from. Tooth brush and tooth paste, soap, shampoo and conditioner. After a long day of moving, you may need to shower and wash your hair. Keeping these items close by will keep you from searching through every box in your house or running out to the store to purchase items you already own. Don’t forget to pack bathroom essentials like towels and tissue. Also don’t forget a standard first aid kit and any medication you may need, as well as towels.

Bedding & Linens – A good night’s sleep will be critical as you embark the next few days on unpacking and settling into your new home. Make sure to have bed linens for every member of the family so everyone experiences a sense of coziness the first night. If you are relocating with small children, make sure the portable sleeper set is easily accessible. And if you have pets, don’t forget to set aside their beds or crates. Pets need a good night’s rest, too!

  • Sheets, pillows, blankets and comforters for the beds
  • Air mattress, folding bed or portable bed (if your primary bed is not going to be assembled)
  • Air pump for the air mattress
  • Set of pajamas for you and your family.

Tools – Something that you might not think to include are basic tools or a tool kit and flashlight. The usual lamps and lighting might not be set up in your new place, and you’ll be grateful to know exactly where the tools are when you start setting up your new home.

Kitchen NecessitiesThe first night in your home will likely mean that you will not have your refrigerator and freezer running. Having a number of non-perishable food items on hand will ensure that you will have something to eat while set up your essentials. You will definitely need some paper plates, disposable cups, napkins and utensils. (If you prefer reducing waste over dishwashing, bring reusable camping utensils and dishes instead of disposable.) For your little ones, sippy cups, bottles, bibs and formula are essential. And for your pets, placing food and water in their “familiar” dishes helps to keep them calm during the transition.

ElectronicsAfter an extensive day of moving, items like your telephone and tablet will likely need to be charged. If you want to celebrate the first night in your new home with some “Netflix and chill” don’t forget to pack your WiFi box, laptop and phone chargers.

Important Documents & Valuables – It is always a good idea to keep jewelry, important documents like passports and birth certificates, as well as valuables in your possession as opposed to being packed in the moving truck. If there are specific documents that you need for your rental agreement or closing, be sure to put them in the moving first night box as well!

Moving into a new home is exciting; a fresh start is such a great feeling. By packing essentials you can easily access when you arrive, it’ll make your first 24 hours far easier, not to mention, much more comfortable. Do you need help with your move? Contact us for a free quote!

Tips for Moving in the Fall

Fall is a great time to move! With moderate temperatures, ever-changing landscapes, and pleasant weather, for many, it’s a favorite season. Aside from avoiding the sweltering heat while lifting heavy boxes and organizing your belongings, the summer season is also the busiest time to move – making it more expensive. While the fall season isn’t as frugal as winter, you can avoid snowy conditions and inclement weather. Here are some tips for making your fall move effortless.

 

Book a truck early – This is good advice all year round, however, in the fall, you may want to get your booking in extra early. Most moving companies experience their busiest time in the summer and early fall so as you soon as you know your moving date, be sure to book the truck that you need. Keep in mind most people move toward the end of the month, so if you can, try to avoid this time period.

 

Plan ahead – Moving everything into your new place will be a hectic time, so make sure you plan ahead by storing similar items in containers and labeling the boxes. This way, when you finally get ready for unloading boxes at your new home, you can take the pots and pans straight to the kitchen instead of piling everything in the living room. You should also consider filling a box with essentials to keep in the car with you. With the changes in the weather coming in during the fall you don’t want to get stuck in your first night in your new place during a cold snap with no blankets or warm clothes.

 

Pack for the season Pack seasonal items together so you can find them easily as you unpack. With winter right around the corner, make sure your cold-weather belongings are easy to access.

 

Dress for the weather – The weather is starting to become considerably cooler, so set out an outfit that will be comfortable for moving boxes all day. While you cannot predict the weather, you can certainly plan for it. So watch the forecast and do not forget to dress accordingly. Dress in layers so that if the temperature becomes cooler, you will be warm enough. And if it gets warm in the afternoon, you can always remove some layers.

 

Clear pathways – While Autumn might be one of the most beautiful seasons thanks to the changing of the leaves, you will need to clean your driveway and path of leaves before your move. If you do not clean the fallen leaves, they eventually become wet and slippery and become dangerous. One gliding and falling on wet leaves can be a disaster. And this can lead to damage to goods and, worse, to injuries to you or movers. Put a broom in front of the house so either you or movers can clear the path before they start moving the goods. This can reduce the risk of new leaves appearing on sidewalks or access roads and creating danger.

 

The easiest way to set your fall move up for success Is by getting help from the professionals at Elite Moving & Storage. We have the experience, skills, and resources to make your move quick, efficient, and hassle-free. Call us today to find out more.

a bunch of boxes ready to be moved

How to Reduce Waste When You Are Moving

According to the Census Bureau, the American Community Survey estimates that the average American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime. With all the packing and cleaning and other processes involved in moving, a lot of waste is created during the event. You quit plastic bags, you gave up disposable water bottles and even went paper free on bills and newsletters. These small, but important changes are reducing waste every day and adding up to make a big difference. How can you make your next move without generating a sizable mound of waste for the local landfill? Follow these easy tips for reducing waste when moving to make things simpler and more efficient for you.

 

Declutter – With every move come tough decisions on what to keep and what to toss. What’s going to fit in the new place and what needs to go in the junk or “for sale” pile? Decluttering before you move is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Not only does it save you time and money when it comes time to move and saves space in the new home, but it also reduces waste as you go. Take the time to go through everything before you start packing. Recycle, donate or sell anything you no longer want. Don’t just toss out items before considering if they can be given a second life. Consider donating unwanted furniture, clothing and household items to your local favorite charity for someone else to enjoy. Even if your move is months away, don’t delay. You’re going to have lots to do as the day arrives, and any work you can put in beforehand is good. Depending on your personality, decluttering can be an easy process or a more difficult one, so do what you can to give yourself the advantage.

 

Use what you have – When packing, there are a variety of items that can do double duty as packing containers and wrapping. For example, you can store items in your washer and dryer and suitcases (heavy books are great to pack in luggage with wheels). You can also wrap fragile items and fill in empty spaces in boxes with blankets, towels, and old clothes. If you know months in advance that you’ll be moving on a specific date, start hoarding boxes, either from purchases you’ve made or from local businesses. In fact, before you buy packing supplies, check to see if anyone in your neighborhood is trying to get rid of their boxes and packing paper to save you money and keep waste down even further. Once you are done moving, be sure to recycle all packing supplies such as boxes, packing paper, and bubble wrap. You can donate it to someone else who is moving soon or recycle it so nothing is wasted.

 

Recycle electronics – If you decide to lighten your load and get rid of old computers, microwaves and other electronics, make sure to contact a domestic e-waste company so the electronics recycling is regulated by U.S. environmental laws rather than being shipped off to be processed with the highly-toxic and environment-polluting techniques used in some third world countries.

 

Go Natural – Foam popcorn and packing peanuts often end up in landfills or the ocean, why not try a more natural filler like real popcorn to pack fragile items. Pop natural kernels (avoid butter flavored popcorn) to fill gaps in your boxes and secure fragile items. This method is both delicious and earth-friendly!

 

Host a garage sale – A garage sale is a great way to pick up some extra cash while clearing out anything you no longer want or need before moving. Hosting a successful garage sale takes a bit more work than simply arranging your stuff and sticking up a sign. Do some research to find out when people in your area are most likely to be out shopping at garage sales (some communities even have special yard sale events). Remember that if you are planning a garage sale in Chicago you must have a permit. Residents are limited to 3 sales per year, with the third sale being a moving sale. Each Garage sale is limited to 3 consecutive days between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. The permits are FREE and must be displayed during the sale period.

 

Now that you are ready to move, Elite Moving & Storage can help you with moving services. We’re highly rated, safe movers that offer full moving services year round. Contact us today for all your moving service needs! If you have any eco-friendly moving tips to share we want to hear about them!

Cleaning Your Home Before You Move In

When it’s time to move, it’s also time to clean. Before you make yourself at home, make sure to get all of the move-in cleaning done. Of course, it’s best to complete this moving in cleaning task before your household items arrive so that the endless piles of cardboard boxes won’t get in your way. Move-in cleaning is an essential part of every move process. Regardless if the new space is totally new or had preceding occupants, you want to move into a spotless space.

Make sure you have all your supplies so you can load up your car and head to your new home for a deep cleaning day. The supplies you’ll need for new house cleaning are:

Rubber gloves, scrub sponges, cleaning rags, multi-surface cleaner, floor cleaner, mop, vacuum, duster, bucket, toilet bowl cleaner, toilet brush, window cleaner, vinegar, bleach spray and broom/dustpan.

Here are the room-by-room tips for cleaning your home before you move in:

 

Bathrooms

Old bathrooms can be problematic to clean if the previous tenants didn’t clean regularly. It’s a good idea to closely inspect your bathroom for mold, damp areas or damage before you move-in as it will be easier to address these issues while the bathroom is empty.

  • Clean the exhaust fans first because they can be rather dusty.
  • Replace the toilet seat and cover. It’s not worth the time and efforts to clean thoroughly the seat and cover of your toilet when you can replace them with brand new ones that are perfectly clean and fairly inexpensive as well.
  • Use a specialized cleaner to scrub the bathroom shower or tub.
  • Clean the inside and outside of the medicine cabinet, the tiny area behind the toilet bowl, and the zone in the shower recess.
  • Scrub all surfaces and bathroom fixtures – walls, doors, towel racks and light fixtures using an all-purpose cleaner to ensure a cleaner and fresher look of the entire bathroom.
  • Wipe the bathroom mirror clean using a glass cleaning product.
  • Vacuum the bathroom floor to remove any accumulated filth and dust, then mop it until it shines.

 

Kitchen

Kitchens are sensitive rooms as the risk of exposure to toxins and irritants isn’t just by contact, but also by ingestion of things that our food is in contact with. Therefore, it is important for kitchens to be cleaned and prepared prior to daily use.

  • Fridge: Remove all shelves and drawers and soak them in warm soapy water. Clean the inside with a sponge and a mild cleaning product, then leave the door open to dry out.
  • Stove: Wipe the stovetop with a disinfectant spray or use a strong grease remover if the top surface looks filthy. If necessary, remove any stove-top parts and clean them separately under running water. Take out the oven tray and clean it thoroughly, then use a sponge to wipe the inside of the oven.
  • Wipe down all kitchen counters, cabinets and drawers with an appropriate disinfectant spray. Look for grease stains that are particularly hard to remove.
  • Scrub the kitchen sink and faucet. Pay special attention to the inside of the kitchen sink.
  • Vacuum the kitchen floor, then mop it with a cleaning product until it shines.

 

Common areas and bedrooms

Thoroughly cleaning living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms before your bulky furniture is moved in will ensure you don’t cover up mess and leave dirt to fester. It’s also a good idea to thoroughly clean hallways, entryways and landing areas as these can be easily forgotten. Starting with a deeply cleaned slate in common areas will help them stay clean for longer.

Dust each room while focusing on windows, window sills, blinds, corners, doors and light fixtures. Wipe clean all surfaces that look dirty and stained after you’ve removed the accumulated dust. Disinfect all areas that are regularly used in order to kill off any bacteria and germs, such as light switches, door handles and doorknobs, faucets, windows. Vacuum every single room, including the hallways and corridors. Mop all tiled floors and hardwood floors with specialized cleaners.

Following moving day, it is essential to disinfect all surfaces that professional movers might have touched. Clean all sinks, doorknobs, handles, windows, and furniture ahead of settling in. Keep in mind that as soon as you start unpacking the boxes and arranging the furniture pieces, some dust and dirt will inevitably be brought into the new home. This is why it’s important to dispose of the packaging materials regularly and properly as you keep unpacking those cardboard boxes. Vacuum all floors after you’re done unpacking and arranging your items.

Elite Moving & Storage is an experienced moving company that manages all types of household moves. Whether your move is local or long-distance, you can count on our professional movers to help. Call us today to find out more.

How to Pack Artwork for Moving

The framed art pieces must be one of the things that makes your house feel like a home. . Precious framed pictures around your house tell all kinds of stories and bring back memories of special occasions from the past. If you happen to be an art lover and the day to move your house has come, you will definitely need to take special care of the important artworks that give character to your home. For some people, ensuring that valuable pieces arrive intact is just as important as moving all the other furniture.

Elite Moving & Storage has moving supplies specifically designed to protect framed decorations. Specifically, the Mirror & Picture Boxes along with packing paper or bubble wrap is everything you need to ensure your mirrors, artwork, pictures and other framed items, aren’t damaged while you move to your new home. Follow these easy tips for packing artwork and wall hangings for safe transport during a move.

Use the right supplies – Get appropriately sized boxes. For large pieces, especially mirrors, the optimal choice is a box specially made for wall art in a size and shape that will provide a secure fit. We offer boxes in a variety of sizes, including ones designed for art and mirrors. If you are packing smaller pieces, like family photos, pack them together with others of similar sizes. Pack all small picture frames together in a small box and fill in gaps with bubble wrap or packing paper to prevent shifting. Get the proper packing supplies: bubble wrap, packing paper, and packing tape. Your most fragile wall art, especially mirrors, should be wrapped in bubble wrap to ensure its best possible safety for transport. Always use packing paper instead of an alternative like newspaper because the ink can rub off onto your artwork, and always use packing tape instead of duct tape because packing tape is easier to remove and won’t leave behind a residue.

Wrap them carefullyFirst, prepare the artwork by taping the glass surface with painter’s tape, if applicable. Make a large “X” shape from corner to corner across the glass. Then, add a piece of tape to each side around the border of the glass. This way, if the glass breaks during your move, the painter’s tape will prevent it from shattering and damaging the art. Next, cover your artwork with a layer of protective cardboard. Cut two equally-sized pieces of cardboard a little larger than the surface area of the frame or canvas. Position the art between the two sections of cardboard. Tape these cardboard pieces together to keep them in place, being careful not to get tape on the frame. If the painting is on canvas without a glass covering, we suggest using a sheet of acid-free glassine between the art and the cardboard to prevent damage. Next, you should wrap this entire bundle in a thick layer of bubble wrap. Avoid leaving any part of your artwork exposed. Secure the bubble wrap with packing tape to prevent it from coming undone in transport. After you finish wrapping the piece, place it in a heavy-duty moving box and fill any extra space in the box with packing paper. This step will keep the frame from sliding around during the move. All of your items should be wrapped separately, even small pieces, to make sure nothing rubs together and is secure as possible.

Label it properly – Once it’s packed and ready to go, don’t forget to label each box. It’s important that your movers and anyone else who will be handling the item know that what’s in it is fragile. Although movers are careful no matter what you label a moving box, this will let them know that the item they’re moving is delicate and requires extra attention. Make it very clear by labeling the box with the word “FRAGILE” in a large, clear manner on both sides. Also make sure that nothing is put on top of the box your artwork is in, which could crush the box and damage the art inside.

Moving is a hard-enough process by itself, but it’s even more time-consuming and nerve-racking to move artwork and paintings that have an important meaning to you. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you’ll be able to efficiently pack up your artwork and prevent it from getting damaged while being transported to your new home. If you’re looking for affordable moving services, fill out the quote form or call us during business hours for a free moving quote.

How to pack and move fragile furniture

Moving to a new place can be exciting. You get to live in a new neighborhood, or even a new city, or maybe you are moving out on your own for the first time. Without a doubt, the most crucial task when packing for a move is to protect your belongings so that they arrive in the new home in the exact same condition in which they have left the old one.

In general, furniture pieces turn out to be tricky to protect for a move due to their size and weight. To make things even more complicated than they need to be during your house move, some of the furniture items you own will be rather fragile and delicate.

Hiring top-rated professional furniture movers like Elite Moving & Storage still remains your best option when it comes to packing your furniture safely and efficiently.

Pressed wood furniture – At Elite Moving, we understand that pressed wood furniture is inexpensive, convenient, looks great, and the packaging it comes in is easy to transport. It only takes an evening with a hex wrench to screw in weird little locking bolts but when you’re done, it feels really good. Pressed wood furniture is generally made from wood scraps, chips, shavings, or sawdust, and bound with heat or resin or another type of adhesive. On their own, layers of wood aren’t strong, but when pressed together they become stronger. The problem arises when it’s time to move.  Ready-to-assemble furniture isn’t built to disassemble or move. It’s built to be easy to assemble and to stay in one place. When moved it can be extremely easy to rip the screws out of the particle board. Another common problem is heavy boxes are put on furniture not designed to support the weight. If you decide to move your particle board furniture, consider reinforcing the connecting pieces with wooden dowels. Certain pieces of furniture with many flat individual pieces, like bookcases, may be disassembled with minimal difficulty. This will make the furniture take up less space as you move, and most important it will reduce the chance of the furniture being damaged by the pressures of a bumpy road. Just remember to pack the pieces with blankets to avoid scratches, and be sure to keep your assembly instructions handy, or know how to access them online. Label each piece and keep hardware together so you can find them after you move.

Solid wood furniture – Protecting solid wood furniture during a move is simple, yet takes time. Whether you have a new bedroom dresser in cherry, or a nineteenth-century oak chifforobe, there are steps you can take to ensure its protection during moving.

  • Use furniture pads, blankets, foam, or linens as padding. Do not use bubble wrap directly against wood. Instead, use a breathable natural fiber.
  • Remove all casters, knobs, and finials, place them inside of an envelope, and label the envelope with the name of the piece. Do not tape the envelope onto the furniture, as tape leaves residue and may strip the finish when you remove it.
  • Secure drawers with twine. Use a padding of folded towels underneath the twine when you tie it.
  • Remove shelves, wrap them in padding, and label them with the name of the piece.
  • Pad corners and handles before you move the piece.
  • Never drag or slide a piece of furniture. Always lift it. Furniture legs can be broken or loosened if you drag the piece.

During a move, resist the urge to place packed boxes on top of wood furniture. Simply because your wood dining room table affords a flat work space doesn’t mean you should use it as such. When moving valuable wood furniture, expert movers recommend three layers of protection; protective padding protects the surface against scratches, vibration protection shields wood from small impacts and bumps, and a protective shell provides a hard casing in the event that rough handling might damage the piece. Consider using professional movers. One benefit of this is that they have the right tools to disassemble and prepare large and fragile furnishings for moving, and they know how to wrap them safely for transport. They can get the job done efficiently so you don’t waste time.

Packing furniture can be overwhelming. At Elite Moving & Storage we offer packing services as well as supplies. Call us for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

 

 

 

Keep Your Kids Moving

The mental, physical and other benefits of getting outside are many, and a boost of nature and fresh air can be essential for kids, not to mention the adults in their lives, during times when schools are closed and regular recreational opportunities are limited. One of the best ways we can maintain good health is by being physically active on a regular basis. In fact, active kids are healthier kids who experience greater success in life. Ideally, active habits start in early childhood and continue as we grow and develop, but it’s never too late to start becoming more active.

Given the increased hours, days, and weeks we are all spending at home during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we all keep moving. Our future health depends on it. Children and adolescents need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You don’t need fancy equipment to get moving or stay physically active, whether you choose to do it inside or outside. Playtime outside is great with family. If families have their own yard to play in, that is ideal. However, if a family’s only option is to play out and around their neighborhood, it’s best to keep their distance from others and not to touch objects that others have touched.

Family Bike Ride – Taking a bike ride with your children can be a good way to get fresh air, get exercise and still keep a proper distance from others. If your kids haven’t learned how yet, it’s also a great time to teach your kid to ride a bike.

Plant a garden – Gardening can help kids learn to develop motor and sensory skills. It engages their senses, encourages an appreciation for the environment and gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Backyard ‘Camping’ – If you have room in the backyard, teach them how to set up a tent and then let them hang out in there reading books, drawing, etc. For a special treat, maybe cook up some s’mores for them on the backyard grill.

Dance – Put on your favorite music or cue up a video and dance along with your kids.

Encourage reading – With libraries closed, it may be difficult to entice kids to read what books they already have. If this is the case, you can check out Amazon for affordable used books and e-books. Another option are audio books (especially for kids who are not reading on their own yet. For additional educational learning, require kids to write book reports on what they listened to or read. Have a discussion about the book’s theme with younger children.

Get cooking – Have your kids help with the preparation of simple meals, like sandwiches, soups, pasta (spaghetti, macaroni and cheese) and casseroles. Even toddlers can participate by adding already measured ingredients into a bowl and giving a stir or two. Of course, baking cookies, cupcakes and other sweets can be its on afternoon activity.

Be crafty – Keep kids occupied with creative projects. No need to spend a lot of money; use items from around your house. They can create posters for first responders to decorate your windows. They can also paint and write positive/ kind thoughts on rocks from your yard (which can be left around your neighborhood for others to discover).

Help Them Stay Connected – It is hard to be separated from friends and other family members. Make sure to connect with them —whether through a phone call, texting or online video chat. Explain to your kids that we are six feet apart right now – so we can all be together when this is all over. Just keep your kids moving for the best motivation.

How are you and your family handling staying at home?  There will be brighter days ahead. Stay at home and keep your love ones safe.