Moving with Pets

Meow this, ruff ruff that, or maybe it is the talking bird, the curious rabbit, or how about the unbothered reptile whichever animal that may have the last noise on the big moving day. The reality of it is – pets are apart of the family. So, when it comes time to moving, pet owners need to make it of priority to create a pet-friendly home. Strong Hands, LLC., help clients travel through their pets mind so when it comes time to move the majority of their worries in regards to their pets are at least settled. Maybe you got a new job offer, a chance to grow your family, and/or closer or farther away from the city. It is important to be mindful or why you want to move to make sure you are making a feasible decision. Whether your new home is more pet-friendly, has larger square footage, or just what you want. The motivation behind your decision matters more than most realize when purchasing a new home.

A few things to know when deciding on what house to buy with pets. For instance, if you have a dog it is a good idea to consider hard wood flooring, ranch style home, running on the stairs, a fenced in back yard, a built in mudroom, surrounding side walks with pedestrian crossings, and lastly nearby park, trails, and outdoor green wide open spaces. Another instance, if you have cats you should consider hard wood flooring, high ceilings, low-traffic area, large windows, screened in porch and or a sun room, lastly a large bathroom to where you can store a small litter box. When considering these basic common things shopping for homes it is also of important to think about room clients can declutter and make more or less accessible for their pets to lounge in. By donating or throwing away items you do need when moving you are clearing your home from unnecessary clutter making healthy lifestyle choices that will ultimately benefit everyone in the long-run. Moving is stressful enough for us human for animals it is an experience that is not easily processed. Losing their favorite lounging and hiding spots for instance it is a change that they cannot understand like us. We know what is happening when moving pets on the other hand do not comprehend. Somethings to consider is gathering veterinary records, refilling nay medications need be, finding a new vet technician, etc., and much more. If clients are going to board their pets making the proper arrangement for that to happen.

Here is something pro-active to do in effort to managing your pets stress is generate a solid list of the things you can do for them during the moving process. In case one strategy does not work you can try another. Your list can simply consist of getting your pet comfortable in their crate (e.g., practicing going in and out of the crate), not feeding your pet before travel by hydrating them because the last thing you would want is you pet to have an upset stomach ending in them vomiting, screening pet-friendly places, setting up a nice quiet area where you pet can become comfortable with the new home, pet-proofing your new home before letting your pets roam free, and lastly paying close attention to your pets body language to monitor for signs of stress and/or illness.

Strong Hands, LLC., might not have all the answers however we can step in and be apart of your moving experience and guide clients on how to keep their pets cared for and happy at a low cost so that clients can focus solely on their big move instead of getting distracted by their anxiety worrying over the little things. For more information give us a call at (607) 342-6761.

Moving with Kids

Children Are Not A Distraction from more Important Work, Children Are The most Important Work 😊

Have you ever tried moving with kids? It’s difficult. Whether it’s long distance or the house down the street; if friends or nobody in that matter is available to have you move, moving with kids can become stressful quick. If If you have a baby or toddler, or other small children you’ll have to become creative to move while entertaining them and keeping your sanity. Take it from a person who’s moved a few times use my ideas, or tips, to make your life while moving a little less crazy. Moving can be a huge undertaking especially if your adding children into it because family and/or friend are not available and you cannot afford the help of a sitter. This can feel like an impossible challenge to get through without hiring Strong Hands, LLC. for a low cost. We understand the moving day from a child’s perspective which looks like parents spending hours wrap, pack, and label their belongings, only to watch them again unpack, unwrap, and store things, in a new home, it is very boring for them. Let’s talk about the amount of anxiety for some that moving brings such as a new start and new adventure in a new living environment say your kids were reluctant to wanting to the move. How about kids seeing their mother having a meltdown from the normal stress of moving turned into a complete nightmare. Luckily, with a little creativity and mindfulness, parent can plan accordingly for moving day to make moving into a fun/friendly event. With low-cost activities keeping your kids busy while we focus on the move will not be of a problem.

There are plenty of great games for children that even focus on learning. For instance, when moving I am sure there is so extra bubble wrap hanging around let your children play with some as children love bubble wrap. They will entertain themselves until every last bubble is popped. This serves as a distraction only for when your children are in the same room with you, we kind of have to be strategic here! When children are playing with bubble wrap to ensure safety there should always be an adult close by in case of anything happening. Another instance, if age appropriate let them help pack. Even young children can pack items such as toys, stuffed animals, books of theirs, and clothing. Listen, it might no be as neat and efficient as we would like but if works to help your children feel apart of the change so be it. Let them organize their toys! A good idea we have seen is parents do is a mini “movie theater” by arranging blankets and pillows on the floor, yummy snacks, drinks, and a portable DVD player with a variety of age appropriate movies to pick from to watch.

We hope our few sanity savers we spoke about here have helped put into perspective for those that have no other choice but to have their children present during a move. For more sanity saving tips and our extraordinary moving services to help support your family on the big move day please give us a call at (607) 342-6761.

Creating Essential Boxes

Fill boxes with things you will need until your kitchen is unpacked and officially set up. First things first, is labeling because everyone needs to know what is in which box including the movers. Label it clearly, so the movers you hire know not to put it into the truck that is going to storage or worst yet to the donation center and/or the dump. In fact, pack the boxes yourself with one of the crew member you have hired that way two eyes have set eyes onto the items you have packed then place it in an area (e.g., car truck) so it does not get mixed up with other boxes. Hopefully doing this will make your move a tad less stressful knowing that you know where to pull your basic necessities out of quick and fast when you need it the most.

Supplies for Cooking

  • Saucepan: This adaptive cookware can boil water, heat up soup, or even cook pasta for a quick meal.
  • Frying pan: A frying pan can make scrambled eggs, sear meat, or sauté vegetables. If you like cooking eggs, consider a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet.
  • Knives: Pack one sharp versatile knife and one paring knife (wrap them in a towel and keep them in a safe box). Trust me, that’s it for what you need.
  • Cutting board: A cutting board can be used for what it is initially used for and a serving platter in other words dual uses.
  • Large bowl: A large metal or plastic bowl can be used to make salads, beat eggs, or wash greens. You will not have to worry about the bowl being fragile because it is not glass.
  • Tongs: Tongs can toss things such as pasta, flip meat, or stir things around in a frying pan. Plus, if you want to fire up the grill there you go your are fully prepared.
  • Rubber spatula: A good rubber spatula can stir things such as scrambled eggs and scrape things when mixing or cooking.
  • Foil: Baking pans are bulky, foil can also serve as a lid when cooking.
  • Resealable plastic bags: Pack a few in each size for leftover food or ingredients. Thank me now! The usefulness of having baggies around is surprising for new clients.
  • Oil, salt, and pepper: These three essentials are irreplaceable in even the most simple cooking.

Silverware Supplies

  • Don’t forget a set of plates, bowls, knives, forks, and spoons for each person because you will need things to eat with.
  • Paper and Plastic- Believe it or not… paper and plastic goods can be re-used. No matter the theme of them if there is extra after a party or gathering save them! You will find they make your worries in life a bit less especially while you are getting settled. Some plastic goods can actually be very durable and lightweight.

Drinking Supplies

  • Wine and/or bottle opener: If you are a wine love or enjoy cracking a fresh cold beer keep a wine and/or bottle opener within reach.
  • Glasses: Always pick the lightweight and strong (cold/heat non-sensitive) that way they can be used interchangeably without a problem or safety concern. To add- plastic and paper cups can be useful as well but make sure to keep a permanent marker hanging around because you will want to maximize the use of each cup.
  • Coffee or morning essentials: You’ll be content if you have the proper tea and/or coffee mug in the morning to drink your beverage out of and not have to worry. Forget settle up anything fancy you have pack actual coffee and/or tea and throw in your favorite mug to remind you of the goodness of the decision you have made for a better future!


Box 1: Paper Towels, Sponges, All-Purpose Cleaner, Gloves, and Shower curtain

Box 2: Toilet Paper, Medicines, Bandages, Cups, Paper Plates, Cutlery, Toothpaste, Soap, Shampoo, Sheets, Towels, Air Beds, and Pet Essentials (e.g., food/litter etc.,)

Hopefully these tips will help better you moving experience by allowing you to have some peace of mind and if not Strong Hands, LLC., does all of this for our clients at a low cost. For more information give us a call at (607) 342-6761.

Protect Carpets While Moving

If you have not checked out “How To Protect Your Flooring” we highly suggest in doing so. Here is our second way of protecting flooring however a different type known as carpet. As you can imagine the whole idea of this information is to give more tips of how to protect flooring your right but we will take our applied knowledge to the next level here because we all can agree protecting your carpet is just as important as protecting your other types of floor (e.g., hard wood floors, tile, etc.,). There are many different material to use to cover your carpets for to strictly serve as protection so that absolutely no damage happens. Our worst nightmare is having damaged and stained perfectly taken care of carpet that was either put in or was left to us by previous owner who took very well care of them. Well there are strategies and techniques to damage-free carpeting in which not most clients who come to us nearing move in day would not have thought of to have used themselves. A material we use is using old clean rugs or even sometimes blankets donated to our company to use as temporary protection on clients move-in day. We use the strategize by placing this type of material at exit points to keep any water and/or dirty from getting on the rugs or below the material to the carpets. This strategy provides a barrier against damage (e.g., dents, scratches, stains, etc.,). We always remind clients using area rugs and blankets they decide to get rid of for moving purpose more than likely will totally get damaged during the process so only chose protectors that they do not mind letting go forever. Another material to consider is floor runner which act as an excellent protector and that will defend the floors and carpets in your home like a night in shiny armor. Most floor runners are made underneath to be anti-slip to keep them from shifting causing people who use them for many different reasons to slip and get hurt. Floor runners are a great option to use in particularly for staircases to prevent those from slipping while going up and down the stairs. Unfortunately, floor runner are pricey so you might want to find other material to use interchangeably. Plastic film might a bit cheaper however it is not recyclable. It serves as an a non-slip in between carpeting and traffic of feet in your home. Again, the downside of self-adhesive plastics film is that it has to be purchases yet another expense most would prefer to avoid. Strong Hands, LLC., like to use clean recycled cardboard as it is recyclable and cost little to nothing sometimes nothing at all. Cardboard can be used versatilely to protect hardwood flooring, laminate, carpet, tile and so on in your home. Flattened thick cardboard acts as extra protection that not only us but most clients prefer to keep not only us safe but our environment as well. Under normal circumstance and indented use, cardboard typically seals the deal for the win! In other words, if you already have the cardboard from packing then use it. Strong Hands, LLC., are the good movers and even if we are not doing all the work we are here offering all our tips. However, it is in customers best interest to hire the extra low cost help after hiring us the careful movers clients always realize how much work they were going to take on themselves and how their move could have costed them more. It is common that some clients do not realize up front all of the potential difficulties and actual cost that come into play making the picture a whole lot more troubling than just having our expert movers help. Our unique professionalism and knowledge speaks volumes in the work we physically do for our clients. For more details and information give us a call at 607-342-6761.

Protecting Walls While Moving

When it comes moving day, your biggest thoughts are likely to be about how to keep your belongings or both the house your moving out of and the house your moving into getting damaged. This is because, furniture is heavy and anything heavy easily can be hard to move let alone prevent from nicking from bumping into causing damage to a house you just sold and/or bought. Another concern that commonly comes to mind is damaging the walls of your new home you worked so hard to buy yet you are already having to repair dishing out more money than intended. Strong Hands, LLC., has good new that clients can prepare prior to move in day preventing damaged worried happening. Taking such precautious will reduce the likely hood of anything that will cost you a great amount of money in repairs.

The best way to get a head start is consulting with Strong Hands, LLC., and preparing how to prevent your walls during your move together. While you may plan on tackling this job all on your own our professionals know the in’s and out’s of this area the most of how to keep your carpet clean of dirt, tears, and spill, and to prevent the walls just as much from dents and scratches by using carboard or other materials to prevent damage. Strong Hands, LLC., make it easy and simple by showing up in the proper attire nothing that would rub up against fragile items and damage them. We are experience at wrapping the items clients need moved out and into their new place with proper materials (e.g., plastic, shrink wrap, padding, soft fabric, etc.,) to avoid anything damaging clients walls. You may want to give calling in professionals another thought. For instance, consider the significant amount of money between adding safety and damage precautions to the home your moving out of and into, versus the cost that comes with repairing walls, flooring, and carpeting if damaged. It can be agreed that protecting your home can be considered top priority and an investment you will not regret. When it come to your up coming move call us and let us work with you to get your home your moving out of and home your moving into prepared for your move so that you are not left with an enormous repair bill. We have professional’s that are knowledgeable on these kind of things and ready to help at a low cost. We have the solution to protect your walls and that solution is simply picking up your phone giving us a quick call at 607-342-6761.

Downsizing As A Senior?

What Should You Do With Your Belongings?

It is so much more than moving when you are downsizing as a senior, let us help, give us a call today at 607-342-6761. Downsizing means where you are relocating to more than likely will have less space. Over the course of a lifespan you probably have accumulated lots of “stuff” some value some not. When downsizing you will not be able to take everything that you own. For some, overwhelmed with emotion they do not even know where to begin. Strong Hands, LLC., know how to better help those in need of downsizing them most moving companies. We start by taking a picture of each room in clients home so that they have something to look back on when wanting to feel comfortable from their past home where many have spent so much time making memories. Then, we choose one part of clients home to start putting into categories such as: keep, throw out, give away, or donate. After that we like to get our client involved even more by putting together a “special” pile of items they want to give to the special loved ones in their like (e.g., family, close friends, etc.,). The special pile consist of heirlooms, antiques, and really any items that hold a sentimental value in their hearts or items that have been requested to be passed on. Of course all the the items you use on a regular basis or that bring your joy on a regular basis even time from time should go with you. It is also a great idea to pack an essential bag. Strong Hands, LLC., suggest that anything broken, unusable, and unable to restored back close to it’s regular form should be tossed immediately without any hesitation. For a small cost we will take all gently used, recyclable, or repairable items for clients and donate them to a nonprofit that accepts those type of goods. Any items that need to be thrown out we can help with that as well. Items that you are not willing to part with if enough for a small storage space we can help arrange that with clients as well. Strong Hands, LLC., policy when helping clients downsize and declutter is that if they are not ready to give away, toss, or donate – there is no reason to do anything in such that will cause regret and grief later on for them. We respect our clients feelings and opinions as we are working for them find ways to significant benefit them by coming up with a plan of action that will make the situation less overwhelming. Strong Hands, LLC., try not giving advice and more of suggestion because we strongly believe when you give a client suggestion more rather than advice it gives them more options. We suggest to thoroughly downsize and minimize clutter with us to ensure clients have achieved their highest potential in such a sensitive time in their life. Whichever way clients choose to go we will go with them offering our services every step along the way to better help them reach their goals. For more information about our services and booking with us, give us a call at 607-342-6761.

Downsizing for Retirement

Whether clients want to save money, travel more, or live in a home that is more accessible, downsizing can be great for retirement living. It is common that most think about downsizing for retirement. We always tell our clients that come to us that they are not alone. Nearly short of 50% of Americans plan to downsize approaching their golden years. An ideal and practical way to lower clients monthly living expenses and save time on upkeeping a home. Some advantages to consider: the opportunities to clear clutter from your home; moving into a small home will more than likely lower your utility bill; less maintenance and cleaning; if you paid your home off the equity that is more likely than not to be valuable in addition to your assets; selling your current home adjusting to a small space having more money to do what you want with; all of these advantages can not only save you money in the long run but time especially as being older. Worth advantage come disadvantage and of course individualism meaning what works for some might not work for others. For instance, a small home means downsizing and maybe that is a very difficult thing to put into reality, having fewer guest over a time, packing-moving-settling in a new home can be overwhelming emotionally-mentally-physical and not something you are fully ready to do, might have to switch to owning your own home to renting someone else property, and lastly if you live in a good area you might have to take what is available in a more rigid one compromising the lifestyle you have been comfortable with for years. Strong Hands, LLC., has an incredible team that is not only careful and hardworking but empathetic and always on time for our clients as we take it serious. Our team is here to help clients at a low cost that are in need of any of our services. This service in particular can be taxing not only physically but emotionally and mentally for clients as mentioned previously in text. If clients decide they want to downsize for retirement we only ask them to keep a few in mind and let us worry about everything else. We ask that they keep in mind that downsizing a home includes many things such as the cost of selling their home and moving then choosing where they want to live next to spend the next chapter of their life. Before we start helping clients downsize, we ask them to take a look at the current housing expenses (e.g., mortgage payment, home insurance, utility bills, maintenance, and property taxes, so that they know and we know they will succeeded. That is about as personal we get sometimes with our clients because we care about their wants, needs, and success. Some clients are more excited and ready to start their new journey than other and that is okay either way we are here for our clients. Strong Hands, LLC., regardless of where clients want to relocate will help at a low cost. Before taking all of this on by yourself let us be apart of embracing your achievements and getting you to where you want or need to go by giving us a call at 607-342-6761.

Expanding When You First Move In New Home!

Strong Hands, LLC., help inspire new home owners as more than not we have helped more them in and get settled hanging by their side each and every step of the way providing that extra support most need. We suggest that clients think about the things they should do when they first move in and how we can work with them create a safe, efficient, and comfortable living environment for the entire family. Of course, there are multiple things people should moving (e.g., packing an essential bag). However, that is all covered in another post of ours, here we will talk about how we can help clients expand when they move into their new space. Let’s just say for instance you own the home finally you already did a walk through and are good to go on with your list your think is completed to cover all in which that will whip your new home in shape to your standards. Now, let’s get this party started. First, the list, going down one by one evaluating which applies to you. The first appropriate thing that applies to everyone on the list is changing the locks. It does not matter how friendly, kind, honest, or accommodating the previous owners were more than likely you have only known them at face value. For your own peace of mind just go ahead and have us replace the locks. When changing lock it is also a great idea to install edge guards to minimize the possibility for criminal opportunist to get in. Trust us, if they could they would, we have experience to lead us to strongly believe this being true. Next, checking your windows is just as important as changing your locks in a sense. If basic hatches that are commonly found on windows robbers only have to take an object that will pop the hatches out of place to get in. If clients want to add additional security at a low cost Strong Hands, LLC., can install simple pin locks. We like to remind clients to evaluate any sliding or French doors in addition to haven taken care of their windows. We are a company that is a jack of all trades. We can help get clients checked into their new homes by settling up their Wi-Fi and any type of security system. Once clients have called and get themselves set up with a internet company after clients can call us so that we can finish the set up process by handling the equipment part finding the hot spots throughout living space. After all of that is taken care of things get a little more simpler. Strong Hands, LLC., helps clients create a spot they put important items like keys, phone chargers, wallets, purses, and book bags. Putting these type of things in one spot can help create better security and make it more accessible if having to run in and out quickly when on the go. We ask that clients consult with their families and/or roommate to agreed on where the best place their no loose spot to be located. Strong Hands, LLC., has plenty of areas like this because we are always on the fly going from one place to another we need to be able to move quickly without forgetting important things. Before you know it clients will have boxes everywhere when moved in so that is why we always offer each and every one of our services that could benefit them. If clients need help moving their washer and dryers into their new home we will not only do that but we will hook them up with clients permission. Many of us move into a new home and do not know where to start. The answer is start by calling us do not waste your own time dealing with all the trouble that we can clear up a lot quicker as we have the ample amount of experience of more than clients can ever image. For instance, building closet shelving, cleaning clients dryer and changing the air filter in them, installing smoke alarms and/or just changing them, child proofing, checking all of the plugs and appliances, helping clients get organized with the garbage and recycling schedule. Our final though here is that we offer our cleaning services – please give us a call to here about our Clean Team services at 607-342-6761 and book with both Strong Hands, LLC., and the Clean Team.