How To Protect and Prepare Your Furniture for Your Move

Even if you choose to move yourself, it’s important to know the necessary steps in protecting and preparing your furniture. Here at Strong Hands Ithaca, we make sure to bring everything to ensure just that. Here is a list of items you must have:

  • movers wrap
  • moving pads
  • straps
  • tape
  • tools

The first thing to do before moving the furniture up/down a staircase, onto the dolly, or straight onto the truck, is to wrap moving pads around the entire piece, and wrap that in green movers wrap. This will ensure that no damage can be done to the piece, as well as your walls, railing, etc. You should also look for any legs on the couch, table, dresser that need to be removed to avoid damage to that as well.

After you’ve successfully wrapped your item, you can set up your straps to carry it, or set in on the dolly carefully. The ultimate goal is to make sure all of your furniture is protected, has no damage, and that you are satisfied with it.

Moving a Wine Collection

Moving your wine bottles between homes/storage won’t be as easy as you think it will be. Your wine collection is fragile, valuable, and the quality may change during the moving process. The most important thing is that your collection gets transported quickly.

There are plenty of options to choose from when you are looking to move your wine collection. You can do it yourself, hire a household moving company, or hire a specialized wine mover. If you have a hard time coming to terms with someone else handling your collection, moving it yourself is best. You can transport it in your own car, and everything should be in tip top shape if you follow the proper precautions to pack your wine collection. Hiring a moving company, like Strong Hands Ithaca, is a great idea as well. They will handle your items with care. But you should be aware of the weather because as you know, your collection could start to “cook” and won’t be as fresh anymore in really hot weather. A specialized wine mover is the best option to go with. They have the most experience and have all the necessities to move your wine collection over very far distances and in all-weather types.

If you love your wine collection like you say you do, it’s most important for you to do what’s most comfortable and most reasonable to move and handle it.

Using a Moving Dolly

Moving companies should always bring with them a dolly to move heavy and large pieces of furniture / appliances that you have in your home. There are two types of dollies. A furniture dolly – which is a platform of wood sitting on four wheels, and an appliance dolly – which is a metal L-shaped piece with two wheels and handles for you to push. It’s extremely important to use this or you can risk damage to your furniture and even yourself. Moving dollies are also good to use because it will make the move go faster.

The furniture dolly is great for moving couches, dressers, pianos, and much more. Some advantages of the furniture dolly are that they are in-expensive, usually costing $20-$60 depending on the model you get, it maneuvers easily, and holds super heavy items. But there are also disadvantages such as not having a handlebar or anything to actually help push the dolly other than the piece of furniture placed on it, you will also have to lift the item to get in onto the dolly, and it can only move along flat surfaces.

The appliance dolly looks completely different but has the same purpose. These can be used for boxes, appliances, furniture, just about everything. Some advantages of the appliance dollies are that there is a flat piece that you can easily get the item onto to move it, there are two handlebars for you to push and pull, and you can use this so go up or down stairs if needed. The appliance dolly is more expensive than the furniture dolly, costing about $200+ to buy.

If you’re thinking about doing a move, you should definitely buy or at least rent a furniture dolly for your safety, and also for the fact that it will make the move go faster.

Packing Your Mirror

A mirror is something everyone has in their home. Us as human beings love to look at ourselves, so of course when we’re moving, we are going to take our beloved mirror/s. It’s important that you pack and move your mirrors in the correct way, so no damage is done. As you know they are very fragile. The first thing to be done is to make sure you have the correct packing materials: – mirror box (there are different sizes to buy online or in stores) – kraft paper – cardboard – bubble wrap – painter’s tape – packing tape – permanent marker

After laying your mirror down you are going to grab your painter’s tape and make an “X” across the entire reflective front of the mirror. Then you will grab your cardboard and cut it into the exact size of the mirror and cover and tape it together. The next steps would be to wrap it in kraft paper, tape, bubble wrap it, and tape again. This will ensure that your mirror is extra protected. The last things to do are to put the mirror, all wrapped up, in the mirror box, tape the box, and label it. If the mirror box leaves extra space, you should stuff the kraft paper in those spaces, so the mirror isn’t shifting around in the box. If you feel nervous about doing the whole process you can always call a professional packing company and they will be happy to do it for you.

Tips to Help You Save Money on Your Move

Whether you’re moving across the country or across the town, moving comes at an expense. There are many different things to help reduce the cost of your move. It’s best to have an idea of a budget to get yourself started. Selling your un-used and un-wanted items, still in good quality, gives you a chance to add more money into your budget as well.

  • Compare prices with different companies. Every company is trying to compete with others. Negotiating your price for something lower may be something they will consider doing for you.
  • Packing yourself. Sometimes you will find free boxes in stores, or even from friends and family. It also wouldn’t hurt to ask them if they had any materials that they didn’t use anymore.
  • Purchase moving insurance. It might not happen, but accidents can occur, and your valuables won’t be fully covered by the moving companies’ insurance. A lot of time they are based off weight so overall your items won’t be covered like you may think.
Packing Books for Moving

Sometimes people don’t realize how much is needed to pack and move books. You have to do things carefully and without causing damage, or potential damage, to your collection. Before packing your books, you should go through them and make a pile for any that you don’t want anymore. This will ultimately leave you having to pack less books. But only if you want to.

After you’ve sorted your books, you should place them in a strong and sturdy box either upright, with the open sides facing the box, or flat along the sides of the box. If you have very fragile books, you should wrap them in packing paper or even newspaper. You should watch out for putting too many books in one box. They are light when you have one or two but putting a lot together will bear a heavy weight, things could start breaking and could potentially fall over in a moving truck or van. When placing them in the box you should fill the empty space with newspaper or even packing peanuts, so they won’t be shifting around in the box during transport. If you wanted to you could also carry your books in a suitcase.

As easy as it may seem, there are many factors that you need to think about before preparing to pack your precious books. The more careful you are with them, the less of an outcome of damaged books you will have.

Making Your Move Eco-Friendly

When moving, a lot of people don’t think about doing things in an eco-friendly way for the environment. There are a lot of supplies needed to do a move. To help keep things more eco-friendly you could re-use items, purchase eco-friendly material, and even give away items. Even the smallest effort makes a big impact on the environment.

Instead of getting brand new cardboard boxes, you can get reused ones. If you order from any online store, you can use the cardboard that your item came in with. You can even find used cardboard boxes for free at the store. If you have plastic boxes, you can use those as well. Newspaper is great for wrapping up individual fragile, and delicate items. There are also eco-friendly bubble wraps and packing peanuts that you can purchase for your move. It’s good to make use of the materials you already have.

Anything you do not intend to use in the future should be thrown / recycled, given, or sold away. You can hold a garage sale, take things to charity, and even ask your friends and family if they want anything. Of course, you will only be giving away items that are still in good condition. Moving can’t be 100% eco-friendly but anything helps to reduce carbon emission.

Moving Your Business to a New Location

Moving your business to a new building is just as much work as moving homes. You want to make the transition as smooth as possible for your employees, customers, and yourself. This requires careful and sufficient planning. Before anything happens, you need to make sure your company has a great budget to move the business.

Finding the new office space might be a challenge. There are a lot of factors that play into this such as how far or close it will be for you and your employees, if there is sufficient parking for customers, and if it is in proximity with similar business. That helps to make it known for potential new clients. You can ask your employees to help look around for buildings, but if the task is too difficult, you should consider hiring a professional.

Before officially moving you should let your current clients/customers know that way they won’t be caught off-guard. Your employees should know approximately as soon as you decide that the move is a go. This will make the work and the move less confusing and easier. Once the move is in place you should start updating your business address to the new one. You wouldn’t want any new clients/customers to show up to an empty, or completely different building.

If you have technical equipment and servers, you should hire an IT technical professional group who will know how to properly handle the equipment. A moving company like Strong Hands, will be the best option to move any other furniture.

Piano Moving

Moving a piano requires skill and knowledge that not everyone has. This is a difficult task to take on for those who don’t know what they’re doing. Here at Strong Hands Ithaca, we have professional piano movers who will take care of your piano the second they move it, to the second they drop it off.

You need certain supplies and expertise to move a piano. You won’t have to provide anything or do any preliminary work as the movers have everything handled. Our workers have on hand a dolly, ramp, packing tape, pad wrapping, and straps to properly handle and transport your beloved piano.

If you need to move a piano it’s best to hire a professional who knows what they’re doing, then to go on and do it yourself. You will have with you the certainty that your piano is in good hands.

When Should You Start Planning Your Move

Moving is always hard. Planning ahead will definitely benefit you so everything will come out smooth and satisfactory. It’s best when you figure out what to do, and how to do it successfully without any mistakes getting in the way.

First thing you should already have an idea of is where you are planning to move. Once you’ve figured that out you should start with saving money. You will need to spend the money on your new expenses, (rent/mortgage, utilities, taxes, new furniture, etc.). If you have one, your “emergency savings” should stay untouched. If you want to hire movers, then you should save for that as well. It’s great to start exploring different options of companies and choose the best fit for you. Any amount of money you can save starting one year away from your move date, the more ready you will be when the day comes.

Once you’ve figured out where you’re moving, you should start planning accordingly. If it’s across the country/different state, you should start planning approximately one year before hand. A big move like that requires a lot more time to deal with the arrangements that need to be made. Figuring out new schools, doctors, even jobs, if that is what you’re moving for. If you plan on hiring a moving company, then you should call way ahead of time so the both of you can find a perfect time for both schedules. If you’re planning on moving locally then that wouldn’t take nearly as much time as moving to a totally different state. If you are planning on doing the move yourself, locally, then you should call and rent out a moving truck/van a couple weeks before you need it. You should also take a couple days off of work to pack, move, and unpack your items.

Fundamental Things to Do After Moving

Moving into your new home was one job, but now you have to get acclimated into your new home. Especially when you’re moving into a new town or state. Things are going to be hard for you at first, but everything will fall into place over time.

First thing that needs to get done is unpacking. You could hire your movers to do it for you, but majority of the time people decide not to do that. It’s more fun that way. As long as you labeled your boxes you should already have a good idea about where all of your items are going to be placed.

As you’re getting settled into your new home you should figure out how everything works, if you hadn’t already when you toured. This is more in specific to checking all window and door locks, leaky pipes, where the main water valve is, fuse box, as well as checking to make sure your smoke detectors are on and ready. If you have small children or plan to, you should check that you have child-proofed your new home. The more you find out about your home from the very beginning, the less surprises you’ll run into along the way.

More important things to get taken care of as soon as you can are change of address, school, doctors, and even registering your car; (if out of state). These things should even be done before you move into your new home. If you have any pets, you should take them through the neighborhood so they get a feel for it and eventually get used to it. Taking your dogs to the dog park is good for the both of you. You could potentially make new friends and your dog as well.

I imagine that the next best thing for me would be to get to know the town I’m living in. As far as knowing how to get to your new job, or your children’s school, you should go out and give yourself and family a tour of the new town.

Why Hiring a Moving Company is Beneficial

Moving is a big hassle to deal with. On top of work and taking care of the family, you also have to get started with packing and moving everything into your new home. Hiring a company like Strong Hands will help you majorly and leave you to go off and worry about other important things that need to get done.

If needed, Strong Hands will pack the items in your home for you and get them right onto the moving truck. This will definitely take the stress off your mind, and your body. You can sit back and watch how they do their job, or even leave them to work while you are doing other things.

Hiring a moving company will save you time as well. If you had to do all the packing and moving yourself, it could take you days. Strong Hands will quickly get your items out and into your new home in a matter of hours. There would be no going back and forth to bring more and more items, they bring a nice big truck to haul your stuff away in.

More so, the crew is experienced in the skills and knowledge of how to pack items and how to properly handle items when bringing in and out. They will have with them the correct materials to safely move and store your items. This way you don’t have to worry about potentially damaging any of your items.

All things considered, hiring a company like Strong Hands is most beneficial to you so you don’t have to even lift a finger to pack and move your items. Many things can go wrong doing this alone. They will guarantee that you will have a successful completion of your move.