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Moving Tips and Tricks

Moving Tips and Tricks

Secrets to Packing and Moving Like a Pro…

Whether it’s your 1st or your 20th time moving, there are plenty of moving tips and tricks to make the process smoother.  Below, you’ll find everything from tips on how to pack, label and move to getting your friends to help and making sure your items are in good shape when you land.

Tip #1: Packing Your Place

There’s way more to packing than hunting down used boxes at the grocery store or online. Packing moving boxes is as much an art as it is a science. A primary trick is to get specialized boxes for fragile or oddly shaped items. You can purchase these boxes from moving and storage companies or even at local office supply stores or big box stores like Walmart or Target. Using boxes in bad shape is the quickest way to have them come apart and damage your items. You may have to shell out a few extra dollars for new boxes and plenty of good quality tape, but it will be worth it when your items arrive in one piece.

Moving Supplies

  • For kitchen breakables, purchase “dish barrel” boxes to hold your dishes in place and use plenty of packing paper or bubble wrap.
  • Cylindrical poster tubes are an ideal container for art that can be rolled up.
  • Wardrobe boxes with a bar for hanging your clothes may seem decadent, but they’re huge time savers when it’s time to unpack.
  • Wall art, mirrors and such are better protected in long, flat boxes.
  • They’re not boxes, but vacuum sealable bags are great for coats and other clothing and can help you save a ton of space.

If you’re employing local movers Marietta Ga, then they’ll appreciate all your extra efforts to properly pack and prepare and you’ll become their partner in preventing unnecessary claims.

Tip #2: Padding is Cheap Insurance…

Packing paper is extremely useful and fairly cheap compared to styrofoam peanuts and/or bubble wrap. It’s also easily recyclable, as opposed to Styrofoam or bubble wrap. Newspaper or magazine pages can serve the same function and is more affordable, but the ink may stain your belongings, so use it with caution. You can use packing paper or newspaper to line the bottom of boxes and to wrap fragile items like dishes, mirrors, or pictures in frames. Just crumple it up and you have the perfect cushioning material.

Tip #3: Labeling Saves Time, Effort and Frustration

When it comes to knowing where things came from and are going to when you unload…labeling can’t be under estimated in the amount of time, effort and frustration it will save you. Consider numbering and/or lettering your boxes and keeping a reference list. That way, if you need to find something, you’ll know which box number to look for. You can even label or color code each box to its appropriate room. Make your labels highly visible by using a dark marker on light colored tape and avoiding dark colored tape. Mark boxes on their tops and sides so you can read them no matter how they’re stacked.

Tip #4: Keep Everything in Its Place

Try to leave items in their usual places so you don’t waste time putting everything back when it’s time to unpack. For instance, make sure knives are firmly secure in their knife block with lots of sturdy packing tape and paper. Do the same for silverware in fitted trays. If you have clothing in your dresser, tape the drawers shut and secure them closed with tape and moving pads.

Tip #5: Designate a Packing Room

Pick a room in your house or apartment to be your center of packing operations. This makes the process more efficient and limits much of the mess to one room, which will help lessen the stress of moving. Choose a room with a large table surface so you can wrap while standing up.  This is not to say you can’t have two or three packing rooms, i.e. kitchen, master bed and basement…as sometimes you need one on each floor to avoid carrying things all over before packing them.  The bigger your home or business, the more packing rooms you’ll be needing.

Tip #6: High-End Packing for High-End Electronics

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Computers, stereo equipment and other electronic equipment is expensive and fairly fragile, so pack them carefully. The best containers for costly electronics like computers or televisions are their original boxes, but many people throw these away after purchase. If you can’t find the original box, find a sturdy, appropriately sized substitution or purchase one from a moving company.

Remove the item’s cords, wrap them, label each appropriately, and then pack them in a bag that you will include in the box. Use a blanket, towel, or moving pad to wrap the item, then slide it into the box. If there’s still space left over, use crumpled-up packing paper or rolled-up socks to fill in the holes.

Tip #7: Books – Great for Your Brain…Not Your Back

The pursuit of knowledge is a noble endeavor, but heavy books are often the cause of pulled muscles and soar backs after moving day. If you can bear the loss, now is the time to pare down your library to the essentials. If you can’t sell them to used bookstores or online, consider donating them to a good cause. Prisons, public schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, and literacy centers are usually happy to accept your books if they’re in good condition.

Once you get down to the books you must take with you, make sure you use smaller size and heavier weight boxes with plenty of tape so the boxes don’t come apart while you’re moving them.  The smaller boxes will also help to keep the weight of each individual box down so they can be moved around by hand if needed.

Tip #8: Throw a Reverse Housewarming Party

We all know that holding a yard sale and/or donating your unwanted belongings is a great way to eliminate some items before a move, but not everyone has time or lives in a populated area. If you find yourself short on time but long on unwanted items, invite your friends over for a “Reverse Housewarming” party. Instead of bringing something to share, party guests have to take an item home with them.

Tip #9: Plan a Homecoming Celebration

Even using all of these moving tips and tricks, moving is physically lots of work and emotionally tiring, so you deserve a break when you finally get unloaded. Many hands makes light work, so get friends to help or hire some professional movers in Marietta Ga or wherever else you’re moving to so you’re not useless after the move and a one day move doesn’t turn into a week.

Plan to unwind once you finish unloading, even if it’s just takeout from a restaurant in your new neighborhood. You don’t want your first night in your new home to be a stressful one. A little preparation goes a long way if you can, visit your new home before moving day or send a friend by to stock the fridge with champagne and do some research online to find out what the best rated pizza and take-out restaurants are in your area.

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Why Move to Marietta Ga

      If you’re not originally from here or lived here for long, life in Marietta Ga may seem too good to be true. But as the 75,000 residents of  City of Marietta and 450,000+ in the Greater Marietta Area already know, this vibrant, diverse and thriving community has earned national recognition many times over the years.  At Mike’s Moving and Hauling we’ve moved hundreds of families into, out of and around Marietta Ga.  Each family has their own special reason for moving to Marietta, and our Marietta movers would like to share a few of those reasons with you.

Marietta had lots to be proud of…

Local citizens, business leaders and government officials are all proud of Marietta’s 2006 title of All-America City.  Only ten communities throughout the nation are chosen from more than 600 applicant cities to receive this special national recognition each year. To apply, Marietta had to do a number of things: show the National Civic League that citizens were actively involved in their community through volunteer and business organizations, government was well-organized and efficient at solving local problems, and future community goals were declared in a clear plan involving the collaboration of citizens, parents, children, the municipality and civic leaders alike!

As an award-winning city, Marietta understands the urgency and importance of proactively controlling and reducing crime, a test that Marietta has passed with flying colors. Through the united effort of three community partnership projects, Marietta government officials and citizens worked together to reduce the city-wide crime rate by twenty-two percent.

The Strategy for Revitalizing Marietta Ga…

At the same time, the Marietta Revitalization Program was initiated to redevelop declining areas and strengthen the sense of community among citizens. By strategically applying an investment totaling well over 335 million dollars, the City of Marietta will continue stabilizing the local housing market in the aftermath of the nationwide housing crisis, boosting school enrollment and facilities, and revitalizing both neighborhoods and community areas for the benefit of all of her citizens.

Marietta is on a mission to put community first, and 2013 will only see an increase in programs, activities, and events for all citizens in Marietta to enjoy.  Leading the way will be the beautiful Marietta Square, surrounded by quaint shops, restaurants and theaters.  There are seasonal activities in the Marietta Square and various parks throughout the area offering something for everyone to do in a family safe environment.  Many say this or the fantastic public schools as one of their primary reasons for moving to Marietta Ga.

The whole Greater Marietta Area is worth checking out…

Ultimately, no matter where your from, have family or single, what age you are, what you do for a living or what you like to do in your free time…we feel confident that if you come and visit, check us out…you’ll very likely end up moving to Marietta Ga and becoming our neighbor.  If you love Marietta but can’t find the apartment or home you’re looking for here, you can always look into Roswell, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Smyrna or Sandy Springs as they’re adjacent townships that although not Marietta, have a lot more in common than they have different.  We’ve served as movers in these communities as well and see why so many would also choose to move there.

When it comes to movers in Marietta Ga, no one knows Marietta and the surrounding areas better than we do at Mike’s Moving and Hauling, a Marietta Ga based mover for 28 years now.  Call us today, 770-977-0144,with any questions, to arrange an estimate or to find out more about this beautiful place, Marietta Ga, that we also call home.