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Miami moving company announces professional services for stress-free moving. “Let us do the “HEAVY LIFTING”

“Impeccable reputation as one of the most trusted moving companies Miami Florida has to offer”

Miami, FL: Moving can be very challenging and stressful, especially for people who have lots of stuff. But it doesn’t have to be like that, with the right service. Lift It Moving and Storage is proud to announce their moving services. The company helps customers reduce stress by offering services like long distance moving, residential moving, commercial moving, labor moving, piano moving, etc. They are rated as one of the most reliable moving companies Miami, because of their innovative approach, prompt response, and exceptional customer service. Lift It Moving and Storage Miami is all about helping people achieve their moving goal with ease.

For more information, please visit https://liftitmovingandstorage.com.

“Moving can be very challenging for anyone. When you think about the time you need to pack and unpack, clean, store, and travel thousands of miles to your destination, it could overwhelm you. We provide rest of mind and complete professional service you can always trust. Our team of top-class Miami movers are the best in their profession. We handle all cases with special attention, to ensure you get exactly want you want. There is no stress, so just relax and watch us do what we know how to best,” said Brock Warner, a representative of Lift It Moving and Storage.

Lift It Moving and Storage is regarded as one of the best moving companies Miami fl because they offer a range of moving services, all with their peculiar specifications, goal, and purpose. Their long distance moving service is for people who want to move their residence or business locally or across state lines. This kind of moving requires extra care and attention to ensure everything goes on well. The company also offer all types of residential moving, for families relocating to another town or city. Their commercial moving service is for those who need a strategic plan and logistical demand for moving their business, while the moving labor is for people who require swift transport of labor services.

Lift It Moving and Storage is also one of the most trusted movers Miami for piano moving to universities, colleges, and performance venues in Florida. They also provide customers with quality packaging service that ensure safety and protection of their valuables.

“The three young men who showed up to pack my POD were very efficient and took careful attention with my specific needs. They placed certain items so less weight would be on them and closer to the door, where I could easily access them. They worked hard for the entire duration. I was thoroughly impressed with how they fit everything in, secured things down, and boxed things if I had not done so properly,” said Dana R, Hialeah, Florida.

Lift It Moving and Storage is a Movers Miami fl company that utilizes innovation to ensure quick service delivery. They are efficient, reliable and always on the go to guarantee success.

About Lift It Moving and Storage


Lift It Moving and Storage is a moving company based in Miami, Florida with several locations throughout Florida. With over 27 years of experience, they offer highly professional moving service at competitive price. For more information, please contact 305 521 8553, info@liftitmovingandstorage.com or visit https://liftitmovingandstorage.com.

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Lift It Moving and Storage Miami
Brock Warner
14261 SW 120th St.
#103-516 Miami FL 33186
305 521 8553
info@liftitmovingandstorage.com
https://liftitmovingandstorage.com

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Week By Week Moving Timeline

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Week By Week Moving Timeline

At Lift It Moving and Storage we understand that moving is the third most stressful event in a person’s lifetime. Our goal is to make the move as stress-free as possible. Our Week By Week Moving Timeline is designed to cover all the bases leading up to your move and to make this event as effortless as possible.

Eight Weeks Before Your Move

  • Purge Before Packing. Get rid of any any unnecessary items. Having a yard sale, donating to charity, or selling the items online are good options.
  • Start using up items you can’t move, such as frozen food and cleaning supplies.
  • Begin Packing. Any items you won’t need in the immediate future should be packed away. This will eliminate any stress from packing at the last minute.

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Six Weeks Before Your Move

  • If you are moving for a new job or relocating for a current job, verify what expenses they will be responsible for, if any.
  • Verify how to deduct your move from your taxes using our Moving Tax Deductions guide
  • All travel arrangements (hotel, flights, car rental, etc.) for your family should be made at this time. Try to keep your plan flexible as possible to accommodate any schedule changes or delays
  • Finalize all real estate or rental needs in your new city
  • Contact your insurance agent to transfer any medical, auto, fire or flood insurance

Four Weeks Before Your Move

  • Contact the Post Office and submit your change of address form. Make sure the following people have your new address:
    • Friends & Family
    • Utility Companies
    • Your Financial Institutions
    • Local & Federal Government Agencies
    • Schools
    • Subscription Companies
  • If you’re packing yourself purchase your moving boxes
  • Plan your yard sale or donate your unwanted items to charity

Three Weeks Before Your Move

  • If you are taking advantage of our Auto Transport services, you should make your final reservations for a vehicle pick up at this time.
  • Consider giving your plants to friends or a charity if you are moving from one state to another. Some state laws prohibit the moving of houseplants.
  • Make transportation arrangements for your pets. Take your pets to your veterinarian to ensure proper up to date health certificates and rabies inoculations. Some states will require these documents.
  • You will need to carry all valuable jewelry with you. If you have any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving.
  • Return any borrowed items such as library books. Also collect all items that are being repaired stored or cleaned (clothing, furs, shoes etc.).

Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Transfer all prescriptions to a drugstore in your new city. Call your bank to find out how to transfer your accounts. Clear all your safety deposits boxes.
  • Disassemble and disconnect your computer system before your move. Back up all your computer files on a disk. Consider taking all back up files disks with you in the car. Exposure to extreme temperatures can damage your software.
  • Clean and clear your home including closets, basement and attics and the items that you will take.
  • Dispose of items that represent a hazard and are not allowed to be shipped.
  • Tape and seal all cleaning fluids that are non-toxic, non-flammable in plastic bags.
  • Drain your lawn mower, snow blower, power tools of all the oil and gasoline to ensure safe transportation.
  • Schedule appliance disconnection and preparation with a service provider.
  • Have your automobile serviced if your travel is by car.

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One Week Before Your Move

  • Make sure to mark which items you’ll take yourself, so the we won’t take them or have any questions.
  • Make sure you haven’t overlooked anything in the house.
  • Mark your boxes to be shipped with “Fragile”, “Do Not Load” stickers.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator, freezer and clean your stove, all at least 24 hours before moving to let them air out. Try using baking soda to get rid of any odors.
  • Prepare items you will need while your goods are in transit. Pack your suitcases and confirm travel arrangements for you and your family. Try to keep plans as flexible as possible in the event of unexpected delay or schedule change.
  • Make sure we know the address and phone number to your new home. You should also provide an address and phone number of where you can be reached until you will get to your new home.
  • Arrange for the payment due upon pick up. We accept Cash, Cashier’s Check or Money Order at the time of Pick Up

Two Days Before Your Move

  • Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. (This might include non-aerosol cleaning supplies, disposable plates and cups, light tools, snacks, bathroom items and trash bags.)
  • Take this box with you
  • Organize and set aside those things that you’re taking with you so that they don’t get loaded on the van in error.
  • Do your laundry
  • Clean your old home

Moving Day

Please be sure to read our Moving Day Guide on how to get you and your home ready for the big day.

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Pack Like a Pro

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Pack Like a Pro

Lift It Moving and Storage leads the pack when it comes to preparation. We are a relocation company that firmly believes that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. This is why we go to great lengths to ensure that all relocation questions and concerns are addressed and handled accordingly. One of the biggest issues consumers have when moving is preparing to pack; at times it seems as this is some insurmountable task and for this reason it is usually put off until the very end. The effect this has on the consumer is devastating, we seek to educate, inform, and guide the consumer to alleviate this unnecessary anxiety. Whether you are doing the packing or we are packing you need to know what to be prepared for. The self pack checklist listed below is for those who elect to do their own packing, it provides you the tools you require to pack like a pro and to see to it that your move goes off without a hitch. Leave it to the pros we will lighten your load.

  • You will need the following packing supplies:
    • Moving Boxes
    • Bubble wrap
    • Markers
    • Packing tape
    • Newspaper and tissue
    • Scissors
    • Tape measure
  • Purchase double and triple corrugated cardboard boxes for packing clothes, dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
  • Pack video equipment in their original boxes. If you do not have original boxes measure the item and purchase the box that best fits the items dimensions. Label cables and tighten screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
  • Avoid packing more than 50 pounds into one box.
  • Label the boxes, indicate the following:
    • Which room it should go(either a number associated with each room/color stickers)
    • Whether it is fragile
    • Which side of the box should be facing up
  • Cushion contents when packaging fragile items make sure to use ample bubble wrap, newspaper, or tissue. You can save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
  • Pack books snugly on end to maximize the usage of space. If you are looking to rid your house of the musty smell books can accumulate over time, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. To really eradicate that musty smell leave the boxes packed for a couple of months with the talcum powder.
  • Take rugs and draperies to dry clean before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
  • Pack medicines in a secure, leak proof container. All important medicines are to travel with you.
  • Pack valuables in a separate box to carry with you.

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How to Pack Like a Pro

  • Plan to receive necessary packing materials in advance – When packing your own household items it is best to secure the packing materials as quickly as possible so you may pack at your leisure. Packing with a very tight timeline can cost you peace of mind, and will compound any anxiety the move has already caused you. For those looking for the most thriftiest of options, you can save a substantial amount of money, by obtaining boxes from other sources such as friends who have recently moved and/or stores(liquor stores are the best). Starting to collect boxes two to three months prior to your move date will make it possible to obtain enough boxes.
  • Select the proper size and type of boxes – Heavy items such as record albums, canned food, books, etc. should be put in smaller boxes. Some items such as large paintings, pictures, mirrors, glass tops, shelves, clocks and mattresses may require special boxes i.e. mirror boxes which are typically 40 inches by 60 inches 4 inches wide, it’s a protective quadrant that essentially pulls apart so the fragile item may be snugly fit within the box  or packing material which we can provide or you could secure ahead of time.
  • Pack one room at a time – Packing may appear to be an insurmountable task when viewed from the perspective of the entire house or the whole move process. Packing one room at a time (stay with that room until it is fully packed) has the effect of dividing the overall task into several smaller and more manageable tasks. This approach will make it possible to set realistic goals, i.e. pack the bedroom today, the kitchen tomorrow, etc.
  • Tape both sides of the box top and bottom – Taping the bottom of boxes before filling them prevents the contents from spilling out of the box and causing unnecessary
  • Heavy items go on the bottom – Light items stacked on heavy – In each box the heavier items should be placed at the bottom and the lighter items on top to prevent damage.
  • Use a lot of paper padding – All breakable items should be wrapped individually in paper, bubble wrap, tissue paper or a combination of all three depending on the item. Paper, tissue paper, or bubble wrap should be used to cushion the bottom, sides and top of boxes.
  • Place breakables correctly in box – Plates are to be stacked vertically as if in a dish drain; glasses and stemware should be placed in an upright position; again, use plenty of paper, bubble wrap or tissue paper on all fragile and breakable items.
  • Pack boxes correctly – Fill all boxes to the top without overfilling. Boxes with items sticking over the top cannot be properly closed or stacked; boxes that are under filled will be crushed when stacked. So always make sure each box is filled totally to the top before closing. Any space at the top can be filled with paper, bubble wrap, towel, blanket or other similar items.
  • Close box and seal shut with tape – Boxes should be closed and sealed with tape to prevent damage and make stacking easier.
  • Label each box – Use a permanent marker to clearly label each box as to its general contents and the room it is to be placed in at destination. Label on the side of each box rather than on the top so that box in stacks can be identified. If a box is packed in a manner that requires it to be always kept in an upright position, draw arrows on each side indicating which end must always be kept up. Any boxes containing particularly fragile items should be labeled as such.
  • Stack cartons – Time will be saved on your move if you arrange cartons in stacks of similar sized cartons four to five feet high. This enables the cartons to be easily dollied from the house to the truck.
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Moving Tax Deductions

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Moving Tax Deductions

When you book your move with Lift It Moving and Storage you can rest assured that you will have just one point of contact for both your Household Move and Auto Transport. Your vehicle will travel on a separate car hauler, designed to get you your vehicle safe and sound. Full value protection with no deductible to you is included in the rate. We go the extra mile to make sure that your entire move goes off without a hitch.

Open Auto Shipping

The term ‘open shipping’ describes this type of auto transport fairly well. Open shipping refers to open car carriers with the capacity to haul up to ten cars at one time. These trailers are the industry standard, and nearly all cars that are shipped travel by this method. Most dealerships get their vehicles from the manufacturer via open shipping.

Enclosed Auto Transport

Enclosed shipping options are available on most routes. Because the truck cannot carry as many vehicles, the attention to detail paid by the driver and the increased insurance coverage this option is generally more expensive.

Open Vs. Enclosed

There are many different choices that are involved in a move, including those that are associated with car shipping. Many different companies operate this type of service, but there are many aspects that most consumers do not know about. When confronted by the term ‘auto transport’, most people simply think of the large trailers that haul multiple cars and trucks down the highway. This, however, is only a single choice that consumers have these days when it comes to shipping a vehicle.

Enclosed Shipping may be a better alternative for some customers. A general rule of thumb in the industry is if your vehicle is currently worth more than $100k than an enclosed transport may be the viable transport option for you.

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MOVING VALUABLE ITEMS

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We all have certain goods to move that are valuable to us in some way. Most of us own large electrical goods such as TVs and stereos and some of us may own valuable antiques, jewelry and even items of sentimental value that need extra care and thought throughout the moving process.moving valuable items

Although we often forget this we all also own paperwork and important documents that are of value to us. These can include birth certificates, share certificates, banking information, insurance documents, check books and credit cards and so on – we may not use them every day but we don’t want to lose them. These documents will come to light as you go through your home packing up. Pack them up in a single container – preferably one that can be locked. Your mover may offer to rent/sell you secure crates for this type of purpose.

Most moving companies are more than capable of transporting standard large and high-value items such as PCs, TVs and stereos but you still need to take care yourself to pack them up properly to avoid damage. Moving your computer is covered in a separate section on the site. For TVs and stereos etc., you should always try to pack these types of items in their original boxes or in similar sized ones with plenty of packing to stabilize them.

If you own antiques then you may need to employ a moving company with specific expertise in this field or to take specialist advice when packing/moving. By their very nature, antiques can be more fragile than modern furniture and you should pay particular attention to protecting them before they are placed in a moving van. If in doubt, ask your movers for advice before you start your move. If you own a lot of antiques then your best bet will be to bring in specialists – for the packing process as well as the move.

It’s essential to talk to your movers about items of value before you agree a moving contract with them. This way you’ll be covered if problems arise. If you don’t notify them and a high-value item is damaged then they will blame you for not telling them about it. Your chances of compensation will be minimized. You basically need to know how much insurance cover they have and how comprehensive it is. They will probably ask for a list of high-value items such as electrical goods, antiques, jewelry etc., and may even refuse to carry certain items if their insurance coverage is insufficient. They may offer higher cover for an extra premium. You should also talk to your home insurers to check whether your contents insurance will cover damage/loss during a move. Again, they may offer cover at a premium. In both cases you will be expected to provide estimates of value etc., and you may need to have them independently appraised. You may also find that your movers insist on packing up valuable items themselves to cover their own insurance regulations – some may charge you extra for this. It is worthwhile doing – many movers won’t take responsibility for damage in transit if they didn’t pack goods themselves.

Many people believe that the best way to protect valuable items – especially jewelry, documents and items of sentimental value is to move them yourself. This way you take responsibility for their transport and, at the very least, it’s one less thing to worry about. You can also alternatively talk to your bank about having small valuable items stored for you while you get the move out of the way. Many of us will drive from our old home to our new on the day of our move and the easiest thing to do is to keep these valuable items to one side to be packed into the car. If you do opt to do this, do take care not to advertise the fact that you are moving valuable items. Keep as much stuff as possible locked in the trunk and cover or disguise anything you have to put in view. Don’t leave the car unattended wherever possible – car thieves would just love to get into your car on this particular day! You might also want to double-check again with your insurers to check you are covered for damage outside the home during the transport of these items. If you’re not, get some cover!

No matter how careful you and your movers may be, accidents can still occur. To minimize problems if something does go wrong, take photos or videos of all your valuable items before you pack them up. This can save you considerable time and problems if you do have to make a claim for something that happens during the move.

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MOVING WITH PETS

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These simple steps can make the move smoother for your favorite feline or canine companion.

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A five year old Golden Retriever unpacking her dog toys and bones from a moving box, with other boxes stacked against the wall. “Dutchess”

General Tips

Ask your veterinarian for a copy of your pet’s medical history, and be sure all shots are current.
When you move, take along a health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate. The health certificate, signed by your veterinarian, says your pet is in good condition. The rabies certificate states when and where your pet was vaccinated. If you move across state lines, call or write the state veterinarian or State Department of Animal Husbandry for laws on the entry of animals. Some states require up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Hawaii requires a 120-day quarantine for dogs and cats. Shortly before the move, your pets may become nervous because of all the unusual activity. Keep a close eye on them; stress may cause them to misbehave or run off. Consider having them boarded during the most hectic days. Make certain your pet is wearing proper identification and any required license tags. After the move, give them time to adjust to the new neighborhood. Don’t let them roam freely until they learn where “home” is now. If you pet has an ID implant, remember to update your contact information.

Just for Dogs
If possible, try to ease your dog into the new environment. If your move is not a great distance, take your dog with you for visits to the new home prior to your move. Let your dog sniff and explore. After the move, take your dog for walks to get acquainted with its new surroundings. Introduce neighbors as well as the mail carrier and other service people who will come to the home regularly. Moving from the city to the suburbs, or the reverse, may mean a transition in housebreaking procedure. The suburban dog will find that city living means learning to relieve itself on the pavement rather than grass. (Don’t forget the pooper scooper.) A city-bred dog must become accustomed to using a designated area in the suburban yard. Put your dog on a fairly rigid schedule just as you would a puppy.

Just for Cats. 
Introduce the cat to its new home one room at a time. For the first few days, restrict it to one room. Surround it with familiar objects: feeding and water bowls, toys, bed or blanket, and litter box (placed away from feeding bowls). Gradually introduce it to other rooms.  As your cat acclimates itself, gradually move the feeding dishes and litter box to their permanent locations. If your cat has been an outdoor cat in the country and moves to the city, keeping it a strictly indoor cat is recommended. Traffic and elevators (if you’re in a high-rise) are among the hazards that can be life-threatening. Another danger is the “high-rise” syndrome. Be certain that all windows have secure screens to prevent your cat from falling. Conversely, if yours is a city cat used to being indoors, proceed with caution if you allow the cat to go outside in a suburban setting. An indoor cat is not used to traffic or to other animals. And she may run away – some cats have been known to travel incredible lengths to reach their former home.

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MOVING WITH PLANTS

You can take your plants with you when you move without harming them.
Here are some tips:

Call your local U.S. Department of Agriculture to check on regulations if moving from one state to another. Many states have restrictions on certain kinds of plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops in that state.

A couple of weeks before you move, prune plants to facilitate packing. Consult a florist or a plant book for instructions.

A week before your move, put your plants in a black plastic bag with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or bug powder in the bag before you put the plant in. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight. This will kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.

The day before your move, place the plants in cardboard containers. Make sure they are held in place by dampened newspaper or packing paper. Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist. Water the plants normally in summer, a little less in winter.

On the day of your move, set the boxes aside and mark “DO NOT LOAD” so they won’t be taken on the moving van.

On the day you leave, close boxes, punch air holes in the top and load in your car.

When on the road, be careful where you park your car. Look for a shaded area in the summer and a sunny spot in the winter.

Unpack the plants as soon as you can after arriving. Remove plants through the bottom of the box in order to avoid breaking the stems. Do not expose the plants to too much sunlight at first. Let them get accustomed to more light gradually.

If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.

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MOVING WITH CHILDREN

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We stress careful planning in every section of this Web
site, but at no time is planning more important than when children are involved in a move. From the top, we want to add two other “musts” to careful planning: consistent communication and continual inclusion of all family members in the moving process. Let’s look at some age-related considerations first, and some suggestions on how to deal with them.moving with kids

Pre-school children live in very short time frames, dominated usually by either “now” or “in a minute.” By contrast, school children from grades 2 and up are very aware of weeks and months, vacation days and spring or fall breaks. Elementary children begin to enlarge their world beyond the family by sleepovers, team sports and club activities. By 3rd or 4th grade, close same-gender friendships have formed and many children are beginning to establish their own identity within academic, social, sports or club activities, achievements and relationships.

In spite of the evidence that elementary aged children who have moved before are generally better adjusted and more adaptable to change than children who have never moved, you can expect some initial resistance to a move from your well socialized children. By expecting resistance you can plan on dealing with it.

Teens, especially those of high school age, are likely to be significantly more disturbed by the thought of interrupting their social, sports or academic interests, for the sake of the family’s move. Public and private high schools with good academic standings and a high annual percentage of college acceptances, automatically breed pride and promise into their students. Without adequate information on the school to which they are moving, some students fear the move may hurt their chance for admission to the college of their choice.

Children of all ages are apt to use “black or white” thinking relative to the move, particularly if they have a large circle of good friends now. Moving will be bad, bleak, black with no possible shades of gray, for them. The opposite may well be true when children have few or no close friends nearby.

What to communicate when! Experts recommend an immediate disclosure of the upcoming move to all family members to provide each person with adequate time to adjust to the idea. One caution. Parents need to know enough about the new community or neighborhood to sensibly answer important initial questions from their children. Parents, do your initial research immediately. Anticipate sports, academic, religious, and community-related questions based on the activities in which your children are currently engaged. What are the schools like and where are they located relative to your potential new home or neighborhood? How do their new schools compare with current schools?

Kids need to feel a sense of stability and purpose in the move. Why are you moving? How will the move benefit the children? Sure, the company transferred Dad or Mom, but why do the kids have to “suffer” as a result of a parental transfer?

Children also need to buy into the moving process and be recognized as an important part of the family’s move. A good place to start is with feelings. Tell them yours first, honestly, positive and negative, and encourage them to share their feelings no matter whether good or bad. Most of all, be absolutely honest. Don’t beat around the bush.

High school juniors and seniors need to know different things about the new town than their younger, elementary siblings. Find a way and an appropriate time to provide all the information each child needs along with time for the child to respond with their own feelings about the move. Many communities provide printed materials on school systems, town facilities, recreational opportunities and maps of the surrounding countryside. Ask for every brochure offered and make them available to all family members.

Once your children know about the move, your move-related communications job is not over, but has only just begun. Expect varied reactions from your children over time, as they tell their friends and begin to think or fantasize about their new community. Try rap sessions in which pre-teen and/or teenage children talk about the move among themselves and clarify among other things the reasons why you are making the move, where the family is moving, what its advantages and opportunities are, when will each of the move-related events take place (selecting, organizing, packing, moving out/in, etc.) and how the children can stay connected with their current friends through visits, etc.

One way to gain active participation from your children is to involve them in every possible move-related decision: house-hunting in the new neighborhood; room selection, color scheme, etc; what to dispose of pre-move, and how; packing special toys and keepsakes; marking special boxes for their own room; and change of address forms or labels for children to give to their close friends. Take lots of pictures inside and outside the new home for decorating, furnishing, remodeling and other pre-move planning activities. Your children will be happy to share pictures of their new home with their friends, helping them to become enthusiastic about their move.

Experts tell varied stories about the best time of year to move. Many frequent movers have completed real estate transactions during the spring months to capitalize on summer vacation months for the move. But summer is not the only time to move. Moves made during the school year have advantages also. Preteens and teenagers will be integrated immediately into their new school and make friends more quickly. When summer vacation comes, teens already have new friends with whom to enjoy their summer vacation.

Consider all family members as you answer the “when to move” question. Learn about the school schedule in your new community. By all means make sure current school records are requested in time for completion and transfer before your children enter their new schools.

All family members will want their medical records to follow them to the new community but with children, availability of medical records is vital, particularly for school entry. Ask your current pediatrician to refer you to a pediatrician in your new community. And by all means take copies of all of your medical records with you in a well marked package or carton. Finally, check the moving charts in this issue for reminders of key actions and decisions you will want to make before actually making the move.

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PACKING TIPS

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Packing Materials

Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. We can supply you with specially made cartons, for everything from mattresses to clothing and mirrors. The added protection of mover-provided cartons may avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials. Your alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your grocery or liquor store. Save old newspapers for use in packing, but remember that ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items.packing tips

*WARNING: Insect eggs and insects such as roaches can travel in food boxes.
Keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores.

Here’s a list a packing supplies that will come in handy:
> Plastic bags and labels for easy identification. 
 > Foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or “popcorn.”
> Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
> Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
> Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing cartons.
> Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
> Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.
> Scissors and/or sharp knife.
> Packing Pointers

Before actually packing-up, you need to have a game plan. For example:
> Pack one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.
> Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
> Mark all boxes, designating room and box number. 

Make a carton identification log to show the number of boxes packed per room, and the total number of cartons packed. It’s a good idea to leave space in your log for a special comments section to note carton conditions or location of high value goods. Notify your mover of any high value items.

Be sure to have plenty of “filling” material available.
> Be sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold content’s weight.
> Packing tape or gummed tape is better than masking tape.
> Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top.
> Try to keep a per-box weight of 50 pounds or less; it makes moving a lot easier.
A general rule to remember on carton size — the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.

Packing Dish-ware

1 – Select a medium-sized carton (or mover provided dish pack) and line the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.

2 – With packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center one plate on the paper.

3 – Grasp a corner on several sheets of packing paper and pull the paper over the plate until sheets completely cover the plate. Stack a second plate on and, moving clockwise, grasp a second corner and pull sheets over the second plate.

4 – Stack a third plate. Grasp remaining two corners, folding two sheets of each corner (one at a time) over the plate.

5 – Turn your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.

6 – Re-wrap the entire bundle: start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle, cover bundle with next corner, then the third corner; and finally, the fourth.

7 – Seal the bundle with packing tape. 

8 – Place the bundle of dish-ware in a medium-size box so that the plates are standing on edge.

9 – Use this process on all saucers, bread and butter dishes, and other dishware. When packing smaller dishes, you may choose to stack in greater quantity.

Packing Cups

1 – With packing paper in place on the work table, position one cup six to eight inches from one of the corners.

2 – Now pull the near corner of the paper up and over the cup.

3 – Nest a second cup directly on top, with handle to left (second cup should “nest” itself in packing paper folded over the bottom cups).

4 – Pull the two side corners up and over, one at a time, and tuck corners inside the top cup.

5 – Hold the bottom and top cup in position and roll cups to the remaining corner. Fragile mixing bowls may be rolled in the same manner.

6 – Delicate cups, like china, should be wrapped one at a time. Antique glass or china should be stuffed with crumpled tissue and wrapped one at a time. 

Packing Glasses and Stemware — Stuff glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper before wrapping. Lay on the corner of packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations (depending on size); pull sides of packing paper up and over glass/stemware and continue rolling to the far corner. Corrugated paper rolls or cellular boxes may be used for added protection.

Place glasses and stemware — Toward the top of your box. Heavier items (dish-ware, pitchers, etc.) should be placed toward the bottom of the box. 

Delicate glassware and stemware — Should be placed in an upright position, not on its side.
No matter what you’re packing, you should use crumpled packing paper in between each layer to assure a snug fit wherever there’s a gap. All boxes with “fragile” items should be marked accordingly.

Specialized Packing Tips — The list of individual household items is endless. Most can be packed by following our packing pointers. Here are some additional packing tips for major items. If you want a more comprehensive list of how to pack special items, drop us a line.

Bureau Drawers — Don’t overload. Too heavy a load can cause damage. Remove firearms and any items that might break or leak. Firearms, along with serial numbers, must be registered with your van line representative before the move.

Canned Goods and Other Non-Frozen Food — Pack upright with no more than 24-30 cans per carton. Don’t attempt to move perishables. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually and pack in small cartons.

Frozen Foods and Plants — Because of the delicate and perishable nature of these items, your mover is prohibited from accepting these packed items when your shipment is being transported more than 150 miles and/or delivery will not be accomplished within twenty-four (24) hours from the time of loading. Frozen food shipped within these guidelines must be packed in a freezer which at time of loading is at normal deep-freeze temperature.

Clocks — Remove or secure pendulum in large clocks. Grandfather clocks should be prepared for moving by expert servicemen.

Drapes and Curtains — Hang drapes over crossbars in wardrobe cartons, or pack folded in clean cartons. Remove curtains from rods, fold and pack in cartons or bureau drawers.

Flammables and Combustibles — Flammable liquids and aerosol cans must not be packed. Changes in temperature and pressure can cause them to leak, or even explode. For your own protection, you should know that if you pack these items and they cause damage to your shipment or others, you, not your mover, may be held liable.

Lamps and Lampshades — Remove bulbs, harps and shades. Roll up cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and place upright in clean, tissue-lined carton. Wrap harp and finial (decorative knob) with packing paper and tape to inside wall of carton that contains shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper. Place upright in large, tissue lined cartons.

Medicines — Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons. If needed during travel, carry with you.

Mirrors, Paintings and Pictures — Tell your agent about valuable paintings for special care. Wrap small mirrors, pictures, paintings, and frames and place on edge in cartons. Place large pictures and paintings on edge in heavy cardboard containers. Large wall or dresser mirrors will be taken down by the movers and placed in special cartons. For added safety, place tape diagonally across mirror to protect better against damage. Do not place newspaper directly against paintings.

Personal Computers and Video Recorders — Pack valuable electronic equipment in original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Wrap an old blanket or protective pad around the item and place it in its carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the computer or video recorder. Wrap cords separately, label to identify usage and place in a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces. Non-detachable cords should also be wrapped. Place cords between the padded computer or video recorder and the carton. Be sure your personal computer is “parked” and ready for transport.

Silverware — Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur content paper to prevent tarnishing. Use an old blanket or moving pad as a wrap to prevent scratching the silverware chest.

Tools — Drain fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammables under any circumstances). Pack tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable.

Waterbed Mattresses — Drain all water from the waterbed and, grasping internal baffle systems with external vinyl, fold mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust folds to avoid making creases across individual baffles. Consult your owner’s manual for special instructions concerning the care and transportation of your mattress. Do not place your mattress in a carton with sharp or pointed objects. For further information, ask your Atlas Relocation Specialist for a copy of “How To Move Your Waterbed.”

Cars and Motorcycles — Cars and motorcycles shipped on the moving van should be drained nearly empty of fuel. Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected. Automobile antifreeze should be ample to protect against severe cold in winter.

Barbecue Grills and Propane Tanks — Wrap grates and briquettes separately in a newspaper (or place all briquettes into a grocery bag) and place parts in carton. Pad carton with paper to reduce movement of contents. Propane tanks must be drained before the move. Consult your local gas grill distributor for the safest method.

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MOVING TIPS

moving tips

Lift It Moving and Storage provides the following MOVING TIPS to help you with your transition:moving tips

  1. Garage Sale/Ebay & Donate Unwanted Items

    a. After you inventory unwanted items, set-up date for garage sale. Determine what items of value you can sell in advance on Ebay and/or donate if unsold.

    b. Determine what clothes you can donate in advance to a local charity (i.e. Good Will, etc.)

    c. Determine what books you want to keep, donate and sell at garage sale.

    d. Contact local places to donate items not sold to set-up pick-up (i.e. Salvation Army, half-way houses, etc.)

  2. Removing prohibited items

    a. Empty fuel from all gas-powered equipment including lawn mowers, gas blowers, clippers, trimmers, etc.

    b. Get rid of flammable materials safely including paint, gas, petrol, etc.

  3. Assess all household items

    a. Determine if all items are in good working order

    b. Determine what you can donate and/or sell at garage sale

    c. Locate original boxes for household items such as stereos, etc.

    d. Defrost freezer and clean out refrigerator

  4. Change of address

    a. Make your change of address list including DMV, credit cards, bills, etc.

    b. Have your mailed forwarded through Post Office

  5. Utilities

    a. Determine move out date and contact all utilities to finalize termination date at old address (including electricity, gas, phone, internet, etc.)

  6. New Home

    a. Determine move in date at new address and arrange for utilities to be connected/turned on

    b. Arrange for temporary storage of your moved items if your move out and move in dates need to be coordinated

    c. Do reconnaissance on your new neighborhood and city. Find out about shops, schools, theatres, lifestyles, etc.

  7. Have rugs and drapes professional steam cleaned.
  8. Personal Items

    a. If you have children, separate and pack cherished toys desired for travel.

    b. Locate and Pack collectively all official documentation including marriage certificates, birth certificates, vaccination records, passports, identifications, etc. Check all official documentation such as ids, driving licenses and passports for expiration.

  9. Finances

    a. Determine if you have to close and/or transfer your bank accounts to a local branch near your new home. Make necessary arrangements.

  10. Pets – Determine that your pet vaccinations are up to date and that you have all necessary documentation
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