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Why You Should Leave the Packing to Our Moving Company

Getting ready to move to a new town or city? Then you have a lot of things you’ll need to cross off of your to-do list. Besides packing and moving all of your belongings to your new place of residence, you’ll also need to sign up for electricity, internet, and cable where your new home will be. Also, you’ll need to let all of your friends and family know about your move and probably spend some quality time with them before you go.

Why You Should Leave the Packing to Our Moving Company

With so many things to get done in a short amount of time, you’ll want to delegate as many of the tasks you have to complete as it is possible for you to do so. Obviously, you can’t have someone else spend quality time with your friends and family on your behalf. However, with things like packing and moving your possessions from your old home to your new one, there is no need for you to do it all by yourself.

At Brown Box Movers, we pride ourselves on our professionalism when it comes to helping people pack and move. So if you delegate the packing and moving to us, you’ll have nothing to worry about. We have everything needed to safely pack your valued possessions. That means items we pack and move aren’t likely to get damaged or broken along the way. So go ahead and contact us today. Delegating the packing and moving to us will free up your time to do all of the other things on your busy to-do list.

5 Tips for Moving With a Pet

Moving with a pet poses unique challenges. Pets have specific needs, and most find change hard. Here are a few tips for moving with a pet.

5 Tips for Moving With a Pet

Go to a Vet

Before moving, go to a vet to get advice. Find out how you can help your pet adapt and how to make the move easier for it. Ask them if they can recommend any vets in your new neighborhood.

Make sure you and your pet are prepared for the move. Get a kennel to transport your pet in. Pack some essentials for your pet in a separate bag and take it with you. Make sure you’re stocked up on pet food.

Keep Your Pet Out of the Action

On moving day, keep your pet away from the action. The hustle and bustle of a move will likely scare and agitate it. Instead, keep it in a separate quiet room or at a friend’s house. Transport your pet with you to your new home in a quiet and comfortable vehicle and kennel.

Help Your Pet Adjust

Your pet needs time to adjust to its new surroundings. Try keeping the daily schedule your pet had in your previous apartment, including eating, sleeping and walking times. Give it its favorite toys and playthings. And finally, smother your pet with plenty of love and attention.

Hire a Professional Moving Service

Moving with a pet is a hassle, and you’ll need moving help. Get a professional moving service to help you out. When the task of moving your possessions is taken care of, you’ll be able to focus on taking care of your pet.

For help with moving to your new home, contact us today!

How to Pack Lawn and Garden Items for a Move

As you prepare to move, you have to think about how to pack delicate, awkward or unusual items. While you may be preoccupied with packing your furniture and clothes, don’t forget your lawn and garden items. Here is how to get tools, lawn furniture, and other outdoor items ready for your move.

How to Pack Lawn and Garden Items for a Move

Hand tools – Wrap small hand tools such as spades and claws in the newspaper and pack them in small boxes. Don’t place too many tools in a big box because they are heavy.

Long handled tools – Bundle rakes, shovels or hoes together securely with a rope or clothesline to keep them from slipping out and rolling around.

Sheds and play equipment – If an item can be dismantled, bundle the large pieces securely together with a rope. Place the smaller pieces, especially screws and other hardware, in a resealable plastic bag, label it and tape it to the bundle.

Lawnmowers and other gas-powered tools – Our crew cannot move dangerous or flammable items, so remove gas and oil from any tool that uses it. Contact your local authorities to find the proper way to dispose of hazardous materials.

Grills – Remove the tank on a propane grill and clean out a charcoal grill before moving it.

Lawn furniture – Wash outdoor chairs, tables and other items with soap and water. Clean the cushions and pack them in a box.

Garden hoses – Drain the water, coil the hose neatly and place it in a box.

Plants – We can’t move live plants, so make arrangements for them to go in your car or ask someone else to take care of them for you.

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3 Moving Strategies to Alleviate Stress on Move-In Day

Moving into a new apartment can seem like a daunting task. We have three moving strategies to share that can easily be implemented prior to move-in day to help alleviate the stress associated with moving.

3 Moving Strategies to Alleviate Stress on Move-In Day

Make a Plan for the Day

A good way to alleviate stress on moving day is to take some time before the move to schedule the day. The first step is getting a quote for the move. After you have a quote, you can decide what time you want to begin the move. Having a schedule can help you stay on track and ensure that the day progresses as it should.

Pack an “Essentials Box”

In the “Essentials Box” include items that you will need within the first twenty-four hours of living in your new apartment. Items you may want to include in your “Essentials Box” include medications, electronics, or chargers. Either keep this box with you or request that it is packed last so that it is the first box unloaded.

Make Moving Box Labels

Once your moving boxes are full, it is sometimes difficult to remember which items are in each box. Labeling the boxes with the contents of each box is an option, but is a tedious task. Our suggestion is to take time before the move to plan what you need in each room of your apartment. Once you have devised this plan, try to pack the items for each room into similar boxes. You can then make labels that read “Living Room” or “Kitchen” instead of listing the contents of the entire box.

When move-in day arrives, this will also assure that your boxes are in the correct room and you will not have to relocate them later.

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Three Tips to Make the Packing and Unpacking Process More Efficient

Moving can be an exciting and yet stressful experience. For some people, they dread packing more than any other part of the moving process. If you are planning on packing up your home on your own, consider these three tips to make the packing and unpacking process more efficient.

Three Tips to Make the Packing and Unpacking Process More Efficient

Sort Before Packing

If you hate packing, it might be tempting to put off the process for as long as possible. Unfortunately, putting off the process often results in a rush to get everything packed. A few days before you start the packing process start going through the items in your home. Get rid of anything you no longer need or want. Once you start unpacking, you will be glad you took the time to sort before packing.

Think About Breakables

Breakable items need to be packed carefully. There are many packing materials that can be placed on breakable items. Blankets and towels can also be wrapped around fragile items to better protect them. When in doubt how much padding is needed, extra padding is better than not enough. Any boxes with breakable items should be labeled as such, letting you and those helping you move know to be extra careful with the box.

Large breakable items are often also heavy. Because of that, make sure not to place too many heavy, breakable items in the same box. If the box is too heavy, those moving it are more likely to drop it.

Label All Boxes

It is important to label more than just the fragile items in your home. All your boxes should be labeled, letting you know what type of items are in the box and in what room the box belongs. This will help with the unpacking process. This is especially nice if there are specific boxes you want access to right away.

If you need help with your move, contact us. Whether you simply need boxes and other packing materials, or you need more help with your move, at Brown Box Movers, we are ready to help you.

3 Moving Tips to Make Unpacking a Breeze

Everybody hates packing for a move, and while a moving service can help make the process go more smoothly, moving items from one place to the next is no picnic either. Unfortunately, unpacking is often even less fun. After all, who likes digging through box after box of stuff and finding new places for each and every item they own, all while adjusting to a new normal?

3 Moving Tips to Make Unpacking a Breeze

That said, there are many ways to make unpacking everything you own a more pleasant experience. Try these three tips during your next move and make your moving process go smoother than it ever has before.

Sort and Label

Firstly, it is very important to pack items that belong in the same room together. These items should be sorted into categories, and all boxes simply must be clearly labeled in such a way that both you and your movers can understand. This will ensure all boxes make it into the proper place in the house, making unpacking less of a chore.

Save the Best for Last

Secondly, you will want to make sure everything you use on a regular basis is brought into the home last. This will keep the most important items in easy-to-access places, meaning you won’t be digging for silverware for hours before serving dinner a few days after your move.

Keep Essentials Close at Hand

Finally, any other items you must have on a daily basis—clothing, toiletries, blankets, etc—should be packed into suitcases and kept in your vehicle. By doing this, you will be able to keep tabs on the things you need immediately after the move. This is certain to save you from a headache (or two) during the process.

Are you currently in the process of planning a move? We would love to provide assistance! Please contact us today at Brown Box Movers.

Are You Prepared to Move Your Senior Parents?

Are you prepared to move your senior parents? The furniture from their old house has to get moved out somehow. There are many things that can go wrong. There are likely lots of precious family items, big and small, that must be moved and handled with care. They must be organized so that these items, that all too often contain a great emotional value, will not get lost or damaged.

Are You Prepared to Move Your Senior Parents?

If your parent is moving in with you, you want to help them feel as secure, independent, and like they are in their own home as possible. To do that, you need to bring their old furniture with them and set it up in their new room. Of course, not everything will be able to fit, so some furniture will have to be moved to other sections of your house or to a storage location.

A professional moving service will help you with your furniture moving needs so that the moving process goes as smoothly for your parent as possible. Our padded trucks will ensure that any antique possessions that your parent may own will not be damaged in the truck.

We will set up your parent’s furniture in their new living spaces free of charge, in a way that makes you and them satisfied.

We are with you at the day and hour that works best for your elderly parent: If certain days, like holidays, will be easier for them, we will be there for you.

Contact us at any time for more information.

Three Downsizing Tips to Help With a Move

If you are moving into a smaller space or just want to purge unused items before a move, this can help your movers and streamline the process. Knowing exactly what you will be taking with you to your new home can help cut down on confusion and clutter. Here are three tips to help with downsizing before you call residential moving services to start with the heavy lifting.

Three Downsizing Tips to Help With a Move

1. Start Organizing Early

Getting rid of items can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your moving day. If you can designate some time every week a few weeks in advance, you can tackle your home room by room and start organizing and purging items. If you can solicit a friend or loved one to help with the process, this can keep you on task.

2. Measurements are Important

If your big sectional sofa won’t fit in your new home, it is well worth the time and effort to know this ahead of time instead of moving this across town. If you have a lot of furnishings, make a mini version of your floor plan so you can visualize what will fit, and what needs to go.

3. Storage Options can Help

If you cannot possibly purge enough of your household items to fit into your next home, there are always storage options that can help. Moving services can make a stop to unpack these items as well. Whether these are family heirlooms you are holding on to for relatives or items you are hoping to sell in the future, storage can be a good interim solution.

While moving can be a stressful time, if you are downsizing into a smaller space, this can add an extra layer of planning. If you will need help with the packing and moving process, contact us to get you started and make your move a success.

Proper Prior Planning Leads to Easy Packing

Moving is a fun and exciting time in life, but it also means a lot of work. Do not let the stress of the process outweigh the excitement of your next destination. Instead look at as a large project, plan early and reap the benefits. Proper prior planning leads to easy packing when it’s time to load the boxes and go.

Proper Prior Planning Leads to Easy Packing

Schedule

As soon as you settle on the decision of moving, start scheduling the move.

  • Take a calendar out and pick a move-out date. This will help focus your mind during the moving and packing process. If possible, choose one at least a few months out.
  • The first day you decide, look around and figure out how much work there is.
  • At least six weeks before packing, sort through everything that you plan to bring. Create three piles keep, sell, and give away. Focus on the items in the keep pile.
  • A month before the move, gather your supplies. You can start this earlier if you have extra time.

Supplies

Gather the proper supplies early to protect your goods during transport.

  • Paper or labels for each box. Make sure they are big enough to write what is in the box or bag and where it belongs.
  • Choose larger boxes that can stand up to moving. Large rubber bins work for a variety of rooms from kitchens to bedrooms.
  • Smaller bins for smaller objects.
  • Brightly colored permanent markers in different colors. These can help organizing the packing by color coding.

Organization

Plan out an organization strategy before starting the packing process.

  • Color code. Choose one color and use it to label the boxes for a single room.
  • Print out pages with the box contents and put them in a binder. Simply label the boxes with a corresponding number. Once you arrive, look at your sheets to determine which numbers go in which room.

Packing is work, but taking these steps helps reduce the stress. Do not leave the planning until the last moment. You don’t want to have to rush through the process. If you have any questions about packing, please contact us today.

Junk Removal: The First Step Before Moving

If you have been living in your current home for years, there is a chance that you and your family have accumulated a lot of “stuff.” If you’re planning on moving, however, you may not want to take all of that stuff with you. Which is why junk removal should be the first step before moving.

Junk Removal: The First Step Before Moving

Junk removal service should be scheduled before you get serious about packing up your home. Getting rid of as much “junk” as possible before you start packing can make the sorting and packing process a whole lot easier and less overwhelming. Then, you can get the job done a whole lot more quickly! Plus, you can avoid the hard work and cost of moving items that your family does not need, and you can avoid cluttering up your new home with all of the things that you should have gotten rid of years ago.

Additionally, by hiring a junk removal service, you do not have to worry about finding a place to take all of these items and hauling them there yourself. If you don’t have a pick-up truck and a utility trailer, for example, getting rid of old furniture and other unwanted items can be a big pain. Plus, when you’re busy with planning and working on a move, the last thing that you might have time for is moving unwanted items all over town to try to find a new home for them.

If you’d like to streamline your move and make things easier from the very beginning, contact us at Brown Box Movers. Not only can we help with getting rid of junk, but we can also help with every other step of your move, too!