Your pets are part of the family too! Isaac’s Moving and Storage is a home moving company that has helped many families move both locally and across borders with their pets. Here are some of the top tips that we have picked up over the years for moving with your pets:
Look up all the pet travel regulations applicable in your new location before moving with your pet, especially if you are moving internationally.
If you will be using a carrier to transport your pet, get the pet adjusted to it by leaving it out in the open in your home several weeks in advance. Fill the carrier with familiar stimuli like your pet’s favorite toys and treats to create positive associations for your furry friend with the pet carrier.
Keep your pet’s schedule as normal as possible in the days leading up to and the day of the move. While you are moving boxes, keep your pet in a different area and surround them with comforting items and familiar treats.
Secure your pet appropriately in a temperature controlled environment with a lot of ventilation and water.
Take food and bathroom breaks as often as needed during the move.
When traveling by car, consider how your pet will be transported as well. Dogs can be harnessed in the backseat, but all other animals should be harnessed in a crate.
Never leave your pet inside the car unattended. Take your pet inside when stopping at a hotel for the night. Make sure to call the hotel before the move to make sure it is a pet friendly hotel.
When traveling by aircraft, check with the airline to learn more about their pet travel regulations. Buy an airline approved carrier and get your pet comfortable with the carrier before your moving day.
Get your pet approved for travel by a veterinarian. The veterinarian will also be able to guide you as to how you can go about ensuring your pets are comfortable during the trip.
Small animals can usually be moved directly in their cage or tank. Remove any items in the cage that could injure your pet. Drape the cage with a towel or blanket while still allowing for airflow to reduce stress. Make sure the cage is firmly secured in your car before you hit the road.
Sometimes you need to store something away. Maybe you want to put items away for safekeeping, or you downsized your home and no longer know what to do with the surplus of belongings. The reasons for needing storage are endless.
One of the major uses for storage services occurs during the middle of a move. A good moving company will likely have several storage services for items that can’t immediately be moved. Isaac’s Moving and Storage is among these companies. As experts in the field, we have compiled this short list of moving tips, specifying what can and can’t be stored.
Perishables Food items, animal products or any other item that is considered perishable should not go into storage. Meat, groceries, and dairy products quickly rot and attract pests. The following applies as a rule of thumb: if it is stored in a cardboard box, it can’t go into storage.
Tinned foods and preserves are allowed to be stored.
If whatever you intend on storing is hazardous in any way (combustible, toxic, radioactive), it cannot go into a storage container. Motor oil, petrol, kerosene, and fireworks are among the items that you cannot store. Asbestos is also not allowed in a storage container. All of these items are considered dangerous and may pose a threat not only to the property but also to human life.
Weapons This once again falls into the hazardous items category. Guns, ammunition, and other weapons such as bows, arrows, knives, and swords; cannot be stored. A misfire may occur which could cause property damage or worse someone could break into your storage unit and arm themselves.
Pets Storing pets is unethical and cruel. Animals and plants, whether dead or alive, are not allowed in storage units. Storage units are dark, get hot and are not suitable places for any living thing.
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Moving is an extremely stressful experience. You need to ensure that your belongings are securely packed and loaded onto the truck so that they will survive the trip. If you are not moving all your belongings in one go, you need to be sure that you have storage services that can hold onto your items until you need them. Even if you think you have secured an affordable moving company, you could be at risk of expensive mistakes on your cross-country trip.
Isaac’s Moving and Storage is an expert long distance moving company. We have years of experience in ensuring you get everything you need from A to B with no hassles. Over the years we have picked up on a few common mistakes that people make when moving cross-country to L.A. we have listed a few of them for you:
Trying to DIY
Moving from one home to another is an elaborate operation. Many people believe they can just pack their items in boxes and make the trip in a hired van. This almost always results in broken items, wear-and-tear on your body and unexpected fuel and mileage costs. Hiring an expert moving company will actually be cheaper for you.
Forgetting to Check Your Insurance Contracts It is unfortunate, but sometimes things break during a move. It is imperative that you know which items are insured and for how much of their value. Many people believe that your items are covered by your homeowner’s insurance, and that may be true, but you must check this with your insurance agent. You will find that some moving companies only insure for a certain percentage of the value, and you will end up bearing the brunt of the remaining costs. Check if you need a supplemental policy for higher or full coverage during the move.
Don’t Forget About Your Pets!
With all the stress and hassle of packing and loading, it is easy to forget to get your pet prepped for the move. You can’t wrap the family dog in bubble wrap and throw him on the truck; however, taking him to the vet before the move will ensure that all his shots and identification is up to date. Your vet will also recommend ways to make his move more comfortable.
Pack a Survival Kit
Packing services, especially those from Isaac’s Moving are efficient. But, it may happen that the truck is delayed, or you can’t find your box that contains a certain item. This is the reason why you should keep a survival kit with you. This box should contain the essentials, like a change of clothes, toothbrush, flashlight, medications, and some basic tools. Take this with you or make sure this is the last box packed on the truck and maybe paint it RED so it’s easy to find!
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If you are planning a cross-country move to L.A., Isaac’s Moving and Storage is the company you are looking for. With over 25 years and 100 000 moves, we know how to do it right. For more information about our long-distance services, contact us today.
It is moving time again, and that means you need to pack all your worldly goods into boxes and put them on a truck. But how does one do that, efficiently, effectively, and with the knowledge that their items will arrive at their new home intact? The answer is in the box. It may come as a surprise to most but not all moving boxes are the same. As a leading short-distance moving company, Isaac’s Moving and Storage is an encyclopedia of moving tips. As such we have created this guide on what boxes you need when moving.
These durable and stiff double walled boxes with corrugation inside are used to protect your fragile items. Individually wrap and pack all your crockery, glasses, and any other breakable item into this type of box to keep them safe in transit.
Medium Boxes These boxes are usually in the region of 1.75 cubic feet of volume. They’re relatively easy to handle and are designed for your heavy but not fragile items. Pack books and other media in here. These boxes are the bread and butter of your local moving company and will likely make up the bulk of your boxes.
These larger boxes are usually in the region of 3.5 cubic feet of volume. They are used for a variety of items. Pots, pans, canned food, and appliances like your toaster and microwaves can go into these boxes.
Extra Large Boxes These huge 4.9 cubic foot boxes are for those bulky items that need to be shipped. Lamps, your linen closet, and garage storage can be put into these super-sized boxes for safe transit.
These enormous boxes are designed to fit the entire contents of your wardrobe. They are conveniently made in such a way that you can transfer the items directly from closet to box without having to refold or crumple anything.
Picture Boxes Frames, mirrors, tapestries, and canvasses are all a pretty odd shape for packing: long, wide and thin. Picture boxes consist of a telescoping design which will stretch or contract to accommodate whatever size frame.
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With over 25 years in the business, at Isaac’s Moving and Storage, we have made our name as the go-to short-distance moving company. Our service is friendly, efficient, and experienced. With us, you can put your mind at ease and stop worrying about the move. For more information, contact us today.
Moving is a very high cause of stress. Moving a family is even a higher cause of stress. Unfortunately, military families move very often. So often in fact, that there is a term for it: PCS (Permanent Change of Station). This can happen as often as once every three years. When moving so often, whether it is locally or abroad, you want an international moving company that you can trust. Isaac’s Moving and Storage does it all. Moving services, packing services, and storage services can be found under one roof with Isaac’s Moving and Storage. To assist you in every way possible, we have compiled this list of international relocation advice, tailored specifically to military families:
Don’t Jump the Gun
Everyone does it. You hear the word ‘orders’ and your brain jumps into hyperdrive. You start planning and packing and making all sorts of arrangements. This isn’t necessary, as most of the moving process gets accomplished a few months prior to the actual move. Wait for the orders to arrive and establish a timeline. This will keep stress to a minimum.
Keep Track of How Many Things You Need
Living in one place for an extended period of time inevitably results in a buildup of stuff. You will find that between moves you start to stockpile items. If you find yourself moving often, it is a good idea to keep track of what is essential and what is not. Pack the essentials and give away or sell the non-essentials. You do not need to move dead weight.
The worst feeling after a day of unpacking is sorting everything into the correct drawers and sections. Use Ziplock bags to keep all the like items together, such as spoons, forks, underwear, toothbrushes. It is so much easier to open a ziplock and put all the contents in the right place as opposed to sifting through everything like a prospecting gold digger.
Don’t Put Your First Day’s Box On The Truck
When you move, you should have a box that contains all the essentials you need for your first day. It is essential that this does not go on the truck, as you will not have control over which boxes get removed first. Ensure all your toiletries, sheets, towels, and a change of clothes are in this first-day box.
As an international moving company, we know that moving across borders can be a big upheaval for families. Not only is this a huge decision to make, but the actual execution of picking up and setting up a life in a new country can seem overwhelming at times. Here are five things that you need to know when packing for an international move:
You’ve undoubtedly spent many years choosing all your home’s décor, furniture, and appliances. Adding to this, each family member will have toys, personal belongings, and clothes that they would want to take. Shipping expenses can quickly accumulate and many times you will find that shipping all off your family’s belongings isn’t necessarily feasible. Some things, such as appliances, are cheaper to buy in a new country than to transport via air, rail or sea. Get in touch with a few international moving companies so that you can determine what should be taken with you and what should be left behind.
Both where you are moving to and the transportation methods that you plan on using will influence how long it takes for your belongings to arrive. Consider what you will need upon arrival and which items you can do without for days, weeks or months (depending on how it will be transported) to determine the most cost-effective and efficient way to get your goods from A to B. Keep this in mind when packing your luggage so that you have items that you will need for immediate use on hand.
Many times, people think they can simply pack their items in boxes and that it will arrive in one piece. It’s important to invest in high-quality packaging material so that you don’t have the expense and disappointment of having to deal with damaged goods.
A proper spring clean can go a long way in removing the clutter in your home. This will ensure that you get rid of unused items and don’t spend money transporting goods that you haven’t used in years and won’t be using in the future.
Moving insurance is something that people easily disregard. While insurance isn’t always a must-have during a relocation, it’s an important matter to consider. Even if extra care is taken while packing, you always run the risk of items being damaged, which is why moving insurance can come in handy if you are moving pricey items across borders.
Are you moving to the city of Boston? Here are some tips and a bit of information about what you can expect from the local moving company, Isaac’s Moving and Storage.
Getting Around and Transport
You may not necessarily want to take your car to Boston (or invest in a new car) if you are in close to the city. Many people are thrilled to find out that public transportation is plentiful, and you can easily get to everywhere you need to go via the city’s transit system.
It’s A College Town
There are many leading universities and colleges, including Boston University, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If you are a student, then you will want to find a place close to your campus of choice. But, if want to be a bit removed from the hustle and bustle because you are raising a young family, then there are other suburbs that you could consider.
Work and Economy
Did you know that Boston has the 6th largest economy in America and is the 12th largest economy in the world? The McKinsey Global Institute also ranked Boston as one of the most economically powerful cities in the world, which makes it a great spot to do business, network, and work.
According to Wikipedia, single-family homes in Boston range from $296,000 to $2,3-million, which means you will have a wide variety to choose from. Check out Estately.com to find something that is in your price range in the Boston area.
Parking can be a bit of a battle in Boston. If you need to get into the city each day and choose not to take public transport, then it’s better to arrive early so that you can find a spot and so that you don’t have to resort to parking in an expensive inner-city garage.
Sports and Arts
Boston is as sporty as it is artsy. The Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins are hero worshipped teams in the city and there are many sporting events and arenas that you can support. On the arts front, be sure to check out the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).
There are a number of great attractions in and around Boston that you and your family can explore, such as the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, the aquarium, or Harvard University. For a short trip outside the city visit Lexington and Concord, Martha’s Vineyard, or Plymouth Plantation, among many other fun and exciting sites.
Parks and Recreation
If you love the outdoors, then Boston is the perfect city for you. Whether you’re interested in a hike, checking out the local fauna and flora, or packing your picnic basket for a relaxing day in the park, there will be many options to choose from. The park space in Boston is so vast that one of the park stretches is called “The Emerald Necklace”. Some of the popular parks include the Public Garden, Boston Common, and the Arnold Arboretum.
As a senior, there are a few ‘senior moving tips’ to consider when planning a move, including access to health care, recreation, social activities and well as practical concerns. It’s important to look at the ability to “get around” versus the convenience of amenities that are critical to one’s quality of life. If you or someone you know requires the “closeness” of family or amenities, then it may be time to think about moving. If you’re looking for some senior moving advice, this following guide will assist in creating a home for a senior in which to live comfortably
Focus on the bathroom
The bathroom should be the first target for a senior-friendly remodel. Having a first-floor full bathroom is crucial. If you don’t currently have one, it might seem like a large expense. But compared to installing an elevator or chair lift, it could be more economical. Plus, those solutions don’t address the problem of expediency: if you need to get to a bathroom right away, a first-floor location will be the most convenient.
In the kitchen, think convenience If you’re gearing up for a kitchen remodel, take a close look at your flooring. Tile is hard to stand on for long periods, especially in you have lower back or hip pain. Opt for vinyl, linoleum, wood or cork flooring, which are more forgiving. Also, consider adding seated workspaces, so you can still chop your vegetables but take a load off while doing it.
When looking at new appliances, opt for a side-by-side refrigerator featuring double doors, which is easier to open if you’re in a wheelchair. Instead of an over-the-oven microwave, which requires lifting heavy dishes above your head, consider a countertop or drawer model. To avoid having to bend over, a separate cooktop affixed to the counter and an oven inserted into the wall is a better option than a traditional stove, where the cooktop is above the oven door.
For countertops, use a contrasting colour around the edges so that if your vision starts to wane, you’ll still be able to clearly see where the countertop ends, thus preventing spills. Install lots of lighting under cabinets and outlets along the backsplash to limit having to reach down toward the floor to plug something in.
Throughout the house Use more and brighter lights to help your senior see as their vision started to deteriorate.
If you’re replacing flooring, consider installing hardwood. It’s a lot easier to roll a wheelchair on wood than on carpeting. And think about your heating system, too. Seniors tend to suffer from the cold more so consider better insulation in your home.
For more information, assistance from a professional packing service, or general moving services, contact us today on 1-888-851-6880
Clearing out your fridge, pantry and freezer before you move house
When you’re finally ready to make your move, your short distance moving company will be ready to help you. But have you cleared your fridge? Follow this guide for the best moving tips on getting your fridge from point A to point B!
Check your schedule. For thorough cleaning and thawing, defrosting is ideally done overnight. If you have a frost-free fridge, it will only take a couple of hours for your fridge to drain.
Turn off your refrigerator’s power and unplug.
Empty all the food items inside your fridge and check which of these you can still save. Toss what can’t and move on.
Remove all detachable shelves.
Leave towels surrounding your refrigerator and secure the area from puddles. Tell your household to avoid the fridge to prevent anyone from possibly slipping.
In the morning, remove the water from the water collecting tray.
Dip a clean washcloth in a mixture of water and mild soap. Use this to wipe down the entire fridge and detachable trays. Repeat this step with another clean washcloth dipped in cold water.
Wipe down the fridge and trays with a dry cloth. Keep the fridge door open for at least 1 hour to allow thorough drying.
Once everything is completely dry, you can now return the detachable shelves back into the fridge. And since you’re moving… don’t turn the fridge back on!
The fridge isn’t the only place where food is stored! Make sure to do a walkthrough of all the areas of your house where you store food. Did you check the freezer in the basement? What about the hall closet where you occasionally store the kid’s school snacks that don’t fit in the pantry?
Set aside something for breakfast. When moving-day finally rolls around, you’ll want to make sure that you’re well rested and well fed for the big day. Don’t forget to set aside a few granola bars and a few pre-made PB&J sandwiches to keep your energy high throughout the day. Trust us, you’ll need it!
Isaac’s Moving and Storage Whether you need a short distance moving company or a long-distance haul, Isaac’s has provided moving and storage solutions as a local moving company for over 100,000 customers over the course of more than 25 years. Between our years of experience, our top-notch moving services and our state-of-the-art storage facilities, Isaac’s Moving and Storage is not just a name to remember – it’s a name you can trust.
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It’s finally spring, which means we can get back outdoors and out enjoying the warmer weather. In addition to all the fun outdoor activities, spring also serves as the best time of year to move! If you’re in the market to move, waiting until spring is your best bet. Out of the millions of people who move each year, most don’t have a choice of the time of year due to factors like the real estate market, work schedules and family obligations. However, if you do have the choice, here are 5 reasons why you should choose spring as the season to move.
Weather is perhaps the most obvious choice for moving in the spring. Spring usually provides moderate temperatures, so you’re not sweating like you would in the summer heat and you’re not dealing with winter’s cold temperatures and snow storms. Spring is a time for new beginnings, so what better way to kick off a new chapter than by moving to a new home?
Kids in School
With the kids still in school during the day, moving should be a lot easier to tackle. Although having no distractions is nice, if your kids are older and you want to enlist them for some extra hands packing, try to plan a packing week when they’re out of school for spring break. You can make it up to them later!
Just in Time for Summer
Settling into your new home in spring means it will be ready just in time for summertime entertaining. Have friends over for dinner and enjoy barbeques outside while the kids are in the pool, all while not having to worry about moving or getting your house ready to move.
Garage Sale Season
Speaking of packing, while you go through the belongings that you have accumulated, you might realize that a lot needs to go. If that’s the case, have a garage sale during the optimal time of year for garage sales. Instead of throwing old possessions out, make some extra money by selling them.
Moving Costs Lower than Summer
Take advantage of moving right before moving costs start to skyrocket in the summer and fall months. Moving companies tend to be busiest during these months, which is yet another reason moving during spring is the best season to move.
Take the stress out of moving by hiring Isaac’s Moving and Storage to help you move! You will find the cost of moving with Isaac’s Moving and Storage surprisingly affordable, so contact us for a free estimate today.