Electronics can be quite difficult to pack, not only for their widely varied and odd shapes and weights, but also to their incredible fragility and delicateness. Just the slightest drop can irreparably damage electronic devices – so transporting them from location to location during a residential or commercial move is some tricky business. In this blog entry, the residential and commercial moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage will go into detail regarding the best techniques for safely packing and transporting electronic devices during a move.
Pre-Electronic Packing Preparation
Collect all user manuals that you may have saved, or download them from the internet. Many electronic devices come with specialized packing instructions.
You may consider buying temporary time based insurance for your electronic devices that covers then from the potential damages that a move can incur.
Consider downloading apps like TrackR or Tile that allow you to attach a small chip to electronic devices in order to track them during the packing to storage to unpacking moving process.
Electronics Packing Tips
Take batteries out of all electronic devices. This helps protect the devices from the chance that the batteries will overheat and leak corrosive liquid onto the electronics.
Remove all disks like DVDs or CDs from electronics like computers, stereos, and TVs, and tape the insertion drives closed.
Remove the toner cartridge from printers, and seal it in an spill-proof plastic bag.
Back up all important data from all laptops, desktops, and tablet computers either onto an external hard drive or a Cloud based system.
It’s best to pack electronic devices in the boxes that they originally came in, or a box that fits as snugly as possible to minimize shifting.
If there’s space in the packing boxes, utilize packing paper, bubble wrap, or soft towels or blankets to provide motion-mitigating cushioning.
Make sure to cover sensitive screens with bubble wrap or a plastic cover. Don’t use newspaper which can scratch the screen.
Take a picture of all wired connections in TVs, modems, stereos, or computers in order to make it easier to reconnect at your new location once you’re settled in.
Label the cables that plug into all video, audio, and power ports. You can choose to color code them with bright tape, or simply attach labels to them that detail what devices and connection ports they are meant for. Wrap the cables neatly, and label the box or bag you place them in with the name of the electronic device that the cables are paired with. Then, pack the bag of cables with their corresponding electronic device.
Use packing tape to seal all boxes containing electronics in order to prevent the entry of potentially damaging dirt and dust.
Shoes are some of the strangest shaped and bulkiest common items for moving. When thrown in with the rest of clothes, shoes can distort the shape of duffel bags and add incredible amounts of weight to them – not to mention taking up insane amounts of space. In this brief blog post by the residential moving and packing experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage, we’ll give you some fantastic tips for effectively packing up all of your shoes before your move.
Go through all of your shoes and decide which ones you want to keep. Choose whether to sell or donate the others.
Recycle all worn out or damaged shoes.
Set aside all shoes in good condition that you don’t want to wear in the future for sale or donation.
Sort shoes according to season specific needs. Shoes inappropriate for the season should be kept separately.
Group shoes according to type: boots, sneakers, formal shoes, stilettos, slippers, flip flops, and etc….
Set aside shoes that are worn out that you want to have repaired.
Choose the shoes that you want to wear the day of the move. Make sure they are comfortable, with good ankle support and traction.
Cleaning and Drying Shoes
Clean your shoes before your move so that you don’t track dirt or dust from your old home to your new one. Use a soft and slightly wet cloth to remove all debris from shoes. Then allow them to dry out before packing them in order to avoid the growth of mildew. This especially applies to sneakers and leather shoes – just allow them to air dry for a few hours.
Stuffing Shoes with Paper
Stuff shoes with crumpled up paper in order to retain their shape during the move. Paper crushed into an oval shape is best for helping stuff shoes, and boots should be packed all the way to the top to avoid creasing. DON’T, however, use newspapers, as the ink from newspapers can transfer onto your shoes. You can additionally use socks, as a great way to consolidate space when packing.
Find the Right Boxes for Packing Shoes
Examples of proper materials for packing shoes include medium or small boxes (ideally the original boxes that the shoes came in,) packing paper, bubble wrap, and a marker for labeling the boxes. We DO NOT recommend packing shoes into plastic bags, as these can be moisture and mold traps. We’d stick to soft but moisture resistant packing paper and cardboard boxes.
Additional Shoe Packing Tips
Make sure to always pack the heaviest shoes first at the bottom of a cardboard box, and place lighter footwear on top of heavier shoes. This way you avoid crushing more lightweight shoes. Don’t overload boxes by placing all of your shoes in one large box – instead use multiple medium size boxes. Use bubble wrap around metallic heels or heel taps of high heels or work boots before packing them with paper, which helps protect the cardboard box from being ripped apart.
If you’re planning a Summer move of your home or office, you might be apprehensive about the heat and humidity affecting the quality of your packing and moving experience. While you can always lean back on the courteous expertise of the moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage to help take care of every aspect of your moving process, making it super easy and pleasant, we still wanted to provide you with some essential Summer moving tips on how to handle the heat and make your move as easy as possible.
Remember to Drink Water
Staying hydrated is incredibly important. You’re going to need more water than you usually drink due to the Summer heat and the exertion of the move. Drink at least 5 ounces of fluids every 15-2 minutes – drinks with electrolytes are a good choice, but avoid energy drinks as these can dehydrate you, Make sure to eat food like fruits, vegetables, healthy protein, and legumes- and stay away from alcohol and caffeine.
Turn on Electricity
Try to keep electricity on in your new home until the day after you move in, and have it turned on before you move in. This will ensure that you will be able to set up your air conditioner first and use it during the unloading and unpacking process. If you don’t have an air conditioner or don’t want to set it up first thing, buy a bunch of fans.
Wear the Right Clothes
Wear light colored and lightweight T shirt and shorts, which will help reduce the heat and exertion. If it’s incredibly hot, put a cloth in cold water and put it over your shoulders, which will help lower your body temperature.
Remember to Relax
Take breaks periodically! You may want to complete the move as soon as possible, but it’s not worth heat stroke. Try to find a cool spot to take a short break every now and then, and see if you can conduct the heaviest part of the move early in the morning or late in the day when it’s cooler.
SPF SPF SPF
If you’re working outside, make sure to wear an SPF sunscreen. Apply it over all exposed skin, and re-apply it every 120 minutes or more often than that if you’re sweating alot. Try wearing a lightweight hat to provide shade and stop your scalp from getting a sunburn.
Hire a Professional Moving Team
This will help reduce 100% of the stress of moving. Just relax and do something fun of your choice while professional movers handle all of the work. The team at Noah’s Ark are trained to work in super hot weather, and are professionals at doing so, finishing the move way quicker than you’d be able to by yourself or even with the help of your friends.
Now that it’s Summer, the heat is on, and an air conditioner is one of the staple items that every single household needs. If you’re planning on organizing a move, you may be somewhat confused as to what the best way of packing and transporting an air conditioner is – especially since they are simultaneously bulky/heavy and delicate/expensive pieces of equipment. Here’s a guide from the residential moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage on how to pack and transport an air conditioner.
First off, you need to clean the air conditioner in order to ensure it still works when you get to your new location, as well as as a preventative measure of problems arising when you place it in storage. First, check that it’s not connected to any power. If it’s directly wired into your power, you may decide it’s not worth the effort of disconnecting it, and would rather buy a new one. If you decide to take it, make sure to follow the official manufacturer instructions for disconnection to a T. One of the most important aspects of the air conditioner disconnection is discharging the capacitor, ensuring that there’s no electrical energy left inside the air conditioner when you start cleaning it. This is a safety essential.
Then, clean off the outside cover of the air conditioner with a wet cloth, taking off as much dirt and dust as possible. The front cover is then taken off – which can be more easy for some air conditioner models then others. Ensure that whatever screws or parts that you remove are kept somewhere safe where you won’t lose them. Sometimes, reusable filters can be cleaned with warm water with some soap – just make sure it is completely dry before placing it back inside the unit. Try using a small vacuum cleaner to remove any dust inside the air conditioner – then put it all back together!
Ensure that the air conditioner unit is unplugged and completely cool before you start packing it. Lift it up and shut any open side panels. Then, tape up the power cord to the side of the unit. Make sure that it’s taped to the side and not the back, which is where the coils are. Hopefully you have the original box that the air conditioner unit was packed in, where it can fit snugly and perfectly – and if this isn’t available, a normal box meant for a similar piece of equipment can work fine. Use packing paper in order to pad it – just don’t use polystyrene beads, since these can actually get inside the air conditioner and break it. Tape the box so it won’t open up, and label it clearly so the professional moving company you are working with knows to handle the package delicately when it’s being loaded onto and off the truck. When the package is at your new location, simply unpack it, plug it in, and enjoy the cool refreshing air!
Packing really is a delicate art. That’s why, we, the packing experts at Noah’s Ark Moving, recommend enlisting the assistance of our expert team of packers to take the responsibility off your hands so that you can rest easy and really enjoy your residential move. However, if you want to pack yourself, we’ve enclosed this brief guide to the definite major packing NO’s to never carry out. Here’s some of them.
Don’t fill your boxes with way too many items. This can cause the box to rip, which might result in lost items. Just use multiple boxes in order to cut the weight and have a much easier time carrying them. Just make sure the boxes are clearly labeled with their contents and the room of their intended dropoff.
Careful of Leaks
Make sure to seal all containers with liquids, and then put the containers in a Ziplock bag. Then, place the bagged containers upright in a plastic box, with a lid, clearly labeled LIQUIDS KEEP UPRIGHT.
Don’t Forget Items
Make sure to create a checklist inventory of all packed items according to room of destination. THis will allow you to check off items as you pack them to make sure that you won’t be forgetting anything during the move.
Don’t Misuse Space
Make sure to use as much space as you can while not overpacking boxes. This is a fine balance. Try first placing larger items in boxes, then following it with smaller items. This is the smartest way to pack.
Wrongful Shoe Packing
Make sure to stuff shoes with packing paper (not newspaper which has ink that can stain,) to retain their shape, and then wrap up shoes in doubles with a large piece of packing paper. If you have the first shoeboxes, use those if you so wish! Just make sure to place heavier shoes near the bottom, and lighter ones near the top.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
Make sure to make a schedule with a time estimate of how long it will take to pack each room – then double it. Give yourself ample advanced time to pack, because it usually takes way longer than you think it will take. By doing so, you avoid the stress associated with last minute packing – not to mention the forgotten items.
Don’t Underestimate How Many Boxes You Need
Make sure to be generous when purchasing or acquiring pacing boxes. It’s better to have to deal with or give away excess boxes then find out you don’t have enough boxes to carry all your things while the move is underway and have to pause it to get new boxes.
Liquids can be some of the trickiest substances to pack for a move due to their unpredictable weight distribution as well as the potential for damaging leakage. Here’s a guide to packing liquids, as prepared by the packing and residential moving and commercial moving expert team at Noah’s Ark Moving.
First off, let it be stated that it’s a MAJOR NO to pack any liquids like flammable gases, toxic substances, or poisons. These include materials including nail polish remover, cleaning solvents, lighter fluid, paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and even bleach. Don’t pack these substances, just pick up replacements at a nearby store when you’re safely moved into your new location. Any trustworthy mover will refuse to take them in their truck.
Safely Packing Liquids
Here’s some tips for safe liquid packing:
Pack all liquids in a plastic box rather than a cardboard one. If the liquid spills out, it will leak through the cardboard box – while a plastic box will contain it.
Seal all lids and covers of liquid containers super tightly.
Place the container full of liquid in sealed Ziplock bags just to be safe.
Put liquid containers straight up in plastic bins.
Non Hazardous Liquids
Water, juice, or other harmless liquids are fine to move. They just need to be packed carefully to avoid the damages associated with spilling. Also, spilling isn’t a major risk as long as their containers have never been opened. Wine bottles are way more delicate, as their glass can be broken. Just make sure to pack wine bottles (and glasses) according to some of the painstaking tips we’ve provided in previous blog posts – including crazy insulation, shock absorption, and layering.
Packing up your garage for moving can be a frustrating and time consuming process. Garages can easily become messy, accumulating tons of ephemeral objects from holiday decorations and tools and hardware. Here’s a tip from the residential moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving moving on the best ways to move all the property in your garage.
Sorting and Organization
This isn’t fun but it’s necessary. Set apart separate areas to place items you are keeping, what you want to sell or give away, and what you want to keep that can’t be packed up by movers. This helps because the less items you have the movers bring, the lower your moving bill will be. It’s really worth it in order to start out at your new location with a clean and organized garage.
Get extra cash for your move by hosting a garage sale and advertising it on Craigslist to resell items that you don’t care to bring with you on your move. Whatever doesn’t sell can easily be donated and bagged up and hauled away on moving day.
Procure your Own Moving Supplies
Make sure to get moving supplies like bubble wrap, dollies, moving blankets, and boxes for as cheap or price free as you can get – check the Craigslist free section for people looking to recycle material that they just used for a move. It’s important to ensure that all boxes are sturdy and taped together to have maximum strength and integrity to carry all packed materials. This can’t be overstated – make sure your items are packed gingerly and carefully.
Don’t Pack anything Dangerous
Items that are hazardous, plants, plant soil, anything flammable or corrosive, power equipment with fuel, or explosives cannot be moved by moving companies. Ask your expert moving team for a list of items that they won’t transport. If you have equipment like a lawn mower you want to pack, drain it with fuel at least a day before the move and allow the fuel tank to stay open for a while so that any gas vapors can evaporate.
Figure Out how to Pack weird shaped items in advance
Strangely shaped items like rakes or shovels should be wrapped up with tape or string with the handles all in the same direction and bubble wrap covering sharp parts – then the entire bundle should be wrapped in a moving blanket. Pack power tools in the boxes they came in if you still have them, and remove all detachable parts. Organize and lock your toolbox before your move. Try to stack, fold up, or disassemble patio furniture, and pack cushions separately. Consider having bikes professionally packed.
This should be obvious, but make sure that boxes are packed with a clear label specifying what room the items within the box will belong in – this makes the entire packing and unpacking process much easier and more efficient!
The residential moving and commercial moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving understand all the variable issues that can increase or diminish the price of a move – and many of these factors can actually be controlled by customers themselves! Here’s a brief guide to the most important moving cost saving tips as prepared by the moving technicians at Noah’s Ark Moving.
Portable Moving Containers
Rent out a portable moving container that allows you to keep all of your belongings on the site of your new home or commercial location. This lets you take your time unpacking as you settle into your new property – and if you’re not looking forward to packing the moving container, this is what expert movers are for – they can expertly assemble your belongings in the container in the order of what you will need to unpack and retrieve first, and what you want to leave in it for a bit of time.
Moving Truck Rental
Rent your own moving truck and simply have movers pack or unpack it. This saves you money on the transportation costs, and allows you to budget using a fixed price for the rental of the truck as well as insurance. This combination utilizes both a DIY and a moving company assisted approach to maximize your savings.
Freight companies offer the service of dropping a trailer off at your new location for a few days; simply load it according to their stipulations (certain weight balances as well as secure balancing) and they will pick it up and bring it across the country. Depending on your location, this may be a safer/more budget friendly way to haul out expensive, heavy, or fragile equipment – but make sure to get a flat rate estimate from a moving company so that you can compare the price rate.
Some online shipping providers can bid a price for shipping your belongings once you have provided them with information regarding what exactly will be shipped in how many boxes. If you have the time to wait until shipping companies provide you their price rate bids, as well as potentially bundling your shipment, this can give you a price advantage if you’re not shipping much heavy belongings like furniture.
Book the Move on a Non Peak Moving Day
Don’t move on a time many other people are moving – like the day college students move back to school, as the cost will be hire for moving service. Hire a full service moving company on a weekday known for its cheap moving rates, otherwise known as an off-time. It’s easy, and can really save you money – not to mention time, as traffic is often less during these times anyway.
Moving homes while bringing along your feline companions is a unique experience that should only be carried out with some preparation. Here’s a guide to effectively handling your move with your cats as prepared by the residential moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage.
Don’t Change your Cat’s Routine
Keep feeding your cat like you normally do. Same food, same feeding times.
Try to play with your cats at the same times that you normally do.
Make sure to keep giving your cat attention throughout the move.
Keep your Cat Relaxed
Try to stay calm yourself, as your cat can likely tell if you’re stressed out. Try to keep your cat in a separate area from lots of strangers, so it can relax and stay around only people that it’s familiar with.
Bring your cat to the Veterinarian
Make sure to get your cat a checkup before a long distance move. Get a full medical check-up of your cat, and ask for full copies of your cat’s medical records including it’s immunization passport so that you can sign your cat up with a new veterinarian when you arrive at the new city. You may want to speak to your cat’s doctor about possibly giving it anti anxiety medication for the move.
Bringing a Cat Transporter
Make sure that the cat’s shipping container is big enough that your cat can move around, sit, stand, lay down, and turn comfortably.
Make sure that your cat carrier is made of metal, wood, or plastic – or another rigid material. Make sure that the top of the carrier is solid, and that it has ventilation openings on its sides. Make sure that the door can securely latch so that the cat can’t escape during the move.
Keeping your Cat Safe
Ask a trusted friend, family member, or friend if they can watch your cat during the packing and moving process.
If you can’t do this, make sure there’s an area you can keep your cat away from the loud noises and frenzy of packing, and keep the door sealed with a Do Not Disturb sign that prevents anyone from suddenly opening the door and disturbing your pet.
Packing for your Cat
Arrange your packing so your cat is the last thing that gets placed in your vehicle.
Bring a bag of all the essentials that your cat might need including it’s favorite food, water, toys, blankets, or pillows.
Don’t let your cat loose in your car because it might give it extreme anxiety.
Stay in pet friendly hotels or motels along the way.
Once You’re Moved In
Make sure to leave your cat in a designated room with all food and water essentials as well as comfort objects.
Make sure the room is clean and has no scents or signs of other animals or pets.
Make sure that escape routes from the room are blocked in case your cat panics and tries to leave.
Leave the pet carrier open in the room because it might help the pet stay more comfortable.
Let the cat out of the room when it seems to have calmed down and relaxed.
Close all windows and doors in the new location that leads outside to prevent the cat from being able to run away.
Make sure that your cat has a collar with your cell phone number on it.
Keep an eye on your cat’s behavior to ensure that it’s not depressed out of your move.
Once you’re moved in, devote as much time to playing and spending time with your cat as possible.
Spring is coming – we can just taste it. We’ve gotten through the bulk of the Winter, and can’t wait for the warm weather and outdoor hangouts that come along with Spring. Here’s a guide to successful Springtime moves, as prepared by the residential and commercial moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage.
Plan your Move as Early as Possible
It’s the best to organize your home move as early as humanly possible, and as soon as you know you’re going to need to move. Springtime is a great time of year to schedule your household move. Before people start arranging their moves, get ahead of the game by calling an expert moving company and locking in a moving date that firmly fits into your schedule.
Have a yard sale
Warming up temperatures means that more people will be spending time outside, which is ideal if you need to unpack any belongings before your special moving day. If you anticipate some comfortably warm weather coming up, take full advantage by planning a yard sale to help you declutter before your move, cutting down the amount of items that you will need to pack and move – and make some money at the same time!
Stay Aware of Weather Changes
Warm springtime weather can make anyone feel prepared to handle any difficulty level of a household move, but it should be remembered exactly how unpredictable springtime weather can be. Make sure to prepare yourself for rapidly changing temperatures and chances of rain (or sometimes even snow) on the date of your moving day to make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and supplies in order to handle any sort of inclement weather that may occur.