Acclaimed Movers Blog
Well, relocating, packing, moving, and shipping has never been an easy task. Especially, when you have to move the large equipment like a piano! With its heavy body, bulky structure, and delicate parts, careless handling can lead to damage of the product.
For a while, urban areas were loosing their popularity among the new generation of homeowners and first-time renters. However, the trendiness and desirability of living in an urban area is creating an influx of urban movers. Living in a populated area, such as in the center of a major city, has its perks. There is greater access to nearly everything that someone may need. Relocating to an urban area does come with its set of challenges, as does every other move. Here we will discuss some of the perks of urban moving, as well as how you can make your next urban move a little bit easier.
You have already survived the process of moving. You made it through the mountains of housing and moving paperwork, the negotiating for a lower price, as well as most of th unpacking and settling in your new home. As you begin this new chapter of your life it is important that you take the time to ensure that your new home is as safe as it can be for you and your family.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fire is one of the leading causes of home deaths. Over 3,000 people die in their homes each year, while there are nearly 400,000 reported residential fires each year. Upon move in to your new home, you should be sure to check the functionality of all smoke detectors, replacing the batteries when necessary. Over 90% of homes have smoke detectors installed, but 20% of these detectors do not function due to batteries that need replacing or are gone from the unit entirely.
After installing a new battery, you should test the detector every month to make sure it does not malfunction. A chirp coming from the unit means that the battery is going.
After ensuring the functionality of all smoke detector units, have a family meeting. Introduce your family to the new home so that they are familiar with all rooms. Safety after moving into a new home is reliant on the cooperation of every family member. Create a plan for emergencies, including escape routes and “safe spots” outside of the home and off the property in the event of a fire or other event that would make the home unsafe. During the introduction to the home, make sure that everyone knows how to operate windows and doors.
You should also ensure that all carbon monoxide detectors are functioning as they should. Online fire, carbon monoxide is impossible to detect in the air. While there are additives in it, carbon monoxide is very hard to smell, but it has very powerful effects. Appliances that burn fuel are the most likely to leak carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide poisoning causes nausea, shortness of breathe, headache, and lightheadedness.
Have any appliance or system that may leak carbon monoxide serviced yearly. This means climate control systems and chimneys. Have a chimney sweeper clean your chimney once a year to prevent dangerous buildup. make sure there is a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of the home.
Nearly three out of four homes will be burglarized in the next four years, according to FBI studies and statistics. Over one thousand dollars worth of property is taken in each residential burglary. About 30 percent of these burglaries are committed with no forced entry into the home, meaning that the homeowners have allowed burglars to enter through an open window.
Out of the over 1,200,000 burglaries committed each year, there are very simple ways that they all could have been avoided. Insurance companies say that homeowners these days have no idea how to safeguard their homes from burglars.
When you are moving and unpacking, make sure that you make the home you are moving to safe by:
Leaving valuable items out of sight. Having a large flatscreen in front of the window is basically a welcome mat for burglars.
Ensuring the functionality of locks on all entry points. If there is a window or door without a lock, go to a hardware store and purchase one as soon as possible.
Making sure any doors in the home you are moving into are sliding glass, then make sure that they have locks as well. Also, the glass on these doors should be reinforced as to not allow a burglar to simply smash through it.
Making sure that the door on the side of your home that leads into the garage is always locked and secured.
Installing a security system to protect all entryways. A monitored alarm is the best way to deflect residential burglarization.
Going through the steps discussed here are some ways that you can ensure the home you are moving in to is the safest that it could be. Safety after moving is reliant on you following proper procedures for safety in the home.
You just found the perfect home for your family to move in to. How exciting! Everyone knows that the excitement will soon fade, and in its place you will be filled with fear and stress. No matter how many online articles you read or people you ask, moving will still be a very stressful and daunting task. Below we will discuss expert tips on moving your home as easily and efficiently as possible.
Packing up everything in your home garage, shed, or outdoor shop could be a bit ominous, since there are not very many articles online that go in depth on the matter. Many households use their garage to park and store motor vehicles, stow away lawn tools, organize lawn tools and workout equipment, as well as store a lot of household goods that simply do not fit in the actual house. Before you can begin moving, your first have to remove some of the clutter that has accumulated over the years.
Before worrying about the unnecessary stuff, you must first tackle the items in your garage that need special attention. If you use your garage to work on cars or other motor equipment, then you likely have old cans of oil and gasoline lying around, Begin your garage clean-out by safely disposing of these items. Don’t forget to also get rid of garden chemicals or fertilizers, as well as paint or cans that are pressurized. Many moving companies do not allow this things into their trucks anyway. They can catch fire or leak, thus creating a safety hazard. Large cities often have many places where you can safely dispose of these items. After these things are gone, worry about old wood and other building items. Wood stains, paint thinners, or varnishes should have secured lids and be clearly marked in their own box separate from everything else.
It is very likely that you have collected hundreds of miscellaneous bolts, screws, and nuts. If you are already organized then you likely have these items in some sort of container so you can find the appropriate parts more easily. Make sure any container that has small parts in it is securely closed, to avoid parts spilling everywhere during transport. If you have a drawer full of random metal pieces or other small random objects that you cannot ponder an immediate use for, then it i likely a good idea to just recycle them.
Handheld tools such as hammers, pliers, and screwdrivers can be transported in toolboxes that can be closed or moving boxes that can be fastened shut with tape. Wrap sharp items with tape. Items that should have their blades protected with tape include saws, planers, and chisels. Wrapping their blades with tape will protect them from rubbing against other tools and becoming dull, as well as the hands of anyone who happens to reach inside of the box for anything. Larger bladed tools, such as table saws and drills should be wrapped in packing paper, tape, and placed in a clearly marked box. Or, pack them in their original packing if it is still lying around somewhere.
Clamps can be shipped in plastic wrap or fastened together with cleaning rags. Smaller camps can be placed in a marked box. Cardboard or foam can be used to protect larger clamps during the move. Tools can also be transported in luggages or sport bags, given that the tools are not too dirty or greasy.
You should seek some help if your move requires you to move very large work equipment, like planers and saws. If you have the help you need to move them onto the truck, you should then make sure that they are secured in the truck. Try to take these items apart as much as possible in order to make transporting them a little easier. At the very least you should take the blades off of these items so no one gets injured when moving them. Be sure that you know how to reassemble the items. if you feel as though you wont remember how to put them back together, then take some photos or find a manual online for the specific machinery you have.
If you are going to move a workbench, then you should first examine it to determine the best way in which to move it. If the workbench is not in the best shape, or if the top is covered in chips or scratches, it is probably not worth the time and energy involved in moving it to your new garage or workspace. It would be simpler to just purchase a new one in you new location.
Gasoline powered yard equipment and tools need to be prepared prior to the move. You have to drain all of the equipment of the fuel before the move to prevent flammability. Doing this will reduce the risk of spilling any fuel during transport as well as decreases the chance of spilling fuel and creating a fire. Almost all companies do not allow you to move anything that contains any kind of fuel or flammable materials. Handle lawn mower blades the same way you would handle any other kind of bladed equipment. Wrap the blades in tape or just take them off to prevent a potential danger. Take old fuel to a mechanics garage or recycle center.