People move for all kinds of reasons: for a new job, to be near family, to downsize, to enjoy city life, or to start a new life! Whatever reason you have for moving, you may need to put some things in short-term storage while getting organized into a new place. It can give you some breathing room if things are hard to let go of or determine what you’ll need and not need while you settle in. Here are some helpful hints to help you decide what things would be best going in storage when it comes time to move:
Separate Your Items by Season
If you’re moving someplace that goes through all four seasons, it’s clear you won’t need snow gear in the summer. Separate out your snowshoes and boots, snow tires for the car, and so on. The same goes for packing up the summer gear if moving where it’s the middle of winter. If you’ve got a bunch of patio furniture you won’t want to leave it outside in the snow, so it too goes into your storage unit. Make sure you rent one large enough! If you’re packing a lot of clothing, choose a storage unit that is controlled for temperature and humidity, and make sure your clothes are clean. Otherwise, you’ll find an unpleasant smelly mess when you reopen those boxes.
3 Tips For Managing Pregnancy & Morning Sickness While Moving:
You were excited when your partner came home and told you about the new job offer. Yes, you would need to move to lessen the commute, but it would be fun looking for a new home. Then what happened is that you got another surprise! You found out you were pregnant. It’s a really exciting time for you, and the timing seems good since you’d need a larger home anyway.
But unfortunately, you didn’t factor in how you’d feel when you have all this planning and packing to do. You can hardly leave the bathroom you’re so nauseous. It comes in waves and you never know when you’re going to be sick. Is there any way to manage morning sickness so that you can get through your move?
1. Adjust Your Eating Habits
When you start feeling queasy, the thought of eating anything makes it worse. You can’t even have a taste of those rich greasy dishes you love so much. Your appetite is gone. The problem is that low blood sugar makes morning sickness worse so you feel more tired and light-headed. To avoid feeling worse, nibble on small snacks throughout the day.
Every pregnant woman is different in terms of what foods they can tolerate, but many agree that bland carbohydrates, like soda crackers, pretzels, dry toast or potato chips can quickly settle their stomach. Other women respond well to ginger snaps, citrus candies and herbal teas. Just test out different types of foods and keep track of what works and what doesn’t. Then make sure you have these foods handy on moving day.
Get Your Move On Earns Esteemed
2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Get Your Move On has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.
This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.
“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the moving companies in Arizona were able to do it.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non- paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.
“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”
Moving is stressful, but it does offer a chance to get rid of a lot of unnecessary stuff, including financial papers and documents. While you’re cleaning out your cupboards and closets and sorting through your belongings, you may as well open your file cabinet and get rid of all the paperwork you no longer need to hang onto. The IRS only requires you to keep your last three years of personal income tax returns. The documentation you used to prepare your returns should also be kept for three years.
If you own a small business, you would also have financial records for your business to consider. In most cases a small business owner only needs to keep three years of their tax returns plus the documentation used in preparing those returns. This would include financial statements, proof of the purchase of assets as well as disposals and stock issues and/or losses. If you’ve claimed a loss on your tax return, whether it’s a bad debt or worthless securities, those records need to be kept for seven years. If your company has employees, all employment records need to be kept for a minimum of four years.
There are shredding services that offer their services free to people in the community several times throughout the year. You should take advantage of this and safely shred any paperwork that’s no longer needed. It would be best to personally move your personal financial records, tax returns, any company paperwork, your passports, social security cards, insurance records, etc. rather than sending these documents on the moving truck.
If you are moving your business to a new location once you’ve filed your tax return, let the IRS know of your new address. You can do this in writing, electronically or verbally. Your written notification should be sent to the IRS Center that corresponds to your old address using IRS Form 8822, which is the Change of Address form. You will need to inform them of the Social Security number of all the people you had in your filing or include your company’s EIN number.
Other personal documents that might be wise to personally move rather than putting them on the moving truck would be your wills, deeds, loan papers to include mortgage documents for both the new and old homes, any bills of sale that establish the home you’re selling’s value, plus bank and investment documents. It would be smart to store all of these electronically on a thumb drive, just to be safe. Unless you are confident about the level of security on the cloud storage you use, think about storing your personal financial information elsewhere.
If you are moving items of exceptional value you should definitely document this electronically by taking a photo of your valuables with either the appraisal or the bill of sale. You can save each photo with its documentation on a thumb drive. If you were declaring high value items with your mover (over $100 per lb.) you would be able to establish your items’ true value on the declaration. If something happens and an item is damaged or lost, you can easily establish the item’s pre-move value.
Fine Art & Sculptures Require Extra Precautions When Being Moved
You may be a personal collector moving to a new residence, own a museum or gallery in the midst of changing locations, or a professional moving company hired to safely move artwork. If you have to move delicate sculptures and pieces of fine art your overriding concern will be how to do this without sustaining any damage. Artwork is typically delicate, heavy and cumbersome and any damage can irreparably ruin its value.
Packing up and moving artwork is almost an art in itself, as no two pieces are alike and each one has its own particular concerns that must be addressed. Moving a giant marble sculpture is very different than moving a small, yet irreplaceable painting. However, there are some very reliable moving methods that have been used over the years to protect valuable artwork:
How to Safely Transport Priceless Artwork
Artwork must be treated separately from all other items being moved. Each piece must be given special attention to ensure that it is packed in a manner that addresses its particular needs:
To make absolutely sure that a painting can be safely transported, a wooden case should be built around it, customized to its exact dimensions. Upon arrival, it can be disassembled. A sturdy wooden crate built to fit the painting, wrapped in moving blankets will protect it against other furniture bumping into it during the move, changing humidity and other possible risks.
There are moving companies that will not want to go to this much trouble, but even if inadequate packing works 99% of the time, there is a chance that the move could prove disastrous. Some paintings require a climate-controlled environment; otherwise the delicate pigments can sustain damage. We recommend that you consult with a reputable moving company well in advance.
Highly specialized transportation frames that can be adjusted to the exact dimensions required to protect paintings are available on the market. These should be used when packing up and moving valuable artwork.
1. Leaving empty spaces inside moving boxes
Another common packing mistake has to do with leaving empty spaces inside packed boxes, especially when there are breakable items inside. When there are empty spaces inside packing boxes, fragile items inside come in contact with one another, which can cause breakage when boxes are jostled around. Each item should be packed with padding and appropriate filling should be added to empty spaces so boxes are totally filled and firmly packed. This will avoid having delicate items being chipped or broken.
Our advice is don’t try to save money on padding paper, bubble wrap and filling supplies. Fill the empty spaces with crumpled packing paper, bubble wrap or clean bath towels and old ones work just fine. This way everything in the box will be immobilized to avoid any breakage during the move. Once you’ve packed the box, lift it and gently shake so that if you hear things moving around, you can open it up again and stuff in more paper or padding.
2. Going ahead and packing forbidden items
Before you pack up your lawn mower, don’t forget to empty out the fuel tank.
One very common mistake that people make when they’re moving is to pack up certain items for the moving truck, only to find out later that the movers are prohibited from loading and moving them because they’re considered hazardous. It goes without saying that when you pack up items that are not allowed, you’re just wasting time and energy.
You can avoid all of this by getting a list of forbidden goods from your moving company in advance. Once you have the list, you can decide how to move these items before moving day.
There are 4 basic categories of non-allowable items:
Pets: it is your responsibility to safely transport any and all pets to the new house.
Plants: household plants have a difficult time surviving on a moving truck. If you want to transport your household plants you may need to find a way to fit them in your car. Otherwise it may be best to leave them with a good friend.
Perishables: this would mostly consist of foods that could easily go bad during transit or somehow ruin other items on the truck.
Hazardous items: explosive, flammable or corrosive substances or chemicals that might hurt someone or cause damage to the moving truck or the items being transported.
Four Weeks Before the Move…
* Call Get Your Move On 480.695.6621 and schedule your move.
* Tour your house and decide which items should be discarded or donated to charity. Consider a garage sale.
* Call physicians and dentists. They may recommend a colleague near your new home.
* Get copies of renewable prescriptions.
* Arrange transfer of school records.
* Check homeowner’s insurance policies to see if moving is covered.
* Obtain forms for transferring drivers license.
* Be sure your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft and other personal-property insurance.
* Transfer personal insurance records.
Three Weeks Before the Move…
* Plan to use up most food items before the move.
* Check and clear tax assessments.
* Arrange to have major appliances serviced before you move them.
* Movers can’t take aerosols, flammables, corrosives, ammunition or propane tanks. It’s best to use them up or give them away before you move.
Like most moving companies, Get Your Move On has a lot of trucks on the road every day of the week. It is important that drivers operating a vehicle of any size put road safety as his or her top priority.
Our organization places a great deal of emphasis on employee training, especially for drivers. We make sure our vehicles are well maintained, equipped and that our drivers have the knowledge and tools they need to do their jobs well. Although we train our truck drivers as best we can, people driving cars on the road can also contribute to safety. Several of our most experienced truck drivers offered some excellent advice on how people driving cars can make the roads safer by helping out truck drivers.
The most serious blind spot for a truck driver is on the right side of the truck, which tells you that car drivers should only pass a truck on the left. If you’re thinking about passing a truck, make sure you drive through the area of the blind spot quickly and once you pass, do not slow down.
Leave Enough Cushion
Due to their size, trucks take a lot longer to come to a stop than cars do, therefore when you’re approaching a stop, cutting in front of a truck could easily get you rear-ended. A 40-ton truck going 60 mph might need 120 yards to come to a stop. Before moving your car in front of a truck, make sure you can clearly see the truck’s full front in your rear-view mirror.
Trucks Have No Rear-View Mirrors
Trucks do not have rear-view mirrors, so truck drivers must rely solely on their front windscreen and both side mirrors to view their surroundings. If you don’t see the driver’s face in the side mirror, then he/she can’t see you. Construction Zones Are More Difficult Construction zones often narrow the usable part of the road, which makes it more difficult for trucks to get around. When driving in a construction zone, do not attempt to cut behind or in front of a truck. It’s important to always keep a safe distance behind any truck.
Right Turns Require Extra Space
Because trucks are so large, they need more space to navigate a turn. Right turns are especially wide. Truck drivers need enough space on city roads to make those turns, which are much tighter. Give them the space they need so they can more quickly move out of traffic.
In traffic, cars tend to zoom past trucks to avoid being stuck behind them. When you encounter a truck trying to change lanes in heavy traffic without much space, flash your lights to let the driver know that you are letting him move over.
Truck drivers usually drive at a constant speed. They don’t intend for you to get caught behind them, but they are driving as safely as they can. Show some patience and wait until it you are sure it is safe before trying to pass the truck in front of you.
Moving is very time consuming and it can certainly get expensive because there are so many details to work out, and one of these details involves how to handle over-sized pieces of furniture. You need to determine ahead of time whether your furniture will squeeze through the doors of your new home, and if not whether it will fit through a window. It may seem like a minor detail, but if this is overlooked during the moving process, it can end up costing you a lot of stress and frustration, not to mention money. With everything else going on, this is definitely something you don’t need. What we suggest is that you take a look at our recommendations so that you can plan in advance how you’re going to move your large pieces of furniture.
Planning A Move Involving Large Furniture
Before you move it is important to determine whether your furniture will fit through the door and/or window so that you can plan accordingly. If it will not pass through either, you may be able to disassemble it, use a rigging service or sell those pieces and replace with new furniture. Drawing up a floor plan will help to make your move easier. You need to measure the size of each large piece of furniture before moving it. Measure the doors, corridors, windows and hallways of your current home as well as your new place. You must figure out how you’re going to move those pieces out of your current home and whether you can move it into your new apartment or house. You need to plan the exact route your movers will take in moving each of these pieces out of your old house and into the new one.
If your sofa is just too large and will not fit through the doorway, you may be able to dismantle it. Plan out the route and how you’re going to move it ahead of time. What areas of the home does your furniture need to pass through? It might be that you will have to lift and turn a large piece of furniture, like your sofa, vertical and on an angle to get it out of the house and into your new place. Envision everything in your mind ahead of time, down to the last detail. You do not want to move your sofa out of the room and down a flight of stairs before finding out that there is not enough room to rotate it so it will fit through the front door. This is why you must plan the route for every large piece of furniture before moving day. If you don’t think you can do this yourself, call your movers to send someone out to look at the furniture ahead of time so they know what needs to be done to move it.
If Your Furniture Will Not Fit
If you’ve already started the process of moving or you know that certain pieces of furniture will not fit through the door or a window, here are some ideas of how to proceed:
November 1, 2016
Autism Speaks Walk Raises $875,000
Tempe, Ariz.—On Sunday, October 23, more than 20,000 people from across the state gathered at Tempe Beach Park in support of the Autism Speaks Walk in Partnership with SARRC. The annual event raised an estimated $875,000 that will go toward supporting autism programs and research. Half of all monies raised during the walk will stay in Arizona. It was the state’s largest annual autism awareness event.
“One in every 68 children are diagnosed with autism so this is a health issue that impacts many families here in the Valley and nationwide,” said Dr. Daniel Openden, SARRC’s president and CEO. “Events like the Autism Speaks Walk not only promote awareness about autism spectrum disorders but also raise funds for critical research and programs for those impacted by autism. SARRC would like to thank all of those who supported the event, especially our many sponsors and supporters who raised funds.”
“Although I served as the 2013 Autism Speaks Walk chairman, I continue to support this effort each year because autism awareness and programs are critical to the health of Arizona children,” said Derek Greene, founder of Get Your Move On and the 2016 Autism Speaks Walk logistics chair. “My son has autism and we are very grateful to organizations like SARRC for all of the support they provide. That’s why we put a walk team together and supply all of the event storage, moving and set up for the event every year. We are highly committed to this cause.”
Dr. Openden added that, because of the surge in research, awareness and programs geared toward autism, there is a lot of hope within the diagnosis. “Early treatment and intervention is important when it comes to autism; everyone, especially parents and caregivers, should know what the signs are,” he said.