Moving your art in NYC during the fall

Moving your art in NYC during the fall is an excellent choice. While summer is considered to be the best time to move in the year, fall comes in a close second. You don’t have to worry about the boiling heat and the ridiculously high moving quotes. All this stems from the high demand of customers. Since most people want to move in summer, it’s no wonder it’s going to be the priciest period to plan your move. However, with fall you don’t have to worry about that. The costs are minimal. So much so that you might think that you won’t need to hire moving services Brooklyn. However, we are here to dissuade you from that. Not because we want your money. No. It’s because we think it might be dangerous to do art moving on your own. Continue reading “Moving your art in NYC during the fall”

How to pack appliances for relocation

So, you’re moving. Congratulations! There are a lot of things to consider when you’re moving. Everyone always focuses on packing, and for good reason. After all, many people fear and avoid packing until the last moment. There’s just so much to do! There’s a reason people seek out various guides on packing, or even packing services. Everyone focuses mostly on clothes and utensils, maybe furniture, that kind of thing. But, in all your packing of clothes and furniture, do you think about how to pack appliances for relocation? Appliances can be surprisingly fragile. After all, you basically need to do a mountain of prep work just to move a washing machine! Not only that, but they cost a lot to replace, and don’t fetch a high price used. So, what do you do? How do you tackle that problem?

A Washing Machine
A washing machine is notoriously difficult to move.

Get the appliances you’re gonna pack

The first thing you have to do is gather up all of the appliances. You can’t start packing without proper organization – how are you gonna pack an appliance if you don’t know it’s there? You have to look at all of your things, and decide if they’re good enough to move. Does the busted iron deserve to hitch a ride with your long distance movers? Or is it cheaper to just buy a new one and toss the junk out. You only want to pack appliances for relocation if you want them in your new house! Of course, once you test them all, you have to clean them. You don’t want to carry dirty appliances around, right? You’re going to have to take them apart anyway – might as well clean them while you’re at it. Plus, you’ll get to see preexisting damage.

A Vacuum Cleaner
Make sure to pack up your vacuum cleaner last – you’ll be needing it to clean your house before you move!

Disassemble the appliances for moving

You have to disassemble your appliances. You can’t just move them with all the fragile bits and expect everything to be fine! Of course, you might have to look up a tutorial for some things, like disconnecting a washing machine. But don’t be discouraged! With enough time and patience, you’re sure to pack appliances for relocation like a pro! You’ll have to gently take your appliances apart, and pack them separately. This is especially important for things that contain glass parts – like a mixer with a glass bowl. Glass is fragile, and you have to transport it separately. Plus, when you remove the loose or fragile parts, they won’t be in your appliance to cause damage when they’re moved around.

Get the right supplies to pack your appliances with

Getting a box that’s sized just right is very important, and so is figuring out what kind of moving box do you need. And making sure that said box has enough padding in it is just as important as securing all the fiddly parts of your appliances. You’d be surprised how destructive a sharp bend in a road can be if you haven’t packed your things right! Sliding around in boxes is a prime way to get damaged. Of course, getting moving supplies that are quality is no easy feat – that’s why many people choose to have packing services instead. And, of course, have to get enough padding – no matter if it’s packing peanuts or newspapers or crumpled paper.

A Pink Kitchenaid Mixer
You have to take into account how expensive your appliances are. You paid a lot of money for that Kitchenaid stand mixer, now imagine it all going to waste because it broke!

Original moving boxes are preferable

When you are about to prepare your appliances for moving, check out whether you still have original moving boxes. They are perfect for your appliances, no matter how small or large they are. But, if you don`t have the original packaging, don`t worry. You can even order custom moving boxes from your moving company.

Prepare large appliance for relocation easily

Refrigerator

You may think that preparing large appliances for a move is hard or impossible to achieve. However, it is pretty easy with the right tools and equipment. First of all, you should take out all the food from the fridge and then clean it thoroughly. This is to avoid any mildew or odors from forming. A mild detergent will do the trick. Then, 24 hours before the relocation unplug the fridge so that it can defrost completely. After you pack it, you should use a furniture dolly to get it to the moving truck.

Washer and dryer machines

It is important to prepare your washer and dryer machine properly, as you don`t want anything to happen to them. Cleaning these machines is fairly easy because you can just run a cycle of water while they are empty. The dryer machine can be cleaned from the inside using mild detergent and a cloth. Unplug the hoses from the machines, and wrap them into the packing paper. You can place the hoses inside the machines. Another option is to tape them at the sides of the machines. The same rules apply to the dishwasher machine as well. Just don`t forget to let them completely dry after you have cleaned them.

Stove

When it comes to preparing a stove for relocation, it is essential to know whether you have a gas stove. If this is the case, you need a professional to disconnect the gas line. There is no need to risk any injury when there are professionals that can do this in a safe manner. Remove all the racks and dishes from the stove. Clean the stove thoroughly as you want to avoid the unpleasant smells from forming.

Prepare small appliances for relocation easily

Smaller appliances are fairly easy to pack and prepare for relocation. They also don`t pose a threat from moving injuries like larger appliances do. If you have original packaging from them, it would be great, but regular moving boxes will serve as well. The trick is to choose moving boxes of the right size. They should be slightly bigger than the appliance itself so that you can cushion the moving box with padding material.

Clean the appliances and dust them off thoroughly. Unplug them and disconnect any cables you can. Place a towel, or packing paper at the bottom of the moving box. Wrap the appliance in the packing paper, and carefully place it into the moving box. Then, place another piece of crumpled packing paper on top of the box to cushion it. You are ready to move your small appliances.

How do you pack your appliances?

Well, you have to use copious amounts of packing paper in order to secure your appliances. No matter if you’re moving local or long distance, using Boro Park movers or Williamsburg movers, you need to take care in packing your appliances. So, you have to wrap your appliance in packing paper – but try not to tape your actual appliance, just the paper. Scotch tape or duct tape is really sticky, and it’s a right bother to remove. You want to use at least two layers, just in case. Of course, plastic wrap is also very helpful. Don’t forget to remove any batteries! And, of course, try to dig out the box your appliances came in, because that box was designed for transportation. You’ll have a way easier time relocating your appliance in its original box!

Tricks to make packing up appliances for relocation easier

Of course, there are a lot of tricks that will make your relocation a success. The correct packing of appliances is definitely one of them. They won’t make or break your move, but they’ll certainly help you have an easier time! And, in a way, save money. Everything you’re not spending on replacing your microwave you can spend on Brooklyn moving quotes. Of course, some of these tricks are for when you pack appliances for relocation, and others will help more with unpacking.

Lalbe Electronics Fragile
Learn how to properly label your moving boxes with appliances to make your move easier
  • Do you have the owner`s manual? If so, find it! There you’ll find the way to disassemble and reassemble your appliance, and if you put it in the box with the said appliance you won’t lose it. That will save you a lot of time on unpacking! Some people actually tape it to the box, but that makes it difficult to store it afterward. If you don`t have it, don`t worry. You can contact the manufacturer over the phone, or find the manual online.
  • Lining your boxes with towels will help you cushion the appliances. Plus, you’ll save some space on transporting towels.
  • Fill the small bits of your boxes with packing peanuts or crumpled paper to lower your chance of damage. Test whether your moving box is packed properly by rattling it back and forth. If you can hear a clinging sound coming out of the box, this means that it was not properly packed. You need to add more packing peanuts and crumpled paper.
  • Label your boxes! This will help you unpack later, and will help your moving team put the boxes exactly where you need them.
  • Label anything fragile. This ensures it doesn’t get put on the bottom of the truck. Plus, the movers will handle your items with velvet gloves. Make sure to write Fragile on at least three sides of the box, so that there is absolutely no room for mistakes.

 

How to spot a moving scam in Brooklyn?

Let’s just tell it like it is – moving is a big deal. People often don’t realize this, but it’s a very complicated process. After all, that’s why we hire moving companies for relocations in the first place. Really, we can’t overstate this enough – choosing the right moving company is important. And it’s not just about getting the best service at affordable prices either. While most moving companies are there to help you, you should be aware that there are real scammers out there. We’re talking about fraudulent moving companies, that don’t deal with you in good faith and just want your money. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help you – here are some tips on how to spot a moving scam in Brooklyn.

The basic moving scams

Unfortunately, in every profession, there are people who just abhor doing an honest day’s work. Instead, such people resort to doing shady deals and scams. And let’s not kid ourselves – the moving industry is no different. We know what you’re thinking now – sure, that’s all fine and good, but how we protect ourselves when browsing for moving firms? Well, it really comes down to one most important thing – you need to know what a basic moving scam in Brooklyn looks like if you want to hire professional movers:

Additional costs 

When you’re looking for a moving company, you’ll come across good deals and bad deals. And then, once in a while, you’ll stumble upon an impossibly low price. We’re talking ridiculously low. Really, how can you give this a pass? And that’s the classic hook. However, once the job is done, you’ll be hassled with ridiculously large ‘additional costs’ you’ll be asked to pay.

Hostage goods 

Here’s another classic play – the “movers” load your thing onto their trucks, as any moving company would. But then they proceed to basically hold your property hostage. They will refuse to move the truck or unload it without you paying additional money.

Grey area moving 

We should mention a different sort of scam. These are movers that aren’t really scamming you per se, but you’re still at risk. Basically, we’re talking about movers that don’t work for registered, reputable and legal moving firms. Instead, they choose to work outside the law, without an actual company or registration. While they may do the job right, you’re at risk. Not only are you not guaranteed any quality, but if these illegal movers are prosecuted, your things may be kept as evidence!

Telltale signs of a moving scam in Brooklyn

Okay, so now you’ve got the basic idea of how moving scammers operate. But, it’s even more important to know how to spot a moving scam early on. After all, knowing about scams won’t do you much good after the fact, right? Yeah, you know it makes sense. So let’s talk about one of the most surefire ways to spot moving frauds. When you start researching, you will see that it is quite simple to notice mistakes that the fraud movers have made.

You must know your rights and responsibilities

As we’ve already mentioned, the moving companies, much like any other business, are subject to some industry regulations. Yeah, we know, legal technicalities aren’t exactly fun – but trust us, this is in your interest to learn. Basically, all legitimate and legal moving companies out there are obligated to provide you with something. And that something is a pamphlet about your rights and responsibilities when you move. This contains most of the important information you need to know about the moving process, from a legal point of view. So, if a moving company you’re doing business with doesn’t provide you with this, chances are that something isn’t right. And fraudulent moving companies probably won’t be rushing to give you information that might expose their shady dealings.

Money Saving on Your Long Distance Move
If you want to save your money from scammers, you’ll need to be careful!

Do your due diligence

Okay, by now you’ve probably fully realized just how bad a moving scam can get. That’s why it’s extremely important that you do your proper research before hiring reliable Brooklyn movers. Think about it – really, a relocation is a very personal ordeal. It involves all of your things and family members. And your personal property and really valuable items are all supposed to be moved. That’s why you need to hire professionals you can actually trust. And in order to find these respectable movers, you will need to do some thorough research.

Reliable Movers
You’ll need to do your research on moving companies if you want to avoid a scam!

You’ll need to do your research on moving companies if you want to avoid a scam!

Get recommendations

Recommendations are an excellent way to find the right moving company. If you have friends or family members, or even acquaintances who have recently moved, great. Ask them about their moving experience. They can tell you all about whether the pricing was affordable, how did the movers behave, were they professional, etc. But, most importantly, you will know for sure that the movers in question are not rouge movers.

Compare several moving companies

The best way not to become a victim of a scam is to know exactly what is out there. Compare at least five moving companies, and let the best one win. After researching the sites, get moving quotes, talk to the employees, it will be quite easy for you to spot a moving scam in Brooklyn. For example, if your moving company does not have a physical address on site, you may start looking for a different company. Always ask as many questions as possible, and talk to the moving crew in person in order to get a sense of their reliability.

Ask the moving company for their USDOT number

A USDOT number is the identification number that you can use to check whether your moving company is licensed. The FMCSA site is the place where you can find out a lot about your moving company. How many vehicles they have, what are their moving reviews, do they have any disputes, etc. It is important to get to know your moving company as much as possible, because it is the best way to avoid scams. A mover who has a license is not likely to be a scammer, so always ask for the USDOT number.

The devil is in the details

As we’ve already said, getting a good offer from a moving firm is just fine. But if you come across an offer that’s just ridiculously low, stay alert. We’re not saying you should avoid a good price – just make sure you pay attention and you’ll avoid a moving scam in Brooklyn. You want to make sure that the moving company in question has their license, for example. Really, you don’t want to put your personal items into the care of an unlicensed firm, trust us on that. Also, if a moving company is ready to give you an estimate during a phone call, without checking your home visually, that’s an alarm bell that should go off.

Read the contract

If there’s one piece of advice that’s applicable to every business transaction on the planet, it’s this. Whether you’re selling a herd of goats in Sri Lanka, or hiring a moving company in Brooklyn for art handling services – read the contract. And read it carefully. If you’re not particularly law-savvy, have a lawyer read it. And on moving day, movers will also present you with something called the Bill of Lading. Basically, this contains all the info about your move, most importantly the delivery dates and the prices. Read all of this carefully, and the chance of being scammed goes down considerably.

Keep the most valuable items within your hand reach

No matter how certain you are that you will not fall victim to a moving scam in Brooklyn, it is important to keep some things by your side. Your most valuable items, such as jewelry, money, credit cards, important documents, passports, etc. must always be within your hand reach. Even the best of movers can have accidents and lose some of your items. So, make sure that your most important documents, and of course, money, are never in a moving box inside the moving truck.

What should you do in case your movers turn out to be scammers?

If you have already chosen a moving company, and they just disappeared with your belongings, you need to react fast. As soon as you notice that something is wrong with the moving company, we suggest that you call the local police. Also, you need to write a complaint to the moving company, and leave a negative report on the Better Business Bureau platform. There is also an agency called MoveRescue.com that you can contact immediately. Whatever you do, remember to remain calm and never pursue the scammers on your own.

Signing a Contract with Reliable Movers
Make sure you read everything thoroughly before signing a contract!

We hope our guide will help you with recognizing a moving scam in Brooklyn. If you remain alert, do your research well, and be attentive, there’s really nothing to be afraid of – you’ll find the right local movers Brooklyn in no time!

Benefits of hiring professional packers for local moving

Why should you be hiring professional packers for local moving?

Why folks are generally eager and excited to move? Because most people find that moving to a new household gives them a fresh start. It gives a new opportunity for a new life. However, moving can be tough. The reason behind it is that a relocation is a multi-faceted event. Trying to stay on top of things can seem like a nightmare. That’s why hiring professional packers for local moving is the best way to go about it. This way you are opting to delegate packing to professionals, leaving you with free time on your hands to enjoy it with your family and friends. We prepared for you a guide through the services you get when leaving packing to professionals. Keep reading to find out why you should be hiring professional packers for local moving.

Who are professional packers?

The job of professional packers is simply put – packaging. This includes disassembling (if required), wrapping, and packaging belongings. Their job is to pack your things so no harm comes to them when moving day arrives. Given that these people work arduously every day on packing, they can pack three times as much, in half the time it would take a normal person to do that. Packing tape, scissors, and a knife are just some of the tools of the trade that professionals use. They have all the necessary tools and skills to complete the task in the shortest time frame.

Packing Supplies Professional Packers Use - Packing Tape, Scissors
Packing tape, scissors, and a knife are just some of the tools of the trade that professionals use.

An in-depth look at the job of professional packers

The day-to-day job of a professional packer varies vastly, depending on the company you hired.

Companies usually task packers with:

Gathering all the necessary supplies

This means that they will bring all the cardboard boxes, bubble wraps, packing, and protection paper necessary. This way you do not need to worry about finding the proper supplies nor whether all your belongings will fit in your boxes. By hiring professional packers for local moving all that is covered! On a side note – if you want to gather the supplies on your own, check out these cool places to find packing supplies.

Packing your belongings

Of course, the crux of their job is to pack your stuff. However, wording it this way does not do the job justice. What they actually do is much more complex. By using a vast number of supplies and tools at the packers’ disposal, they protect your belongings from getting damaged during the actual move. For example, packing a king-size bed for relocation can be an extremely difficult and complex task. That’s why by using the proper tools (such as moving blankets) they are able to do this job effortlessly.

Labeling

Lastly, they make sure your things get taken care of properly. Packers label the moving boxes. This way they create an inventory of all your stuff that is being moved. Packers will make sure making sure nothing gets lost in the process. They also label fragile items, so that the Brooklyn movers know to handle these items with care. Labeling boxes helps you stay on top of things.

Labeling Moving Boxes
Labeling boxes helps you stay on top of things.

The benefits of hiring professional packers for local moving

Right, so now that we have a general idea what a professional packer does in a day of work, we are going to outline several advantages of hiring professional packers for local moving below.

Professional packers will handle all fragile items

If you are moving some valuable items or extremely fragile possessions, they can easily get damaged. Any sensitive items will benefit from professional packing, such as artwork, mirrors, antiques, chandeliers, china, etc. This also includes appliances, which can be really difficult to pack and heavy to move.

Professional Packers for Local Moving Always Label Fragile Items
When it comes to fragile items, you want to make sure you have a ‘fragile’ label on them.

Hiring professional packers for local moving if you are in a hurry

Let’s say you are moving from the Bronx to Bay Ridge. However, you are in a hurry to do so, for whatever reason. Maybe it is that you want to surprise your wife when she gets back from vacation. Maybe your new job starts very soon and you want to make sure everything is relocated by that time. Whatever the reason may be, you want the move to be over quick. As a matter of course, you have hired some Bay Ridge movers to help you with this endeavor. However, most probably you should add packers to that equation. The reason behind this is that you want all hands on deck to help you move as efficiently and effortlessly as possible. And having professionals be there to help is always a good idea. It can be extremely difficult to balance family and friends on one side and deadlines on the other.

Man Riding a Bicycle
It can be extremely difficult to balance family and friends on one side and deadlines on the other.

Hiring packers because you don’t feel like doing it

Yes, you have read that right. And if you fall into this category of people there is nothing to be ashamed of. Some people just do not want to, because they have better things to or they are simply lazy. If the former is the case, it is completely natural not to want to spend time packing your stuff when you have family, friends, work, and other commitments to take care of. If you fall into the category of the latter the same applies. There are people who do this as a job and would gladly help you do the things that you don’t want to. Packers are here to help you carry the heavy load of moving, literally and figuratively!

Hiring packers because you can’t DIY

Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care. So it doesn’t take a mathematician to understand that is a very serious problem. So if you have chronic back pain, hip or groin pain, knee tendonitis, or any other acute pain – lay off the heavy lifting and packing. You will only do further damage. It is important that you stay safe during relocation. Another thing to take into account is the amount of stress during the preparation for moving day. Think about how many hours it takes to organize your belongings, to begin with. Add the number of hours to gather supplies, and the effort necessary to pack the entire household. Eventually, sealing boxes and labeling them accordingly also takes time and the whole process can be overwhelming, especially when you have a timeframe. Hire professional packers that will do the job for you, so you can stay pain and stress-free!

Hiring Professional Packers for Local Moving
Professional packers are responsible for expertly wrapping and packing all the items in a household.

Hiring movers when you can’t skip work

In some cases, it might be more affordable to pack yourself, depending on the type of items you are moving. But even though it costs money, it can turn out to be more affordable than skipping work. Calculate the amount of cash you will lose for skipping work to pack your household. It can also be inconvenient to take days off from work for packing. If your job doesn’t allow for time off, your best choice will be to get packing and moving services Brooklyn.

When you are moving to another state

Everybody knows that long-distance moving requires a whole different set of skills compared to the short-distance move. When you are moving to a different state, you will have to travel long hours and this only can become a nerve-racking experience. You want all the convenience possible when starting over in a whole different state getting ready for a new lifestyle. If you let professionals take care of packing and transporting your items, you can conveniently hop on a flight and find your things arrive safely to a new destination.

In conclusion

So to summarize: if you decide to hire professional packers, your personal belongings will be packaged by them. By using special tools and supplies, they can bundle up your stuff so it doesn’t get destroyed during relocation. On top of all that, they will do this extremely fast and effortlessly. This is an important factor if you are in a hurry. Moreover, if you simply cannot pack your stuff because of medical issues, hiring professional packers for local moving is the way to go. That means that packers will, at the end of the day, make your relocation faster. Furthermore, you can rely on that they will get the job done. Eventually, if you are moving long-distance, save some nerves by not having to deal with the effort of packing and labeling multiple boxes.

So what are you waiting for? Hire Dorothy and Martha Moving NYC, and get your free moving quotes Brooklyn today! We have the experience and knowledge necessary to completely take care of your relocation. You can leave the packing part to us and conveniently arrive at your new home without worrying about your belongings.

The 5 most forgotten moving-related tasks

Are you moving soon? Whether you have a lot of time to prepare for the move or you’re relocating in the last minute, you should keep track of everything you need to do. There are many things people forget to do when moving, no matter how much experience they have in moving. In order to move efficiently and save your time, take a look at some of the forgotten moving-related tasks. Take a look at these items on the list and how to make sure not to forget them. Continue reading “The 5 most forgotten moving-related tasks”

How to find an apartment in Brooklyn

If you are reading this article you know that to find an apartment in Brooklyn is hard. Actually finding a good quality apartment in New York City is hard, let alone Brooklyn. You have probably heard from your family, friends, and roommates that finding a spot in Brooklyn can be daunting. We will admit that we have heard the same from our customers as well. Getting that perfect place, that checks all the boxes – location, size, price, and good quality neighbors is almost near impossible. Continue reading “How to find an apartment in Brooklyn”

How to find reusable packing supplies in Brooklyn

If you are preparing for a moving day, you probably know that it is going to be a very expensive undertaking. There are so many things you need to complete, and almost none of them are free. And you just spent a small fortune to a house or apartment. Therefore, you will need to calculate your moving expenses wisely and make a good plan. Keep in mind that that will not be an easy task, especially if you are relocating on a tight budget. You will need to make sure that you will not waste money as it is a limited resource at this moment. This is where some good saving tips can save your life, and here we’ll help you find some reusable packing supplies in Brooklyn. Continue reading “How to find reusable packing supplies in Brooklyn”

How to speed up your moving process

When you are in the moving process, you probably have a desire to finish with it as soon as possible. Moving can be stressful and pretty much annoying. That is why anyone who has ever moved probably wanted to do that very fast. However, sometimes when you are doing something fast you are creating a lot of room for mistakes. That is why we are here to help you to speed up your moving process without any problems. Step by step and you will finish moving in no time. Even though you want to speed up your moving process you will have to be careful, especially when packing. Pack the moving truck in no time, with some tips and tricks for moving fast. Continue reading “How to speed up your moving process”

Tips for moving your office locally

So, you are planning on moving your office locally? Well, commercial moving is just as complex as residential moving, if not more. What do we mean by that? Well, you have to do all the things you normally do when moving to a new home… Just on a much larger scale. For example, you still have to pack tools and machines, large appliances, and furniture. Not just that, but you also need to take into account the magnitude of the move, and the ridiculous time crunch in which you need to relocate. That’s why moving your office locally is quite an arduous task, and that is exactly why we have created this article – so you don’t make the beginner mistakes most people do when planning a commercial move. Continue reading “Tips for moving your office locally”

How to pack liquids for moving

So how do you pack liquids for moving? Well, as we mentioned in our packing your household like a pro article, packing is a really complex event. In summary, the key to a successful pack and move lies in the organization. Knowing how to pack various items and how to move them is crucial. That is if you want to save your items from destruction during relocation. Continue reading “How to pack liquids for moving”

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