• Packing for College: DOs and DON'Ts

    by Jackie Heath | Jul 29, 2014

    moving to collegeIt’s that time of year when thousands of new high school graduates are getting ready for their first year at college. By land, by sea, and by air, students are traveling hundreds of miles to get a quality education—and they’re bringing boxes and suitcases full of belongings with them.

    Amid all the excitement and anxiety, it can be easy to forget just how little space you’ll have in your new dorm room or apartment. Although packing for college isn’t always easy, here are a few tips for making the most out of your experience.

    DO know the rules in your dorm or apartment. Most dorm rooms have rules against open flames, cooking appliances, pets, and other potential hazards. Learn the rules ahead of time so you don’t make the mistake of packing up a microwave or hot plate they won’t let you keep in your room.

    DON’T pack furniture unless you know you’ll have space. Dorm rooms almost never have space for anything but a bed and a desk—both of which are usually supplied. Furniture is the heaviest and most expensive thing to move, so know ahead of time if and where it will fit.

    DO start early. Organization is your best tool in enjoying an easy transition, so start your shopping and packing during the summer months. Find a checklist of supplies (many colleges provide these to first-time students) and purchase one or two plastic tubs in which you need to make it all fit. You’ll have plenty of time to figure out the logistics that way.

    DON’T overpack or worry about the small things. A toothbrush, shampoo, a lampshade that goes well with your new comforter, snack foods…all these things are important, yes, but they’re also going to be available in your new city. Plan on going shopping soon after you move in to pick up all those small items you forgot or didn’t want to bother packing.

    DO use labels. For once, we don’t mean labels on the boxes (with things like “kitchen” or “toys”). Instead, put your name on items that might get mixed up with your roommate. It might seem silly to start writing your name on tape on everything, but you’ll appreciate it during the transition stage.

    DON’T bring your winter gear just yet. Seasonal rotation is a must in a cramped dorm closet. Consider leaving your winter coats and heavy sweaters at home for the first few months. You can always swap out your clothes when you go home for a visit.

    DO bring a comfort item or two. Although no one wants to believe they’ll be homesick on this grand new adventure, it’s common for students to feel a pang for the room and home they left behind. Bring a few posters or a stuffed animal that means something to you—the homier you can make your room feel, the better you’ll feel overall.

    DON’T forget to thank your movers! It doesn’t matter if you relied on your parents, a few friends, or a professional moving company—always take a moment and thank them for helping you make this important transition to the next stage in your life.

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  • How to Prepare your Home for Professional Packers

    by Jackie Heath | Jul 25, 2014

    Prepare for Professional PackersHiring movers to help pack your home is a great way to reduce stress and get the most out of your moving experience. However, even if you are having your movers do all the heavy lifting and detailed packing, there are things you can do to prepare for the big day. Make things go faster—and feel more in control of your move—with these simple steps.

    > Prep Your Appliances: Appliances have to be turned off, emptied, and cleaned before they’re ready to be moved from one place to another. Anything hooked up to gas needs to be turned off and detached (you will have to have a professional repair person do this). Anything hooked up to water also needs to be not only unattached, but the reservoirs emptied of any excess water. It’s also a good time to do a nice, deep clean of your appliance. Not only is it much nicer to have shiny, ready-to-go appliances in your new home, but this will prevent breakouts of mold or mildew on the road.

    > Clean the House: It might not be the most entertaining activity, but you should do your best to have your home cleaned and ready for the movers. We don’t mean you have to get on your hands and knees to scrub down every corner, but you should make an effort to go through and toss anything you don’t plan on taking with you (you could also hold a garage sale to get rid of the excess items). Not only will a home free of clutter be faster to pack up, but you won’t make the mistake of having boxes of garbage hauled and paid for along the way.

    > Take Pictures of Things You’re Worried About: We’ll use an inventory list to go over the condition and quality of your more valuable items (especially items you’ve opted to have covered by valuation), but you can also take pictures of items if you’re worried about their transition.

    > Label Items by Rooms: Maybe your new house has a den as well as a living room, while your old one only has a living room. Maybe the old house has a much smaller dining room, and you can’t wait to get that hutch into the newer, larger space. Make things easier by labeling pieces of furniture by their future destination rather than their current location. This will reduce the amount of time you have to spend unpacking and moving pieces around in your new home.

    > Set Aside the Not-to-Pack Items: Movers like to be able to go in, assess the situation in your home, and get right to work. If there are items you don’t want packed (because they’re too valuable, because you’ll be moving them on your own, or because you’ve made alternate arrangements), make sure these items are set aside or are otherwise marked.

    > Secure the Pets and Children: In order to do our job well, we’ll need to prop open the doors, come and go with heavy items, and have access to all the rooms in your house. This is a perfect time for pets and small children to go missing—and that’s the last thing anyone wants. Make arrangements for a sitter or for the little ones to stay elsewhere for the day. The peace of mind and extra layer of safety is well worth it.

    > Make Arrangements for Items Movers Don’t Transport: Moving companies will not move a hazardous and dangerous household items. Review this list with your mover prior to their arrival and make separate arrangements for their disposal. A complete list of materials Allied does not move can be found online.

    Our job is to make your move as easy as possible, and we’ll do what we can to make that happen. With a little preparation and planning ahead, we can all work together to get you and your family where you need to go.

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  • Packing Safety: How to stay safe during your move

    by Jackie Heath | Jul 23, 2014

     Packing SafetyWhen you’re getting ready to relocate your family in a new home, the last thing you need is to be injured in the process. Whenever you’re talking about lifting heavy objects, packing breakables, and having several people coming and going inside your home, it’s a good idea to take a few precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.

    1. Never Lift More Than You Can Handle: Back injuries or strained muscles are the biggest risk factor when moving from one home to another. Know your weight limit and stick to it. Large, heavy boxes should be moved by a dolly or by your moving team. Heavy pieces of furniture should be left to the professionals. And always lift with your knees instead of your back.

    2. Heavy Things on the Bottom: No matter if you’re talking about individual boxes or about the moving truck itself—always put the heaviest items on the bottom. Boxes should be balanced so that they don’t sway or have the potential to topple.

    3. Use Good Packing Supplies: Reusing boxes or duct taping up weak spots in the cardboard isn’t always the best idea. Boxes that have been structurally damaged are more likely to break, bend, or tear—all of which can cause you to do the same. Good packing supplies, boxes filled with items and padding, and strong packing tape should always be used.

    4. Wrap Breakables Well: Always take extra care to wrap and protect your breakables. Dropping a box of plates or glasses can send broken shards all over the room, and it can often be hard to uncover all the pieces in the mess of other packing.

    5. Keep All Passageways Clear: One of the biggest packing struggles is keeping everything organized. Try to designate a room or corner as the place to store all the boxes you’ve already packed, being sure to keep the doorways, entryways, and walkways clear. It’s very easy to trip over piles of boxes, especially if you’re carrying something at the time. It also helps to have activities and care planned for young children or pets outside of the home on loading and unloading day to keep them safe.

    6. Don’t Lose the Sharp Objects: Packing tends to come with all kinds of sharp objects—knives and box cutters and scissors are everywhere. Don’t leave these lying around or inside open boxes, especially if you have little ones running around. (It’s also a good idea to invest in a pair of gloves. Anytime you work with cardboard, you run the risk of slicing your hands.)

    Perhaps the most important thing you can do is self-care during packing. Take breaks. Hydrate. Pack a small amount every day so you don’t have to do it all at once. The opportunity for error or for shortcuts is much higher if you’re fatigued or worn out, so make sure you stay operating at your peak at all times!

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  • AlliedTV: Packing Supplies for your Move

    by Jackie Heath | Jul 21, 2014
    Having the right materials to help you pack your items safely and securely is important. But with all the supplies out there which ones are right for your move and worth your time? Well, in this video we answer this question and help you compile a list of necessary materials you will need before preparing for your move to your new home.

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  • The Five Stages of Packing

    by Jackie Heath | Jul 18, 2014
    moving suppliesStage One: Optimistic, Organized Super-Packer

    This time around, you’re not sneaking into the back of a grocery store to scrounge for spare cardboard. You’re going to buy matching boxes—the kind that come in a full set and have a special spot for writing the contents. In fact, you’re also going to buy an economy-sized roll of packing tape. And a set of rainbow-colored Sharpies. And a bag of those packing peanuts that are made of cornstarch so you’ll always have a snack on hand.

    With a few months to go until the big move and $300 in packing supplies waiting in the trunk of your car, it’s impossible to fail.

    Stage Two: Moving to Garbage Bags…Organized Garbage Bags

    Turns out you forgot to buy a few things, so you’ll need to make one more trip to the moving store. This time, though, you’re skipping right over the packing supplies and looking for industry-sized garbage bags. How is it possible for one family to have accumulated so much stuff over the years?

    You also take a moment to grab some real snacks this time around. Those packing peanuts aren’t nearly as delicious as you thought they would be.


    Stage Three: Brilliant Ideas

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    So, you were on Pinterest the other day—not procrastinating at all—and it turns out there’s a way to get cheap labor and have fun packing. Throw a moving party! It’s pretty easy to set up…all you have to do is make invitations and send them out to your friends and family members. In exchange for a barbeque (or pizza night) and free beer, all they have to do is show up and pitch in. You get the work done in half the time and enjoy yourselves in the process.

    Of course, you’ll need to head to the craft store first, since all your invitation supplies are in one of the three boxes you managed to get packed on your own. It can’t hurt to get more snacks, too.


    Stage Four: Party Clean Up & Crunch Time

    It’s fortunate you have all those extra garbage bags, because your house is littered with empty bottles and pizza boxes—and did they really open up the box of clothes earmarked for donation and hold a fashion show?

    Good thing there’s still a full week until it’s time for the move. That should give you plenty of time to clean up the mess from the moving party and finish packing the six rooms you have left. Besides, you still have that entire roll of economy-sized packing tape to use up.


    Stage Five: Return of the Garbage Bags

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    It might not be the safest way to move your belongings, but it turns out you can use garbage bags for everything. Twist them around breakables and tape them about twenty times, and it’s almost like bubble wrap. Throw random items in and call it as good as a box.

    So what if you end up tossing one hundred identical black bags into the back of a truck amid the sound of breaking glass? You’re on your way! Moving day is finally here!

     

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