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Ten things you need to do on the first day you move to your new apartment

Moving day is exciting and exhausting, and after more than 80 years of moving people into their new homes, we know that the first day in your new apartment can be a little bewildering. There you are, surrounded by what seems like hundreds of boxes, and you just want to feel at home. But you’re not even sure where your pajamas are and you haven’t been this tired for a long time.

To help you with this crazy first day in your new apartment, we’ve made you a handy checklist. If you take care of these things the first day, you’ll feel like you’re back on your feet and ready to face your new home and apartment with your game face on.

1. Make sure the appliances are working. Before you unpack your cooler or head out to the grocery store, make sure the refrigerator is running, the garbage disposal turns on, and the dishwasher runs. If anything isn’t working, you can get the building supervisor right to work on it before it gets too late.

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Make sure your appliances are working…

2. Do some basic cleaning. Unpacking will go much better if you make sure your apartment is clean before you begin. If kitchen cupboard shelves are dusty, wipe them down before you put any food away. Sweep or vacuum the bedrooms before you set up the beds.

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Clean after your move…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Get food. The whole world looks brighter when you’ve had a good meal, so make sure you get one before you’re too worn out. If you can get enough groceries for the next couple of days, you’ll find that you’re much more productive (and happy!). For your first meal, try something ultra-easy like delivered pizza.

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Feed everyone who participated in the move…

 

 

4. Get kids and pets settled. If you have children or animals, get them situated as quickly as possible. Make sure your pets have food and water and aren’t underfoot while you work. If you kids are old enough, give them jobs to do like hanging their clothes in their closets or putting books on shelves.

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Let sleeping babies and dogs lie…

 

5. Check the smoke detector. Before you go to sleep the first night in your new apartment, make sure your smoke detector is fully operational. If the test button doesn’t work, install new batteries and try again.

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Check your smoke detectors

 

6. Identify the emergency exits. While you’re thinking about safety, find out where the nearest emergency exits are from your apartment. You can usually find a diagram near the elevator or staircase in your apartment building. Make sure everyone in your household knows about the emergency exits.

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Locate your emergency exits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Contact the utilities companies. If you need to put the electricity or gas in your name, make sure you call the day you move in so the companies can get accurate readings. You may also need to call about phone, satellite, Internet, and cable.

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Call your utility companies…

 

 

8. Fill out a change-of-address form. Stop by your post office and fill out a form to get your mail forwarded to your new address. Also, contact magazines, newspapers, and companies you do business with to tell them about your new address.

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Make sure everyone knows where you are moving to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Cover the windows. If you don’t have blinds or curtains on your windows, you may want to get something up before the sun goes down. If you can’t find anything else, you can always hang a bed sheet over a bare window until you can get to the store and buy proper window treatments.

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Cover your windows before nightfall

 

10. Celebrate! Moving is an accomplishment, so do something to celebrate. You won’t be able to unpack everything your first night in your new home, so get the essentials done and then put up your feet. A little ice cream never hurt anyone after a long day of moving.

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A little ice cream always makes everyone happy…

 

About U. Santini moving and Storage. We are a BBB A+ Brooklyn moving company. Whatever great preparations you are going to perform, consider the advantages of getting a professional moving company like U.Santini moving and storage to help you. Hiring professional movers, especially a trusted moving company like U.Santini moving and storage is a sure-fire way to have your move go smoothly and on budget. We have been in business more than eighty years and have moved tens of thousands of satisfied customers. We can deal with any types and sizes of moves in the New York city area and beyond.  If you want to make your move more green, or if you think your move is complex and hard to execute, we probably did a similar one to it in the past. A trusted and reputable moving company like U.Santini moving and storage will save you money by providing excellent moving service at an affordable price and a professional attitude.

If you have further questions about moving an aquarium, or if you are looking for moving and storage Brooklyn, feel free to contact us at U.Santini. We’ve been helping New Yorkers move for generations, and we can help you solve your trickiest moving problems. Call us at 718-768-6778. Ask for Dan.

10 top moving mistakes and how to avoid them

Moving is hard enough without making mistakes. And believe us, we’ve seen it all. After 80 years in the moving and storage business in Brooklyn, we’ve collected enough moving wisdom to write a book. But we’re busy, so we decided to write a blog post instead. Below are the top 10 moving mistakes we’ve seen and how to avoid them.

1. Failing to Purge

There’s a reason people have Moving Sales. It’s much easier to let your neighbors carry off your never-used fondue pot and your twice-used treadmill than to move it to your next home where they will continue to collect dust. Set all of your unwanted items out in the yard on a sunny Saturday morning, and send all of old stuff to new homes. Plus, you get to earn a little cash.

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Purge everything you are not going to use in your new place

2. Using Sub-Par Supplies

It’s great to find ways to keep your moving costs down, but using sub-par supplies can lead to frustration, broken items, and inefficiencies. When you buy high-quality moving boxes, tape, and packing papers, your goods are better protected and the boxes stack nicely in storage and in the moving truck.

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Beware of wet boxes…

 

3. Neglect to Planning Ahead

Planning is essential for a successful move. If you procrastinate and fail to plan, moving trucks may all be booked up. This is especially true during the busy summer months. Make your reservation with a moving company early.

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Some moves are more complicated than others….

 

4. Forget to Plan for Pets

With so many things on your mind, it’s easy to overlook the fact that your pets have to move, too. It would be easy if you could pack them in moving boxes, but of course, you can’t. If you don’t already have a portable kennel, acquire one ahead of your move so you pet can get used to it. If possible, find a friend who is willing to keep your pet during moving day so he’s not underfoot.

 

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Pack your aquatic pets carefully….

 

5. Neglect Your Plants

Like pets, plants don’t do well in moving boxes, so you’re going to have to make special arrangements for them. A few weeks ahead of your move, transplant your plants into lighter weight, unbreakable pots that will be easier to move. If you can’t move some of your plants, donate them to friends or a local retirement home.

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Pack your plants carefully

 

6. Count On Your Friends to Load the Truck

Yes, you may have helped your friends pack of your moving truck in the past, but counting on return favors can be risky. By the time you’re ready for loading, you’ll probably already be exhausted. Hiring movers who are insured and trained can make all the difference during your move. And your friends will thank you for it.

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Want to lose a friend? Ask him to help you move…

 

7. Winging It

Before you pack a single box, sit down with a calendar and a piece of paper and start writing out the details of our move. Get estimates from moving companies, think about your specialty items that will require extra care, think about both ends of the move. Will you need temporary storage? Do you need custom packing supplies? It helps to walk through each room of your home and to visualize everything in boxes.

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Plan your move carefully

 

8. Forgetting to Pack a Survival Kit

When everything you own is in a moving truck, you can find yourself without any clean clothes or even your tooth brush. To avoid this problem, pack a survival kit ahead of moving day. Include basic tools like scissors, a screwdriver, a flashlight, pet food, your pajamas, toilet paper, soap, and regular medications. It always helps to have cash on hand for grabbing a quick meal.

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Make sure your survival kit has everything you might need…

 

9. Forgetting to Label Boxes

If you do the packing yourself, adopt the habit of carefully labeling each box. Be specific in your labeling. Instead of writing “Kitchen” on a label, write “Kitchen–Coffee Maker and Toaster.” You’ll be thankful you were specific when it’s Sunday morning at your new place and you’re scrambling through fifty boxes looking for the equipment you need to make breakfast.

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Label your boxes carefully

 

10. Hiring Newbies

You’ll run into fly-by-night moving companies that offer tempting deals, but it’s possible to find a high-quality, cost effective Park Slope moving company that has been successfully moving New Yorkers for generations. Experienced moving companies have tried-and-true systems and the experience to help make your move a success.

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Hire professionals for your move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start planning your move, contact us at U.Santini. We’d like to put more than 80 years of moving experience to work for you. We’re the original cost effective Park Slope professional moving company, and we’ve been helping people move since 1930. Our family-owned business takes pride in being the best BBB movers in Brooklyn. To learn more about what we can do to help you with your move, contact us at 718-768-6778.

Eight tips for decluttering your home before moving to NYC

Moving to NYC? That must be great. Especially, if you are moving to Brooklyn. The borough that has been U. Santini’s moving and storage home for more than eighty years. But we all know that moving is rarely fun. Decluttering your home is even less so. But, going through the time consuming, (and some times painful) process of decluttering can have a big impact on the price of your move. If you take the time to dispose of all the clutter/junk in your current apartment you will:
•    Save money on your moving cost – Your move will take less time, so you will pay less for it. If you are moving across country and are billed by the pound, than your load will be lighter. If you are paying a flat rate for your move, than your flat rate will be smaller as you will move less stuff to your new place.
•    Save money on packing supplies – If you are self packing your home, you will need to buy less packing supplies from your moving company. Check our blog post regarding how to get free moving boxes and save money on your move this way also.
•    You will spend much less time unpacking and organizing your new home. And, we all know that time is money…

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Clutter

U. Santini moving and storage decluttering tips:
1.    Start early – Decluttering, organizing and getting rid of your junk is time consuming. Don’t leave it to the last  minute. It will become a nightmare for you and your family. Try to arrange your belongings and get rid of unwanted items months before the move date. Make a plan and stick to it. You can go over your apartment room by room, closet by closet and methodically throw away everything that you don’t need, or that you haven’t used at all in the last year.

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More clutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.    Documents – Take this opportunity to file all of your stray documents. If you have access to a scanner, than scan all of your documents and discard of the paper copies. You can upload the scanned documents to your Google Docs, Apple icloud or  Microsoft cloud services. This way they will always be handy, but will not clutter your new place.

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Get rid of paper documents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.    Ask yourself: Do I really need this? – Sometimes it is hard to get rid of an item that has a sentimental or other value. Ask yourself if you really need this item? Have you used it in the last year? Does it give you joy when you look at it? If the answer for these three questions is no, than discard the item quickly and efficiently. You do not need this item.

 

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Do I really need this?

4.    Throw, donate and sell – Some of the things that you don’t use might be valuable. You might need to get rid of good quality furniture, an extra set of antique cutlery or some old travel posters that have been kept folded in your cupboard for the last fifteen years. These items might be worth enough to get some professional help in selling them. Talk to an antique appraiser before getting rid or donating any antiques you have. The appraiser might be able to recommend the propose channel to sell these items. If you don’t know any appraisers, than contact the “Appraisers association of America” at www.appraisersassociation.org. They will be able to recommend a qualified and trusted appraiser for your items.Whatever can not be sold in a garage sale should go to the local good will store or to the landfill.

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Appraise your art…

5.    Don’t go it alone – Make decluttering a family affair. Encourage your kids to participate by offering this deal: You keep all the money you make by selling all of the unwanted toys, books, clothes and other junk that is in your room. This type of approach mostly encourages the younger family members to declutter their rooms quickly and efficiently. If you live alone, than encourage a friend to come and help you make the decluttering decisions. It’s easy when you work as part of a team. The process will be quicker and hopefully less painful…

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Packing is a Family affair…

6.    Get professional help – Sometimes the task is just too big. If you see that you are spending time and effort , but your apartment still looks very cluttered, maybe you should bring a professional declutterer to help you go through the process. There are many companies in the NYC that specialize in decluttering. Costs vary between $60 to $200 an hour for a decluttering company to come and toss away your stuff. If you find it hard to find a reputable company in your area, than contact the National association for professional organizers.

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Professional organizer relaxing after a major decluttering assignment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.    Hit the kitchen – Your kitchen is a declutter dream. It is full of items that are just sitting there and have no business going to your new place. Toss all of you old spices containers. get rid of old and mismatched cutlery and crockery sets. Eat all your canned foods, opened jam containers and other food stuffs. don’t buy your usual amount of food in the weeks before the move. Consume all of what you have in house instead of moving it tot he new place and consuming it there.

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Decluttered kitchen….

8.    Recycle – Find out where is the recycling center in your neighborhood and bring them all of your recyclable items. You can learn about recycling in NYC in the city recycling website . You will be surprised how many of your items are accepted by the city recycling program.

And of course you can call U.Santini moving and storage and we can send one of our packing teams to help you declutter your apartment. Wherever you decide to move into in Brooklynn, U. Santini moving and storage is a trusted moving and storage company and will be here to make sure that our move will go smoothly be cost effective. whether you need packing, Santini Packers will come and pack your apartment for moving and unpack it in your new place. If you are looking for movers and storage Brooklyn – we have a great storage facility in Park slope, Brooklyn. U. Santini moving and storage is proud of being a BBB A+ Brooklyn moving company. We consider ourselves the best BBB movers in Park Slope Brooklyn.

How to pack your electronics for Moving – The U. Santini way

Your home electronic equipment is probably one of the higher value items that you own. Electronic equipment such as TV’s, Stereo systems, computers and printers need special attention when moved. U.Santini moving and storage is among New York city’s most trusted and experienced movers. We have been around for more than eighty years and moved tens of thousands of clients during that time. We pride ourselves on our A+ rating with the BBB. We provide packing services in New York city and the area around it. You can count on us to transport your electronics safely. If you intend to do some self packing, and pack your electronic equipment yourself than you should point out your electronic equipment to your U.Santini moving and storage relocation consultant, such as:
•    personal computers and components
•    TVs, DVRs, DVD and Blue-Ray players
•    audio systems
Your U.Santini moving consultant will explain how each should type of item is to be prepared.

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Packing your stereo yourself?

Packing electronic equipment should not be taken lightly. Because of the high value of these items, you should use professional packing materials If you decide to pack these items yourself.
•    Bubble wrap and packing paper
•    sturdy carton boxes
•    packing tape
•    Moving labels (Fragile, Living room, do not move etc.)

U.Santini Moving and storage relocation consultant can supply these professional packing materials at an affordable price.
U. Santini moving and storage offers a free boxes kit valued at $80 to clients who choose to move with us. Click on the “Get Free packing boxes” button at the top of the page if you are interested in this promotion.

Use the following guidelines when packing electronics for moving:

  1. If possible Follow manufacturers’ advice for packing and moving. They probably have a lot of experience shipping their products to retail outlets, shows etc. Consult the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s Web site for details.
  2. Reassembling is always a hassle. Try to avoid unnecessary work by labeling all of your components, parts, cables and other items when you disassemble your systems. USe color coded labels for these items and mark clearly how each cord or cable connects to its specific component. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what you re-assemble the systems in your new home.
  3. Avoid dust – Dust is electronics worst enemy. Avoid dust at all cost.  Seal the boxes carefully with professional packing tape to avoid letting dust damage your electronic equipment.
  4. Use original boxes if available – If possible, use the original manufacturer’s boxes when packing your electronics. If you don’t have the original boxes, than use professional moving boxes. China boxes are sturdy and will protect your equipment well.
  5. Mark your boxes “Fragile”,but don’t write “Electronics” or “Stereo system” on them. You will be exposing yourself to potential thieves who might be looking to swipe a box or two from the truck when it is in transit to your new place.
  6. Crating – Very large electronics, such as large screen TVs might need special boxes or even specialty built crates in order to be moved safely. Consult with your mover on the best way to pack and move these type of items. It is probably better to let the moving company’s packers deal with these items.
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Packing is a Family affair…

Call U.Santini Moving and storage if you have any questions about packing, moving or storing your electronic equipment. As a veteran Brooklyn moving company we pride ourselves on our experience, commitment to our clients and the professional attitude. No moving or packing job is too big or too small. If you plan to move soon and need some FREE boxes, than click on the “Get Free moving boxes” and schedule a move with U.Santni moving and storage. We will give you $80 worth of FREE boxes if you move with us.

12 Tips on How To Organize A New House

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Organize your new house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to your new house! Now it is time to give it that special individual touch, so it will feel like your home. For the past 83 years U. Santini, a full service moving company in Brooklyn, has been helping people move and feel comfortable in their new homes. Moving, in itself can be stressful, but moving in Brooklyn, Manhattan, well New York City, in general, takes it to a whole new level, as space here is VERY limited, and spacious apartments are rare luxuries. Usantini is one of the most trusted moving and storage companies in New York City. If you are looking for a Brooklyn mover, or just for some moving services in Brooklyn – Don’t hesitate to call us at 718-768-6778 and our sales team will be happy to discuss your coming moving and storage needs.

Here are 12 tips that we have used time and again, to help you to start organizing your new place in a very efficient manner that is easy to maintain. Consider using  these tips unless you intend to get a storage unit in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

  1. Use pretty baskets, mason jars and boxes to contain bathroom clutter and toiletries. Lotions, razors, hair spray, etc. can easily be placed under the counter. They will be out of sight but easy to reach and use.
  2. Keep bath items in the tub/shower area by hanging an organizer over the shower head or in the corner of the tub. These are inexpensive and easy to use.
  3. Use decorative baskets or magazine racks for reading materials. These also are handy to store television remotes, tissues and other items out of sight.
  4. Use pants hangers to store boots. Simply clip the top of the boots and hang in the closet where they are accessible but out of the way.
  5. Install hooks or use over the doors hooks to keep coats, towels, robes and the like organized.
  6. Consider hanging a shoe organizer over the back of a door and fill it with cosmetics.
  7. Clothing should be sorted by season and items not being used can be sealed in vacuum bags. They will take up less room and will be safe from mildew and moths. This works well for extra comforters, quilts and blankets also.
  8. Clear bins, totes and tubs are great for organizing a room, an entire home or a garage. They allow the contents to be easily identified and stack to conserve space.
  9. Install pegboard in the kitchen, kid’s rooms or just about anywhere. Utilize these to hang items so they are off the floor or counters and easily retrieved.
  10. Use chalkboard paint to create a bulletin board on a door or wall. Write family activities, daily chores, schedules and other information on it so everyone can see and know what is happening each day.
  11. Install a tension rod under the kitchen sink and in cabinets. There are no tools required and they are easily removed. Use these to hang cleaning products, set spices on them or to stack plates.
  12. Install a magnetic rack in the kitchen to hold knives and other sharp utensils. They will be out of the way and children cannot reach them. Use the same idea in the garage.

These are just a few ideas to get you started in your new home. Since we are movers and packers, full service movers, business movers and experienced in every area of moving and storage, we can answer questions. We fulfill your every need for movers in NYC or anywhere. We offer packing services, move a small apartment or can move an entire business. We are available for New York moving and storage or will customize services to suit your every need. Come by our office or call us at (718)768-6778 to receive exceptional customer service or just to get more helpful hints for organizing your home.

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