Packing

Reasons to use plastic bins when moving home

Plastic bins are taking over the moving industry. More and more people are using plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes while moving. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on buying cardboard boxes which you will throw away a few days after the move. Not only you are saving the money, but with plastic bins, you are also protecting the environment! Many moving companies in NYC offer clients to use plastic bins when moving home. Let’s discuss why you should use it too! Continue reading “Reasons to use plastic bins when moving home”

Your NYC essentials bag for the move

The time for your move to New York is getting closer and you’ve begun panicking about packing? That’s perfectly natural. This time, we won’t preach to you. We won’t talk about how you need to purge your belongings before you begin placing things into boxes. We also won’t talk to you about what kind of packing services are available in Brooklyn. Instead, we’ll talk a little bit about a common mistake of many first-time movers. Your essentials bag is as its name says: vital to your move. You should know how to pack it wisely. Then, you will be able to relocate without too much stress. So, let’s talk a little bit about this. What should your NYC essentials bag for the move be like… Continue reading “Your NYC essentials bag for the move”

How to move an aquarium – U. Santini moving guide

When people move, pets move as well. Cats and dogs and rabbits are fairly easy to move, but underwater creatures require a whole different set of strategies. Fish tanks are one of the more challenging items to move, not just because they’re heavy and fragile but also because fish don’t handle travel very well. Even under the best of circumstances, you may lose a few of your fish. So how do you proceed with moving your aquarium? You’ve come to the right place.

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Home aquarium

 

Moving an Aquarium Requires Two Steps

Never move the fish inside of their tank. When moving aquarium fish, you need to think of two different phases: moving the tank and then moving the fish. Trying to move them both at the same time is dangerous. It’s too heavy for the movers and it’s too dangerous for the fish.

Moving the Tank

The toughest part about moving an aquarium is managing the filtration system. As soon as you stop the flow of oxygen into the water, aerobic bacteria start to die, upsetting the healthy conditions in your aquarium’s water. If you’re moving locally, you might be able to tear down the aquarium, pack it up, move it, unpack it, and set it up within a couple of hours. In this case, you may be able to preserve the bacteria. If it will take you longer than a couple of hours, you’ll need to follow this procedure:

  • Place your fish in a holding container.
  • Drain the tank. If you’re going to be able to set the tank up again within a few hours, save some water to help preserve the bacteria colony.
  • Disassemble the tank. If you have live plants, place them in a bag with their roots in water.
  • Pack your filter. If your move is relatively short, put your filter medium in a hard-sided sealed container. For longer moves, either discard your filter media or clean it thoroughly and pack it after it’s dried.
  • Pack the aquarium’s pumps, heaters, and other accessories like you’d pack any other fragile appliance.

Move all of these parts separately, and then set the tank up as if you were setting it up for the first time. If you were able to salvage enough of the old water to get the water moving through the filter after you set up the aquarium, you can reintroduce your fish to their tank right away.

If, however, you had to discard all of the water before moving the tank, you’ll have to refill it and then wait a week before reintroducing your fish. When you do reintroduce your fish, put the hardier fish in first to establish the nitrate cycle. Once the aquarium is stable, put the rest of the fish back in.

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Packing some aquariums may prove tricky….

 

Moving Your Fish

There are several ways to move your fish, and you’ll probably base your decision on how long your move is. The simplest option is to keep your fish in sealed bags that are half-filled with air. This method works well if you’re just moving locally and they’ll only be in transit for a couple of hours at most. To keep fish safe during this kind of transport, put the bags in a padded, compartmentalized container. You could also put bags in sealed, hard-sided buckets.

If the tank is going to be unavailable for a week or more, consider boarding your fish at a pet store. This can be costly, but pet stores are already set up to handle this kind of job, and most pet stores can pack and air-ship your fish to you once your aquarium is up and running again.

 

Special Considerations

Travel is stressful for fish, so don’t be surprised if they stop eating. Fortunately, fish that have been well-fed previously can live for about a week without eating.

Do your best to maintain an even temperature for your fish during the move. If you’re moving during a hot or cold time of year, consider packing your fish in a sealed cooler during transport. For long car trips, a battery-powered air pump and air stone can keep your fish healthy.

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.

Commercial relocation. How to find the right office movers for your business

Moving offices is different than moving households. When you move your personal belongings, you can be fairly flexible because your income doesn’t depend on how quickly you get your boxes unpacked. With your office, however, every day you find yourself in moving limbo is a day that you’re not being optimally productive.

If you’re looking to move your NYC office, you’re going to need the help of professionals with experience, resources, and the proper equipment to get the job done. Commercial relocation requires detailed planning and impeccable communication, and your challenge is to find the NYC office movers who can take care of your office move with courtesy and professionalism.

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Office moves are always fun!

Here’s what to look for in office movers for your business:

Communication Systems

There are lots of people involved in a commercial move, so communications are extremely important. You’ll have many people within your own business who need to be kept up-to-date on details about your move. Additionally, there will be property managers on both ends of your move, building staff, doormen, transportation authorities, moving truck drivers, packers, and more.

A moving company with systems already in place to handle communications will help your move to go much more smoothly. You’ll avoid frustration when everyone knows what’s going on and feels included and accommodated.

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A good communication system is essential for a successful office move

Customized Packing Solutions

Many of the items in your office can be packed in standard moving boxes, either by your employees or by professional packers. These items include standard furniture, manuals, files, and records. But many offices have specialized equipment that will require extra care. If you have sensitive electronic equipment, expensive servers, or unusual tools, you may need customized packing crates.

It’s possible to find outside sources that will create these custom packing solutions for you, but if the company that is handling the rest of your move can also take care of our unusual packing crates, everything will be much simpler.

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Customized office moving equipment

Short- and Long-Term Storage

It’s not uncommon for companies to need temporary storage during office moves. This can come up when renovations have to be done in the new office space or when the facilities aren’t quite ready when the old lease ends.

Whatever the reason, it’s helpful to work with an office moving company that offers storage as part of their standard services. When you don’t have to work with an outside storage company, scheduling and access are much simpler and easier.

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Storage

Experience and Customer Service

As you evaluate NYC moving companies to help you with your office move, ask about experience and customer service. As mentioned previously, it’s important to keep the impact of the move on your business to a minimum, and one of the best ways to do that is to hire a moving company that is experienced and treats you and your employees in a respectful, professional manner.

One of the best ways to find out about experience and customer service is to read testimonials and find out about the companies’ BBB ratings. The Better Business Bureau tracks complaints about different aspects of local businesses and then rates the businesses on a scale of A+ to F. Working with an A+ office moving company will be a pleasant experience, and that’s what you should provide for your employees–and for yourself.

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Professional customer service is essential

Here at U.Santini, we like to put our 80+ years of experience to work for your fellow NYC businesses. We have the contacts and communications systems in place to keep everyone in the loop during your office move, and we have the experience and commitment to high-quality customer service to keep your move low-key and professional. With our own storage facilities and professional packing services, your office items are in good hands during your move so you can get back to business as soon as possible.

For more information about office relocation, or for any other moving questions or concerns, contact us at U.Santini. We’ve been successfully moving New Yorkers and their businesses for more than 80 years.  718-768-6778. Ask for Dan.

How to choose a professional and affordable mover in NYC?

Are you looking for a professional and affordable moving company in NYC? Moving can be an expensive proposition, and if you can find an affordable moving company with years of NYC experience, your will have a much better moving experience.

But how do you go about finding such a moving company?

After all, some moving companies have very little experience and even less insurance, and you don’t want to entrust all of your worldly possessions with an unproven company. In the best case scenario, you’ll hire an affordable company that has decades of New York-specific experience under its belt. Here’s how to find such a company and ensure a successful move:

Find a Moving Company With Experience

Moving a household from one location to another seems like a fairly straightforward, simple task, but in New York City, it’s important to find a moving company with plenty of experience. Moving requires attention to detail, proven logistical systems, and contingency plans, and brand new companies tend to be shaky in these areas.

U.Santini has been serving NYC for more than 80 years, and over the decades we’ve learned many ways to move our clients more efficiently and affordably, and we’ve incorporated new technologies as they come along. This experience, plus the benefit of years of loyalty to existing customers, makes for pleasant, stress-free moving.

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Honest Moving Company

 

Check With the Better Business Bureau

When people have problems with local companies, they report their experiences to the Better Business Bureau. BBB standards for trust are high, so when you find a moving company that is accredited by the BBB, you know you’re in good hands.

We’re proud to have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau on a scale of A+ to F. This rating is based on the fact that we have no complaints within the last three years. Another factor for our A+ rating is that we’ve been operating for so long.

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Get Estimate Quotes

Once you’ve narrowed your list of movers down to those with high ratings from the BBB and those with significant experience, go ahead and gather estimate quotes. Be sure to ask for details about the quote. Ask if there are any hidden fees, and find out exactly what the quote includes.

Here at U.Santini, we offer free moving estimates. We’ve designed our estimates to help you think through your moving plans so you can consider all the resources you may need. You can sign up for an estimate here.

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Always get an honest estimate for your move

 

Look For a Full-Service Moving Company

Even if you don’t plan on using all of the services offered by a moving company, it’s a good idea to go with a company that provides many different services. Why? Because moving can be unpredictable, and it’s helpful to have back-up resources.

For example, if your home loan doesn’t close on time, you may need to put your belongings in storage temporarily. If you have decided to work with a moving company that has its own storage facilities, your life will be much easier during the interim between when you move out of your old home and into your new one.

It’s also nice to work with a moving company that offers professional packing services, supplies, and custom services like office and international moving.

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Hire an experienced and reputable moving company

 

Choose the Right Time to Move

You’ll likely get a better price on your move if you choose a moving day that is less busy. These days include mid-week days in the middle of the month or during the winter months. Weekends during the summer, especially at the beginning or end of the month, are extremely busy, and you may have a difficult time scheduling your move during these times. If you can be flexible on your moving dates you can usually get a better price.

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Pack early. Make it a family activity…

When you follow these tips, you can find a professional and affordable mover in NYC. For more information about moving in NYC, or to get a quote for your move, contact us at U.Santini. Ask for Dan at 718-767-6778.

When is the best time to move my business? Tips for moving your office

Business relocation is different than regular household moving. Businesses move to locations for a variety of reasons. Some businesses outgrow their offices or warehouses and simply need more space. Other businesses mature and need a different location that fits their new, changed nature. Tough economic times can prompt a move to a space that is more cost effective. Whatever the reason your professional office move in NYC, it’s important to plan well and decide when is the best time to move to your new location.

The best time for your office move is when it won’t interrupt your business operations. For most businesses, this is in the evenings or over a weekend. Do all you can to avoid infringing on your operation hours; this strategy will keep your office move cost-efficient and simple.

Office moves can be complicated. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to ease the transition and help get your employees back to work quickly and efficiently.

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Do I really have time to organize a move?

Set a Budget

It helps to know up front exactly how much you’re willing to spend on your move. With this figure available, you will be able to make decisions about what work you can hire out and what work you’ll need to handle yourself or delegate to employees.

Once you have your overall budget for your move, you can begin to break down this number into the areas where you’ll need the most help. For instance, if your company has a lot of sensitive electronics that need to be moved, you may need to spend more on packing materials than a company that large warehouse that stores goods that are already heavily packaged. The nature of your business will help you to decide how to divide your budget.

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Prepare to part with some cash…

 

Create a Plan

Your office move will run more smoothly if you have a well-constructed plan that tells each of your employees what is going to happen and what their roles will be.

A comprehensive spreadsheet can explain the steps of your move as well as each person’s role in each of the steps. For example, your spreadsheet could instruct each person to pack up their personal belongings in their desks on Friday afternoon and take their boxes down to the first floor foyer. Specific instructions like these reduce questions and help you make sure that tasks are completed in a timely manner.

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Plan your move carefully

 

Handle Address Changes Carefully

Your plan should include information about how to handle the company’s address change. Instruct the post office to start forwarding your mail on the day of the move, and make sure you have an employee stationed at the new office to answer phones and collect mail during the move, especially if your move extends into business hours.

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Make sure everyone knows where you are moving to

 

 

Move When Your Infrastructure is Ready

As you plan for the timing of your office move, make sure you give yourself enough time to take care of basic infrastructure before you need your business to be up-and-running in its new location. For example, will you have enough time to get phone and Internet service running with your current plan?

If you regularly receive deliveries, will your vendors and delivery trucks be able to supply you with what you need at your new location? Have you ensured that your insurance on your new location will be ready by the date you intend to make the switch? These details often get overlooked in the excitement of a move, but they should be integral in your move planning.

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Work ready office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you moving your office? If you’ve set your budget, created an accessible plan, handled your address change carefully, and made sure your infrastructure is ready at your new location, you may be ready! For additional help with your office move, or to learn about other moving and storage concerns in Brooklyn, contact us at U.Santini. We’ve been serving New York City since 1930, and we’re looking forward to serving you. We can assist you with a variety of services according to your unique needs. We can send our professional packing crew and have them packing your office in no time. Find out what a trusted and reputable moving company can do to make your office relocation an efficient and cost effective endeavor. Call us at 718-768-6778. Ask for Dan.

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