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Important questions to ask a mover

Moving is a complex process and one of the top stressors in our lives. It happens all the time, but yet we still find it exhausting and it’s never a pleasant experience. When relocating to New York, City you have to be aware that there is a wide range of different moving companies operating in The Big Apple. You have to be brave enough and choose only one company based on their website or adds. However, this can be a tricky task and you need to be very careful. Moving scams are happening very frequently, and you could be just one more victim. U. Santini Moving and Storage is a moving company NYC that you can trust. We are just about to reveal to you the most important questions to ask a mover before hiring them.  Continue reading “Important questions to ask a mover”

Moving from a metropolis to NYC: A guide

Contrary to the popular belief, moving from one metropolis to another isn’t easy. If you’ve done something similar before, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Each city has its own atmosphere, rules, and peculiarities. And, if you’re planning on moving to New York City anytime soon, you have even more to learn. After all, here in the Big Apple, we like to be pioneers in almost every way possible. So, for all those moving from a metropolis to NYC, here’s some advice! Continue reading “Moving from a metropolis to NYC: A guide”

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.

Moving into a Manhattan High rise apartment building guide

Moving into a Manhattan high rise apartment building can be a little tricky, especially if you’ve never done it before. The key to smoothly accomplishing such a move is to work with a moving company that has years of experience in this area. Here at U.Santini, we’ve been moving people in and out of NYC high rise buildings since the Empire State Building was brand new. We’ve seen it all. But even if you decide to turn your move completely over to a professional moving service, it’s still important to know what to expect. That’s why we’ve put this guide together. We hope it’s helpful.

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Flat iron building

Schedule the Freight Elevator

You may have a hard time making friends with your new neighbors if their first encounter with you involves you hogging the elevator all day. Save yourself (and your new neighbors) a lot of trouble by scheduling an elevator with the doorman or building manager.

Some apartment buildings may charge you a fee for scheduling an elevator. Be sure to call and make your elevator reservation at least a couple of weeks in advance of your move, and follow up the day before your move with a phone call or text to make sure the building management remembers your plans.

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Even the president schedules the Freight elevator when needed…

 

Schedule a Parking Space

In NYC, parking spaces are even more precious than elevators, so be a good neighbor and reserve your parking spot before your moving truck shows up on moving day. Again, work with your doorman or the building manager, and let them know several weeks ahead of time about your plans and what you need in the way of parking space. You’ll also need to communicate well with your moving company regarding the rules and regulations of your apartment building.

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Try to avoid this situation…

 

Find Out About Luggage Carts

Many high rise apartment buildings have luggage carts that you can use for moving your personal belongings, but in order to have access to these carts, you’ll have to ask. Asking in advance will mean you have a better chance of reserving the carts.

Of course, if you work with a moving company, they’ll probably have all the necessary equipment for moving your boxes and furniture in and out of any high rise apartment building.

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Use a luggage cart when possible

 

Reduce Your Belongings

There are several reasons to go through your belongings and get rid of things you don’t really need before you move into a high rise. First of all, most apartments in high rises are tight on space, and your new home will feel roomier if you have less stuff crammed into it.

Secondly, your move will be easier and less expensive if you have pared your belongings down to the items you really need and love. If you have items to get rid of some of your belongings before your move, hold a garage sale or donate your your gently used items to charity. You’ll want to take care of this before you begin packing so you don’t accidentally pack items you’d like to leave behind.

Find a Reliable Moving Company

Whether you want to hire help to cover the entire move from packing to unpacking or you just need to hire a truck, you’ll want to make sure that you find a moving company that is reliable, affordably priced, and easy to work with.

It’s wise to find a moving company that has years of experience in the area you’re moving to, and it never hurts if they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. This rating means that many people have had positive experiences with the company, and when you’re putting all of your worldly possessions into someone else’s hands, reassurance is important.

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Hire a reputable moving company…

To learn more about moving into a NYC high rise, contact us at U.Santini. We’re happy to answer your questions or give you a quote on your upcoming move. 718-768-6778.

About U. Santini moving and storage

Based in Brooklyn, New York, U.Santini Moving and Storage is a family-owned and operated moving and storage company serving the metropolitan area for more than three generations.

We are a trusted and reliable moving and logistic company specializing in local and long distance moves, corporate relocation and storage. If you are looking for Moving and storage Brooklyn based company, looking for a cost effective park Slope movers, or a reliable local and long distance moving company, look no further. U.Santini moving and storage will be happy to take on your moving challenge and  make sure that your move is effortless and cost effective.

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.

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