Everyone reaches a point in life when we need to start thinking about downsizing. There can be a number of reasons, but we are gonna talk about one of the most common – seniors retiring. Once you reach that point in your life, after a couple of years you realize that you need to think about downsizing. Mobility diminishes, it’s tough to keep up with housework, and your home may have become disorganized in recent months. We created a simple guide for downsizing for seniors. There are tips and tricks how you can make all of this easy as possible. Continue reading “Practical Guide to Downsizing for Seniors”
There comes a time in your parents’ or grandparents’ life when you need to take care of them. And, moving house is definitely one of those times. Whether you’re helping your family relocate cross-country or to a seniors’ community, it’s a difficult and slow process. They surely have a number of memories in their current home and aren’t eager to welcome the change. This is why, as experienced long-distance movers Brooklyn, we wanted to give you a hand. We’ve helped numerous children relocate their parents to a new home and witnessed the normal frustrations which come with it. So, this is our moving seniors expert guide, to help you overcome the stress and welcome your loved ones into their new environment without problems.
Moving to and from college can really take a bite out of your limited budget if you’re not careful. But with careful planning, a few tricks in your back pocket, and a professional and reasonable student moving service, you can keep your college moves low key and affordable.
After working with many students over the years, we’ve put together some tips to help you with your moves to and from college.
Communicate with Your Roommates
To begin with, talk with your roommates about moving day. If you’ll all be arriving or departing at the same time, you’ll run into traffic problems. It’s helpful to agree on time slots for loading and unloading your belongings.
Additionally, you’ll want to talk about details like who will pick up the keys from your landlord and how you will get the place cleaned up after you move out. Good communication among roommates will keep you all on the same page and working cooperatively.
Communicate with Your Student Moving Service
If you hire a moving service to help you with your college move, be sure to keep the lines of communication open with your moving service as well. If your plans change at all, or if you end up bringing more or less with you to college, be sure to keep your moving service in the loop.
Since you will probably be moving in to an apartment or dorm room with other people, it’s important to stay organized. Instead of just piling your clothes and books into the back seat of your car, take the time to pack your items in boxes, which can be stacked more efficiently and labeled with your name and the container’s contents.
A box of trash bags can be very useful during a college move. You can toss miscellaneous items into trash bags and then label the trash bags. They also can be helpful for keeping bedding and coats from getting dirty during your move.
Moving is hard work, and you’ll maintain your energy and make friends when you order pizza, bring donuts, or pack along some deli sandwiches. And don’t forget to stay hydrated as you work. Packing, moving, and cleaning is hard work, especially in warm weather, so buy a case of bottled water and encourage anyone who comes to help you to drink often.
Book Your Moving Service Early
Certain times of year are busier than others for moving companies, and the beginning and ending of semesters are certainly busy times. To make sure you book the help you need, call your moving service well ahead of time and get yourself on their schedule.
It’s not just the people who are busy, it’s also the equipment. There are only so many trucks, dollies, and moving blankets. If you want to make sure your move runs smoothly, reserve your equipment early.
Think About Your Next Move
When you’re in college, your next move is never too far away. If you think ahead to the next move, your life will be much easier at the end of the semester. Instead of tossing all of your moving materials each time you move, flatten your boxes and store them somewhere out of the way until you need them again. Keep extra packing tape and packing papers with your boxes and you’ll be ready to go next time you move.
Moving in college can be exciting, and it doesn’t need to be difficult. For more information about a student moving services, or for tips about how to move on a budget, contact us at U.Santini. We have been moving New Yorkers for more than 80 years, and we’d be happy to move you. 718-768-6778. Ask for Dan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use decorative baskets or magazine racks for reading materials. These also are handy to store television remotes, tissues and other items out of sight.
- 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.
- Install hooks or use over the doors hooks to keep coats, towels, robes and the like organized.
- Consider hanging a shoe organizer over the back of a door and fill it with cosmetics.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.