That’s a Wrap!: What to Do With Bubble Wrap After Your Move

The truck is gone, the boxes are unpacked and everyone’s exhausted. Looks like it’s time for cleanup!

While those cardboard boxes may come in handy later for future moves or shipments, you may find yourself at a loss for what to do with your used plastic bubble wrap – besides popping it, of course. Believe it or not, though, there are plenty of ways to repurpose those funny-sounding sheets. Get creative with your bubble wrap and don’t miss out on the opportunity to save yourself and others a little money in the process!

Share the Love

You never know who could use a little packing material. Maybe the new neighbors are shipping some gifts cross-country, or perhaps your coworkers or family members are also packing for a move. Either way, sharing your excess packing materials, especially bubble wrap, is a great way to reuse your old products and potentially make friends with the new neighbors along the way. Ask around to see if anyone wants boxes, packing peanuts, wrapping paper or packing tape, too, while you’re at it.

Store Items Safely

Bubble wrap is an all-purpose protective packing material. Don’t throw it away if you could use it for other items after the move! Your garage, storage closets and attic are likely filled with knick-knacks and heirlooms that will only emerge a few times each year. Make sure these trinkets remain intact in storage by wrapping them in your used bubble wrap. This is especially useful for fine china, statuettes, pottery or holiday décor.

Recycle

If your bubble wrap is truly unneeded, get it out of your house while still doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint. Some cities offer recycling for bubble wrap when they come around for curbside pick-up. However, if your location doesn’t offer this service, you can take any un-popped wrap to your local post office or shipment couriers and donate it.
No hope for reuse outside your home? Make the most of your bubble wrap by finding unique uses for it around your house. Outdoor plants can be insulated from the chill with a bubble wrap blanket, or you can use bubble wrap for cute arts and crafts patterns.

Leave the Heavy Lifting to Arrow Moving & Storage Co.

Moving is stressful, no matter the distance. Coordinating your packing schedule, moving day and unpacking tasks can be a nightmare without the right help. That’s why thousands of people have chosen to leave the hard work to a moving service like Arrow Moving & Storage. Our experienced, courteous moving professionals undergo extensive training and background checks to provide you with the highest quality moving services in San Antonio, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City and Cheyenne with service to anywhere in the United States.

From packing to moving day, we have you covered. Contact us online or call (800) 593-6683 to receive your FREE quote today!

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Aye Aye, Captain! A Seafaring Move

Every move comes with its own set of challenges – moving to a home by or on the water is no exception. Water is a dangerous element that can easily damage your belongings without the proper preparation. Whether you’re moving to a houseboat or shuttling belongings into your new home via a dock, here are some tips to keep your property safe and preserved.

Setting Sail

Transporting boxes by sea or another body of water poses a significant risk of property damage. Before loading your boat, ensure it can handle your boxes’ weight without tipping over or sinking. Consider renting a barge service if you have a boat-access-only home, but be mindful of your dock size and sea levels to ensure the boat can safely dock. When you have selected your boat, load it carefully and keep boxes closer to the deck, as traveling on choppy water can easily cause your precious cargo to tip over. The best way to prevent this from happening is by tying your boxes down and covering them in plastic wrap to protect them from sea spray and moisture.

Keep in mind that docks have weight limits as well. Find out your dock’s weight limit before you use it to transfer your belongings into your new home. Elevated docks supported by posts are much sturdier compared to floating docks. Floating docks support less weight, so be mindful of the weight of your boxes.

Weight distribution is also important to remember when storing belongings in your floating home. Placing boxes on one side or spot in the home can cause it to tilt. Most homes are bulky enough to handle the weight distribution, but the weight disparity in smaller, lighter house boats can pose a significant danger, especially when water is choppy. Distribute boxes equally when placing them in your home or unpack them as you move them in one by one.

Move Your Belongings Safely to Your New Home with Arrow Moving

Although nautical moves are pretty rare, it’s nothing experienced movers can’t handle. No move is too challenging for the residential and corporate moving professionals at Arrow Moving. Our exceptional moving services are unmatched, as we have a trusty staff of professional movers that can pack and move any size household or business utilizing our extensive fleet of moving trucks.

Arrow Moving clients can expect:

  • Full-service packing
  • Quality packing materials
  • Online shipment tracking
  • Short- and long-term storage
  • Unpacking and debris removal
  • Easy utility transfers with Updater

Arrow Moving & Storage reduces all the logistical headaches of moving by partnering with www.updater.com. Updater makes it easy to transfer utilities, forward mail, update licenses with the DMV, notify friends and family of your new address and much more. Enjoy a significantly simplified process that reduces the stress of trying to remember all the things you need to update!

We also ensure your move is budget friendly, providing written estimates of all moving costs before packing even begins. With an attention to detail and a courteous and reliable moving staff, Arrow Moving is a premier choice among people looking for a comprehensive moving service.

Contact us to get an estimate on your move today!

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The New Neighbors on the Block

Being the new neighbor on the block can be an intimidating experience, especially if you’re moving to a new state or a different country where cultural differences and language barriers may take time to overcome. Getting acclimated always takes time, but if there’s a newcomer to your neighborhood, you can facilitate the process by welcoming them into the community.

As a resident in your neighborhood, it’s not only considerate to welcome your new neighbors, it’s also wise to get to know them. Starting off on the right foot with your new neighbor ensures you can approach them in a friendly way should any issues arise in the future. Here are some great ways to welcome your neighbors and get to know them in the process.

How to Welcome Your New Neighbors

  • Greet them as they’re moving in – While it may seem counterintuitive, meeting your neighbors as they move in is a fantastic opportunity for an introduction. Not only can you introduce yourself, but you can also offer an extra hand to help move their boxes inside. It’s a wonderful way to build a foundation for your relationship – if they say no, offer your contact information in case they change their mind later.
  • Create a welcome package – Chances are, you neighbor isn’t affiliated with all the local amenities and resources near your neighborhood yet. Go above and beyond by baking a pie for your neighbors as a welcome gift. Create a welcome package that includes information on local businesses nearby like grocery stores, restaurants and physician offices. Include contact information on local school districts or government offices nearby like the DMV – your neighbor will appreciate it.
  • Host a dinner party – Your neighbors will likely be exhausted from moving in, and their dinner plans will probably include pizza or takeout. Welcome them to the neighborhood with a delicious homecooked meal. As they’re moving in, introduce yourself and invite them over for dinner that night when they take a break to eat. Make sure to note any food allergies they may have and get their opinion on what meals they like best. Your neighbors will appreciate the gesture, and hosting dinner is a great way to get to know your neighbors more.

Get Acclimated to Your New Neighborhood Quickly with Arrow Moving

At Arrow Moving we aim to get you settled into your new home as quickly as possible while providing excellent and timely moving services. Every Arrow move is hassle-free and has many flexible options that work for any budget, whether you’re considering a DIY or full-service move.

Arrow offers clients:

  • Professional, uniformed staff
  • Full-service packing services
  • Unpacking and debris removal
  • Quality packing materials
  • Short and long-term storage
  • Online shipment tracking

We work according to your timeline so your move fits your schedule. Contact Arrow Moving to schedule your move today!

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What to Consider Before Buying a Tiny Home

Homeowners across the country have begun to shun the average American single-family home in lieu of a revolutionary new lifestyle. The tiny house revolution is gaining members quickly, especially with the advent of a culture that prioritizes experiences over possessions. Tiny homes are excellent ways for homeowners to declutter and downsize while seeking adventure. However, living in a home specifically designed and built to be smaller than 400 square feet isn’t for everyone. Before buying or building your own tiny home, you may want to consider a few important factors.

Will it Fit Your Lifestyle?

Buying, building and living in a tiny house is a commitment to a less materialistic lifestyle. This sounds great to many people, but others may not be able to handle the close quarters and the loss of their superfluous possessions. Remember: that’s okay. Homes are incredibly personal investments, so it makes sense they aren’t one-size-fits-all.

If you can handle the downsizing, consider, then, if you even want to live in a portable, towable home. Tiny houses are overwhelmingly considered trailers or RVs, meaning you’ll require a vehicle that can tow your house as well as a place to park it. If the portability is part of the charm for you, then you and your tiny home are simply meant to be!

Location, Location, Location

As stated, most tiny houses are portable trailers that can be towed by a vehicle. Due to zoning laws, you won’t be able to simply purchase an empty lot in your favorite suburban neighborhood and set up shop. Portable tiny homes are often classified as RVs, so you may find the perfect lot to rent or buy in a nearby campground or RV park.

Don’t worry, though. If living among tents and RVs is less than appealing, your tiny home can also be parked in friends’ or family members’ yards or even in specified tiny home communities where you’ll be surrounded by other like-minded homeowners. Just keep in mind that these communities are few and far between and often have a long waiting list, as many people are excited about this new way of living.

The moral of the story is, you need to plan where you’re going to park your tiny home ahead of time, and you need to be sure your location is legal. You don’t want to pick the perfect tiny home without someplace to put it. Consult with the zoning department in your city or state before committing to purchasing the land on which to construct or park your tiny home.

The Bottom Line

Part of the universal appeal of a tiny house is its smaller price tag. Homeowners love that they can custom build a beautiful little home for significantly less money than they’d spend on a traditional single-family home. However, tiny homes aren’t without their surprise fees and payments.

There are plenty of pre-built tiny homes available for purchase, but most home buyers are searching for something that will fit their unique needs. Luckily, homebuyers can turn to one of many custom tiny homebuilders to craft their specially-designed home from scratch, though this may cost you extra in labor and design costs.

Beyond the home itself, homebuyers need to rent or purchase their ideal lot of land on which to park their creation. Whether you have a mortgage or lease on your lot, you’ll need to take into account the monthly costs associated with your parking space. Tiny homes aren’t quite houses and aren’t quite trailers, strictly speaking, so you’ll need to apply for building, utility and plumbing permits to set up those creature comforts in your tiny house. Governmental administration fees can add up if you aren’t prepared.

Because tiny houses are towable vehicles, also consider the storage and fuel costs associated with transporting your home. Though many homeowners choose to stay put once they set down roots, some love the idea of picking up and traveling with their tiny home, so fuels costs could skyrocket.

Fear not, tiny homebuyer. All these fees and monthly payments don’t have to be scary. Many of these are startup costs that will only recur if you change locations. In addition, tiny homes are still eligible for loans from your local mortgage broker, bank or tiny home builder.

Make Moving Easy with Arrow Moving & Storage

When you’re ready to live a less materialistic life in a custom-built tiny house, we’ll help you get there. At Arrow Moving & Storage, we’ll help you tackle the strenuous moving process and transport your most necessary possessions into your new little home. Our professionally licensed and insured movers will handle all your items with care, allowing you to enjoy the start of your newest adventure. Contact us online or call (800) 593-6683 to receive your free quote today!

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Setting Up Your Own Home Gym

Getting in shape can be a daunting task for many individuals who aren’t used to regular exercise. Going to a gym and paying for an expensive monthly membership may also be contributing to those same feelings of anxiety. Why shell out a large fee just to feel uncomfortable at a public gym when you could set up your own workout space right in the comfort of your own home? It’s easier than you think.

Location

Before you start breaking out the dumbbells and doing some crunches, you’ll need to find the perfect location to in your home. Location, however, is about more than simply having the extra space to do your yoga routine. It’s also about putting yourself in the right mindset for productive exercise. Dark rooms do nothing to inspire activity. Create your home workout space in a room with plenty of natural light and upbeat, energizing décor. Paint can do wonders to excite you. Slap a new coat of a brightly colored paint on the walls to inspire you to get the blood pumping.

Equipment

Decide what sorts of workouts you’ll be doing. By planning your workouts ahead of time, you’ll be able to narrow down the equipment you need and that which you don’t. If you’re more interested in aerobics and flexibility training than cardio, for example, there’s no need to crowd your workout space with stair climbers and ellipticals. Figure out new, innovative ways for you to complete workouts without much equipment. Dumbbells, yoga mats and jump ropes are excellent starter pieces that can be used for many types of exercise.

Protection

Keep yourself and your floors safe before you start doing jumping jacks. If you have a hard flooring type such as cement or wood, you’ll need to provide some padding to absorb the impact of your workouts and protect both your joints and floors. Lay carpets, basket weave or foam mats to accomplish the job nicely.

If you’re new to creating workouts, you may feel unsure about particular movements. Doing an exercise improperly could cause you to injure yourself more easily. Install a mirror so you can watch yourself moving. If you’re doing a workout incorrectly, you can see it and correct it before continuing.

Moving and Storage Services in Colorado Springs, San Antonio, Cheyenne and Salt Lake City

With the perfect exercise room, you’ll be all the more inspired to take the next steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Not enough room in your current place to build your dream workout space? It may be time to find your next dream home with plenty of space for all your exercise equipment. Arrow Moving can help you during your transition into your new home. You can count on our friendly movers to provide dedicated, caring service throughout your whole move. Contact us online or call (800) 593-6683 to request your quote.

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How to Safely Move Your Fine Art, Antiques and Heirlooms

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It’s finally happening! You’re making the move. Whether you’re relocating across town, across the state or across the country, you want to make sure all your belongings get to your final destination in one piece, safe and sound.

There are some items, however, that may require extra careful handling due to their sentimentality or value – such as your fine art. With the right moving company on your side, you can rest easy knowing your fine art is packed, moved or stored with the care it deserves.

Packing It Up

The first step to ensuring all your most important fine art pieces get to your new home, place of business or storage unit safely is proper packing. As much as we would like it, all fine art is not created equal. A family heirloom statuette, for example, must be packed differently than a priceless painting.

Luckily, with the packing expertise of professional movers, like those at Arrow Moving & Storage, you can rest assured your art will be packed delicately and securely using our industry best practices.

Once the art is wrapped in protective layers of padding, cling wrap or bubble wrap, our moving professionals will recommend crating your valuable in sturdy wooden crates. Custom-built crates will provide the extra protection cardboard boxes simply can’t offer while also preventing tossing and tumbling during the move.

Making the Move

Moving your fine art and antiques can be tricky if you aren’t experienced in hauling wooden crates with care.

First, keep the weather in mind for both the painting’s and your sake. Moving during a warm day is not only miserable for you, but also could cause any painting you may have packed away to melt.

For this reason, moving heat-sensitive valuables during fall or winter is recommended. If the moving day must happen during the spring or summer, you may instead benefit from temporarily storing your paintings in a climate-controlled storage unit with Arrow Moving & Storage.

Other antiques, valuables and art can be moved as usual with the help of Arrow movers. Upon arrival at the final destination, your movers will assist you with unloading, opening and removing your pieces gently.

Protecting Your Valuables

Still worried about potential damage to your fine art and antiques? Arrow Moving & Storage offers transparency and protection for every client’s belongings. Insurance is recommended and available for purchase to cover all your belongings, not just your fine art.

Additionally, before any packing is done, our moving professionals will take inventory of your belongings and their condition, so you can check how we did as soon as you arrive in your new home.

Enjoy a More Stress-Free Move with Arrow Moving & Storage, Inc.

Moving fine art doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking! The professionals at Arrow Moving & Storage make it their mission to provide the best service possible to Colorado Springs, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City and San Antonio residents, no matter where you go.

Trust your belongings to Arrow Moving & Storage today. Contact us online or call 800-593-6683 to receive a quote.

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