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Tips on Moving a Gun Safe

gun safe moversLet’s face it, gun safes are really heavy. Their weight is the greatest obstacle to portability.

Moving gun safes is both difficult and dangerous without the right equipment or crew. If you are moving a gun safe be aware gun safes can weigh as much as seven times that of an average refrigerator.  To ensure the move gets done safely and correctly make sure your movers have the following information about your gun safe.

  • Weight. The weight is sometimes listed on a the serial number plate on the inside door. If you are not sure of the weight, estimate based on similar models or by calling your local gun safe dealer.
  • Measure your gun safe, stairwells, doorways and hallways. Make sure there is ample room to move your gun safe, including enough room to rotate it.
  • Empty your gun safe. Special arrangements are required to transport unloaded firearms inside the safe. Mayflower prohibits the transport of all types of ammunition. Other valuables, like jewelry or important documents, should be removed from the safe and moved by you.

Safes are expensive and heavy, make sure you hire professional movers to do the job. Arrow Moving & Storage has the specialized knowledge and equipment necessary to safely and properly move your safe.  Call us today for more information! (800) 593-3460

 

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Protect Your Valuable Possessions When Moving

Before you Begin Your Move Read These Tips…

  • moving valuablesBefore packing your antiques check for recommended cleaning.
  • Check local hardware, furniture or antiques stores for fine furniture cleaning products.
  • Avoid using oil or waxes on wood furniture before moving, especially if they are going into storage. Some products make the finish vulnerable to furniture pad imprinting.
  • If you are uncertain about the care of antiques, an antiques dealer, historical society or library might have information.
  • It is important you or an appointed representative be present on packing and moving day(s) to identify items needing special handling and answer questions from the movers, packers and van operator. Most large, heavy pieces of furniture are wrapped in thick pads and firmly secured inside the van to avoid shifting.
  • When you reach your destination, before signing for receipt, carefully check the inventory of your household goods and antiques. If any servicing or reassembly is required after you reach your new home, advise your moving agent so they may make necessary arrangements.

Proper preparation of your move ensures the enjoyment of your antiques for many years to come. Call Arrow Moving & Storage for more information and help preparing for your move: (800) 593-3460.

 

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“My family was very pleased with the work that our Move Coordinator, Katie Culverson did to arrange our move, as well as the movers employed by Arrow Moving & Storage – Mayflower Transit. Quality treatment by everyone involved in our move. Many thanks.”

– KSW (San Antonio Location)

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“We found Markel to be exceptionally helpful. She was never to busy to explain a problem or take time to stop by and see how we were coming with our (huge) move. The packers were extremely nice and helpful. They showed care and concern with articles they packed. The truck driver was very nice, too. Our only disappointment was that he got delayed because of mechanical problems. Overall, a very good move over such a long distance!”

– Carol and Richard Ruth (Oklahoma City Location)

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Packing and Moving – When is the Best Time to Move?

MoversArrow Moving & Storage believes moving doesn’t have to be so stressful. No matter what time of the year you choose to move, remember the earlier you book your move, the better the service and moving resources.

Choosing your moving date is a lot more complicated than you may initially think. If you have children, consider their school calendar. If you must move during the school year plan carefully, especially during “test time”. Summer is the peak relocation season, but tends to have higher rates and less availability.

So when is the best time to move?  Sometimes it’s not possible to pick an optimum date to move. The big day could be determined by leases and legal transfer dates over which you have little or no control. In any case, the trick is to PLAN AHEAD! Keep potential weather challenges and hectic holiday schedules in mind. Allow yourself plenty of time to plan and execute your move.

If in doubt, ask your mover and take advantage of their training, knowledge and experience. Moving companies can answer all of your questions including “What is a good time to move.”  Arrow Moving & Storage has five locations for local and long distance moves: Cheyenne, WYColorado Springs, CO –  Oklahoma City, OK –  Salt Lake City, UT –  and San Antonio, TX

International MoversArrow also has an International Shipping Division, Arrow Worldwide, offering global relocation services

 

 

 

Let Arrow’s wealth of moving knowledge work for you. We can help plan your move. Call us today! (800) 593-3460

 

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Have You Seen These Moving Trucks?

 

Saturdays don’t slow down Arrow Moving & Storage of Colorado Springs! A coworker snapped a shot of our moving trucks lined up on Cascade Avenue during a move for El Paso County.

Arrow Movers respond to your timeline with an organized, systematic moving process. Our moving process ensures safe transport of your computers, furniture, equipment, supplies, files, and other office contents, even on weekends!

Call Arrow Moving and Storage today and find out what our movers can do for you! (800) 593-6683

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Arrow Employee Birthdays in January!

movers birthdaysPlease join Arrow Moving and Storage in wishing a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our hard working Arrow Moving & Storage employees!

  • Santiago Tijerina 1/3
  • Alex Jones 1/8
  • Katie Culverson 1/9
  • Bryce Nielson 1/10
  • Christopher Gillard 1/11
  • Debra Evans 1/12
  • Guadalupe Chavez 1/16
  • Glenda Porter 1/19
  • James Camillo 1/20
  • Ethan Wehrli 1/25
  • Stephanie Nilsson 1/30
  • Garrett Sanchez 1/31
  • Shane Groves 1/31

Happy birthday to these Arrow Moving and Storage Employees!

 

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10% Off Your Move! This week only!

This week only, book your move with Arrow Moving & Storage, mention this blog post and receive 10% off the cost of your move! Call us today to schedule your free in-home estimate, (800) 593-6683. Decades of experience moving families across America and around the globe have taught us the value of having well-trained people using the best equipment. Let Arrow’s professional movers take care of your next intrastate move. Contact us today to get started and receive your discount!

 
                                                                 

This offer is good at all Arrow Moving & Storage locations through 1/20/12.

Cheyenne, WYColorado Springs, COSan Antonio, TXSalt Lake City, UTOklahoma City, OK

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PETS DON’T UNDERSTAND MOVING

moving with petsOften when we move, we’re so busy with packing and preparing for the move that we forget to give proper attention to our pets. For pets, a move to a place with new sights, sounds and especially smells can be a challenge or even a trauma. The most important thing in moving with a pet is to make it feel as secure, calm and comfortable as possible, otherwise your move can turn to a nightmare. The following suggestions will help make your move easier on your pet:

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • To help avoid getting your pet overly excited, start packing one or two weeks prior to your move. This is preferable to packing in a rush days before movers arrive. If possible, do not pack your pet’s favorite toys or bedding. Sudden changes in environment make pets anxious and may lead to unpredictable behavior.
  • Don’t change their feeding schedule and keep regular walks before and after the move.
  • If the place you are moving to is close, take your dog there so it can explore the new sights, sounds and smells. This will ease your pets anxiety.
  • Prepare a new id tag for your dog and be sure the dog wears it on the day of the move, especially if you’re moving long distance. Having the new id helps if your pet strays in the turmoil of the move.
  • On the day of the move, it is strongly recommended you leave your dog with an acquaintance. If necessary, use a pet care center. This serves several purposes:
    • The dog will not feel invaded or threatened by strangers entering their space, which may trigger aggressive behavior and accidents.
    • Dogs may damage furniture if locked in a room.
    • Some dogs feel frightened, which may lead to undesirable accidents.
    • You will not have to tend to them while the movers are packing and loading the van.
    • Movers will be free to do their job without the distraction of a dog, or intimated, resulting in a faster, more efficient move.
  • If you have no other option, lock your dog in a room where it feels comfortable and make sure they have their favorite toys and a bed. Try to empty the  room of boxes and furniture to be included in your move. Often a dog’s anxiety can turn to aggressiveness towards strangers so you may want to consider putting a sign on the door like “Dog. Do Not Open.” so your dog won’t be disturbed and excited by the sight of the movers.

WHEN YOUR PET TRAVELS TO THE NEW HOME:

  • pet moving tipsWhen moving your pet by car, make sure you prepared a sheet or blanket for the car seats. If the trip takes more than two hours, have paper towels, food and water on hand. If you’re traveling far, don’t feed your pet for at least three hours before the trip and make stops every two hours for fresh air and drink for you pet. To help your pet relax, you may provide it with a favorite toy. Check for pet friendly hotels along your route.
  • If you are traveling by air, take into consideration no airline can guarantee acceptance of an animal it has not seen. Make sure you’ve obtained  all necessary documentations, proper carrier markings and sizing, food and drink for the flight. You can check with Delta Airline recommendations on shipping your pet.
  • Usually interstate health certificates for pets have to be obtained before entering most states. A rabies vaccine is required for dogs to enter most states.Hawaii requires dogs be quarantined for the period of 120 days. Be sure your pet wears identification tags with your pet’s name and description, your name, address and phone number; vaccination tags are often required as well. For more detailed information on each state requirement for pet’s travel go to USDA Veterinary Services.
  • Airlines generally transport animals in the cargo compartment of the plane, but small dogs are allowed to travel in the airliner cabin with their owners, provided they are placed in an approved carrier that fits under the seat.  Kennels should be roomy enough to allow a pet to sit, stand and lie naturally; they must be easy to open, strong enough and leak proof; kennels should have proper ventilation: at least 14 percent of the total wall space and at least one third of the openings must be located on to the top of the kennel with the rims on the sides to provide at least an inch of clearance in case the opening is blocked by another cargo. The kennel should have handles to lift it and marked “live animals” with directional arrows showing the proper position of the kennel. Also the instructions for feeding and watering you pet should be attached to the kennel. Food and water must be provided for puppies every 12 hours and mature dogs should be fed every 24 hours and given water every 12 hours.
  • Feed your animals no less then three hours before the flight and take it for a long walk. It would be better if you arrive to the airport early so you have enough time to take care of your pet according to the airline regulations.  When you make your reservation tell the airline you are traveling with a pet and ask what requirements they have. The law is changing and airlines often require animals to be prepared by professional transport companies with all necessary documentations.

MAKE YOUR PET AS COMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE:relocating with pets

  • If you are planning to use sedative for your pet consult your veterinarian to be on the safe side. Generally it is not advised to use sedatives because animals lose balance and control over their bodies what may hurt them during turbulence or other unstable conditions of a plane. For more information about using sedatives on your pets visit the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • When you arrive at your new place, find a small and comfortable room for your dog to be in while the movers unload the truck.
  • Make sure your pet knows where his stuff is: bed, crate, litter box, toys, eating area. Don’t interrupt your dog’s routine. Give the dog water from the previous home, gradually mixing it with water from the new location. Minimize surprises. Get your dog acquainted with the new home gradually: don’t let it roam around everywhere at once.
  • Keep your pet at home for a few days to adapt before letting it out to the street. So the dog does not feel forsaken, try not to leave the dog by itself the first night.
  • Lastly, be humane, don’t punish your pet for initial misbehavior. Find some way to reduce their stress. Should your pet have accidents, quickly remove it and be patient.

Arrow Moving & Storage takes everyone into consideration, all of the time!

Call us! (800) 593-6683

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