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Garage Packing Tips

Use these packing tips to destroy garage clutter while moving

While packing up your household everything might seem straightforward. You have read many packing tips on both packing and unpacking and feel like everything is ready to go. Your thoughts drift to your garage and you realize that without the family vehicle taking up space all of those tools and old boxes and bike helmets and garden supplies will have to be packed up to go. Unless you plan on calling it a loss and leaving everything behind you might need some garage packing tips. Arrow Moving and Storage is here to help. It may seem daunting at first but by following a few simple packing tips everything can be made easier.

Don’t procrastinate. Your garage is a large part of your home and if you leave it till the last minute you will definitely regret it. If you are organized enough to create a moving calendar then you should write, in big, bold letters, “ORGANIZE/PACK GARAGE” so you don’t forget. Giving yourself the time to do the job will make a huge difference in the long run.

Sort, sort, organize. Regardless of your home layout, your garage is actually a pretty big room. If you have lived in the same place long enough it has likely accumulated heaps of items ranging from tools to old toys that won’t fit in the attic to those boxes you were totally going to take to the dump last month. Before you begin the packing process you need to sort and organize everything so going into boxes will be a breeze. Try putting everything into a few categories and think about how much will fit in the boxes you have available. Bonus points for using the original box for larger items or appliances. At least you know the original box will always fit.

Get the proper tools to pack your tools. One of the most important things when it comes to packing is high quality tools to protect your items. By this we mean moving blankets, bubble wrap, quality moving boxes, sturdy tape or anything else you need to secure your items during the move. Another great items for garage packing is the simple resealable plastic bag for smaller items such as screws or nuts and bolts. Arrow Moving and Storage can help you find all of these for a great price.

Get rid of unwanted items. Why not make things easier on yourself and sell or donate any bulky items that you won’t need anymore or simply don’t want to move. Moving can be a great opportunity to reduce clutter and reorganize your life. If you have a surplus of items you are no longer using maybe it is time to organize your garage by having a garage sale.

Keep your tools handy. If you have smaller tools such as screw drivers then you want to keep those in a toolbox and make sure they are handy for use during your move. You don’t want your most useful tools being boxed up and inaccessible because you will most likely need them during the packing and unpacking portions of your move.

Protect yourself from edges. Many garage tools will have sharp edges that need to by properly protected to be packed away. Axes, knives, shears, weed cutters, are all examples of things that need special treatment. Try taking an old cardboard box, cutting a bit out the same shape as the edge you want to protect and tape the cardboard over the sharp part.

Arrow Moving and Storage are available to help you with any aspect of packing or unpacking you might need for your garage or home in general. Call us today for a free estimate and take a load off your mind.


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Moving Tips With Children

Follow these moving tips for making your move with children as easy as possible.

Everyone knows that moving can be hard on a child. Whether you are moving cities or simply moving down the street any change can be difficult if your children are small. Sometimes all of the change can be tough. Arrow Moving and Storage has some simple moving tips to help any family make the most of the moving experience.

Talk about it. This moving tip sounds simple but when it comes to kids nothing is ever as simple as it could be. The most important way to help prepare you and your kids for moving is to talk about it as much as possible and as far in advance as you can manage. It helps give the child time to process the future change and adjust their expectations. They may be excited at the new opportunities.

Timing is everything. If circumstances permit, it may be better to plan your move in the summertime while school is out if you have school age children. Giving your kids a chance to start a new school year fresh will make all the difference in terms of their adjustment and ability to make friends.

Get your kids involved. This moving tip may also seem easy to overlook. If you give your kids a chance to be involved in the process and even the selection of your new home you are giving them a sense of ownership and is an easy way to get them excited about the transition.

Get your kid’s help organizing a yard sale. If you are going to purge some of your possessions before moving day a great moving tip is to get your kids to help organize a sale. They can decide which of their possessions they are going to put up for sale (with your help of course) and even set the price point.

Plan the kid’s room. If you give your children the opportunity to plan out their new room in advance it will get them more excited about the move. You can let them sketch out how they want their bed to be placed in the room or even what color the walls will be. A little bit of personalization goes a long way when you’re a kid.

Arrow Moving and Storage can provide you with all the moving tips and tricks you need. If you need a trusted and competitively priced moving team, give us a call.

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Summer Moving Tips

Follow these simple summer moving tips to help your summer move

Summer time is here and for many people it is the best and easiest time to move. The weather is more predictable and the kids are out of school and free to help pack. For most home moves summer makes the most sense because summer is actually the peak home buying season. Check out some of Arrow Moving’s summer moving tips.

Keep your documents accessible. While school is not in session, documents like your kid’s school records or medical documents or your pet’s vacciniation records can all be important in the transition period. Depending on how far you are moving you might be dealing with new school districts, doctors and vets. Keep these documents in an easily accessible place so you are not sorting through boxes when the time comes.

File your change of address forms early. This moving tip is one of the simplest but also one of the most essential. If you take the time to change your address before you move the transition will be that much simpler and you will have one less thing to worry about on moving day itself.

Start packing sensitive items early to ensure they are safe. Making sure any fragile or important items are packed and ready to go in advance. A home can be a hectic place on moving day and you want to make sure your beloved items are safe from anyone tripping over or bumping into them. Arrow Moving and Storage can provide you with any of the packing material or advise you might need.

Contact your moving company with questions in advance. A pro summer moving tip is to contact your moving company to make sure you are following all of their guidelines. Most people have a list of non-allowables on the truck. These are items that you need to take in your own vehicle or arrange to be moved in another manner.

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Organize With A Moving Checklist

Use a moving checklist creates some organization on moving day.

Organization is the key to happiness and tranquility when it comes to something like moving. You can never underestimate the importance of a well thought out plan and clearly labeled boxes when push comes to shove. Follow these simple steps and create a moving checklist to keep everything sorted and prevent any stress in the moving process.

Keep all of your documentation in one place. A simple folder or according file storage can do wonders when it comes to keeping all of your documents sorted. You can keep things like your moving quote, all of the information that you have about your new home or business location as well as any receipts that might accumulate during the process.

Sort and purge any unwanted items before you start the packing process. Everything will go much more smoothly if you organize before things go into boxes. It will also help the unpacking process.

Label, label, label. It does sound redundant but it can be a crucial part of your moving checklist. Not only will it help you organize everything when it arrives at your new home but it will also help you and the moving company know how to group the boxes in the moving truck. A good sharpie is a small investment and can be a lifesaver.

Take measurements. It will help if you take measurements of all of your large items such as furniture and if possible have measurements of your future space for planning purposes. You can take all of this information, layout your future rooms and put it all in your moving folder.

Change your address. It seems like a simple step but it is one of the most important. If you take the time to sort your change of address before you start moving then you will have one less thing to worry about and will never have to go back to your previous residence to pick up any mail. It is an essential part of your moving checklist.

If you have any more questions or would like any personalized moving advice from the friendly professionals at Arrow Moving and Storage feel free to give us a call today.


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Unpacking And Packing Tips For Moving

When in doubt follow these unpacking and packing tips for moving.

You just moved into your perfect new home but all you see are stacks of boxes. What to do next? We have compiled a list of unpacking and packing tips for moving to help. Arrow Moving has been in the moving business for years and can offer some simple tips to help your unpacking go more smoothly.

Go back to the beginning. When you are packing try and think of the order in which you will be unpacking. Essentially pack exactly as you will unpack with the stuff you will need the most near the top. Think of it as last in first out.

Use hanging boxes to make moving clothes a piece of cake. The hanging boxes you can purchase from Arrow Moving will make unpacking clothes easier than you could have ever imagined. It is one of our easiest packing tips for moving. Instead of unfolding everything and moving it back into a dresser just take them off the rack of the box and put them on the rack in your new closet. Couldn’t be easier.

When moving things like toy boxes or desks try and make the most of that space. If you secure everything in a drawer or box correctly and within reason it shouldn’t be too difficult to  move into your new house. By the time it is in its new home there will be no need to unpack and replace everything. One less thing to worry about.

Order out the first night. It may take you some time to get all of your dishes and kitchen items out of boxes, not to mention all of your food. Why not go the easy route and order some take out. Paper plates and pizza boxes can be easier to deal with while unpacking than trying to wash dishes.

Regardless of how you unpack Arrow Moving and Storage is your best option to make sure everything gets to your new home or office safely and on time. Give us a call for a quote today.

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Moving Tips – Moving A Fish Tank And More

How to move the awkward things in your house – some moving tips

Sometimes moving awkward objects can be the bane of moving day. Not everyone realizes until it is time to move that large or oddly shaped items have special needs and being prepared for those needs will help everything go much more smoothly.

Your aquarium may be the centerpiece of your house and the pride of your aquascaping community but before you do the necessary things such as drain and transfer all of the fish to their temporary homes you should know that for adequate protection, aquariums need a special box. Some good moving tips include the fact that these mirror boxes are designed specifically to protect glass and can be purchased online or directly from moving companies, such as Arrow Moving and Storage. Our professionals will make sure no cracks appear in your aquatic garden.

No magnificent entryway or dining room is complete without a crystal chandelier. While they do add elegance to a room, crystal or glass chandeliers are not known for being easy or straightforward to pack. According to our moving tips you should make sure you wrap each glass or crystal component individually to ensure the best protection in a moving truck. It also helps to cut down existing boxes to match the size of your chandelier to guarantee a secure fit. Take care to pack newspaper or other padding in any empty space to keep everything movement free.

Potted plants may be the most common household items that are prickly to pack. While making their way to your new home you don’t want your plants to experience shock and lose their flowers and leaves. If we can give you some moving tips, the best thing to do is to make sure you recreate the environment your tender plants are accustomed to while they make the journey. This might seem difficult but if you wrap a sheet or paper around the leaves to make sure they are protected. Large trash bags are great for this sort of thing.

Instruments are some of the most fragile items people have. While moving a piano is a job recommended for professionals, smaller instruments require special care to keep them safe. For example, moving a guitar is easier if you loosen the strings and maybe even pack the body full of shirts to keep any vibrations from causing cracks. Instruments are safest when there is no room for stray vibrations.

Are you an art buff and have more than just the standard size paintings or photo prints hanging on your walls? Maybe you even have life-size cardboard cutouts of your favorite movie heroes that need extra protection on moving day. For the precious paintings it is best to use some bubble wrap and moving blankets to make sure everything is both padded and packed tightly. Arrow Moving can provide you with both. For the larger things such as cardboard cutouts try placing them between your mattress and your box spring with a bit of padding to keep things from getting bent.

Arrow Moving and Storage can handle all of your hard to pack or move items. Call us today for help.


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Bubble Wrap Is Your Friend On Moving Day

Bubble wrap may be one of the most useful tools you have when packing delicate objects for your big move. Our professional staff will always ensure that your belongings are not damaged and everything arrives safely at your new home or business but it never hurts to have some additional protection. Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of it and how you can be better prepared on moving day.

Bubble wrap your dishes. Dishes are probably the most common item in your house that should make friends with bubble wrap while packing. Simply wrapping each dish with a layer of the bubbly stuff before placing them in cardboard boxes will keep them safe and ready for pizza when you settle in.

Pre-wrap some items before bubble wrap. Some of your more delicate ceramics of glass items can end up with little remnants of plastic from the bubbles themselves. This can happen more often if the items are exposed to sunlight or higher temperatures for an extended amount of time. If you wrap the items in paper before applying the bubble wrap you can avoid this problem.

Bubbles in or bubbles out? This is a surprisingly common question. The general consensus is that the bubbles should be facing inward. The main reason for this is that the primary purpose of the bubbles is to secure the item and provide a bit of a cushion if there is any bouncing. This can only happen if the bubbles are facing inward and making contact with the item being protected.

Tape every side. It can be easy to wrap your item in bubble wrap and only tape one side to make a seal. While it may seem like a good idea at the time it is better to tape all of the sides to make sure there aren’t any holes for your item to slip out of its protective covering.

Use bubble wrap lined envelopes for flat objects. The reason for this is simple – it’s easier. Not only does the bubble wrap provide added protection but taking something out of an envelope is easier than unwrapping it like a present.

Having all of your belongings safe and snug in some bubble wrap will help everything go smoothly while Arrow Moving and Storage takes care of the rest for you. Call us today for a quote.


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Signs Of A Good Moving Company

Ways To Identify A Good Moving Company And Avoid The Bad

Americans are some of the most active movers in the world. It is estimated that the average person in the United States will move more than 11 times in their lifetime. With all of that packing and unpacking it is likely that you will need some help. Thousands of people are victims of moving scams or bad moving companies that seem to good to be true and often are. Here are some tips to help you stick with a good moving company such as Arrow Moving and Storage and avoid the frustration of the other guys.

Straightforward quote system given in writing. A consistent red flag with customers who have been burned by a bad moving company is when the moving quote is only given over the phone. If a company gives you only a verbal quote then they can quickly change the price on moving day leaving you with an increased bill and ruined plans. Arrow Moving and Storage has a comprehensive quote system and even lets you request a free quote through a simple form on our website.

Infrastructure and helpful staff. Having the right tools for the job is one of the most important parts of being a good moving company. If a moving truck is not in working order or any moving equipment has not been properly maintained it can mean damage to your property. Arrow Moving has state of the art technology and equipment. We can even track our moving vans online at any time to ensure your items are safe and sound. To make things even better our highly trained and helpful staff will put your mind at ease.

Readily available information about the company. A good moving company like Arrow Moving will always have information about the company easily available. Arrow is a Mayflower agent so you can count on our reliability. If you are having a difficult time finding any information on a prospective company then you could be dealing with bad movers.

When in doubt, avoid the frustration and contact Arrow today.


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Hire Safe Movers With Arrow

Safe Movers At Arrow Take The Worry Out Of Moving

Some moving companies may pretend to be concerned about your property and the safety of your belongings. Choosing a moving company carefully is the key to peace of mind on the big day. Not all moving companies are fully licensed and can put your property at risk. Arrow Moving is fully licensed, committed to quality and committed to being your best option for safe movers. Our five-step quality process helps each and every Arrow Moving representative provide the outstanding service you expect every step of the way. From the initial estimate to the delivery of your belongings, our mission is to meet and whenever possible exceed your expectations.

You can’t be too careful. By choosing Arrow Moving, you’re not only moving with the name you know, but you’re also moving with one you can trust. With a dedicated team of agents, van operators and Home Office staff — a team that understands the importance of care for your treasured possessions. It’s what you expect. It’s what we deliver. When choosing a mover for your family, keep these things in mind: Your mover should use the best people and provide the best service. Your mover should provide the right blend of services, features and technology that sets it apart in the industry. Your mover should give you peace of mind. Your mover should be Arrow Moving and Storage.

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Moving in Winter – Some Tips

Some tips and ideas to help you while moving in winter

Moving in winter and adverse weather conditions can be tough. At least 39 of the states in the U.S. experience freezing temperatures during the winter months. Moving your belongings and family can be stressful enough as it is and moving in winter can only add to the stress. Arrow Moving has some tips to keep your family and belongings safe and warm. Arrow Moving will make everything easy and to keep all of your belongings safe.

  1. Forecast. Our professional drivers and movers will keep an eye on the weather forecast for you to make sure the roads will be clear enough to get everything to your new location.
  2. Pets. Your pets are members of the family and having them exposed to the elements during cold weather can be dangerous. Make sure that your pets are inside or boarded while the move is taking place so they can enjoy your new home or business.
  3. Warm Drinks. Preparing some hot chocolate, tea or coffee can make all of the difference on a cold day.
  4. Help. Not only will our professional drivers keep your stuff safe on the road, our staff will make sure everything makes it on and off the truck as quickly and safely as possible. Winter moving makes more than just driving difficult, it can make loading and unloading the moving truck just as dangerous. Our staff is trained to ensure the safety of your belongings and to keep you from doing any heavy lifting. We even offer full value protection to make sure you are protected no matter what happens.



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