Successful Move Hacks

Successful Move Hacks

It’s a known fact that moving is one of the most stressful events in life. According to Verified Movers, the average American family moves 11 times in their lifetime!  Whether your family is below or above that average, these successful move hacks will help you reduce the stress the next time you move.

Getting Prepared for a Successful Move

Start early. Don’t wait for the last few weeks prior to moving day to do what needs to be done.

Set a moving budget and seek out movers to compare services and scheduling.

Take advantage of an online moving cost calculator (moving.com) which will give you a heads-up for what to expect in cost.

Call your utility companies to advise them of your moving date. Get this out of the way so you won’t forget to do it later!

Plan the packing supplies you will need, including specialty boxes for mattresses, framed artwork, electronic devices, and tableware.

Getting Decluttered for a Successful Move

Organize your belongings in three categories: What to move, what to offer to other family members or sell, what to donate to charity, and what to toss.

  • Start with the closets. Don’t take it with you if it is out of style, doesn’t fit, or you haven’t worn it in a year.
  • Ask yourself if you would buy an item again. If not, you don’t need to move it.
  • Call charities to make donation pick up arrangements.
  • Consider short-term storage to stage your home for sale or to hold items you are not yet sure you want to move.

Getting Packed

The most time-consuming part of the moving process is the actual packing. You may want to consider hiring the mover to pack things safely and securely for you or you may want to divide the task with them to save money. In either case, follow these time saving tips when packing:

Don’t empty dresser drawers.

You can leave your decluttered drawers in the dresser if they are not too heavy. If weight is an issue, take the drawer out and wrap it in shipping plastic wrap.

Leaving hanging clothes on hangers.

Obtain wardrobe boxes from your mover so you can easily rehang your clothes from box to closet when you reach your new home.

Use linens and towels as packing materials.

Wrap fragile items in paper or bubble wrap and cushion them with sheets or towels. Wrap linens around hard to wrap items, like lamps and vases.

Use pots.

Save space by filling large pots and other sealable containers with small kitchen items, like spice jars and gadgets.

Prevent spills.

Wrap a small piece of plastic wrap to secure the lids of lotions, liquid soap, shampoo … or put them in a plastic zip lock bag.

Pack suitcases.

Useful for packing items that may not easily be transported in boxes, suitcases with wheels can be used for books or large serving dishes.

Color code boxes with stickers, one color designated for each room.

It’s also helpful to tape a list to the box, indicating what’s inside, so you don’t have to open multiple boxes when hunting for something. A photo of the inside contents is also helpful for a general idea of what’s inside.

Take helpful photos.

Take a picture of the back of your TV or the connections for any electronic device. While still plugged in, a photo can show which cable goes where so you’ll remember how to set it up in your new home.

A Necessary Bag is necessary.

Pack a small bag with the items you’ll need to access during the move and immediately upon arrival at your new place: important documents, medications, jewelry, basic toiletries, a change of clothes, and a favorite toy for each of the kids. Take this bag with you.

The goal is to be fully packed the day before the move. When the movers arrive, you want to be free to focus on overseeing the loading process, not scurrying around with last-minute packing.

Getting on the Road

Plan for the children and pets on moving day. Can they stay with friends or family to keep them entertained and safe? Arrange for them and for family pets to give you piece of mind where they are concerned.

Once ready to leave, have a few essentials for the road trip. Pack a cooler and stock it with water bottles and quick snacks.

Getting Unpacked from your Successful Move

The task of unpacking can seem overwhelming. You won’t procrastinate with these guidelines:

Start with the kitchen.

Getting the kitchen up and running is an accomplishment which allows you to focus on the easier to unpack rooms

The bedrooms are next.

Get the beds set up and made up so when you are ready for bed, the beds will be ready for you.

Establish a deadline.

Make a plan for unpacking each room by a certain date. Scheduling a house-warming party or a casual get-together gives you a goal for getting it done.

Recycle boxes immediately.

As soon as a box is emptied, break it down and recycle it or offer it to other soon-to-be-movers.

Play music while unpacking!

The TV can be a distraction, so opt for music to entertain yourself and the children while putting things in place.

Don’t stress over trying to get everything unpacked right away. Do what you can when you can and it will get done. Give the children tasks they can handle. Take breaks; order take-out food. Take time to enjoy your new home as it is taking shape.

Follow these moving hacks and you’ll make things easier on yourself and have less stress in the process.

If you have questions about making your next successful move, or what happens before, during, or after a move, call the Relocation Specialists at Ayer Moving and Storage at (800) 233-6683 or email.

Stress-Free Packing for a Move

Stress-Free Packing for a Move

Stress-free packing for a move is part science, part art … there are right ways and wrong ways to pack dishes, electronic devices, books, and artwork.  There are specialty boxes and packing materials recommended for this precise activity.  The order in which you pack is essential.

There is also an order to packing that can help make moving as stress-free as possible. Before you even begin to pack, you should take inventory of your belongings. Take a walk through your home with notebook and pen in hand. Bring a cup of coffee or your favorite drink with you. This can take time.

As you go through the inventory process, note the items you will NOT be taking with you. Whatever you no longer use, things that have been in the back of the closet for years, clothes that no longer fit, hobbies or sports you no longer participate in … these are all categories for the decluttering process. It is senseless (and costly) to pack and move items that you won’t be using in your new home.  Sort these unwanted items into four categories: give to family or friends, sell, donate, or trash. 

Clean and dust items before packing them so you don’t have to do this when unpacking … when you are most eager to set up your new home. Now onto packing.

What Comes First? Stress-Free Packing for a Move

Start with the least used room.

Perhaps this room is the garage, basement, attic, or spare bedroom. Determine which room in your home is the least used and begin the packing process there.

Pack items that are in storage.

Organize and pack the items you have in a storage room in your home. First check for items you may no longer need or want. Towels and sheets in your linen closet can be packed, except for one set of each to put in your “open me first” box. See below.

Pack the most difficult room.

While this room may be used often, like a children’s playroom, you don’t want to save it for last, as you may be all tired out by the time you get to it. You want to give it the attention it deserves and not rush the process just because it is the last one on your list. If it is the children’s playroom, don’t pack it up entirely; leave some of the favorite toys and games out and save a box for these items to pack just before moving day. If it is a bedroom, don’t pack all your clothing! Pack what you don’t think you’ll need until after the move and keep a box handy for last-minute bedroom items to pack just before the big day.

Pack out of season items.

If you’ve already tackled the attic or basement, then you may have gotten to the holiday décor. If there are items that are only used seasonally, pack them now as you won’t need them until you are in your new location.

Books, music, and décor come next.

Items hanging on the wall that are purely aesthetic can be packed early on in the process. Artwork, wall décor, and knick-knacks fall into this category. (See our blog on how to pack art.) Books, magazines, and music also are in this group … only be sure to go through them to toss or give away magazines already read. Do the same with no longer playable music tapes, CDs, video games, or DVDs. Unwanted books can be donated to your local library.  Moving books that you have read or will probably never read is expensive – they are heavy and your move expenses are based on weight! 

Shoes and Jewelry

Leave out the shoes and jewelry you most often wear and pack the rest. See our blog on how best to pack your shoes.

Room-by-Room

Begin packing the rest of the rooms, using the same process.  First pack those items that are non-essential, things not needed day to day. Then, pack the rest of the items, leaving out the absolute essential items you will need as soon as you get to your new home.

Stress-Free Packing for a Move: Packing Up Essential Items

If you’ve packed up most of your non-essential items, you can begin packing those items you will need as soon as you are at your new location and move in. 

Kitchen essentials

Not everything in your kitchen is needed every day. You can go without many things for a week or two. You can cook most meals using just one skillet, one pot, and a spatula.  Most of everything else can be packed now.

Keep your coffee maker on hand until the last day, but you can pack your air fryer, instant-pot, and waffle maker! Use disposable plates, bowls and plastic knives, forks, and spoons so that you can pack up your dishes and utensils now.

Pack up non-perishable food in your pantry that you won’t expire any time soon. Try to consume as much as possible between now and your move. Consider donating canned goods and other non-perishables to a local food pantry and pack up the remaining pantry items the last day before your move.

Office Supplies

Set aside everything you might need for personal, business, or school work between now and your move. Pack up any office supplies you have left. Important documents can be packed and taken with you.

Electronic devices and media players

When your move is just a few days away, pack these devices and be sure to document how everything is plugged in … what attached to where … take a photo with your camera or attach labels to the cords to give instructions when you are setting up the office at your new home. You also want to wrap everything securely for a safe journey. See our blog on how to pack electronic devices.

Toiletries and cleaning supplies

Set aside those things you use on a daily basis. Check expiration dates and toss those that are old, almost empty, or any you haven’t used in months. Pack these items in plastic zip-bags to prevent leakage. Pack your hairdryer and curling iron with them. Since this is one of the last boxes you will be packing, it should be readily accessible when you arrive in your new home.

At this point your move is probably about a week or less away, so you will need to prioritize these items in order of importance. But first … you’ll need to pack a box of items you’ll need right away in your new home.

“Open me first!” Box for Stress-Free Packing for a Move

An “open me first” box includes all of the items you might need during your first day/night in your new home. Packed in a box or suitcase, these items may include:

A change of clothes
Extra towels
Medication
Favorite electronic devices
Important documents
Expensive jewelry
Toilet paper
Snacks
Hand soap
Paper towels and a cleaning spray for immediate use in your new home, if necessary

The essentials box includes what you decide you will need. A good idea is to pack it sooner rather than later, and be sure to label it and keep it open and easily accessible until you are going out the door for the last time. Take it with you in the car if you can, so that it is with you when you arrive at your new destination.

Packing in a logical order avoids the risk of packing everything at the last minute, which. only ensures that your things will be damaged or misplaced. Give yourself as much time as you need to complete the packing process to be ready when the moving van arrives!

If you have questions about packing for your upcoming move, call Ayer Moving and Storage at (800) 233-6683 or email one of their Relocation Specialists. Download our packing guide: Secrets from the Packing Professionals at Ayer Moving and Storage.

Five Reasons Why You Need a COW

Five Reasons Why You Need a COW

You can probably think of more, but here are five reasons why you need a COW – a storage Container on Wheels, that is. A COW provides a portable storage solution when you need to store or move belongings across town or across the country.

Five Reasons Why You Need a COW

1. COWs are Convenient

Five Reasons Why You Need a COW A Container on Wheels can be easily transported from one location to another. You can park one in your driveway or keep one in your backyard or in a commercial parking lot.

A COW can be delivered to your door and positioned where you need it. You can keep your COW for as long as you need it, with daily, weekly, or monthly rates available.

COWs can be unloaded and reloaded when you need to do so and can be hitched to a moving truck and hauled away. You can access the COW when you want without having to drive to a storage warehouse.

 

2. Short-Term Storage

A COW is a cost-efficient option for those who need extra storage for a fixed time   period. 

If you are selling your home, for example, you will want to “stage” it by removing clutter or excess furniture so that the home shows most favorably when the realtor brings in prospective buyers.

If you are beginning a remodeling project, a COW is ideal for storing furnishings while the project is on-going.

If you have a business or commercial enterprise, a COW can help store overflow inventory or excess materials during peak seasons.

Five Reasons Why You Need a COW

3. Peace of Mind

Your rented COW can be kept on your property and locked securely when you are not using it. COWs are durable and made of steel, secure from environmental or weather damage. They are safe against pests and animals, dirt and debris. They have polyurethane casters that won’t mark the driveway or property. In addition, storage units have translucent roofing to provide natural light for greater visibility.

4. Available Locally

All COWs are owned by local moving and storage companies. Ayer Moving and Storage has several COWs on the premises available for rental. As a COWs dealership, Ayer Moving is ready to assist in helping you design the perfect storage option.

5. Sized to Meet Your Needs

COWs come in 16-foot long units. They are 80-inches wide and 8 feet tall including the casters. They fit inside a standard parking space and can be placed on several different surfaces. This size is the ideal solution for many temporary storage situations. There are more reasons why you need a COW, but these are a good place to start!

If you have questions about renting a COW or any other storage solutions, call Ayer Moving and Storage at (800) 233-6683 or email one of their Relocation Specialists.

Ayer Moving and Storage Joins AMSA ProMovers

Ayer Moving and Storage Joins AMSA ProMovers

Ayer Moving and Storage is proud to announce that they have been designated a part of the AMSA ProMovers by the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA). In December 2020, AMSA was absorbed by the American Trucking Association.

AMSA ProMovers is a certification program that assists consumers in locating reputable, professional movers, who have agreed to abide by high standards. ProMovers provide information and assistance with everything from finding a mover, getting an estimate, and helping consumers with packing tips and understanding the valuation and insurance practices.

Ayer Moving and Storage Joins AMSA ProMovers

AMSA ProMovers: Only those with high standards

The AMSA’s Code of Ethics stipulates that members “stand united in our sincere beliefs that honest, ethical, efficient, and quality services to the public are the ultimate goals of this organization.”

It is their goal to consistently offer and provide the most efficient and reliable moving and storage services available, while adhering strictly to a policy of truth, honesty, integrity, and fairness in all business transactions.

“The ProMover program promotes ethical principles and practices in the moving and storage industry and works to mitigate unethical practices by awarding the certification to those companies who have proven themselves, while at the same time separating professional movers from rogue operators masquerading as legitimate movers.” – Moving.org

AMSA ProMovers must pass a rigorous review of professional business standards in order to quality as a ProMover.

Most importantly, this program offers consumers an identifiable means of separating reputable, professional movers from the rest. When you see the ProMover logo, you know that your moving company has been highly vetted.

Karen Strickland, president of Ayer Moving and Storage, said, “The ProMover seal represents nationally recognized, industry-wide standards of conduct for professional movers. We are proud to display the ProMover seal and to abide by their ethical and professional standards, and understand that the ProMover Certification Program is restricted to only those companies who exhibit the highest standards of performance, regulatory compliance, and customer service. We are honored to be among the best.”

If you need assistance with an upcoming move or have questions about what to do before, during, or after a move, call Ayer Moving and Storage at (800) 233-6683 or email our Relocation Specialists.

 

Packing Picture Frames and Mirrors for Your Move

Packing Picture Frames and Mirrors for Your Move

Having the proper materials is key for keeping your pictures and mirrors safe during a move. Before you start packing picture frames and mirrors, determine which of the following supplies you will need: 

  • Packing paper (unprinted newsprint paper)
  • Packing tape 
  • A permanent marker 
  • Bubble wrap  
  • Picture/mirror boxes  
  • Small moving boxes 
  • Cardboard tubes 
  • Artist’s or painter’s tape 
  • Flat foam or cardboard sheets 
  • Glassine, acid-free, or archival paper 
  • Photo boxes or albums 

Packing Picture Frames and Mirrors: Some Guidelines                           

  1.   Using the artist’s or painter’s tape, create an “X” across the glass. This will help keep the glass intact during transit. 
  2.   Cut a piece of cardboard or foam board slightly larger than the frame, place it in front of and behind the glass and secure it with packing tape. 
  3.   Wrap the entire piece in two or more sheets of packing paper and tape loose ends. 
  4.   Add a layer of bubble wrap for additional padding and security. Secure with packing tape. 
  5.   Cushion the bottom of a picture/mirror box with packing paper, and then slide the object into the box. Keep in mind, large items should be boxed individually in specialty boxes. Smaller mirrors and framed pictures can be wrapped and boxed together. Stack these items vertically and do not lay them flat. 
  6.   Fill extra space with more paper to prevent shifting. 
  7.   Tape and label the box “fragile” on all sides. 

Specialty picture/mirror boxes are available from your mover. 

Packing and moving canvases

The best way to pack a canvas will depend on if it’s stretched across a wooden frame or rolled.

For stretched canvases:  

  1.   Cover the canvas with glassine, acid-free or archival paper. 
  2.   Tape a sheet of foam or cardboard to the back of the canvas. 
  3.   Put the canvas into a plastic gallery wrap bag (available at art supply stores) to protect it from moisture. 
  4.   Wrap the entire canvas with two layers of bubble wrap and secure it with tape.
  5.   Sandwich the canvas between two sheets of foam boards or cardboard and use the packing tape to bind the pieces together. 
  6.   Line a picture/mirror box with padded paper and slide the canvas into the box, filling empty spaces with more paper.
  7.   Tape and label the box.  

For rolled canvases:

  1.   Lay the canvas between two sheets of glassine, acid-free or archival paper (painted side down). 
  2.   Loosely roll the canvas and paper (rolling too tight can cause damage).
  3.   Roll with Bubble Wrap.
  4.   Slide the canvas into a cardboard tube. 
  5.   Place the end caps on and seal them with packing tape. 
  6.   Label the tube.

More Helpful Tips for Packing Picture Frames and Mirrors

Keep these tips in mind when packing mirrors, wall art, and picture frames:

  • Don’t exceed 40 lbs. per box.  
  • Only use unprinted newsprint paper because the ink could cause damage. 
  • Don’t use packing peanuts for padding. They create static and can be difficult to remove from glass. 
  • Wash your hands or wear cotton gloves before handling any photos or canvases. The oil from your hands can create smudges and damage the quality of the items. 
  • Load boxed frames on their side. Never lay them flat because the pressure can crack the glass. 

If you have questions about packing mirrors and pictures or what happens before, during, or after a move, call the Relocation Specialists at Ayer Moving and Storage at (800) 233-6683 or email.

Pack your Shoes Properly for a Move

Pack your Shoes Properly for a Move

Don’t just toss them in a box – Pack your Shoes Properly!

It is tempting to toss your collection of bulky shoes and boots of various shapes and sizes – into a big box … and deal with it later. However, this risks damage and makes them difficult to unpack.  If you have the shoe boxes, pack your shoes in their boxes. If not, use unprinted newsprint paper to wrap them individually. Be sure to let them air out for a couple of days after wearing them before packing them. 

Here are some tips to help pack your shoes so they arrive in good condition when they reach your new destination: 

  1. Prior to packing, fill the toes of each shoe with a sock or crumpled packing paper. 
  2. Pack heavy shoes on the bottom of the moving box. You want to balance out the weight so that the box is easier … and safer to carry.
  3. If you have an expensive pair of heels that you want to be sure to protect, wrap them individually in packing paper and place them in a plastic shoe bin.
  4. If using shoe boxes, remove each shoe and wrap it in packing paper and place them back in the box. Fit them on their sides into a moving box that has been lined with crumpled paper. Fill in empty spaces with more crumpled paper.
  5. For shoes without boxes, wrap one and then the other as a pair and tape to close. Fit these in a packing box lined with crumpled paper with other shoes and fill empty spaces with more crumpled paper.
  6. Keep sneakers paired by tying their laces together. Then you won’t waste time looking for the sneaker’s mate when you are unpacking.
  7. Keep shoes fresh with tea bags. Put unused tea bags in each shoe to eliminate odors. If you have shoes with an obvious unpleasant smell, put them in the freezer, which will kill latent bacteria.
  8. Pack a few essential or favorite pairs of shoes in a separate box.  You’ll want easy access to two or three favorite pairs of shoes that you want to wear before you get all of the shoes unpacked. Pack flats, a couple of shoes for work, and perhaps one pair of dress shoes in this go-to box and label it so you can locate it easily.
  9. Pack out of season shoes separately so you don’t waste time unpacking shoes that you won’t be wearing for months. You won’t be looking for those muck-luks in the summer so wait to unpack them until winter is looming.
  10. It may seem obvious but be sure to tape each moving box securely and label it appropriately. 

Another obvious observation:

Chances are, you have shoes in your closet that you haven’t worn in years. Instead of packing shoes that won’t be worn, pack them up and donate them to those less fortunate. Soles4souls is a non-profit organization that receives shoe and clothing donations from individuals and distributes them to various programs around the world. Another option is Goodwill. If they are not in good condition, contact your recycling center to ask how to recycle them properly. 

 

If you have questions about what happens before, during, or after a move, call the Relocation Specialists at Ayer Moving and Storage at  (800) 233-6683 or email.

What to Purge Before You Pack

What to Purge Before You Pack

We all know the adage: “You Can’t Take it With You,” but when moving, you actually need to know what you shouldn’t take with you.  One of the first steps in moving is to know what to purge from your household of unwanted and unused items. After all, it is costly to move things to your new home that you rarely or never use or need. Here are some things to think twice about before you wrap and pack.

What to Purge: Electronics

Look for electronics that are either out of date or just no longer used. Tablets, phones, chargers, laptops, cables, cables, and more cables … these can be donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore if they are not older than five years old and still working. If they are no longer serviceable, drop them off at an electronics or metal recycler.

DVDs and CDs

My kids tell me that DVDs and CDs are OUT! You no longer really need them as we have entered the streaming media age where anything you want to watch or listen to can be uploaded to an electronic device. If you really want to play your videos and music on a DVD/CD player, cull from your collection only your favorites and sell or donate the rest.

What to Purge: Miscellaneous Items

Books and Magazines

Most of us who love to read are guilty of having way too many books on hand. Some of them we’ve already read, but just don’t want to part with them. All your books and magazines can be borrowed from a library near your new home, so you don’t need to take them with you.  Take only your favorites or valuable first editions.

Outgrown Children’s Toys

Do you have Cabbage Patch Dolls, Lego sets, and stuffed Animals packed away in boxes under the beds? A great way for children to help get ready for a move (and feel part of the process) is for them to go through unused games and toys and select those that can be donated to a local charity or women’s and children’s shelter.

What to Purge: Bathroom Belongings

Lotions and Notions

Pare down bathroom and beauty products by tossing near empty shampoo, conditioner, hand and body lotion, and perfume bottles. The same goes for products that are old and past their expiration dates. Go through your makeup and soaps and repeat the process.

Expired Medications

You’ll need to dispose properly of old prescriptions no longer needed and expired medications. If you have unused pain killers in your bathroom cabinet, call your local police department and ask they accept them for disposal. Also, the FDA provides a guide on how to responsibly trash meds.

What to Purge: Kitchen Pantry

Think about donating non-perishable foods to a local food pantry. Canned goods, cereal, unopened boxes of rice, pasta, and more will be willingly and gratefully accepted and given to those in need. Only items that haven’t passed their expiration dates qualify. You’ll be helping the less fortunate and saving money by not paying to move these items.

Select the best frying pans and pots and put the duplicates aside. Decide just how many saucepans you really need and that goes for spatulas, slotted spoons, and paring knives. Check that shelf of small appliances and determine if you will need/want the electric donut maker or scone pan. You can sell gently used appliances and kitchenware through Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist or donate locally.

Coffee Mugs

How many coffee mugs does one family need? We accumulate coffee mugs with pithy sayings or cute animal pictures, and they sit unused most of the time. My favorite mug gets used, washed, and used again without seeing the inside of the cabinet. Again, donate or sell your overflow mugs at your moving yard sale!

What to Purge: No Longer Worn Clothing

Clothing takes up a lot of room in your moving boxes or dresser drawers. Ask yourself these questions about each piece before deciding to take it with you:  Have I worn this in the last year? Does it fit? Is it still fashionable? Is it in good condition? There are many places that welcome used clothing, including Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and local thrift stores.

If you need further guidance on what to purge for your next move, consult the relocation specialists at Ayer Moving and Storage by email (info@ayermoving.com) or call 800-233-6683.

Packing Your Wine Collection to Move

Packing Your Wine Collection to Move

If you count yourself among the 84 million wine drinkers in the US (according to Forbes Magazine), then you may be wondering how you are going to ship your collection of wine bottles in your upcoming move. Whether you are a casual wine drinker or an enthusiastic wine collector, the first thing you need to do is take inventory of what you have before packing your wine collection.

Inventory Your Wine Collection

Before you can start packing up your wine bottles for shipping, make a detailed inventory of your wine collection. Unless you’re moving just a handful of bottles, a wine inventory will help you keep track of your bottles in case something happens to any of them during transportation.

Wine bottles are heavy – a case of 12 weighs about 40 pounds, so you don’t want to ship them unless you really want them. You may want to sell particular bottles, give them away, or throw yourself a “moving away wine tasting party” for your friends and relatives!”

Use a wine inventory sheet you can download from the Internet and take a photo of each wine bottle, noting any rare or vintage wine bottles in the collection.

Appraise Your Wine

If you’re moving a small wine collection that is not too valuable, then you should be able to pack up those wine bottles safely and transport them either in your own car or on the moving van. However, in case you’re moving a wine collection that’s worth a lot of money, you will need to know its current market value so you can purchase an adequate type of insurance.

Obtain the Proper Materials for Packing your Wine Collection

Using the proper wine shipping boxes for your wine bottles will diminish the risk of breakage during a move. There are wine shipping kits that include a protective Styrofoam insert that fits into a cardboard box. The insert has holes designed to fit a single bottle of wine. Other boxes have cardboard inserts to keep the bottles upright and apart. There are also inflatable bags in which to pack single bottles that can then be stacked in a sturdy carton. These options  vary in cost and may be available from your local wine store or on Amazon.

You can also visit your local wine store and ask them to give you any empty wine cartons they have on hand.

In addition to sturdy shipping boxes, you will need unprinted newsprint paper and packing tape.

Check Regulations of Your Destination State

If you are moving out of state, you will want to know if your destination state has regulations regarding how much alcohol an individual can bring into that state for personal use. To avoid legal troubles, check with the alcohol beverage authority to be sure it is OK to bring your wine collection to your new home.

Whether you are a casual wine collector or one with a serious investment in your collection, the goal is to pack and move your wine in a way that is safe and secure.

If you have questions about moving your wine collection or anything else related to an upcoming move, call our Ayer Moving and Storage Relocation Specialists at 800-233-6683.

Storage Space in Your New Home

Storage Space in Your New Home

Tips for Finding Storage Space in Your New Home

Your new home may be larger than your last, but it may have fewer closets … or you may have downsized and storage space in your new home may be scarce. Where can you find storage space for all your things?

Take a Second Look at Decluttering

You may have cleared your former home of clutter before moving to your new location, but before you begin putting things away, take another look at each item. Do you use it often enough to warrant storing it? Do you love it enough to justify displaying it? Are you holding it simply for sentimental reasons? Now that you are in your new home, does the item “fit” the style and color scheme?

Think Creatively

There are places where you can display certain items that may not be immediately apparent as storage areas. Whether it’s adding kitchen organizers or utilizing unusual storage space, think creatively about the space outside of “prime real estate” – the areas between your knees and shoulders … the areas easiest to reach.

Storage Space In the Kitchen

You can save counter and cabinet space if you arrange your pots and pans on the wall. There are decorative hangers you can purchase to make the display attractive and easily accessible.

If you have a narrow space between the refrigerator and the wall, you can purchase a sliding pantry unit. This is ideal for storing canned goods and keeps your most often used utensils, spices and cooking ingredients close-at-hand.

Storage Space In the Bathroom

Free up counter space in the bathrooms by adding shelves to the bathroom cabinets under the sink or vanity. Make use of decorative baskets to store shampoos, lotions, and makeup, and hair dryers. Available in many sizes and styles, storage baskets can be removed easily when searching for a particular product. They can be color coded for husband/wife or for each of the children to keep their items in separate containers.

Up and Over

Use the space above windows and doors by adding shelves to display décor or collections. In the kitchen, this area can be used for displaying teapots or coffee mugs. In the living room, a treasured collection of figurines can be featured. There are endless possibilities for this technique in children’s rooms for dolls, trophies, or sports memorabilia.

Under and Out of Sight

Use the space under beds for storing out-of-season clothing or holiday ornaments, or hobby supplies.  In the absence of an attic or cellar, under the bed storage is a good solution. There are bed risers that are positioned under each of the bed legs to raise the bed four to six inches higher, thereby providing additional space for storage.

There are plastic storage bins especially sized to fit under beds and are perfect for storing items that you want nearby, but out of sight.

In the Closet

There are professional closet designers that will create a closet with space for clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more, but these closets come with a considerable price tag. Before you embark on a closet redesign project, try some of these ideas to use the space you have wisely.

A shoe rack that attaches to a wall saves the floor space that the shoes would otherwise take up. It can be installed on the back wall of a closet or room.

Use the area over the clothes poles to install shelving for boxes or with the use of dividers, you can stack sweaters, sweatshirts, bins with pocketbooks, or hatboxes.

The floor of the closet, under the hanging clothing can be used for bins with items that don’t otherwise have a home. Use plastic see-through bins and label them so you can easily find what you are looking for. Games, musical instruments, financial papers, belts and scarves can be safely stored in bins or stacked drawers.

Storage Space with an Ottoman

An ottoman or footstool is a desirable and functional piece of furniture, but it can be more than just a place to rest your feet. You can conveniently store items within an ottoman or footstool:

  • a knitted or crocheted throw,
  • extra pillows;
  • books,
  • magazines;
  • or whatever you need and use but don’t necessarily want to have out and about when guests arrive!

Having more storage space in our homes is an often-expressed wish. We would all like to have a home without clutter and hopefully one or more of these storage tips will be helpful. If you need significantly more storage space than your home provides, an off-site storage solution may be the answer. Here are some other creative ways to create storage space in your home.

The relocation experts at Ayer Moving and Storage can help you decide which type of storage is right for you. Call us at (800) 233-6683 or visit our Storage Services Page.

Organizing your Move: A Responsibility Checklist

Organizing your Move: A Responsibility Checklist

Organizing your move is a mass of details to be organized into a smooth transition. No one needs to be reminded that moving can be stressful and that many things can go awry.

It can be helpful to know what to expect from your mover… and to know what is expected of you, the homeowner when organizing a move. The process is not one-sided; both the mover and the homeowner must be aware of their responsibilities and deadlines so that the move can be smooth and safe. 

Here is what you can expect from a professional and credentialed moving company. 

Getting Started on Organizing your Move

The movers will:

  • provide you with a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities, a brochure published by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • Make a home visit to complete a comprehensive survey to provide you with a written estimate. (During Covid-19, virtual in-home surveys are being conducted to keep mover and homeowners safe.)
  • Send homeowners a written estimate by email within 3 days.
  • Follow up with homeowners by phone to determine if there are questions.
  • Work with homeowner to establish a schedule for packing, if appropriate, and moving.
  • Submit a written contract if homeowner decides to proceed.
  • Explain any terminology unfamiliar to the homeowner, such as “long carry” charges
  • Explain the options for insurance: what is and what is not covered.

Packing for Moving Day

The movers will:

  • Explain that homeowners are charged for the labor to pack and/or unpack belongings, as well as for the containers and packing material.
  • Set a date for packing, usually one to two days prior to the moving date.
  • Take care to pack carefully using appropriate and special boxes and packing material.
  • Pack and label under the homeowner’s direction.
  • Provide you with a packing order and carton count.
  • If the homeowner is packing, the mover can provide a helpful packing guide.

 Liability for Loss/Damage During your Move

Moving companies are required to assume some basic liability by carrying legal liability valuation and insurance coverage. They also:

  • Provide motor vehicle coverage for bodily injury and property damage.
  • Carry insurance if household goods are damaged due to negligence.
  • Must disclose in writing, the limitation of liability for the value of goods at a rate of not less than 60 cents per pound, per article.
  • Explain options for additional insurance coverage. 

Moving Day

  • Crew meets at the mover’s location to pick up van, collect supplies, and get last minute instructions.
  • Arrive at homeowner’s residence at the time specified, given leeway for traffic and/or weather conditions.
  • Telephone or text homeowner to advise of any unforeseen delays.
  • Protect homeowner’s floors by using floor cloths.
  • Protect homeowner’s furniture with moving blankets.
  • Load van/truck using best practices for safety and efficiency.
  • Take appropriate short breaks, when needed, for hydration and lunch.
  • Sticker all items with dedicated contract number.
  • For interstate moves, inventory all items loaded onto truck and provide homeowner with a copy.
  • Always show courtesy and professional work habits.

That’s quite a list; however, there are some things that Homeowners should be aware fall under their responsibility and to-do list.

What Do you Need for Organizing Your Move?

  • Consider in advance of the Mover’s visit (virtual or in-person) of what items you plan to take to your new home. Are appliances staying or going? What about the piano?
  • Notify the mover if you change your mind and decide the dining room suite will be moved, as this will make a difference in your estimate. If you want to take your piano after all, the movers will need to plan for a special cart or straps to move it safely.
  • Provide mover with a clear and accurate address of your current residence and the location of your destination. Include information about heavy items, the number of floors in your current and new homes. Also advise if there are unusually narrow hallways, winding stairways, or long distances between the home and the van. 
  • Review your estimate and write down any questions you may have for the mover. When comparing estimates, be sure you are comparing “apples to apples.” Ask if you are unsure.
  • Schedule realistically. Especially if you are planning on packing everything yourself. Do not rush this part of the process.
  • Make decisions on what needs to be packed and how it is to be labeled before the packers arrive if the movers are packing for you. You are billed on labor time, so you want to have things organized ahead of time.
  • If there are any changes in schedule, packing, or what is to be moved, the homeowner is required to notify the mover ASAP so these changes can be accommodated.

Liability for Loss/Damage

  • The homeowner should understand the options for insurance coverage through the mover and through their homeowners’ insurance.
  • Ask questions. The homeowner’s antique rug will be valued at 60 cents per pound under the basic liability insurance plan, unless the homeowner it is insured separately.

Organizing your Move for the Big Day

  • Have all items that are to be packed, boxed and labeled, and ready to be loaded on the truck.
  • If you are moving during the winter, ensure that walkways and driveways are shoveled so that there is a clear path to the home and to the truck to be loaded.
  • Be available to direct movers and to answer any questions they may have.
  • Make arrangements for pets and young children with caretakers so they are kept safe during the loading.
  • Understand that the heat or inclement weather may slow the process or that the crew will need to take additional breaks to hydrate.

When movers and homeowners understand their respective responsibilities, they work in tandem with the result being a smooth and less-stressful experience for everyone.

If you have questions about a move you are planning, call the relocation experts at Ayer Moving and Storage at (800) 233-6683.