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.

Moving Your Electronic Devices - Do it Right; Do it Safely!

Moving Your Electronic Devices – Do it Right; Do it Safely!

When it comes to moving various electronic devices – computers, tablets, stereos, televisions, digital recorders, and game systems – individuals often pack these high-cost items more casually than they would an antique or valued piece of art. Even though most electronic devices have sturdy plastic cases, they require special care when being packed for a move. If your move requires a temporary stay in storage, fluctuating temperatures, humidity, and dust can damage sensitive components.

Here’s how to do it right and do it safely!

Preparing for the Move

  • Gather your user manuals or download them from the manufacturer’s website. Manufacturers may have special instructions for packing and moving their devices.
  • Backup all data and files.
  • Remove batteries in remotes or accessories.
  • Eject CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and game cartridges and tape the drives shut.
  • Remove toner cartridges from laser printers and place them in a plastic bag – tape the bag to the printer.
  • Detach wires and accessories, place in a plastic bag and label the bag.
  • Place color stickers on each cord and the same color sticker where the cord connects to the device … or use a write on label to indicate what goes where.
  • For extra help in reassembling, for reference take photos of the cables before you unplug everything.
  • Using a vacuum cleaner extension, vacuum the inside of your desktop computer to remove dust.
  • Charge all your rechargeable batteries before moving day.
  • Write the passwords for your electronic devices on a card you can keep in your wallet to avoid frustration when setting up your computers on arrival in your new home.
  • Talk with your mover about insurance for your electronics (and other valuable items) to cover them during loading, moving, and unloading.

Packing for the Move

  • Use original cartons if you saved them when you purchased the equipment.
  • Ask your mover for computer and flat-screen TV cartons or an appropriately sized sturdy box in which to place your electronics. 
  • To minimize damage caused by dust, wrap electronics in linen or clean (unprinted) newsprint. Then use bubble wrap. Anti-static bubble wrap is safe for electronics and can be used generously to act as a shock absorber. However, don’t use newsprint to pack screens. Paper can easily scratch delicate screens. Use fabric and then bubble wrap for extra security.
  • You’ll want at least two inches of padding on all sides of the electronic device. 
  • If you don’t have a special flat-screen TV box, use padded moving blankets to wrap the TV. Never store or move a TV flat; stand it upright against a wall for support.
  • Make a list of all devices in the box with their companion accessories, and cables/cords and store the list in the box.
  • Add packets of silica gel to the box which will absorb excess moisture before it can collect on metal surfaces and cause corrosion. This is especially important for long-distance moves or if your boxes will be in storage.
  • Number, rather than label the box with a description, to reduce the chance of attracting unwanted attention from would-be thieves. If storing, place these boxes out of view toward to back of the storage unit.

When in Storage

Electronic devices are highly sensitive to temperature extremes. Cold causes metal parts to contract, weakening soldered components. LCDs can even freeze during a harsh cold snap. Heat can damage in two ways – as metal parts expand in hot weather, they place stress on soldered connections. Warm air holds more moisture and high humidity is very destructive to electronics. 

Esure that electronics in storage are properly packed and insulated with blankets.

This guideline is detailed by design. The more you plan and follow these steps, the safer and more secure your electronics will be. You’ll be all set to reassemble your electronics and start enjoying these devices that have become such an important part of all our lives.  

If you have any questions about how to pack your electronic devices or need special boxes or packing material, call one of our Ayer Moving and Storage relocation specialists at 800-23-6683.

Do You Know What Box to Use? Here are 7 Boxes You’ll Need for Your Next Move

Do You Know What Box to Use? Here are 7 Boxes You’ll Need for Your Next Move

If you are tempted to collect old shipping boxes from friends and neighbors and to get “banana boxes” from the supermarket, here is some advice about specialty boxes you should consider when planning your next move.

These boxes will keep your items safer and cleaner, and you’ll be less likely to have breakage of fragile items.

Mattress Boxes

Heavy and unwieldy, mattresses and box springs can be the most difficult to move. Mattress boxes are available in sizes matched to every type of mattress. They include handles, which make moving them easier on you and your back.

Artwork and Mirror Boxes

You’ll want to protect mirrors and artwork from damage during your move. Artwork and Mirror boxes will hold your items snugly to minimize the risk of the glass cracking. Wrap your décor in bubble wrap and fit them securely inside this specialty box.

Wardrobe Boxes

You will not have to worry about your clothing getting wrinkled and soiled during your move when you use specialty Wardrobe boxes. These boxes are tall and extra sturdy with a rod from which to hang your clothes. When you get to your new home, it’s extra easy to transfer your clothes from the box to your closet.

Electronics Boxes

If you have the original boxes that your computer, printer, and other electronic equipment came in, then you have the best moving box to pack them in.  If you no longer have them, your mover can supply you with strong boxes especially made to keep electronics safe during a move.

Dish Packs

Constructed of corrugated cardboard, Disk Packs are ideal for transporting delicate China and glassware. To avoid breakage, you’ll want to stand your dishes on end or use the cardboard dividers that are supplied with these specialty boxes.

Lamp Boxes

Created and sized to hold one lamp so that it can be wrapped and cushioned on all sides for protection. Depending on size, the lampshade may fit into the same box or two smaller lamps might be packed together.

Traditional Moving Boxes

Available in various sizes, these are versatile and will serve you well for most of your packing needs. You’ll want to obtain some in each of three sizes and be sure to pack appropriately with this in mind: Don’t overpack. Large boxes should be packed less densely than smaller boxes. Remember you’ll be lifting these boxes several times before your move is done!

Large Boxes: These are ideal for bulkier but lighter weight materials like bedding, pillows, or towels.

Medium-sized Boxes: About three cubic feet in size, Medium Boxes hold just about most any 

household items from toys or kitchen utensils, health and beauty products, or home décor.

Small Boxes: Often referred to as Book Boxes because they are perfect for packing books, Small Boxes should be used for small, but heavy items, like canned goods, small appliances, shoes, or CDs.

If you have questions about which boxes to use for what household items, call us at 1-800-233-MOVE. You can also download a copy of our Trade Secrets from the Professional Packers at Ayer Moving and Storage on our website.  

 

Should you use your Attic for Storage? The Answer is No, and Here's Why...

Should you use your Attic for Storage? The Answer is No, and Here’s Why…

Should you use your attic for storage? The Answer is No, and Here’s Why You May Want to Think Twice.

Our home collects our memories, our travels and sometimes a lot of our belongings. After some time, the spaces begin to fill up and we look for storage in every room and every corner. We see places such as our basements and attics as perfect storage rooms for our clothes and holiday decorations. Although putting boxes away is great for keeping your home clean and organized, storing them in your attic is more dangerous then you may think.

Here is what a roofer would say when asked if one should store items in their attic.

The answer: No. Do not ever store items in your attic space. The reason is linked with your home’s insulation and ventilation.

First let me explain what role your attic plays in your roof’s life expectancy. The attic is the heart and lifeline of your roof. A well ventilated and insulated attic will assist the roof in providing protection from the crazy New England weather. Attic ventilation works on the principle that heated air naturally rises, primarily utilizing two types of vents:

Intake vents, located at the lowest part of the roof under the eaves, allow cool air to enter the attic. Hot air exhaust vents, located at the peak of the roof, allow hot air to escape.

Taking advantage of this natural process, referred to as passive ventilation, is the most common way to vent an attic. In order to facilitate this exchange of warm and cool air, the general rule of thumb suggests installing at least 1 sq.ft. of vent for every 300 sq.ft. of attic floor. Building codes vary, though, so check with your local building authority for the specifics that pertain to your community.

The way the attic is kept cool by its air intake in the eves of the attic and its air outtake in the ridge and peak of the attic room reduces the danger of iced dams, and unwanted leaks that can lead to rot and decay of your home’s wood and plywood.

Where do homeowners go wrong?

Many fall short when they decide to use their attic as a storage room. Using your attic as storage disrupts the process of attic ventilation and causes potential ice dams.

When we get a call for a leak in the winter months due to an ice dam, the first place we inspect is the interior of the attic. When we arrive in the attic and find that it is covered in boxes we know exactly what caused the leak and the ice dam in the first place.

The boxes of clothes in the attic have disturbed the air flow and have contributed to the cause of the ice dams. The boxes of holiday ornaments have been pressed up against the insulation which has also caused the insulation to lose its R value. (An insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value — the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. The R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness, and its density.)

The boxes in the attic have added to the condensation, moisture and potential mold to the attic walls.
The boxes in the attic have allowed the hot and cold air to reach your roofing shingles. When asphalt shingles are met with hot and cold air it causes the shingle to prematurely age and lose a lot of their asphalt granulares.

These four reasons should make you question if it is even worth considering the attic as a storage room. Is it worth dealing with an ice dam or the risk of mold in the attic? Is it worth it to potentially premature age your roof because ventilation has been compromised?

The answer: No. Always no. It is not worth it. It is much wiser to have your belongings in designated closets or a storage facility then to cause issues for you and your home. There are several options for off-site storage, including in a temperature-controlled storage warehouse, a self-storage unit, or in a Container on Wheels ® (COW) for temporary storage.

As a roofer, we recommend that you always store in your home’s closets, or in a storage facility. Keep your attic floor clean and free of clutter.

Let the attic be an attic. This advice may save you thousands of dollars and a lot of unwanted leaks.and headaches.

10 Ways to Support Local Businesses During a Pandemic

10 Ways to Support Local Businesses During a Pandemic

Support Local Businesses During a Pandemic.

Small businesses have had to endure a lot since the beginning of the pandemic known as Covid-19.  Retail stores, restaurants, hair and nail salons, and recreational venues were closed and now that they are allowed to open, have to limit the number of patrons to conform to social distancing rules. Some businesses can’t hire staff because some people are afraid they will get sick if they go back to work.

When we support local business, we are supporting the local economy. Now is the time to help small businesses who need our patronage now more than ever. Here are some ways to do just that.

Support Local Businesses by Shopping Local

Look first to your local retailers – hardware stores, pharmacies, groceries, shoe stores, clothing boutiques, liquor stores. Don a mask and visit the stores for what you need. Check to see if they offer online selling with pickup or delivery service.

You can find local businesses to support by visiting your local Chambers of Commerce.

Some local chambers in our Area include:

North Central MA Chamber of Commerce

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce

Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce

Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce

Support Local Businesses by Shopping locally online

Whether it is a retail store, supermarket, or restaurant, you can order online and then arrange for pick up or delivery.

To shop small local eEommerce stores visit over 2592 all over America on PRIVY.com

Support Local Businesses by Purchasing Gift Cards

Buy now and plan to use your gift cards later or for an online purchase. Your purchase helps keep cash flowing and doors open.

Buy Local Gift Cards from the North Central MA Region Today!

Support Local Businesses by Being a Generous Tipper

Wait staff depend on tips as their hourly rate is lower than you think. When there are fewer customers, the daily or weekly take-home takes a hit. Be generous and apply a larger than normal percentage to your tab for a tip.

Become a Discount Shopper Locally

If you haven’t yet discovered the joy of getting a bargain, be on the lookout for small businesses that are offering steep discounts to boost revenue. Purchase larger than normal quantities of sale items and you’ll be helping to keep a small business in business.

Order Local Restaurant Fare for Take Out

Preparing three meals a day at home can be a daunting task. Take a break and order take out for curb service or home delivery. Many restaurants are offering a limited menu at discounted pricing. You can order direct or through a food delivery service like UberEats.com or DoorDash.com. If the weather is nice and your favorite restaurant has outside table service, consider going out to eat.

Support Local Businesses and your Experiences on Social Media

Give your favorite stores and restaurants a “high five” by posting a review on social media. Whether you like standard review sites like yelp.com or reviews on the business Facebook page or if you enjoy snapping a photo of your food or purchase, the business will appreciate and benefit from the free exposure.

Keep Up Your Local Memberships if You Can

Even if you can’t attend the gym or class that was cancelled or live performance that didn’t happen, consider donating the cost to the business. If you had season tickets and half the season was cancelled, donate the unused portion rather than request a refund. These small donations will go a long way to ensuring a business or not-for-profit will be there next season when things are hopefully back to normal.

Many local businesses play it very “close to the vest” and will not be able to withstand several months with no or little revenue. Selecting one or more of the tips above, will not only be appreciated and remembered, it might be the difference between an OPEN or CLOSED sign in the months to come.

Storage Options for You Even During COVID-19

Storage Options for You Even During COVID-19

Storage Options for You Even During COVID-19. These are challenging times and if you need a solution for storing household belongings now during COVID-19, you want to be sure that precautions are being taken for your safety when dealing with your storage facility.

Storage Options with Safety First in Mind

This global Pandemic has spawned creative and practical ways to deal with and expand upon the CDC guidelines for safety. At Ayer Moving and Storage your health and safety and the safety of our employees are our highest priority. We screen our moving crew for symptoms. We have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes on board all our trucks. We have increased our daily cleaning procedures for shared, high-touch surfaces on our trucks, equipment, in our storage, dispatch, and office areas. No-contact arrangements are made by phone so there is no need to go into the office. We also complete a short COVID-19 questionnaire prior to every job.

Everyone involved is required to wear a mask whether in the warehouse or storage unit and it is now the norm to maintain social distancing of six feet or more. In addition, we only use “clean” pens and are liberal in the use of disinfectant spray and/or wipes.

Reasons Why You May Need a Storage Options as a Solution


You may not have extra space at home to store household items you want and need, but don’t use very often, including seasonal clothing, outgrown toys, electronics, furniture, or valuable artwork.

You’ll need extra storage when your college student is home and dorm furnishings and décor need a place temporarily. The same is true for Military service members who require short- or long-term storage.

Business or household paperwork or tax records that you are required by law to keep for years can be safely stored in a storage unit.

Do you have a sports car or antique vehicle that you want to safely store over the winter months? Or perhaps you have an RV that you need to move out of your driveway or backyard.

Out of season recreational vehicles – a boat, ATV, jet-ski, or motorcycle can be put away in a storage facility.

If you are selling your home and need to remove furnishings to stage it properly or if you have sold your home, but are not yet ready to move to your new house, a storage facility is the ideal solution.

Types of Storage Options Available

Storage Options for You Even During COVID-19 Warehouse StorageA temperature-controlled warehouse is perfect for long- or short-term storage. Your belongings can be picked up at your home and loaded onto a truck that will deliver them to the warehouse. There everything is packed into crates or loaded onto shelves. Ayer Moving and Storage offers 20,000 sq. ft. of warehouse where you can store a little or a lot.

 

Storage Options for You Even During COVID-19 Self-Storage UnitsThese handy units come in various sizes and are available for monthly rentals. You bring your belongings to the unit store them inside yourself. You can bring in additional items and/or remove some when you need them. You supply your own lock so you, alone, have a key to your unit and can access it according to the facility’s schedule and hours of operation. You can cover your belongings with thick sheets of plastic, or bubble wrap and use plywood or boards to place between layers of stacked items.

 

 

Storage Options for You Even During COVID-19 Containers on Wheels – Ayer Moving and Storage offers COWs (Containers on Wheels) for temporary or long-term storage on your property or ours. COWs are lockable and weatherproof, steel-constructed containers that we deliver to your driveway. Ideal for use in-between moves or if you are doing renovation and need a place for furnishings until the job is complete. Available in 8’ or 16’ containers and can be rented daily, weekly, or monthly.

If you are planning a local do-it-yourself move, you can pack up your COW and when you are ready to move, we’ll load it onto our truck and deliver it to your new home.

For more information about storage options at Ayer Moving and Storage, call 800-233-MOVE or email. (info@ayermoving.com)