Long Distance Moving

Tips For Moving A Piano Outdoors For A Wedding Reception

Music is a must for any wedding reception. If your dream is of an outdoor garden reception complete with soft piano music in the background, then it may seem simple to just move the instrument from its safe place in the house to the necessary spot on your property. Unfortunately, pianos can be finicky instruments. If you want to be sure that your piano is both undamaged and sounding its best, read through the following tips before your big day. Tip #1: Skip the grass Moisture in the grass can damage the wood of the piano legs. A less obvious danger, though, is that the weight of the piano can cause it to set unevenly on wet ground. This can affect the sound and may even cause components to warp. Fortunately, you can rent movable flooring panels from party rental companies. One of these is the perfect surface to set the piano upon. Tip #2: Let it acclimate Changes in relative humidity cause the soundboard in the piano to swell or shrink. This affects the sound of the piano and requires special tuning. Bring the piano outside the day before the wedding so the soundboard acclimates to the humidity level. Then, have the piano tuned the morning of your event so it will be set to the current condition of the soundboard. Tip #3: Put it under cover Moisture from above and sunlight can both wreak havoc on your piano. The problem is, you may need to move the piano outdoors to acclimate before your event tent is delivered. If this is the case, then invest in a small pop-up canopy, such as the type used at festivals. Place this over the piano to protect it in the interim. Don’t forget to stake it down. If rain is in the forecast, choose a canopy with walls or hang tarps around the edges to keep the moisture out. Tip #4: Don’t move it yourself It may be tempting to try and cut wedding costs by recruiting a few friends to help you move the piano, but this is a bad idea. Pianos are heavy and awkwardly shaped. They are also finely tuned instruments that require great care to transport. Instead, talk to a piano moving company like Caccamise Moving & Storage Co. Ask about packages that will include not just moving the piano outside and then back into the house after […]

4 Things To Be Aware Of When Storing Wooden Furniture During Your Move

Wooden furniture can be particularly fragile. This is especially true in the case of antique furniture pieces. Unfortunately, there are many storage hazards that can potentially damage wooden furniture. If you need to keep wooden furniture pieces in storage after or during a move, you need to take efforts to avoid these hazards to ensure that your furniture stays in good condition and doesn’t require expensive repairs later on. Being aware of the following four factors at a storage facility where you’ll be keeping wooden furniture can help preserve your items: Potential temperature fluctuations Wood has a tendency to expand and contract when it is exposed to temperature fluctuations. Also, metal hardware pieces in wood furniture can be warped by temperature changes. This warping can detract from both the structural stability and appearance of wooden furniture. Ideally, you want to keep wooden furniture in a climate control unit to avoid damage from temperature-induced expansion and contraction. If this is not possible, consider limiting storage time to only periods of moderate weather and clearing wooden furniture out of your unit before the hottest or coldest time of the year.  Humidity level and moisture control If the air at a storage facility is very humid, moisture can soak in to wooden furniture and cause mold or mildew development. This not only compromises the structural stability of furniture, but it can also create an unpleasant odor that will be hard to get out of the wood. A climate control unit will usually have air conditioning that prevents humidity from getting too high in the unit during the summer months. If you need to leave wooden furniture stored at a facility where humid air is possible, you should inspect it regularly and limit the amount of time it’s in storage to prevent mold and mildew from ruining it.  Space limitations Storing furniture isn’t always easy because furniture pieces take up a lot of space. If you need to store wooden furniture and you’re short on space, you might want to consider disassembling it. Wooden furniture is often very easy to disassemble because it breaks down into only a few main pieces. Optimize space by breaking this type of furniture down and reassembling it when it’s needed.  Weight load placed on top Many people are tempted to leave heavy loads supported by wooden furniture pieces when they’re in a hurry to get their storage room […]

Three Considerations For Tipping Your Piano Movers

When you need to move a piano between two homes, it’s best to not take a do-it-yourself approach. While you might want to save money by handling the move yourself, the reality is that in addition to being heavy and awkward to move, pianos need to be moved delicately. Failing to do so can cost you a significant amount of money in repair bills. It’s best to hire a piano-moving service. These professionals are experts in taking care of your musical instrument so that it’s in perfect shape when it arrives in its new home. Given the difficulty of this task, it’s a polite gesture to tip the crew members at the end of the job. Here are three things to think about. There’s A Suggested Amount It’s important to remember that tipping is at your discretion. On many piano moving websites, companies stress that their customers shouldn’t feel obligated to tip and that they should only do so if they’re highly satisfied with the job provided. That said, if you do wish to tip your piano movers, a general guideline to follow is to give $20 to $40 per mover. While you should always make sure that your desired tip amount is reflective of your budget, giving within this range is a sign of good etiquette. Certain Factors Can Influence The Exact Amount If you keep the range of giving $20 to $40 per mover in mind, you can figure out exactly how much you wish to tip each person based on a variety of different factors. Think of the care shown by the crew; the members should be carefully protecting not only the piano during the course of the move, but also taking care to avoid damaging your walls, stairs and other elements throughout your home. The crew’s general demeanor is also important to evaluate. You might wish to tip closer to $40 per person if the crew is friendly to you and your family. There Are Other Ways To Show Good Etiquette Regardless of the amount that you choose to tip — and even if you opt not to tip at all — there are other ways to be a good customer. It’s ideal to tidy your home to ensure there’s a direct path between the piano and the door. It’s also polite to offer the crew some refreshments, especially if it’s a hot day. This doesn’t […]

4 Signs You Need A Storage Unit

Renting out a self storage unit is an excellent way to enjoy extra space away from your own property. Not to mention, self-storage is relatively affordable, and many storage facilities offer flexible lease options, ranging from month to month to full-year lease terms to suit your needs. Not sure if a storage unit is right for you? There are a few telltale signs that you might benefit from one. You Can’t Fit Your Car in the Garage So, you have a one- or two-car garage, but you never get to park your vehicle in it because your extra belongings are taking up too much space. For many people, garage spaces gradually turn into storage spaces as the years pass by, but you could benefit greatly by moving these items over to a storage unit. Allowing your vehicle to reclaim the garage can help to protect it from theft, vandalism, hail storms, and other damage caused by exposure to the elements. You’re in the Process of Downsizing Perhaps you’re in the process of downsizing your living space (due to a divorce or any other circumstance), but you’re not quite ready to part with your extra furniture and possessions. Keep them safe in the meantime by placing them in a self-storage unit. From there, you can sell them, donate them, or find room for them in your new place on your own time. You Want to Preserve Heirlooms A lot of times, people rent out storage units as a way of storing family heirlooms, collectibles, or other personal items that they don’t necessarily have space for in their home, but want to keep safe as well. If this is the case, you may want to look into renting out a climate-controlled storage unit; this way, you can protect your heirlooms and other prized possessions from moisture damage. You’re Trying to Sell Your Home If you’re looking to sell your home, renting out a storage unit can be a great way to do just that. A storage unit will allow you to temporarily store excess furniture and other items that may cause your home to look cluttered. As a result, you can better stage your home and increase your chances of making a sale. For instance, you might consider clearing out your closets of extra clothing, shoes, and clutter so your potential buyers can see just how much storage space your home has […]

3 Things To Know About Mini Storages

Being able to find the best place to put items you don’t use as much as you used to is important. It’s ideal to choose a mini storage that will allow you to have more space in your home and less clutter. However, it’s important for you to know certain things about storage units prior to making a long-term rental commitment. The Cost The size of the unit you select will determine the amount that you will need to pay for it. Storage units come in a variety of sizes, and it’s in your best interest to choose the smallest one to meet your needs. This will allow you to save money over time. Listed below are some of the common sizes and average costs of storage units: 5×5 – This is typically the smallest unit you will find, and the monthly price is $40–50 per month. 10×15 – This is a larger unit that may hold a full set of bedroom furniture. You can expect to pay $75-$140 monthly for this size. 10×20 – When you need a storage unit that will hold many items in your home, you should consider this size.  However, be sure you’re prepared to pay $95-$155 monthly for the additional space. The Security You will want to be sure you get a storage unit that has a number of security features in it. You should also take the time to find one that is in a safe location, and that doesn’t have a great deal of crime. Below are some additional safety features to look for in a unit: Lights that keep your unit well-lit during the evening and night hours. A padlock that you can put on your unit for extra security. A storage unit that is inside a gated area. Surveillance cameras that catch any people entering the area after hours or who shouldn’t be there at all. The Inside Climate If you have certain items in your unit that requires extra care or that is sensitive, you should be sure to get a climate controlled unit. For instance, if you own old albums, antiques or electronics, these shouldn’t get too hot or cold. A climate controlled unit will guarantee the temperature inside the unit never gets above 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. There are numerous ways renting a mini-storage unit can be […]

Three Ways to Cut Down On Your Storage Unit Bill

If you find that you have too many items stored in your home, it might be time to join the many American households that rent space at a self storage facility. Whether you rent a small or large space, you’ll be able to reduce the clutter in your home, clear out your garage or basement, and breathe easier knowing that your home is better organized. If you’re concerned about the monthly fee of renting a storage unit, don’t let this concern be an obstacle. There are a variety of ways that you can reduce the amount you pay for your storage unit. Sell What You Don’t Want to Keep Before you begin loading boxes and transporting your seldom-used possessions to their new home, give serious consideration to the items you don’t realistically think you’ll use again. Although parting with personal possessions can be difficult, holding a garage sale has a dual benefit. First, it can raise a significant amount of money that you can then put toward the monthly rental of your storage unit. Additionally, reducing the volume of the products that you’d otherwise be storing can often allow you to rent a smaller, lower-priced space at the storage facility. Loan Other Items If you can’t bring yourself to permanently get rid of your possessions through a sale, consider loaning some of your things to reduce the amount of items that you need to store. If you focus on the larger items, such as furniture, you can often drastically reduce the amount of things you need to store at the facility, which results in the ability to rent a smaller unit and save money. There are often many opportunities to lend items within your family and circle of friends. Think of people who are renting their first apartment or going away to school, for example. You’ll be helping them and they’ll be helping you. Seek a Partner Given the proliferation of American families that use self storage facilities, it’s often easy to find someone within your network of contacts who has a desire to rent a storage unit. If you can find someone who would serve as a good partner, you can rent a larger unit and split the bill, which can often translate into you paying less money than you would for renting a smaller space. While effective, this strategy is best to reserve for people you can trust. Contact […]

Three Life-Changing Benefits That Renting A Storage Unit Can Provide

When you’re brainstorming ways that you can make changes to improve your life, renting storage units might not appear near the top of your list. However, if you have a cluttered home that is impacting your life in a negative way, clearing out the surplus possessions and relocating them to a storage unit at a facility near your home can have several key advantages. You’ll often notice an immediate impact in several areas, all thanks to the storage unit playing host to your extra items. Here are three worthwhile benefits to visiting a self storage facility in your city and renting a storage unit. Reduction In Your Stress Levels Living in a cluttered environment can elevate your stress levels. On even a subconscious level, sitting in a room that’s filled with clutter can create anxiety; you know there’s clutter and you’re not addressing it, which causes you to feel anxious. Clutter can also make you feel disorganized and lead to a suspicion that you’re forgetting to do a specific task. The longer you go without rectifying the situation, the more your stress and anxiety can increase — even to the point that you can become seriously ill. By renting a storage unit, taking serious stock of what items you don’t need cluttering your space and relocating them, you can often feel an almost-instant improvement in your emotional well-being. Improved Time Management Whether you’re looking for a specific article of clothing, a favorite book or an important piece of paperwork, clutter can significantly lengthen the time it takes you to find what you need. Over time, it’s easy to waste an unimaginable amount of time searching your home for specific items hidden within the clutter. By renting a storage unit, you can find a new home for the items you don’t need on a day-by-day basis but aren’t ready to throw out. The relocation of seldom-used items to your storage unit means that your home will only contain the possessions that you need regularly — and now you’ll be able to find them quickly. Better Air Quality If your home is severely cluttered, it can be difficult to clean beyond simply passing a vacuum around the center of each room. Moving the items that contribute to the clutter to a storage unit allows you to roll up your sleeves and vacuum, dust and polish more thoroughly. The benefits aren’t solely aesthetic — […]

Use These 3 Tips When Moving To A Smaller Living Space

If you live in a house right now and are moving into an apartment, you may feel overwhelmed. You may wonder how you’re going to fit all of your things into a smaller space. However, if you use the tips below, you can do so more easily. Measure Rooms in Your New Apartment There is nothing worse than taking the time to move your bedroom furniture to your new apartment and realizing that it won’t fit into your bedroom. Before you move furniture and other big items to your new place, make sure you measure the space first. That way you can be sure that everything you bring with you will fit properly. Think About Storage in Your New Home Before even moving into your apartment, start thinking about how you will store items so that your apartment doesn’t seem cluttered and overpacked. For example, consider floor-to-ceiling shelves for you to put your things on, or invest in ottomans and other storage items that can do double duty. When you figure out how you may be able to store things, you may not have to part with as many of your belongings as you expected. Determine What You Will Take A few weeks before you are set to move, go through your home and figure out what you’d like to get rid of. Ask friends and family if they want specific items in your home, and consider having a yard sale to get things out of your house right away. Whatever isn’t sold in the yard sale can be donated to local thrift stores; that way, once you move things out of your house, you never have to bring them in again. After your home is cleared out, you can make a plan for the rest of your belongings and start packing them up. If you just can’t part with some of your things, renting self storage units might be a good idea for you. You can store your belongings there and visit the unit periodically to get anything you need. If you find that over time you aren’t going to the storage unit at all, you may ultimately be able to part with the items in the unit and sell them. Now that you have some ideas for how to make things easier when downsizing your living space, try the the tips laid out above. Enlist the help of […]

How To Save Money On Professional Moving Services

Hiring a moving company to take care of the back breaking tasks you’d rather avoid can be beneficial in a variety of ways. You’re sure to save time, reduce stress levels, and minimize the chance of physically bring hurt throughout the moving process. Working with professional movers doesn’t have to cost a fortune either – here are a few things you can do to save some money on professional moving services: Forego Bought Boxes Instead of purchasing all of your moving boxes from the company you decide to work with, get as many free boxes as you can from local grocery stores, book stores, and other establishments that tend to go through lots of boxes on a regular basis. You may still need to purchase boxes for clothes and other items, but the free boxes should result in a noticeable savings on supplies. Pack Your Own Stuff Skip the packing service and do the job yourself, at least part of it, to save some money on your overall moving costs. This will give you an opportunity to make sure everything is packed exactly the way you want it to be so there aren’t any surprises when you unpack it all in your new home. You will also be able to control when your items are packed for maximum convenience in the days leading up to your move. Color Code Your Boxes To keep things organized and make the moving process easier on your movers, color code the boxes based on the rooms they belong to by putting small colored stickers on them. For example, you can use red stickers for boxes with kitchen items in them and blue stickers for boxes that hold bathroom belongings. This should lower your hourly moving rates and make it easier to unpack when you’ve arrived to your new home. Stay out of the Way on Moving Day Keep your hourly moving rates low by staying out of the way on moving day. By giving your movers free reign of the house, they’ll be able to get everything out quickly and efficiently and get you on your way to your new place in just a couple of hours. Take the family and kids to the park for a long walk and a picnic while your movers do their job. If possible, leave one person behind to act as the supervisor just to make sure that […]

Pack Your Items to Move Like the Professionals

If you’re concerned about arriving at your new home with broken dishes or cracked picture frames, learn to pack like the professionals. The key is to have the right packaging materials, and plenty of them. Take the time to pack your items properly with the following tips and you won’t be afraid to open the boxes when you get to your new home. Start with the Right Packaging Materials When you don’t have the right packing supplies to begin with, you’ll be tempted to compromise and wrap items in cheap or ineffective materials. If you run out of something, stop and get more instead of trying to find a workaround. Get this list of items together before you start your packing project: packing boxes in different sizes original boxes for appliances, if you still have them rolls of bubble wrap cardboard sheets foam packing sheets rolls or sheets of packing paper box cutters and scissors packing tape You can always take back unused packing materials, so pick up more than you think you’ll need. General Packing Tips For all items, here are a few tips to keep them safe during the move: Use the smallest box that will hold the items. Add enough padding around the items to prevent them from shifting in the box. Put similar items in the same box. For example, pack books together in one box, glassware in another. Don’t mix item types or you’ll increase the risk of breakage. Don’t skimp on packing materials. When in doubt, use more than you think you’ll need to cushion the item. Don’t use newspaper for packing. It leaves ink smudges on items. When you’re not sure of the best way to pack an item, especially something fragile, contact a moving company. Their professionals can tell you the best way to pack the item to keep it safe. Specific Packing Instructions Good china—Wrap each plate with bubble wrap and seal with packing tape. Crumple plain packing paper onto the bottom of a medium-sized box for padding. Place each plate in the box on its edge, not flat. Leave several inches between the plates and the sides of the box and fill that space with more crumpled paper. Cups and glasses—Fill each cup and glass with crumpled packing paper, then wrap each in more paper. Line the bottom of a medium-sized box with crumpled paper. Place a layer of wrapped […]