Internet and television have become the main sources of information for many people all over the world.  The times when people kept whole libraries at their home are gradually disappearing into the past. Many years ago people used to keep cases with books at their homes, but as time passes we forget about books and turn to our smartphones. These days it’s better to download any book we want from Internet using Smartphone rather than looking for necessary book from shelves covered by dust. But even in our days of technological progress, there are happy owners of rich home libraries.   In many families, books are sacred thing. They are passed on from generation to generation. They are carefully treated and saved for descendants. If you are the kind of person who does not recognize modern technologies and loves racks with rare and valuable books, then you will certainly be useful to learn how to pack books correctly when moving so that they are not affected by shaking, temperature changes and many other side effects of moving. Do you have a large library and are you going to move soon?  Let your favorite books come to the new place unharmed! These simple rules will help you competently organize their transportation.

Before packing books make sure that you take into account their size and degree of value.  They must be sorted according to these parameters. Pay special attention to old publications, for which any changes in temperature or moisture will become really dangerous.  Do not forget also that they can easily get damages when loading or at the moment of sudden shaking or braking in the car, when there is transportation from one place to another. For such valuable editions, you need to choose a special package – an air bubble film with a layer of cardboard will be a really good choice: firstly, the bubble film prevents books from moisture and water. Secondly, air bubbles will save the temperature around the books.  Moreover, it is these bubbles that will become a kind of softener that protects books from shaking and other damages. Thirdly, the cardboard will add strength to such packaging – an additional guarantee that valuable books or magazines will get their place in perfect condition.

The best packaging for transportation of books, magazines and newspapers is strong boxes. Do not take too large boxes!  The books themselves are heavy. There will be a lot of them in the big box, but it will not be comfortable to carry. And most importantly – there is a risk that the bottom of the package will not withstand overloading, and the books in the process of carrying them will collapse on the dirty floor, and even on the ground. Lay books in a special way.  Form stacks from editions of the same format, and stack them in boxes.  Fill the voids between the piles by something soft so that the books do not move inside the box.  For this, newspapers and foam rubber, fabric products and even soft toys are suitable.

Like all antiques, rarity, rare book editions require special conditions for transportation.  When moving valuable books to a new location, avoid sudden changes in humidity and temperature.  Pack such publications with special care. And best of all, entrust the transportation of antiques to specialists. Vitesse Moving & Transfer Inc. is ready to help you with moving your home library. We offer high-class services at affordable costs. Our professional and well-trained movers will make your move easy and non-stressful.

Getting ready for the move, you decided to pack things, walked through the apartment, thinking about what to pack first, and accidentally glanced at the balcony.  And at that moment, your grandfather’s skis fell on your head and you grasped the grandmother’s flower pots with your hand. If you vividly imagined this situation, then it’s time for you to clean up on the balcony, in order not to carry all rubbish to the new apartment. For most people, the balcony in the apartment is something between the dump and the rubbish store. It is here that we store old, obsolete things that have lost all value, in the hope that they will someday come in handy.  Perhaps, moving is the only event in the life of a house when there is a real opportunity to get rid of your favorite but useless junk. So, what can be thrown out without any regrets, so as not to take with them to a new life:

  • Ski, if they it’s lying down on the balcony for more than two years.  Ski can not be stored in unheated rooms, so know that this valuable property you have already ruined.  Donate it to their beginner skiers, if you have them among your friends
  • Last year jam and pickles.  Even if you are not afraid of botulism, you should not eat mold-billeted products.  Throw them away and immediately forget about them.
  • Piles of old magazines.  Even if these are very beautiful and bright glossy magazines, you definitely will not re-read them.
  • Pieces of wallpaper, half-empty cans with a primer, etc.  In a new apartment you will not need all this, so get rid of construction debris.
  • Old and dead furniture, which you were planning to transport to the dacha ten years ago, but you did not transport it – throw away this furniture.
  • Old jackets, sweatshirts and so on.  After this clothing has hung on your balcony for years, it will not be accepted even in a charitable organization.  Take it to the trash can and leave it there.

Now when you have scooped out of the balcony and thrown away most of the unnecessary things, it’s time to check if there is something really important.  It is possible that under the rubble of the various trash all these years, the treasure was hidden. However, if you have a lot of unnecessary things at home, but you can’t just throw them away, you can view these options. So what to do with unnecessary things?

  1. Sell.  Advertise on Internet sites and local newspapers and wait for new owners for your things.
  2. Pass to commission shop.  By the way, the range of commission shops is very wide: from shoes and clothes to household items and art.
  3. Offer free of charge to neighbors, colleagues at work.  And those, in turn, can offer their relatives. So your things will expand the range of potential hosts.  And if there is a large family in your neighborhood, it’s better just to give their children old clothes and toys.
  4. Give clothes, which are too small for you, to the younger brothers and sisters.  If family is not rich, it is better to follow the traditional way of transferring children’s things from the elders – the younger ones.
  5. Re-wash, iron, fold neatly, pack in bags, and take it to an orphanage or boarding school.  In addition to clothing and shoes, you can take children’s books, drawing kits, toys, CDs with children’s songs, fairy tales, cartoons.
  6. Another way to free space from unnecessary things almost immediately is to give fire victims or victims of natural disasters.  Apparently, your unnecessary items will help people who are in trouble.
  7. To hand over the old household appliances to repair shops.  Sometimes taken for a small fee.
  8.  Take extra furniture to your country house, where it will serve for many more years.
  9. Give old furniture to a constriction or restoration to masters.  Money, of course, will have to be invested, but furniture, that you do not want to throw away, will start a new life in your new house.
  10. Use the upper fur garment as a material for making covers on the car seats.  You can get a natural, warm cover from the old sheepskin coat.
  11. Old coats and jackets are suitable for outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing.
  12. Sewing old clothes for clothes for pets: dogs and cats.
  13. To make of the old thing a new, fashionable: to sew two things from one thing and vice versa.
  14. Sewing from unnecessary warm things a patchwork quilt or tie mats.
  15. Make costumes for a home theater or the nearest family holiday.  Like any creativity, it takes time and imagination. But these costs will pay off with smiles and gratitude of relatives and friends.
  16. Organize a home auction (in a comic form), inviting to the sale of things relatives and friends.  Present each item, telling how it was acquired and what value it had for your family. Instead of real money – drawn coupons with impressive amounts.
  17. Donate to a local museum.  If your things have historical and cultural value for the city, then the museum will gladly accept them for perpetual use.
  18. To organize a fashion show.  If you have a lot of clothes 20-30 years ago, or even older, you can organize a fashion show of past years by the forces of children and grandchildren.  Such a surprise at a family celebration will be especially pleasant for grandparents. And if you take pictures of all the “models” or take them to the camera, the old things will always remain in your family archive.
  19. Leave everything as it is.  The ability to throw things away is good, but it sometimes fails.  After a while things, that were thrown away, can be urgently needed.  So think well before throwing something away.

Finally, it’s the day of move. Are you confident in the decency of the movers of the moving company or friends who were invited to help with the move?  Are you ready to trust them with the most valuable things? It’s fine! But still there are a number of items that should be transported with one’s own hand.  For your own peace of mind. Prepare a separate suitcase or bag for things that should not go in the truck with furniture, but in a private car – exclusively with you.  Or by hand luggage, if you get to a new place you will have public transport. Here is the list of things that should be taken with you when moving to another place.

Documentation. Do not forget that the most important and most valuable things are documents, for example, passports, car registration certificate, insurance and any other type of documents.  Loss of documents can bring many problems and inconveniences during their recovery, so take care of their personal control.  Those are important documents that can not be lost in any way.  You can send only low-value papers – old notices, recipes, receipts for payment of utilities along with the other items in boxes.

Money.  It does not matter whether it’s cash or credit cards, you should always keep them to yourself.

Medications.  If you suffer from any chronic diseases, do not forget to bring “on duty” medications.  If you are addicted to allergies you should always have an antihistamine in your pocket or purse, with hypertension – a proven means to reduce pressure, etc. It will never be superfluous, because once again it is necessary to be reinsured, rather than endure all the way from a different kind of pain, including even the most unpleasant – a runny nose or headache.

Keys. It is always necessary to carry all the keys with you.  Do not look and think from what these keys are: whether it’s from the garage, car, office or new apartment – try to always have them in your bag, because you can lose them very easily, even among the total luggage, and in the future it can entail problems.

Memorable and valuable things.  Important and memorable things are also better to take with you. Each person has his own: medals of great-grandfather or family photo albums, the first drawings of the child or shells brought from the sea, school diaries or notebooks with poems, old letters or collections of liners from chewing gum.  What is important is not for everyday life, but for spiritual comfort. It does not matter what it is in form, its integrity is important. Such things are considered to be medals for victories in competitions, cups for different achievements, valuable photos, as well as other things that you decided to keep in memory of something or someone.

It was a list of only the most necessary things that should be transported with you. Do not just dwell on this list, take with you even what you are afraid of losing or crippling, for example, a laptop.  This attitude to transportation will only help you stay calm and be sure of the safety of your own things.

If you are going to move, you must be prepared for that. However, it’s difficult process and not everyone can take this challenge. But once you decided to move you should treat this task responsibly. Otherwise, troubles are inevitable: in the turmoil, something will be lost, it will break, it will break.  And it’s better to start preparing for a couple of weeks before the day of move. So, where to start moving?

Solve organizational issues

If you have small children or pets, think about where to attach them for the time of transportation of things.  They do not need stress, and you – unnecessary troubles on a busy day. And if possible, take a vacation at work to get together slowly.

Getting ready for the move

Get rid of all unnecessary things.  When moving, it often turns out that in the process of living, a lot of unnecessary things accumulated in the house that you have not used for a long time.  Change of place of residence is an excellent occasion to part with any rubbish. Throw it away, sell it, give it away – according to circumstances. Stock up on the packaging: ask in the nearest store boxes, buy large garbage bags for clothing and bedding.  Prepare several rolls of scotch, scissors and a marker, which will sign the boxes. Check if you have kept the boxes from household appliances: TV, microwave, computer. If not, choose suitable ones for the size.

Packing things

Begin packing from things that you rarely use.  For example, with off-season clothing, which in the near future you will not need.  Pack blankets, carpets, curtains, part of the dishes.

Take out the furniture you take with you as you release the space in apartments. Dismantle closet and fix the details with adhesive tape. Put fittings in separate pouches or boxes and necessarily sign.  Beds and sofas better should be prepared for transportation in advance. It’s not difficult to sleep in bad conditions, on the floor or on mattresses for a couple of days. Prepare the bag with the essentials.  These are keys, money, documents, valuables.  With this bag on the day you move, you will be inseparable.

Prepare a box for what you will take last.  There you fold the clothes in which you will move, the remains of the products. And the most necessary utensils – a couple of plates, cups, spoons, a saucepan.  This dish you will use the last day in the old place and immediately be able to unpack it in a new house.

Let these tips help you to move without problems.  The main thing is to get ready for the move in advance and prepare without haste and everything will be fine!

Moving in the winter is not such rare process as it seems. Of course, in most cases, change of home or moving to a new office are implemented in the summer, in the warm days. But it’s not always possible to postpone moving and wait for the warm days. Sometimes moving is being delayed. Someone delays with the paperwork, someone a long time could not find a suitable alternative or save the required amount of money. And some plan to move specially in winter in order not to suffer from the heat under the scorching sun, not to be distracted by country care and safely transport things, to equip the life, to do repairs. And the holidays can be used for this purpose. Yes, moving into the cold season has its advantages. It is necessary to consider some features in order to be ready for the cold move.

Glazed frost. It is unpleasant in itself, but when moving in the winter — twice. If you are going to move your items on your car, prepare it properly, change to winter tires. Be careful when driving, because ice-covered ground can be really dangerous. And pack fragile items with care — sharp braking on a slippery road is highly likely.  Don’t make sudden movements because you may slip and lose balance on the ice. Even though the property is not affected, your safety is the most important thing.

Packing. Usual adhesive tape can fail at low temperatures,  — you will need a special resistant one. Put items, which are sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, in several layers of packaging (paper, cardboard, air bubble film, tissue).

Snow. This is not dirt! It would seem that good to put all the things and boxes for relatively clean snow in the yard and slowly to load in the car. But do not be tempted and remember — the snow is still melting. It will turn into water once it gets a warm place. For example, salon of the car. Boxes can become wet because of melted snow. Moreover, the cargo inside of the boxes can suffer.

Health. This is the most valuable and the most important thing a man can have. And even when carrying things you shouldn’t to forget about it. Don’t jump out on the street in a t-shirt. But on the other hand don’t wrap up by clothes too much, because in the apartment and the entrance is warm, you’ll quickly sweat. Prepare the right clothes in advance — here important some middle ground.

Alive load. Winter moving is an ordeal for delicate houseplants. They need special protection from frost, and wind, and mechanical damage. Experienced growers make the whole frame structure of wire, cloth, film in order to protect their plants. Think of your pets: bring them into the warm cabin and accompany them to lessen their stress from change of place of living. If you are moving into the cold season, you should think about two things in advance. The first is good packaging. It does not mean “cheap”. It means “impervious to water coating which is easy to brush off the dirt.”

Weather forecast is a science-based assumption, and we suggest to hedge, not hoping that on the day of your move will be really warm and dry. To pick up flexible, comfortable and not too heavy, waterproof coating really easy. Just look at the range of plastic films. Of course, it is better to choose a dense material to avoid accidental break. Many people prefer multilayered “convolution” for the reliability. Firstly thing must be wrapped in plastic wrap, and then put in a cardboard box. It’s practical and safe. This can be done even with household appliances. If you have large, heavy items such as industrial equipment, antique furniture, piano and so on – it is better to charge the packing to the professionals. Or at least ask them for advice, what material would be most appropriate. In many cases, new polyethylene is more efficient than the old rags.

The second important thing is the safe route. Everyone is familiar with the first autumn frost, when the roads overnight, covered with treacherous ice.  Slippery rail crossings and huge puddles can be an obstacle. In the summer there can be safe to take a shortcut. But in winter it’s already high-risk areas.  Anyway, before starting your journey, you need to properly arrange things in the back. Not everyone take it into consideration, but it’s very important. What seems insignificant in summer, in winter, easily becomes a cause of the accident. If the balance of the mass of the loaded car is broken, the more risk that on a slippery road, the car can lose control. But the most dangerous is the passage of sharp turns and sudden braking. Heavy piano, standing along one of the sides, can easily “pull”, and the car will tip over. Do not think that we frighten you – this is the real cases. Estimate in advance how much weight your cargo has. Arrange things in the body to balance the front and rear portion and right and left side. Of course, you should follow the rules of carrying capacity. In winter, do not overload the car in excess of the permitted weight! When the balance changes, the speed of the car also changes.  If you have not desire to puzzle over the proper distribution of weights – call professional movers. They will solve this problem much faster.

It is harder to drive in yards in winter than in summer season. Here, again, the mud and puddles, and ice. Not all drivers know how to skillfully maneuver on the ice. Sometimes just one minivan is not enough and people have to use a larger truck. In such cases, turn or drive in reverse in an ordinary yard turns into the whole show. Remember that the more experienced the driver, the less time you will spend. And it is very important to have a good experience of driving in winter season. By the way, there can be difficulties when driving in the city. Because of the snow roads, especially minor, often narrowed almost to a couple of meters. Sometimes there are a lot of icicles on the roofs. However, if there is a significant risk that the icicle that’s going to come right on the highway or the snow formed a traffic jam, it is better to choose to go by another street.

During unloading people often have to leave things in the street, and some of them can stand there for quite a long time. Of course, it will not affect the stools and the rugs even at -30. But delicate houseplants can be affected.

By the way, during a move owners worried the most about the pot plants and pets. If you make good organization of the process violets and other plants will not be affected. You just need to know how to act. For example, the flowers need to be transported in boxes, carefully packed and put between the pots bottle with warm water. And it’s better to warn movers that the plants are heat-loving and they need to make the house in the first place. Professional movers will consider all your wishes.

During the move pets worry no less than you just can’t put it into words. We recommend to let someone from the family look after the pet on the way to the new place of living. A cat or a dog may go “exploring” in the entrance or on the street, and it will be difficult to catch them. But if hamster escaped from the cage, then the move would definitely be remembered for a long time – but, unfortunately, not with good words. Does the price of the move change according to the time of year? As a rule, prices are stable. The rates actually depend on a number of things, the remoteness of the old and new addresses, etc., than from the time of year. However, many companies offer an hourly rate – you pay for time actually spent. Winter transfers usually last longer than in summer – more slow and calm driving mode, the ice and snow congestion. On the other hand, in the summer traffic jams increased in several times. Therefore, resettlement in the cold season can really cost you a bit more.

Animals, as well as people, have stress when changing the place of living. If you are going to move with your beloved parrot, be properly prepared for this task. So how transportation of parrots should be carried out?  The answer to this question is quite simple. But the answer should be in expanded form. Only in this case, you will understand many of the nuances of transporting birds. Remember at least the story of the appearance of parrots in Europe.  All of them were brought there from Australia, Africa and other countries. However, if you look at the map, you will realize that the birds that came to Europe have come a long way. However, few people know that the first attempts of such long journeys often resulted in the death of birds. Even now, after many years, smugglers involved in catching and transporting rare exotic species of parrots often do not bring their cargo to the addresses.  However, this is partly due to the fact that they neglect many of the rules for safe transportation. Indeed, in fact, their cargo is smuggled and they hide it from prying eyes. However, let us return to the cases when it is necessary to transport a single pet to which you have already become accustomed as a member of your family. In this case, it is worth noting the fact that when you change your place of residence, people transport not only birds, but also furniture.  Therefore, the transportation of all this occurs exclusively in the car. And here the first danger arises, which people who are not thinking about the consequences of their actions may face. If you decide that the parrot you tame can be easily transported in his native cage, this will be a gross mistake.  The thing is that the birds are very shy and it is better for them not to see a big and unexplored world while traveling around them. The landscape seen by them can lead to a panic and a psychological trauma of the pet. Moreover, during the transportation of birds in a large and spacious cage, you can inadvertently harm your parrot.  After all, during an abrupt stop or hitting a pothole, the cage will most likely be thrown off, and the bird can easily get hurt. But even if this does not happen, the pet can simply fall from its perch.

Basic rules of transportation

In order to avoid all of the above, transportation of birds must be carried out in small houses, covered with impenetrable cardboard walls from all sides except one.  On the front side of this house there should be a lattice door through which you can put your beloved parrot inside. Boxes of 30x20x20 centimeters will be enough for the usual wavy parrot. These cardboard little houses are ideal for transporting small parrots to their new place of residence.  However, during the entire trip you need to keep the cage in your hands. Thus, you not only avoid the likelihood that the house will fall, but also calm your pet. After all, if the birds during the transportation will constantly see their owner, then it will not panic and will be calm. You can buy such a house in specialized pet stores.  If this is not possible or you do not have enough money, then you can make it manually. However, for this you need a suitable cardboard box and instruments. The only caution that should be taken into account when making a transport house is the choice of material. As in the case of the cage, the transport hut should not be made of toxic and hazardous parrot materials.  Inside, you can lay a soft cloth. However, in advance of the moment you need to go, it is advised to accustom your beloved parrot to his temporary accommodation. To do this, in a week or two, you should start to let parrot go into this house for a while. Little by little it will get used to the little house so much that it will withstand the whole trip in box without a fear. Finally, I would like to draw your attention to such a nuance as drafts.  During your trip, it is not recommended to leave the windows open inside the car. Otherwise, your parrot can catch a cold and get sick. In a new apartment, put the box and wait for a few minutes, let the parrot calm down. It is better not to take the bird out with your hands – this is additional stress. It’s best to open the box and put it close to the cell door. The parrot itself will move to its permanent home. To get the bird to settle in a new place, try to create a familiar environment for it.

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This week’s post is devoted to how to choose a moving company. We have been in moving business for over 8 years. We’ve seen many companies doing the right thing and unfortunately wrong things. We have developed a list of steps that will help you hire the best moving company:

  1. Recommendations
    Ask you friends, neighbors or real estate agents for the reliable moving company. After you get initial pool of candidates, visit companies’ website, Facebook page, and etc. Things to check for:

    • Contact page – Office location, telephone number is a must
    • Reviews – Real reviews from customers who used the company services previously
    • Services – What type of services company offer?
  2. Screening
    Use Yelp, Facebook or Google+ to read customer reviews about the company. If the company doesn’t have the recent ones, that is a red flag that company is not in business.  If reviews are only 5+, that is also a red flag, a lot of company pay external services to write fake reviews.
  3. Quote estimate
    After first 2 steps, you end up with 3-4 companies. Before requesting an estimate, make sure that you give a moving company as much information as possible. Use a moving checklist to keep track of all information that you need to give to a moving company. Request a quote from multiple companies, don’t just trust ones with lower prices. It’s an estimate, so final prices may vary.
  4. Licensed and Insured
    Professional and reliable companies are insured. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues a U.S. DOT number to licensed interstate movers. If you’re moving out of state, verify the moving company’s license through the FMCSA’s protectyourmove.gov site and request the company’s U.S. DOT number. You can find a list of local agencies through the FMCSA’s contacts database.