8 Steps to Get Your Home Winter-Ready

If you’ve just moved into your new forever home, you’re likely looking forward to spending the holidays with those you love in a perfect setting. You’re also getting ready for your first winter in that home. To do this, you need to make sure your home is winter-ready. We have a few tips to help you prepare your new home. 

Here’s what you need to know about getting your home ready for winter by focusing on key areas of your home:

  • Your Heating System

One of the worst things you can have to happen during the first cold snap of the season is to have the heater go out. It’s a good idea before the temperatures dip to call an HVAC expert to do a service and check on your system. This is important, not just because of the need for a working heater, but also to protect your home. Dust and debris can clog up the heater, but they can also act as a potential fire hazard.

  • Your Pipes

Besides your heating system going out and leaving you and your family cold, the next biggest concern is that your pipes will freeze up. The suggestion to leave a little trickle of water flowing through pipes is a good one. But you should also have your pipes inspected along with your hot water heater. Make repairs before the winter weather makes the pipes worse.

  • Your Insulation

It’s a good idea to check the insulation in your attic to ensure that it can keep the cold air out and the warm air in. This is especially true if you have just moved in and aren’t sure about whether your home has draft spots or even when the insulation was last replaced. It doesn’t hurt to look around to ensure there are no pests living within the insulation as that can breed deadly toxins from droppings left behind.

  • Your Chimney

A lot of people think that chimney sweepers are quaint historical figures out of Mary Poppins. But the reality is that a dirty, soot-filled chimney can lead to smoke and fire dangers when you light a fire. Wood-burning fireplaces are great to have, especially if there is a winter storm that knocks out power. But if you are going to have a fireplace, make sure that you get it cleaned and serviced before the winter weather comes around.

  • Your Safety Monitors

Test your home’s safety monitors on a regular basis, especially when you first begin living in the home. Now is the time to replace the batteries in your home’s smoke detector, especially if you are planning to run a fire in the fireplace this winter. But you should also check your carbon monoxide monitor as well to keep you and your family safe.

  • Your Windows and Doors

In a home, a lot of heat can be lost through poorly insulated doors and windows. While it would be great to install all new doors and windows that are more environmentally conscious and energy-efficient, that may not be practical. Instead, look to add weather-stripping where you can and insulate these entry points as much as possible. Your heating bill will thank you.

  • Your Flooring

If your home has hardwood floors or tile, then you know that getting up in the morning can be painful when your bare feet hit those cold floors. Make your home a little cozier by adding thick rugs to your floor plan. 

  • Your Wardrobe

Finally, make sure to get all those thick sweaters and heavy coats out of storage for the winter.  If you need to, clean out your storage and donate any winter clothes that you no longer need. There are plenty of less fortunate people in the area who could benefit from your gently worn coats and sweaters.

Enjoy Your New Home and the Cold Weather with These Tips

This winter, you can spend as much time as possible in the cozy confines of your home. You want to make sure that your home is safe – so be sure to inspect and check off these areas of your home. It’s the best way to ensure that your home stays warm, comfortable and safe this winter!

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Guide to the Best Way to Pack Your Clothes for Moving

When it comes time to pack up your home, every single item inside it comes with its problems and issues. From having to pack the most delicate fine crystal to moving a large couch, each item can be different in its own way. That is especially true of packing your clothes.

With that in mind, here are tips and tricks on how to prepare your wardrobe for your next move:

1 Clean Out the Closet — Any time you start to pack up for a move, we strongly encourage you to do a lot of spring cleaning. Rid yourself of items you don’t need.

This is especially true of clothes.

Go to the closet and start three stacks—keep, donate, and trash. If you haven’t worn an item in over a year, chances are you can toss it out.

Don’t hold on to those great jeans that you hope one day to be able to fit into. It’s time to let them go. If the items are too threadbare or ragged to donate, throw them in the trash and reduce your packing load.

2 Sort Your Clothes — Once you have rid yourself of unneeded items, it’s time to start sorting them further. There are two ways to do this. The first would be to sort them by the type of clothing. For instance, you can pack pants easier in one container and dresses in another. It also makes it more organized for when you unpack.

Another way to handle this is packing based on the clothing season. For instance, if you are moving in the spring, you can pack your winter and fall clothes separately as you aren’t going to need these items immediately after your move.

Another HUGE point here is to make sure that you label the boxes appropriately. If you are moving in the spring, label your winter clothes so you know not to start your unpacking with those items.

3 Pack Properly — If you have a lot of items that need to be hung up (such as suits or dresses), then you may want to invest in wardrobe moving boxes that can allow you to keep the items on a hanger as you move them. When it comes to clothes that you are folding up, you may already have a great packing tool at your disposal—luggage.

Suitcases are made to transport clothes from point A to point B, so you can pack your clothes in your suitcases and transport them without having to get extra boxes. Many movers will also swear by the trick of not unpacking your dressers. If possible, take out each drawer (with the clothes inside) and then wrap them with stretch wrap to keep the items from falling out. Now, you can stack the drawers in the moving truck and just pop them back in the dresser when you get to the new home (without having to unpack them).

4 Hire the Pros — Consider hiring professional movers to get you packed and moved properly. An experienced moving company has been helping people pack and move for years. So, use their expertise and have them help you pack your clothes properly so you can get them transported and unpack them efficiently.

Clothes Are Important in Your Move – Pack With Care

Your clothes are an important part of your personality and individuality. That’s why it’s a no-brainer that you would want to protect these items when you are moving and ensure you can quickly and efficiently unpack them. After all, no one wants to have to wear the same clothes day after day because you haven’t found the right box to unpack for your favorite shirt!

Use Experienced, Professional Movers Who Know Your Area

Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Rain or shine, summer or fall, we’re there for you! Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

The Hardest Items to Move When Relocating

When it comes time to move into a new home, people often take a look around their living space with dread. They mentally calculate all the items they have to pack up and it becomes overwhelming to count it all. 

 

But then comes the really scary stuff—those items that are hard to move which fill you with fear. That’s why it’s so important to consider a professional moving company. Experienced movers know exactly how to move items carefully so that they don’t get damaged. 

The Hardest Items to Move When Relocating

Let’s look at the difficulties involved with the hardest items to move when relocating:

  1. Antiques and Collectibles — Many of us have items that are priceless (at least to us) and if they were broken, we’d be devastated. Whether it’s an antique vase, an expensive collection of wines, or vintage comic books, each has its own issues. You have to consider how to wrap and package them, transport them, or store them so that they are safe from climate issues. That’s one reason why a professional moving company can be so important.

  2. Major Appliances — Take a look around your house or apartment and list all the major appliances that will have to be moved—your refrigerator, your washer and dryer, and more. Now ask yourself how you are going to get these items out of your home and into your new place. Not only do many of these require special equipment to move them, but they are cumbersome making moving difficult. These items can be some of the toughest to squeeze through doors and may even require doors to be taken off the hinges to get them through a doorway.

  3. Pianos — One of the biggest moving problems for homeowners is a piano. Whether it’s a small upright or a full grand piano, moving the item has multiple issues. First, any piano is going to be bulky and take up a lot of space on a moving truck. But it’s also an awkward size with weird weight distributions which can make it difficult to move. Worst of all, moving a piano incorrectly can cause serious damage to the interior working pieces and can ruin the sound it produces. It’s important that you get a professional mover to take care of this item.

  4. Sports Equipment — We’re not talking about baseball bats or hockey sticks here. When it comes to sports and fitness, some people have invested thousands of dollars in exercise bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, and complex weight benches. Just like with a piano, improper moving can throw these out of sync and seriously damage them. In some cases, the damage could potentially make them worthless. That’s why extreme care needs to be taken when moving the equipment. (These are also difficult to move because many of them weigh more than even your average major appliance!)

  5. Technology — A lot of people might think these are the easiest items to move. After all, we pack up our laptops and phones all the time to go to work or school. But if you’re taking items like computers, televisions, or printers on a long-distance move, this can be problematic. For instance, sometimes it’s necessary to keep items in storage until you can move them into the new location. Technology doesn’t respond well to heat and if your storage center isn’t climate controlled, you can end up ruining the equipment. Also, when you get to your new location, set-up can be a nightmare, especially if you just threw your wires and cords into a box.

Don’t Get Stuck on Moving Day with Hard and Heavy Items to Move

Moving is usually a hard experience. But if you have any of these items, then the process can be even more arduous. If at all possible, hiring professional movers can make these moves a lot easier for you. 

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Friends vs Professional Movers: Save More Than Money When You Move

Has this happened to you? You get a call from a friend you haven’t heard from in months and they have a request that they “hate to ask.” But the upshot is that they want you to help them move this weekend. 

While your brain turns over a list of a dozen excuses to get out of it, you probably also think back to when you have been in a similar situation. Basically, you can do it yourself, hire movers, or go with the cheapest option (in terms of time and money). Ask your friends to help. 

Here are the pros and cons of hiring friends to help you with your relocation:

Pros

  • First, asking your friends to help with the move likely won’t cost you money. And if it does, they probably won’t cost as much as professional movers. Most friends (at least the good ones) will be willing to help move in return for some pizza or Chinese takeout and a couple of beers.

 

  • Another reason you might want to consider this option is that you’ll get to spend more time with your friends. Sure, you’ll all be working hard. But there’s something about the company of good friends that will help that time pass quicker than trying to go it alone.

 

  • Another unexpected consequence is that you tend to be safer when you have other people working with you. You are more likely to look out for the well-being of everyone so you won’t let anyone get hurt.

 

  • Finally, this option also allows for flexible time scheduling. In fact, you work out the timing with your friends and not around some business’s plan.

Cons

  • It can be hard to figure out exactly how many friends will show up and how many will say they have other plans.

 

  • You may also not know what your friends will be willing to do when they get there. (Will they help with boxes or are they going to be willing to help move that giant sofa?)

 

  • If something happens and one of your friends does get hurt, you’ll feel bad about that and it could end up hurting your friendship as well. (And, in some cases, insurance may have to get involved if they are hurt on your property.)

 

  • When you’re moving heavy objects, tempers can run as high as the temperatures. This could lead to arguments and hurt feelings between you and your friends.

 

  • You may find out you have a snooper in your friend group. Are you prepared to have all of your items looked at and fondled?

 

  • When hiring professional movers, you know you’ll be out of your old place and in your new home in a day. Friends don’t usually have the same sense of urgency. 

 

  • If a professional breaks something, their insurance will cover the item and replace it. But if your friend breaks something, there’s no coverage. You will simply have to hope that they will replace the item.

 

There Is a Cost to Having Friends Move You – Are You Prepared for That Expense?

Moving is hard enough. It’s important that you don’t let the stress and frustrations of moving get in the way of your friendships. Instead, know upfront what you’re getting into and how many movers you can count on for the big moving day. 

Using a professional moving crew will actually save you a lot in terms of sanity and help you spend time with your friends at your new place as you get settled in. It will also ensure that you don’t lose those friends over petty moving day arguments.

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Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Rain or shine, we’re there for you! Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

Canada Relocation Move Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

As you might guess, our moving company is presented with a lot of questions. Having been in the relocation business for over forty years, we have seen it all! Below are some of the most frequently asked moving questions with answers we hope you’ll find helpful.

Are moving companies members of a professional organization? 

If your moving company is legitimately operating in Canada (as opposed to a fly-by-night company), they should be members of the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM). With this membership, the company agrees to abide by the regulations put forth by the CAM to protect customers and their belongings.

How much does a professional moving company cost? 

This is a hard one to answer because there are so many different factors that can affect the cost. Some moves are by the hour (usually for a short move) or by weight (for longer moves). Check out our detailed blog that can give you more specific information about the cost of a move. 

Is it possible to get a free in-home estimate? 

Absolutely. Contact us and we will send a customer service representative to inventory the items you want to be moved. Once we arrive, we’ll create a free estimate of how much we anticipate the move will cost. 

If you’d like to do this yourself, you can also use our Detailed Moving Estimate Form. During your in-home estimate, you can learn more about weight restrictions and other issues that may impact your move.

When can I schedule my move? 

Generally speaking, the earlier you plan your move, the better chances you will have to get your move scheduled exactly when you want. Overall, moving dates are based on availability. We recommend that you begin planning your move at least six to eight weeks before your anticipated move date.

When will my belongings be delivered? 

If you are scheduling a short-distance move, your belongings will be delivered that day. For long-distance moves, the representative will give you a detailed itinerary of when your items will be delivered.

Can I change my moving date? 

Sometimes, problems come up and we understand that. If your moving date changes, inform us as soon as possible to see if there are any scheduling conflicts that may prevent us from fulfilling the move.

Do you pack boxes, and will you provide the supplies for the move? 

Depending on your budget and needs, there are options. We can pack all of your items ourselves and then unpack them in your new home. This is a pricier option as it requires more crew members and more time.  Or we can simply pick up the boxes you have packed and then deliver them for you to unpack. Whether you plan to pack the boxes yourself or have us do this part, you can purchase boxes and other packing supplies directly from us.

Are there any items that you will not (or cannot) move? 

There are several types of items that we are forbidden by law to transport. For the most part, these include the following:

  • Gases and chemical propellants
  • Explosives and ammunition
  • Flammable items
  • Yard and gardening chemicals (such as fertilizers and pesticides)
  • Household chemicals
  • Corrosive items

For a more detailed list of what we can and cannot move, check out this blog post.

What about my plants and pets? 

Unfortunately, we cannot move your pet for you. And we recommend that you don’t have them in your home on moving day. Moving can be stressful and we don’t want your pets getting hurt or upset as we try to move heavy items. 

Also, with people coming in and out of the home, it’s possible that your pets may get loose, and we wouldn’t want that to happen. It’s probably a good idea to get them boarded for a day or so during the move. 

As for plants, we recommend that you transport those yourself in your vehicle. The temperature in moving vans may not be conducive for plants and we would not want to damage them during transit.

Are there any items I should move? 

We pride ourselves on caring for your items and doing our utmost to ensure they’re fully protected. However, there are some items you might want to consider moving, especially those that are priceless and irreplaceable such as family heirlooms. 

It’s important to talk to your customer service representative during the in-home estimate to determine if there are special considerations that the movers should be aware of or if there are certain items that we recommend you move in your private vehicle.

Have More Move Related Questions? 

If you have a question we didn’t cover in this blog or in one of our other blogs, we want to help by taking the mystery out of moving. Contact us so we can email or call you with answers to your short or long-distance moves.

4 Tips for a Stress-less Holiday Move

The holidays are already stressful enough when it comes to buying presents, cleaning your house for visitors, and preparing all that food for the family. But if you throw in moving houses, then you can send your stress and anxiety levels into the stratosphere. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. We’re going to share some holiday-themed tips that will help you keep your stress levels lowered while you try to move into a new home this season.

Moving during the holidays4 Steps to Reducing Your Stress and Anxiety During a Holiday Move:

Get Santa’s Little Helpers

No, we don’t mean elves. But you do need to get yourself professionals who can really help you with this move. 

Nothing says lowered stress levels with a move quite like hiring an experienced, professional moving company to handle all your packing for you. Depending on your needs, you may hire movers that can box and pack all your belongings for you. Or you may only need movers to pick up the boxes you have packed and move around the heavy furniture and items. 

Regardless of your needs, you can know that professional movers will take care of your belongings and do everything in their power to make sure nothing is damaged. Movers are motivated to make your relocation as painless and stress-free as possible.

Make a List and Check It Twice

Here, you don’t have to check out who’s naughty or nice. But you should create a list of exactly what you need to do with each step of the move. 

Have a checklist of everything including switching over utilities, internet, and TV as well as what you need to pack. You can even use moving apps to help keep yourself organized. These apps can assist you to ensure everything gets packed and you can keep track of all your boxes to make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle.

Pack Up Santa’s Bag

When Santa packs for Christmas Eve, he takes all the essential items to deliver. Well, that’s something that you need to do as well before your move! 

Pack a bag of essential items that you will need in your new home before you unpack your belongings. This should include a change of clothes (usually a couple of days’ worth), medicines, toiletries, and chargers for your cellphone, computer, or tablet. If you’re moving with small children, then you should definitely pack a toy or two to keep them entertained until you can get the rest of their stuff out of boxes.

Go Easy on the Decorations and Gifts

Finally, you want to keep this move as easy as possible. Before you move, make sure you don’t waste time putting up a lot of decorations. 

This will just be something that you have to take down and pack. Instead, plan on putting up the decorations in your new home when you get there. 

Also, you might want to keep your gift buying prior to the move to a minimum. It will be hard to pack these extra items, especially if you’re trying to keep them hidden from the other members of the household.

Holidays Are Stressful Enough, Give Yourself the Gift of Peace

This holiday season, be sure to make plans so that your move will be as easy and stressless as possible. By hiring professional movers, keeping yourself organized, and packing an essentials bag, you will anticipate many of the problems that occur and handle them up quickly so you can relax on moving day.

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5 Tips for Speedy Packing

Trying to get packed up for a move is hard enough, but when you’re trying to do it in a hurry it can be extra stressful. Whatever the reason for the quick move, it’s essential that you still get everything packed carefully so your belongings are safe and secure. 

Here are a few tips and guidelines to make sure you handle packing for your move as efficiently as possible:

  1. Leave it to the pros — One of the easiest ways to ensure your packing is handled quickly and safely is to hire a professional moving team. Movers do this for a living and know how to get in, get you packed up, and get you on your way as quickly as possible. If you can, give serious consideration to hiring pros to pack you up.
  2. Don’t pack everything — This may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best tips we can give you is to reduce the amount of packing you have to do. To do this, you need to do a fast spring cleaning of all your belongings. Throw out anything you don’t need or want. If possible, donate it to a local charity so you’re reducing the amount that you have to pack. This is especially true when it comes to the kitchen. There’s no point in packing up a lot of food items for transit. Donate the unopened items to your local food pantry. Toss the opened items out and start fresh when you move into your new location.
  3. Pack an essentials bag — Before you start packing your other belongings, put together an essentials bag. This will include all the things you can’t live without for a few days. For instance, you’ll definitely want a couple of days’ clothing as well as your medicines and toiletries that you will need. Also, throw in your chargers for items like your phone or laptop as well as any paperwork that you might need for the move. If you have kids, do the same for them and include a few favorite toys and a book or video to keep them occupied during the move.
  4. Don’t empty your drawers — If you have a large dresser, don’t empty out the drawers and try packing the individual items. Instead, just leave everything in the drawers and use them as makeshift packing boxes to carry the items to your new location. You can even cover these in packing cling wrap to help keep everything bundled together nicely.
  5. Don’t try to sort things out — Another big packing tip would be to not try to sort items when you’re boxing them up. The goal here is to just get everything into a box as quickly as possible. If you are trying to pack up a bedroom, for instance, just start putting everything into boxes. Don’t worry about sorting out whose clothes belong to who or putting some order or organization to the boxes. This is going to mean a little more work when you unpack and try to organize your new home, but it does mean you can get packed quicker in your old location. Also, as you pack these items, make sure you go room-by-room. If you bounce around from one room to another, you’re going to slow yourself down. 

    If You Have to Move Quickly, These Tips Will Ensure You Get Everything Packed in Time

    Moving is done best when you have the time to plan it out and organize yourself. However, if this isn’t possible, then you can always make use of these helpful tips to ensure that your quick move is as efficient as possible

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A Guide to Moving to a New Province—Checklist Included

If you’re a seasoned mover who has hopped from place to place in your life, then you probably already have it down to a science. But you also know that a simple move across town is completely different than trying to move all your belongings out of one province and into another. Here are a few tips for those considering such a move and a handy checklist that will help you keep things organized without losing your sanity.

What Costs Will You Be Looking at To Move to a New Province?

Before you make your move, you need to consider if the new province you are moving into is within your budget. Some provinces have higher expenses than others. Vancouver, for instance, has a higher rate than cities in Quebec or British Columbia

When you’re moving, there are three main areas that you want to focus on:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Living Expenses

With these three, you should understand there is a connection between all of them. For instance, if you want to live close to work or shops, you’re going to pay more for your housing than you would if you lived far out in the suburbs or a less trendy neighborhood. 

The trade-off here is that you may not need a car because you can take public transit to get to your work or to do shopping. But if you live far out and pay less for a house or apartment, then you’re going to pay more for transportation. 

Sometimes they are not an even swap, so look at the expenses for your province and budget accordingly. The same is true with monthly living expenses. Research what you expect to pay for food, gas, utilities, and taxes in your new province before you make the leap.

What Should You Take Care of Before You Move?

There are several different groups and people you need to talk with before you make the big move. Be sure that you consider the following:

  • School — First, if you’re a parent, talk with your child’s school. There may be paperwork you need to fill out to transfer your child to their new school.
  • Utilities — Make sure you have the utilities cut off in your old apartment or home and set up for your new location. This may require paying new deposits, but it’s important to get this set up. While you’re at it, don’t forget to transfer your Internet and cable TV service so you’ll have it ready when you arrive in your new home.
  • Doctor — Talk to your doctor and see if they have any recommendations for a new physician where you are moving. Also, make sure to get your prescriptions taken care of so you don’t run out of medicine a few days into your new home.
  • Post Office — Turn in a change of address form so your mail doesn’t pile up at the old house. Also, inform all your creditors and any subscriptions about the new address to make sure your mail gets to you.

Who Can Help You with Your Move?

Here’s a quick checklist of resources you can use for getting information and transferring your services over to your new address:

 

If you’re moving to a new province, do your homework ahead of time and plan carefully for the move. You don’t want to be hit with unexpected expenditures nor do you want to be left out in the cold when it comes to your benefits and services.

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How to Estimate Your 2021 Moving Costs

 

If you’ve ever talked to a friend or family member and told them that you plan to move, chances are you’ve probably gotten A LOT of unsolicited advice. It seems that it’s a topic on which everyone has an opinion, even if it may not be wholly accurate. 

One of the things that we’ve found over the years is how little people know about how to properly budget for a move. It’s a little more complex than one might think and there are a lot of different factors that go into determining your total moving costs. 

Here are items you need to consider when you budget for your move:

  1. Estimate your “stuff” — The biggest determining factor for cost will be just how much you’re having moved. You can do this by hand if you want, going room by room and estimating how many boxes you think it will take for the small things. Then include how many large pieces (beds, washer, dryers, dressers, etc.) that you plan to move.  

A better move would be to use a moving cost calculator app that can help you estimate exactly how much you plan to move. Once you have an idea, talk with your professional movers about their rates. Some will charge by weight and others by the hour. Either way, the amount of “stuff” you plan to move will determine a large part of the cost.

2. Determine the time of year — Time is also a huge factor in moving costs. If you move in the spring or summer, you’ll be paying “prime” rates. However, if you can hold off your move until the fall or winter (usually from September to late February/early March), then the rates are greatly reduced. This is because more people want to move when the weather is nicer, and the demand causes the rates to go up.

3. And figure out the time of the week — The day of your move can also impact your cost. If you want to move on the weekend, you’ll probably see a slight increase because of a higher demand for professional movers and vans. But if you can take some time off from work in the middle of the week, you can save yourself a few dollars. (And those add up!)

4. Other factors — There are several other aspects that you should consider when budgeting your move. All of these will potentially impact the cost:

  • Distance from your old home to your new (especially if your new home is in another city or province).
  • If the movers have to take apart a bunch of furniture or other items, then this will add to the time it takes (and the total bill).
  • Optional add-ons such as additional insurance will raise the cost of your move.

Moving Costs Are as Unique as Each Move

In Canada, it’s hard to pin down an average cost for a move. A small apartment may only take as little as $750 while a large home can cost upwards of $2500. It’s important to talk with your movers, get a quote upfront, and look closely at your contract to help determine the budget for your move.

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Preparing and Packing Your Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

Most of us have gotten to be “old hands” at packing and getting things ready for the movers. But many people forget that not all of your belongings are inside of the house. Lots of folks have to scramble at the last minute to prepare their outdoor furniture and accessories because they simply forgot about them. 

Here are steps you can take for your next move to get your outdoor furniture ready for movers:

Table chair with blue umbrella in garden backyard

Examine All of Your Items 

One of the first things you want to do is to look over all of your outdoor furniture to find any damage. Because they’re exposed to the elements so much, many of these items tend to wear out faster than regular furniture. 

If a lawn chair is broken or a chair cushion has become mildewed, it’s best to toss it. If you don’t plan on throwing any of it out, make sure to take pictures of the items (especially of any worn spots). 

You may want to take pictures of your furniture before the move so you can feel confident when you unpack in your new home that all the furniture was packed with care and moved without any damage. 

Clean It  

Next, perform a deep cleaning on all of your outdoor furniture. If possible, throw your cushions and pillows into the washing machine to get rid of any traces of mold. 

Use soap and a good water sprayer/hose to clean off all of the furniture and larger items. As you do this, make sure you get rid of dirt and other trash that may have accumulated over time. 

Also, if you have furniture with hollow sections (such as tubing) make sure that you clear out any insects that may have decided to nest inside of them. You don’t want the movers picking up your outdoor chairs only to have a nest of wasps come flying out. 

Doing all of this not only keeps you and your movers safe, but it also means that you won’t be taking dirty items on the moving truck with you as these can get other items from inside the house dirty.

Break Down the Furniture (and other items too) 

If you’re paying professional movers according to how much space you use in the moving truck, you definitely want to pack everything as compactly as possible. For lawn furniture, take the items apart (as much as you can). To make it easier to reassemble the items later on, be sure to use heavy packing tape to tie them all together. 

Alternately, you can place everything (including the screws and bolts) into separate bags for easy assembly. Definitely don’t just throw it all together and hope it will make sense when you get to your new home. 

If you have a glass tabletop, wrap it in protective cushioning such as moving blankets. Lawn umbrellas should be closed and tied shut so that it doesn’t pop open in the truck. 

If you have lots of outdoor cushions and pillows (or other small items), you can save a lot of space with vacuum bags. Place the items inside of the bag and then use your vacuum cleaner to draw out the excess air. This makes it easier to stack the items up in the truck. 

Finally, if you have pool items (such as floats), pack these appropriately. Floats should be deflated, dried out, and then rolled up. (You can also use vacuum bags for this.) Pool chemicals should be packaged and properly labeled to prevent spills or leaks.

Outdoor Furniture Needs Special Care in Packing for a Move

If you’re hiring professional movers to pack up your items as well as move you, they should already be familiar with these tips and make the process smoother. But, if you are packing yourself so the pros can move you, then make sure to follow these so your move goes quickly.

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