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Tips for Moving into Assisted Living

Posted on Fri, Mar 28, 2014

Tips for Moving into Assisted Living in Houston or Anywhere in the World

Change is difficult. If you or a loved one will be moving into assisted living in Houston you probably have a lot of things you are thinking about. These moving tips will help ease your relocation into assisted living.

How Much Can You Bring

How much you can bring with you depends on the size living space you will have. It is recommended that you ask to see the specific room/apartment you will be living in. Take measurements and bring them home with you. Using a computer or a piece of paper (graph paper works well) create a scaled layout of your new residence. Now you can measure the furniture you would like to bring with you and see if and where it will fit. You will also want to ask what furniture is provided with the room.
Don't overlook storage space. Measure any closet space you will have in your new residence so you can determine how many clothes, shoes and other items you will be able to bring with you.

What Should You Bring

In addition to the necessities such as clothes and toiletries, you will want to bring photos and other special mementos. Consider bringing pictures and artwork that you can hang up to decorate your walls. This will help make your new place feel like home. It will also give you something to talk about with the other residents and the staff who will be interested in getting to know you.
If you have a favorite pet you need to check the policy for the place you are moving to. Different assisted living facilities have different rules. Some allow small cats and dogs and others don't.

What Should You Do With Everything Else

You will likely find some items you no longer want or need and can donate to charity. Check for local charities that will pick up donations so you don't have to worry about transporting them to the charity.
For items you aren't ready to part with but don't want to move with you consider renting a storage unit. Another option is asking a family member to store them for you. After you have settled into your new living arrangement you can decide if you want to move additional items.
For items that are special to you but not going to work in your new place consider giving them to friends and family members. Don't hesitate to ship a special item to a grandchild in another state or a friend across town. When they use the piece of furniture they will think fondly of you.

If you have questions about moving into an Assisted Living residence please feel free to contact us. We can help determine what will fit in the new place and are also happy to move special items that won't fit to friends and relatives anywhere in the world.


Tags: Small Move

Tips for Sending Furniture - For a Small Move, or a Large Move

Posted on Wed, Jan 29, 2014

Unlike linens and trendy accessories, people don't purchase new furniture every year--it becomes a part of daily family life. Some treasured furniture pieces are shared from generation to generation. When a move is necessary, you wouldn't think of leaving the furniture behind. If you have a move planned, you can send furniture without worry by using a few professional moving tips. If you plan to move your furniture out of town, you may want to consider using cross country movers or even moving your furniture via freight.

If you are moving yourself, we have a few handy suggestions.

Plan, plan, plan! Before you send the first item you'll have to think about the logistics. Measure your furniture, at least the large pieces and compare these to the doorways of your current home and your future residence.
You can take some furniture apart to save on space in the van if you are moving it yourself.  For example, a futon that slides into a bed often has screws and a lift bar. Take the furniture apart, put the screws and disassembled items into a zippered storage bag. Label each bag with a permanent marker. That will make reassembly a lot easier.

Have furniture tools handy. If you plan on packing and loading furniture yourself, you'll need some tools like a hand truck or a dolly. Your favorite dresser may weight quite a bit. Move items, from point A and B easier with some moving tools. You may also need moving pads and blankets. Sometimes it's easier to slide a piece of furniture than to actually lift and carry it.

Plan realistically. When moving an entire household of furniture, it may take more than an afternoon to prepare the furniture for moving. Have a realistic plan and enlist reliable help when needed.
Pad and protect each item.  Moving multiple pieces? Moving blankets make an excellent protective barrier between items that need to be moved. Plan ahead for shifting, which often occurs during moves. Take the time to wrap each piece with a blanket, bubble wrap or some type of padding.
Moving furniture can seem like a daunting task.  Whether you are moving yourself in the city and need advice, or are planning a cross country or international move, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston for moving advice.

Tags: Small Move, Move

You Need Small Movers, Even When You Think You Don't

Posted on Thu, Sep 19, 2013

 When you are moving a small amount of furniture, it might seem easy at first glance. You think to yourself, "I'll just load up the car or rent a larger mini-van and that will be all I need." However, this plan almost always turns out badly for several reasons:

  • You have more stuff than you think.
  • You rarely organize beforehand, because you think it
         will be easy.
  • You have to live in a disorganized manner for several
         weeks or more to follow and
  • You wind up spending random money on things like
         storage or even last-minute moving help

However, most people only do this one time. Either they make sure in the future
to absolutely, only have a car or small mini-van full of stuff to move, or they
wisely plan and hire help beforehand for the next time. If you're really wise,
you won't put yourself through this misery even once. A small move is still a
move, and you can make your move a headache or a breeze. The choice is up to

Making Your Small Move a Breeze

Basically, the key is to treat your small move like a larger move. However, when you take the same steps, the process will move quickly because you have less stuff. There are four simple
steps: Planning and Packing, Clearing Out, Creature Comforts and Review.

Planning and Packing - Planning entails both setting aside and a little packing. You can do the planning yourself or hire a company to help you.

Basically, in the planning phase, you decide what the most special and delicate items are and make sure that they are packed properly by you, or you hire a professional packing company to pack them for you.

During this time, you should also set aside bags of items that you will need right away after moving like toiletries, kids toys, a few outfits for you and your family, and perishable foods.
Once you do the setting aside, either you can do the packing yourself or hire a moving company to do that for you.

Clearing Out - Clearing out is an important way to make your small move easy. Basically, you just get rid of everything that's going to get in your way or the mover's way during the move. This step can include, removing potted plants, floor mats, low hanging decorations and tree branches if necessary, opening door locks, propping doors open, clearing cords out of the way, making sure all walkways are clear of outdoor toys and yard machines and making sure that everyone involved will have a place to park. Dump all trash and create large, empty trash bags for moving trash only.

Creature Comforts - It's always a good idea to have water for yourself and the movers available.  

Review - After you're moved out, make a final sweep of the place and make sure everything is gone.

  We know what it takes to make your small move simple and headache free. If you have any
questions about moving a small amount of furniture, please feel free to contact us here at pack n send.


Tags: Small Move, Moving a Small Amount of Furniture

Need a small move? Contact a Houston shipping company for advice.

Posted on Wed, Apr 18, 2012

There are businesses that can offer a small move for you using various means.

 If you need to ship a small amount of furniture, or if you need help shipping servers, you are looking at either a blanket wrap small move, or freighting your furniture and servers.

 Ok, so you have a large piece of antique furniture that you are shipping; just one piece of furniture, again you can look at the blanket wrap or furniture freighting options. Why not ask for a custom crate to be built? 

  A  custom crate builder can be found in Houston and many large cities.  If you do not have a custom crater near where you live, one of the major Home Improvement stores may be able to recommend a crate builder near you.

 We recommend using a reusable wood crate.  This way, if you ever want to freight or move the antique to another location, you are ready to go. 

When do you use a blanket wrap move, verses furniture freighting? For  the lower 48, you should always compare  the prices for both options. For shipments to Alaska and Hawaii, furniture freighting will usually be your best option. 

  Either way, you can ship high value items.  For marble shipping, we recommend building  a custom crate even when  using a blanket wrap mover.

 If you have any questions about shipping, please feel free to call pack n send at 713 266 1450.


Tags: Shipping Servers, Small Move

Small Move Information-Watch a video about Freighting Furniture

Posted on Mon, Mar 26, 2012

When describing to our customers exactly what a “small move” is, it is best to discuss the difference between a small move and a large move.

 In the shipping industry we usually talk about a few pieces of furniture being a small move.  When you are moving from city to city and only want to take a few pieces of furniture and some boxes with you, this is considered a small move.

 There are a few ways to accomplish this move.  You can hire a traditional blanket wrap mover who will charge you based on the mileage, the value and the amount of space that your items will take up in the truck.

 Or you can look for a company that can freight your furniture. The company you choose should wrap your furniture, place it on a pallet, and secure the furniture to the pallet.

 The furniture should be surrounded by protection on the outside of the pallet.  Our website has a video that you can view to see exactly how a pallet should be built and protected. Our video can be found at  See the recent videos on the bottom left of the home page.

 When you freight furniture,  the pallet is delivered to your curb and you are responsible for unloading the pallet.  This is a great option for locations that are a little off the beaten path.

 For more information about a small move, please feel free to call pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Tags: Small Move Houston, Small Move

Houston Shipper notes Small Move Alternatives

Posted on Fri, Mar 16, 2012

As gas prices are rising, it is a good idea to look at alternative ways to move homes, offices and various items.

If you plan on moving out of the city and do not have an entire truck load of furniture or boxes, why not look at freighting your furniture?

 While not every company offers this option, it is a sound way to move valuable items.  For a few pieces of furniture, they may be loaded onto a standard size pallet.

 For larger items, look for a company that can build a custom platform and wrap and load your furniture onto the platform. You want to make sure that the company has experience protecting the furniture as they place it on the pallet.  We recommend using non- see through stretch wrap so that no one can see the items that you are shipping.

 The only downside to furniture freighting is that the pallet or platform is delivered to your curbside, and you are responsible for unloading.  Our opinion is that if you are saving money and able to handle the unloading, it is a great alternative.

 Some companies can also offer small load blanket wrap moves, with no minimum amount of weight, furniture or money spent.

 We recommend that you find a company that can offer both options so that you can analyze the best move for your situation.

 For more information about  “ a small move”  please fell free to contact pack n send inHouston at 713 266 1450.


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Tags: furniture freighting, Small Move, Small Movers

Looking to do a small move?

Posted on Thu, Mar 08, 2012

When looking to move a few items, there are a few alternatives. 

You can hire a small load mover that has no minimum weight requirement, or you can look a company that can move your belongings via freight. 

When you use the freight alternative, your items are picked up, loaded onto a pallet and delivered to your curb. You save moving dollars this way by unloading your belongings and taking them inside your home or business on your own. 

We recommend locating a company that can offer both small load moves and a freighting alternative. That way, you as a consumer can analyze the best option for you. 

Companies that offer both services can ship freight anywhere in the world, and move items anywhere in the 48 lower states. 

They offer blanket wrap moves, where the pick up your belongings, blanket wrap the belongings and then deliver them inside your residence or business. 

Ask if the company has experience moving the following:

  • Antique dealers
  • Individuals
  • Interior decorators
  • Offices
  • Auction houses
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Estates
  • Nursing Homes
  • Furniture Stores
  • Businesses    

  Check and make sure that the company you choose has experience with high value, difficult to manage and large items.

 If you need more information on differentiating between a small move that is a blanket wrap move, and a furniture move via freight, please feel free to call pack n send at 713 266 1450.

Tags: Small Move Houston, Small Move

Planning a Small Move- Look for the the following items!

Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2012

 If you are looking for a small move, be it in state or out of state, there are a few things to look for. 

Look for a company that does not have a minimum weight requirement.

Look for a company that does not require a certain number of items to be moved.

Look for a company that offers full value coverage.

Look for a company that can offer blanket wrap service as well as freight service.

Look for a company that does not have a minimum dollar amount for their small moves.

Look for a company that continually handles and ships high value and fragile company.

Look for a company that can build their own custom crates.

Look for a company that can pack and unpack for you.

Look for a company that can build custom boxes to fit your personal belongings.

Look for a company that will let you pack your items on your own as a way to save you money.

Look for a company that ships for:

  • Antique dealers
  • Individuals
  • Interior decorators
  • Offices
  • Auction houses
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Estates
  • Nursing Homes
  • Furniture Stores

For help or questions with your small move, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Tags: Small Mover, Houston Mover, Small Move

Crater Houston offers Advice

Posted on Thu, Feb 09, 2012

  When seeking out a company to build a custom crate for you we would like to offer the following suggestions:

Ask for a list of the type of items the company has crated in the past.

Does the company you are looking at usually deal in high value fragile items?

Can they build reusable crates?

Can they crate both sculptures and medical equipment?

Do they offer full value coverage during shipping?

Do they offer pick up service for the item that is being crated?

How long has the current owner been building custom crates?

Do they offer to box or palletize something for you that may not necessarily need the expense of a crate?

Have they asked if the crate will be shipped domestically or internationally. Heat treated wood is needed for international shipping?

Are they willing to discuss any blocking and bracing of the item inside the crate?

Have the discussed the protective Styrofoam, wood, bubble or peanuts needed inside the crate to cushion the item you are shipping?

If the item can be shipped without a crate, but blanket wrapped on a moving truck, have they offered this option to you?

Are they willing to provide you with a quote up front, before they build the crate for you?

If you need more advice for selecting a custom crate builder, please do not hesitate to call us at pack n send at 713 266 1450.

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Tags: Small Move, Houston Crate, Crater Houston