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How To Ship a Dining Room Set

Posted on Wed, Jun 06, 2018

How To Ship a Dining Room Set

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Moving Furniture is a Daunting Task

It's funny how your perfectly scaled furniture turns into Jurassic Park when you're facing a move. The nicely proportioned sideboard fits beautifully between the windows in your dining room and the mirror above it is sublime, but when you start thinking of actually moving things out and onto a truck and then into a new house, it gets overwhelming fast. 

The thought of how to ship a dining room set can be the most daunting, since you've got several large pieces, chairs, and the accompanying china and crystal to consider. If you're moving locally, your things will be blanket wrapped for moving; if it's a longer distance, then they can be either blanket wrapped and move with a traditional moving truck or wrapped and put on a pallet and shipped via freight.  The only items that may need to be crated  are glass or marble top tables or sculptures.

What's The Best Way To Ship a Dining Room Set?

Most modern large furniture is built to come apart. If you are moving yourself and space is at a premium, look underneath the table and you'll probably see where the legs detach. Same thing for a hutch or secretary or corner cupboard--they're really two pieces, and will be taken apart to wrap and move. It's not a bad idea to keep Ziploc bags handy for the hardware--the last thing you need is to lose the screws for the table legs.

If your table has a marble or glass top, that will be removed and wrapped in bubble wrap before putting them inside a custom built box or crate.  Mirrors can be blanket wrapped and if you have a chandelier, you may want to hang it inside of a custom built box.

One of the reasons you'll want the moving company to move you is because they have experience moving valuable items. If you tell them you have eight dining chairs and they assume they're all wood side chairs, imagine the surprise when they get to your house and find eight large upholstered armchairs that take up as much room on the truck as the rest of your dining room. Give the movers a true list of the items that you need moved, or show them everything when they come out to give you an estimate.

Obviously you'll clear out the china cabinet, sideboard, and silver chest so those fragile and valuable things can be individually wrapped and packed.  If you are packing yourself, mark the boxes as fragile and do not over pack these boxes.  You can also ask your mover to come out a day ahead of the move and professionally pack your valuable belongings.

Contact Pack n Send For Help

If you're planning a move, give us a call at Pack-n-Send. We've been shipping households across Houston and around the world since 1981.

 

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Tags: Shipping Furniture, Houston Shipping, furniture shipping, Houston Moving Company

Logistics for Moving Your Office

Posted on Fri, May 25, 2018

Logistics for Moving Your Office

business moving an office

When it comes time to move an office from one location to another, there are a lot of logistics to think about. Where is the best place for movers to get in and out? How will expensive electronics be moved?

This blog post will highlight how to set up an office move and some of the logistics you and your team will need to work out before an office moving day so everything runs smoothly.

Planning the move

Some buildings may require movers to show a Certificate of Insurance before they can even enter the building. Check with your landlord and see what their requirements are for an office move.

Location for the Pick-Up

While a lot of your furniture maybe have been assembled in-office, it would certainly be simpler if it could be moved out without having to be disassembled. Plot the best routes for movers to use—whether than includes stairwells, service elevators, the back door, etc. Perhaps there is a specific loading dock that would be best for movers to pull up to.

Ready Your Employees

Create an office move checklist for each of your employees to handle prior to the move. Things to include would be packing up personal items, unplugging electronics, and returning any borrowed furniture to its original location. For a bigger picture office move checklist, see this article from lawyer Hughes Marino.

Moving an Office? Pack n Send Can Help!

If you have an office move in the near future of your business—whether you are moving a single desk or 300 employees—Pack n Send can help! Contact us today for more information about office moves.

 

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Tags: Moving Houston, Office Moving, Houston Moving Company, Relocating an Office

How to Plan Your Summer Move

Posted on Wed, May 23, 2018

How to Plan Your Summer Move

family in Houston undergoing a summer move

Summer is a great and popular time to move! Home prices are generally at a high in the summer, which is great for sellers. Kids are out of school, and many year-round activities and sports take a break over the summer. And, of course, many families want to get a move in during the summer so they can start their children at a new school in the fall. So if you have a summer move planned, we want to give you some helpful pointers, including how to find the right packing and unpacking services.

Hire Movers For Your Summer Move

This isn't always an option for everyone, but if you have an established family, lots of heavy or expensive items, or aren't able to do a move yourself, hiring a company that can pack and unpack your home is the best option.

An article from Angie's List explains why there are so many reasons to hire professional movers. Some of the most important reasons are that professionals know how to move your fragile and valuable items. 

Create a List of Details

There are so many small things to take care of when you move that making a list will prove to be a huge help in making sure you complete everything. Make sure to cancel all of your bills for your moving date like utilities and cable/phone services. For other important mail, change your mailing address online. You can check out this link from the USPS on changing your address and forwarding mail to your new address. Don't forget to set up utilities and services for your new home as well!

Get Settled in Your New Hometown

Like we said, summer is a great time to move because you have plenty of time to settle in before the school year starts. If you are moving a family, check out local activities for your kids to join in the fall. Even if you don't have a family, make sure you investigate some local activities for yourself, too!

Contact Pack n Send For Help With Your Summer Move!

If you need help with a summer move in Houston, please contact us today at Pack n Send. We can help with all your packing and unpacking needs and of course your move!

 

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Tags: furniture moving, cross country moving company, Moving Houston, Houston Moving Company

Moving a Kitchen Set to Your New Home

Posted on Sun, May 13, 2018

Moving a Kitchen Set to Your New Home

packing and moving a kitchen set

When people move to a new home, often one of the most important things they look for is the right kitchen. Does it have enough counter space? Cabinet space?   Does it have the right amount of space for your kitchen table that you love if you are moving a kitchen set? Or on the other hand, some people use moving as an excuse to get that kitchen set they have been wanting for years!

Choosing the Right Kitchen Set

Formal or Casual?

Finding the right kitchen set for your space requires thinking about a few different factors. The first is the space in your kitchen or dining room. For some people, a formal dining room is a vital part of a home search. For others, they are more comfortable with a more casual dining space in the kitchen. Choosing a kitchen set depends on the dimensions of those spaces and also if you are looking for a more formal dining room set or a more casual kitchen table and chairs. 

How Many People?

Another consideration is how many people you want to seat. How large is your family and how many people are you looking to entertain? You can get anywhere from a breakfast nook type table with two chairs to a dining table that seats up to 10 people. Or you can cram in even more people—especially kids—if you get a farmhouse style table with benches in lieu of chairs. 

What's The Price?

Of course, something else to consider is the price point. With the prevalence of online retailers, you can find great deals from companies like Overstock or Wayfair. You can also search for deals on Craigslist or at an estate sale. And if you want something high end, there are plenty of brick-and-mortar and online retailers where you can choose the kitchen table of your dreams and select add-ons like china hutches, pie cabinets, and more.

Moving a Kitchen Set? Contact Pack n Send Today!

If you need help moving your kitchen table, Pack n Send can help! For more information, contact us today at Pack n Send.

 

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Tips to Make Moving into Assisted Living Exciting and Successful

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2018

Tips to Make Moving into Assisted Living Exciting and Successful

seniors moving into assisted living home

Packing up almost a lifetime of memories and relocating to an assisted living home is a big step. As with any move, comes the second-guessing as to whether the right decision is being made and what to take and what to leave behind. So, the least of your concerns should be the actual packing and moving your treasured belongings. Those tasks should be the responsibility of the highly-skilled and trained moving professionals. Here are a few tips to help you plan a successful and stress-free move to your new assisted living home.

Be Enthused about Your Fresh Start

Visit your new home frequently and get excited about decorating and becoming part of a new community. During these trips take time to visualize where your treasured belongings will go and socialize with your soon to be new neighbors. Take note of the amount of assisted living space available to you, this is a clear indicator of what to bring to fill your home.

Create a Priority Checklist

Create a list of tasks to complete before your move out date. Be sure to prioritize the list with most important tasks first. The list should include, notifying the utility companies about the need to discontinue service with them, getting family members on-board with the move, deciding on what to do with items that will be left behind. You can always ship your unneeded belongings to relatives throughout the country. Contact professional movers to establish a definite moving date.

Stay Motivated/Get Organized/Downsize

Stay motivated and positive, when it is all over you will be able to sit back with friends and family and relax. Get organized and prepared to let go of some of your belongings. This will probably be the most time consuming and difficult task of the moving process. Start downsizing by first letting things go you never use.  Check with family and friends to find out if they are interested in some of your belongings. Consider donating other items you can't give away. Being able to help others in need, somehow makes giving away possessions a bit easier. Some donation centers do offer pick up services. Be sure to contact the nearest location to you to find out if service is available.

Keep What Matters Most

Do plan to take sentimental items that have personal meaning to you. Some of these items might include photos, knick-knacks, awards, trophies, etc. Put important documents, jewelry, chinaware, and other valuables in containers which are easily identifiable to you. 

Call in the Professional Packers and Movers

After the big decisions about what to take and let go have been made, call in the pros to handle the packing and moving. No need to worry about finding boxes, packing breakables, or labeling them. The professionals have that all under control. They will safely pack and move everything you plan to take with you. You won't have to lift a finger, all your energy can be saved to socialize with your new neighbors and decorate your space.

Remember to arrange a moving date well-in-advance with the packing company. To find out more about making your next move stress-free and a success visit us.

 

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Tags: Senior Moving, Assisted Living Moving, Houston Moving Company, Moving into Assisted Living

Tips For Moving to Another City

Posted on Mon, May 07, 2018

Tips For Moving to Another City

family packing up and moving to another city

People move to another city for all kinds of reasons—for a job, to be closer to family or friends, because they're looking for a new opportunity, health, and more. But no matter what the cause for the move, there is definitely the potential for some stress along the way. That's why we compiled this checklist of things to do if you are moving to another city

Wait! Before You Leave...

  • Cancel of transfer your internet/cable/phone service to your new home.
  • Cancel your other city utilities and gas.
  • Turn off all air conditioning, fans, and heat.
  • Leave any keys and garage door openers on the kitchen counter.
  • Thoroughly clean the home or pay for a professional cleaning service. An example of a cleaning service that you can call in Houston is Maid in the Shade.
  • Check all cabinets, drawers, the attic, garage, closets, refrigerator, the stove, etc. for any last items left behind.
  • Schedule pick-up for all of your trash cans.
  • Turn off all light switches. 
  • Shut off all water, including water to hoses.

Who Are You Using to Help You Move?

Moving across the country is a big task. Some people decide to pack up their things and use their own vehicles to make the move. Others decide to hire a moving company to do their packing and moving. Whether you hire a moving company depends on your budget, your resources, your timeline, and your physical capability. If needed, a packing and shipping company can do all of the move for you!

First Steps Upon Arrival

When you get to your new hometown, you might stay in a hotel or rent an apartment for a few months while you look for a home and decide what area of town you want to live in. If you are looking for a realtor, you can find a real estate agent using this tool from realtor.com.


If you need help moving to another city, we would love to help here at Pack n Send. Please contact us today for more information!

 

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6 Smart Tips to Make Moving an Apartment Easy

Posted on Wed, May 02, 2018

6 Smart Tips to Make Moving an Apartment Easy

couple having fun while moving an apartment

Summer is the perfect time for moving an apartment! Ask any expert and they will probably tell you it is also the busiest time of year for professional movers. Moving is a strenuous task that requires a lot of planning in advance. So, if you are planning to relocate during the next few months, here are a few tips to make your transition a smooth one.

1) Decide on a Moving Date

Believe it or not, your moving date plays a great deal into a move. Make sure the date selected is available for professional movers as well as for friends or family members who will be helping. If possible, choose a date which falls on the least busy day of the week. Most people move around the beginning or end of the month, so try avoiding these times.

2) Start the Packing Process Early

Don't wait until the last minute to start your packing. Get started right away. Arrange for fragile items to be shipped by expert packers. The packers will ensure the safety and proper delivery of all your valuables. Professional packers are trained to secure all items with proper protective padding. Boxes are also labeled. Remember, for your own convenience pack an overnight bag with all your essential items. Any items that you will need to use first in the home are best packed in clear plastic containers and transported along with you.

3) Turn Power On/Off

Once you get your move-in date, phone your power company to arrange for services in your new apartment. Power can be changed over at your convenience. However, be sure your move date is a definite go before having it transferred.

4) Photograph Electronics

Take pictures of the wiring of your electronics. Taking pictures will help you hook your electronics back up properly once you are in your new location.

5) Take Photos or Video Old/New Location

After cleaning out your home, take photos or make a video of what you are leaving behind. Pictures or a recording video can help defend you against false claims of damages. Also, be sure to take pictures when moving into your new location as proof of the move in condition.

6) Don't Stress/Take Breaks

Don't over do it during your big move. Take time to relax and enjoy your new place. It is easy to become overwhelmed. You have nothing but time to decorate, unpack, and get your new home in your desired condition.


To find out more about how to make your apartment move a smooth and safe transition, please contact us today! We can move your belongings to you new apartment!

Tags: furniture moving, Houston Moving, Houston Shipping, Houston Moving Company

Office Moving: How To Do It Right

Posted on Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Office Moving: How To Do It Right

company packing boxes and relocating an office

Relocating an office is a long and involved process, even for a small business. If not handled with due diligence, moving your office doesn't end when you're in the new building; everyone working there can spend weeks or months trying to find the things they need in an office where everything was shoved in with insufficient planning!

If you need to embark on a big office move, here is a brief overview of tasks necessary to smooth both the move itself and the adjustment to your new surroundings.

Tips For Relocating an Office

  • Find a commercial realtor to help find the new office. When you decide on one, don't forget to tell your building owner about your plans to vacate. Know how much lead time you have to give.
  • As early as possible, decide who will be in charge of the overall move - you or an employee. If your company is large enough to have separate departments, make sure each department has one person named to voice any move-related concerns they have.
  • Research moving companies, especially ones that have experience (or even specialize) in commercial moves. Every office has heavy furniture and fragile items, and even if yours has relatively few, it's more efficient to hire a professional packing and moving company to pack, move, and unpack your office. Reserve their services early.
  • If the move is far enough to affect commutes, make lists of which employees will stay with the company and which will leave.
  • Draw up a plan for how the items from the current office will fit in the new one. Make lists of what will need to be acquired for the new office and what can be discarded (preferably sold) from the old one. Make widely available floor plans detailing where employees can find people and equipment in the new office. De-clutter as much as you can.
  • If relevant, let other businesses in the building know when you plan to move in and work with them to smooth out any conflicts ahead of time.
  • Call the utility companies and make sure everything will be turned on. It's such an obvious thing that you can forget it with all the other tasks that need to be accomplished.
  • In the new office, connect your computers first, along with whatever routers, switches, and other IT equipment needs to be installed. Even if you have all the same equipment, there is never a guarantee everything will function correctly right away. By connecting your computers first, IT can discover and fix problems before your employees are ready to get back to work.

Contact Pack n Send With Your Office Relocation Needs!

Office moving is a major undertaking, and doing it well will save you months of future headaches. Have more questions about an office move? Contact us today.

 

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Summer Moving Tips from Houston Mover

Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2013

As a Houston Mover, we are getting calls about spring time moving. While parts of the country are ending winter, the summer move season is upon us. Whether you are moving within the city, out of state or are shipping via international freight, we are going to share a few moving tips.

If you don’t use an item or don’t need the item-donate it or give it away. Do not move an unneeded item. If you have not used an item during the past year, do not move it.

 Make a list of the items you will need the 1st few days after your move. Make a list of the items you want to take with you.  Moving time is a good time to donate unused items. Ask for a donation receipt.

 Start to plan your move at least 6 weeks ahead of time.

Decide ahead of time if you will need to rent a storage unit. Empty out your storage unit at the time of your move.  

Separate out the items that you want taken to a storage unit.  Now is a good time to empty out your storage unit. 

There may be items that you don't use or need anymore. Maybe you do not have enough space in your new residence, or you are moving to a temporary residence.  If you cannot empty out your storage unit, you may want to take the items that you cannot put in your new residence to the storage unit.

 Make a list before you move of the items that you want to put into storage and the items that you want to retrieve from storage. Moving is the best time to sort out needed and unneeded items. List the items you are going to move. This helps plan out the moving supplies that you will need to have on hand.

Have a tape measure or ruler handy to pre measure items you are moving. Measure items before you purchase your moving boxes. Identify which items will need special packing materials for the move. Examples are lamps and china. Measure your delicate and fragile items. Take these measurements with you when you go shopping for packing supplies.

Look for free or inexpensive moving boxes. Check out your grocery store or locally owned shipping store. If you ask a grocery store manager to save boxes for you, find out the day when the most boxes are received. Free grocery store boxes tend to be large.  Only pack the amount you can easily move from room to room.

When packing dishes, use blank newsprint paper.  Don’t use old newspapers. The print can come off on your valuable items. When packing your plates, stand your plates on their edge as opposed to laying them flat.

Need your papers moved in an orderly fashion? Place your documents in file boxes. Organize your moving scissors, tape, box cutter and markers all in one container. Move it with you from room to room as you pack.

Moving clothes from your closet? Purchase wardrobe boxes. This way you can hang your clothes during your move. Wardrobe boxes let you hang your clothes during your move.

Prepackaged moving and packing kits are usually more expensive than purchasing boxes and materials separately. When buying supplies for moving, remember to buy a roll of bubble wrap for fragile items. You may need to purchase double wall boxes for your heavier items. Purchase a tape gun. Ask the clerk to show you how to use it. It will save you time when you tape up your boxes.  Place packing peanuts as a cushion around your delicate items.

While the moving tips listed above can be used for interstate and intrastate move, some of these tips also apply to international freight shipping both from Houston and the rest of the country.

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