Here it is again! Every mid- August the tide of students leaving home and moving to college begins. We are at the beginning of this season and it will take us into the beginning of September depending on college start dates. Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage has many years of experience as a Long Island Moving Company. We know this annual migration well and are here to help.
We have noticed over the years that there is usually a lot of mystery surrounding moving into a dorm for college freshmen. Most freshmen students do not get to see their actual room ahead of time. Colleges may provide a short list of things to bring to the dorm but without exact room and included furniture measurements, it is hard to know what you need or how much you can actually bring. Check your college’s website thoroughly for any and all information you can get about your dorm and building. Most sites provide lists of what you can and cannot bring. We suggest you try to find out the following things:
• Does the desk provided have a built in lamp?
• How far off the ground is your dorm bed and can the height of the bed be adjusted to fit more underneath?
• If you have a wardrobe space, is there a full-length mirror on the door?
• What are the policies for hanging things on the walls?
• Dimensions of the room and furniture
Typically it is not necessary to hire a Long Island moving company to move freshmen to a college dorms as they really just can’t bring that much with them. A typical trap as you browse the fabulous displays in stores that are filled with all kinds of snazzy fun college living things, is to overbuy just to find out when you get there, that you don’t have room for everything that you bought. Once you see your dorm, you will understand more about your living situation. If you find you could really use something that you did not bring, you can easily order it on-line and have it delivered directly to your dorm.
It is a great idea to get in touch with your roommate(s) and see what they might be bringing. You may find that several things you were both planning to bring can be shared such as a small refrigerator or a TV. It will save space if you are not doubling up on the same items.
Make sure you bring a few of your creature comforts from home-photos, a favorite throw, a supply of your favorite snacks, etc. Your dorm room and building will be your home away from home, so bring a little bit of home with you to help you feel at home.
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage wish all our college freshmen a successful and happy first year at college! We are the Long Island moving company you can turn to for everything moving!
Welcome back to your Long Island moving company moving tips blog! Last time Charles Wood and Son Moving & Storage provided our local college freshmen with tips for moving into their dorm. This week we consider students moving back to college to live off-campus.
Students decide to move off-campus for any number of reasons. Popular reasons are to save money and take the next step toward living more independently as young adults. Whatever the reasons, parents will most likely have concerns and questions. We suggest this article on College Parents of America-Should My College Student Live Off-Campus? The whole site is a fabulous resource covering a myriad of topics for parents of college students.
So here you are in August ready to move off-campus. Off-campus housing brings unique moving needs and can be more complicated than moving into a dorm. There are so many different factors involved depending on the type of housing you choose. Are you moving into an apartment or house? First floor or higher? Are you renting the space furnished or will you need to furnish it? Whether it is furnished or not, you will certainly be bringing more along with you than you could bring to a dorm. Will you need to hire a Long Island Moving Company?
Most college moves are fairly easily handled without hiring movers. Usually a few friends and small truck will suffice. If you are moving yourself, be sure to check out our packing tips for information on packing supplies and packing methods.
If your off-campus move involves more than you want to handle on your own, Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage is the Long Island Moving Company with affordable small move solutions. Contact us for information about handling your college move. There are a number of ways we can help. Have a wonderful year in your new college town dwelling and Good Luck!
Well what do you know? September is National Piano Month as celebrated by The National Piano Foundation. The piano has been around for over 300 years. It is indeed a beautiful instrument and also one of the largest and heaviest of instruments. The words large and heavy always grab our attention at Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage because when it comes to moving, large and heavy items are the reasons you should hire a Long Island mover.
Ideally, if you own a beautiful piano and enjoy it, you will want to move it with you wherever you go and certainly a Long Island mover can help with that. But what if you no longer want a piano that has been taking up space or hidden in the basement? What can you do with it to avoid the cost of moving an unwanted piano to your new home?
Of course selling it is always an option but that will depend on the condition of the piano. If in good condition, you could list it in the classified section of the newspaper or on Craig’s list. If it is in ok condition, you could even list it as “Free” with pick-up. A free piano might appeal to a family with young children just starting piano lessons. You might also consider listing your free piano on pianoadoption.com. This is a great source for finding someone that may want to adopt your piano. You create a listing on the site by state with information and a photo of your piano. Someone just might want to give it a good home.
If you would like to donate your piano to a qualified non-profit organization, you could possibly get a tax deduction for the value of the piano as well as your costs to move it. For more information on donating your piano, check out Pianofinders.com
For the Long Island mover who happens to be crafty or artistic and may want to keep an unused piano that has sentimental value, we got a kick out of this article-26 DIY Inventive Ideas how to Repurpose Old Pianos. Here are some brilliant and fun ideas to consider or perhaps the article may spark a creative idea of your own.
Maybe your children took lessons on your piano, but they are grown and it sits alone in silence. According to The National Piano Foundation, the fastest growing group of aspiring pianists in the U.S. today is not children, but adults aged 25-75+ years. It is never too late to learn. Maybe you decide to move that piano along with you after-all so you can explore a whole new learning experience with music.
If you definitely have a piano to move, Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage is your Long Island mover with the experience needed to carefully move your piano and deliver it safely to your new home. And certainly if you can play it, we wouldn’t mind being treated to a song or two while we finish our work!
September is National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US Department of Homeland Security. The month serves to educate Americans on how to prepare for all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and possible terrorist attacks. Whether you are Long Island movers about to move or have moved recently, Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage wants to bring National Preparedness information to your front door.
Moving to a new area will present many unknowns that will be understood in time as you settle in and adjust. At Charles Wood, we think understanding the risk of certain disasters occurring in your new community is one unknown Long Island movers will want to understand before or shortly after a move so that you can be prepared as soon as possible.
We encourage Long Island movers to join us for this eleventh annual National Preparedness Month by knowing the risks for disasters in your new area and preparing for them. We have compiled this list of informative internet articles to educate our Long Island movers and help them take the steps necessary to be prepared. We hope you take some time to read over the many resources for protecting yourself, your family and your home in case of an emergency.
Stay informed and be prepared in case of a disaster. National Preparedness Month reminds us to and shows us how. Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage wish all of our Long Island movers the very best in your new homes and communites!
It is National Truck Driver’s Appreciating Week and Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage would like to honor this week by saying thank you to our Long Island moving company drivers. Our drivers work tirelessly to ensure that your goods are delivered safely and on time. They are dedicated with a work ethic second to none and we are proud of their safety record.
National Truck Driver’s Appreciation Week began in 1988 by the American Trucking Associations. This year it is celebrated from September 14-20. It is a week where Americans recognize and honor professional truck drivers for their hard work in delivering just about everything we need and use. According to America Trucking Associations, there are 3.2 million professional truck drivers driving 400 billion miles a year all while keeping our highways safe in the process.
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage say THANK YOU to our Long Island moving company drivers! We appreciate all that you do to ensure a smooth move for our customers. Nothing moves without you.
Why not thank your Long Island moving company driver this week and while you are at it, wherever you are, give a wave and a word of thanks to all the drivers you see about delivering America’s goods. The smiles you share will go a long long way.
Happy Autumn! It is a great time of year to take stock of what we have. It may be time to put away the lawn furniture and lawn ornaments. A time to change the clothes in our closets to reflect the cooler temperatures. Certainly it is a time for change.
Is storage space limited at home? Could you use more storage space to protect and secure your seasonal items? Choosing a Long Island storage facility to help unclutter your home and yard from season to season might be just what you need. Here are some examples of seasonal household items that might benefit from a safe professional storage space:
• Lawn furniture
• Empty planters
• Summer clothing and shoes
• Summer toys and backyard games
• Pool floats
• Beach chairs and umbrellas
• Camping equipment
• Boating equipment
And thinking ahead, professional Long Island storage may be just what you need to store your holiday decorations each season as well as your winter items-clothes, sleds, winter toys, etc.
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage can provide short-term Long Island storage for your seasonal items. Protect your seasonal items from the elements by placing them in a clean, dry storage space in our secure facility as well as provide you with more usable space at home. Call us today for a quote or for more information.
October is National Crime Prevention Week. Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council has designated October as the month to promote awareness and education surrounding crime prevention. Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage would like to take this opportunity to discuss this topic with our recent Long Island movers. Being aware and proactive is your best defense against crime.
Moving to a new area is a huge undertaking and probably the busiest time of your life. It can be all too easy to put off thinking about all kinds of things that have to do with your new home as you tackle the tasks in front of you. Recent Long Island movers certainly have plenty to do. October is here and speaking loud and clear about National Crime Prevention. We hope you are listening.
It is important after moving to take the time to know your home, surroundings, your neighbors and the resources available to you about safety in your unique community. Certainly home security merits your immediate attention. We suggest our recent Long Island movers use this Checklist for Home Security provided by the National Crime Prevention Council. When your mind is flooded with post moving details, this is a really simple way to organize and stay on top of home security in your new residence.
After you have seen to home security issues, you will want to turn your attention to your community. Perhaps October is a great time to visit your new local police department to inquire about Crime Prevention events in your town and gather information about safety issues and concerns in your new community. If you have school age children, schools often acknowledge Crime Prevention Week with activities at school and/or delivering communications about community events. There may be opportunities to volunteer and get involved in community safety activities and events and what a great way to meet new people and feel a strong part of your new community. Check out this list of articles provided by the National Crime Prevention Council that are all related to Neighborhood Safety.
There are so many issues involved in crime prevention we want to be sure you are aware of them. We encourage our recent Long Island movers to connect with all the crime prevention programs offered through NCPC. Their entire site shares a wealth of information surrounding this important topic.
Charles Wood and Son Moving & Storage wish all of our recent Long Island movers a happy and safe new home experience. Celebrate National Crime Prevention Month along with us. Be safe!
Happy Halloween from Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage! It is the time of year for ghost stories, bats in the night, jack o’lanterns, and all things spooky and scary. All good and fun for Halloween, but if you are nearing the time for a move, we are sure that scary is the last thing you want from the experience of choosing a Long Island moving company.
Moving does not have to be scary at all. Sure all change comes with a bit of anxiety, but anxiety can usually be lessened when you do your research. Doing your homework will help you get closer to a stress-free moving experience. Any reputable Long Island moving company should have plenty of information on their website as well as connections to other sites that prove their trusted status in the moving industry. We suggest you look to answer the following questions in your search:
• Do they offer free and accurate on-site estimates?
• Are they an AMSA (American Moving and Storage Association) certified ProMover?
• Are they Better Business Bureau accredited?
• How long have they been in business?
• Will they manage your move from beginning to end?
• Are they recognized and involved in their community?
• Do they have good reviews?
• What other important affiliations do they have?
• And of course, do they offer the service you are looking for?
At Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage, we provide the answers to your questions, putting your mind at ease and helping you to feel confident in your choice in us. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We work hard to give you a happy ending to your moving story, not a scary one. Instead of tricks, you are left with the treat of having your goods delivered safely and in a timely manner.
Leave the Long Island moving company mysteries in the dark. Go with the company that has nothing to hide. Enjoy this spooky time of year for what it is really for-fun! BOO!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 is Veterans Day, a day we honor and thank all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Of course we honor and thank them every day but this is their nationally celebrated day. We are incredibly grateful for the sacrifices our veterans have made in service to our country.
Many businesses and organizations recognize our veterans and thank them with special offers. We found a great site that connects you too all the great offers Veterans can enjoy on this upcoming holiday. Check out the Veterans Day Guide to Offers-click Here. You can also find Veterans Day Resources as well as Military and Veterans discounts offered year round.
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage, Long Island moving company, likes to show year round appreciation for our Veterans of the armed forced by offering special services and rates on long distance moves especially for Veterans and active military personnel. Just give us a call and we can go over the details with you. It is our way to say that we appreciate you and thank you for serving our country.
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage would like to extend our gratitude and best wishes to our Long Island moving customers this Thanksgiving holiday. We appreciate your business and the trust you place in us time and time again to deliver and store your goods. It has been our pleasure to serve you.
Much of the country has been blanketed with snow over the last couple of weeks. Today the weather is at it again creating wide-spread delays and travel complications due to a large winter system in the northeast. We hope that if you and your family have to travel this week, that you arrive safe and sound.
From our family at Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!