June is National Safety Month and Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage would like to provide some timely reminders for practicing safety for Long Island movers throughout their move. We are dedicating this month to sharing tips and resources for safe moving. This week we would like to draw your attention to safety matters having to do with the packing.
Your home is about to be turned inside out. All the contents are moving and shifting as you prepare for loading day. With everything out of place, your surroundings become less familiar to you increasing the chances of an accident.
Please look over the following list of safety considerations for the packing process of your move:
- Lifting Boxes-If you are packing and moving boxes yourself, you should be able to comfortably lift the box according to your strength. Know your strength. For step by step lifting instructions, please check out this helpful slideshow on heavy lifting provided by the Mayo Clinic.
- Keep common passages clear-Hallways, doorways, steps, etc. should be kept clear of boxes, packing material and loose household items to avoid tripping and slipping in your home.
- Keep packing tools such as box cutters, knives, tape cutters and scissors out of reach of children and off the floor to protect your family and pets.
- Use heavy duty protective packing materials-To protect your belongings, be sure to use sturdy and strong boxes that will handle the weight of the contents. Also have padded wrapping materials such as bubble wrap to protect fragile items.
Of course, Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage would be happy to provide Long Island movers with our professional packing service. Give us a call and we will provide safe and secure packing. Also, you can read more packing tips on our site.
Let’s kick off National Safety Month with healthy and safe packing! We invite our Long Island movers to check back later this month for more moving safety tips.
We are in the green of summer and the busiest moving season. It is a perfect time for Long Island movers to consider making choices for a greener move. Long Island movers can lessen the impact that a move can have on the environment by following a few easy tips.
- Recycle-People often clean out and clear out what is no longer needed before a move. They often find items in the home that are no longer used or needed. We encourage you to recycle as much as possible rather than just throwing these things away. To find out what can be recycled in your area, we recommend earth911.org where you can find a recycle guide as well as a search tool for finding recycling in your zip code area. Plus, you can lower your move costs by moving fewer items that you really don’t need anyway.
- Donate-There are many organizations who would be willing to take things off of your hands and keep them out of the landfills. We recommend donationtown.org where you can find a charity that will pick up your donations for free.
- Boxes-You will need many boxes for packing up your things but they do not need to be brand new. Consider recycling boxes by using them again. There are several ways of doing this. Some stores give away boxes from shipments of goods. Sometimes you can find these boxes stacked in the front of a store free for the taking. If they are in good shape, sturdy and dry, they can be used. If you know you are moving in a few months, start collecting boxes and packing material from packages you receive in the mail and let your friends know you are collecting them as well. Even better-if you know a friend that has recently moved, ask for their boxes once they are finished with them. Bet they would be happy to have you take them off their hands. When you are finished with your boxes, be sure to recycle them or pass them along to another friend who will be moving. Another way to save on purchasing new cardboard is to use containers that you already own to pack things in. You can also rent heavy duty plastic tubs. Check with your Long Island moving company-Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage for green saving packing ideas and resources.
- Packing materials-Consider using items around the house for packing your belongings instead of purchasing bubble wrap, packing peanuts and other new packing material. You can use towels, blankets, pillows, newspaper, junk mail, used office paper, shredded paper, plastic bags, brown grocery bags and many other items you regularly have around the house. You will help with the environmental impact and save money too. Ask us for advice – we can offer information about safe and green packing materials, as well as money savings tips.
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage hopes that we have inspired our Long Island movers to consider a greener move. There are countless sources and ideas on-line for reducing waste and the environmental impact of your move. We hope this just gets the ball rolling with your thinking and choices surrounding your move.
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!
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!
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!
Tis the season. Thieves are looking for homes to hit. There are times when your home is more vulnerable to theft. Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage wants our Long Island movers to be on the lookout and protect their homes throughout their move process.
There have been unfortunate news stories around the country of thieves pulling vans up to homes with sold signs and clearing them out when the owners are not at home. Neighbors will not notice that something is off unless they are informed. To an uninformed neighbor, it might just look like your moving out day but could actually be a thief getting away with the contents of your home. Protect yourself. Once your home sells, please inform your neighbors of your move date. Give them your cell phone number so that if they notice anything suspicious ahead of that date, they can contact you and let you know what is going on.
Another vulnerable time for your home is if you have to move out before it sells or after it sells but before settlement day. Even if you have taken all of your personal belongings with you, thieves may target your empty house for appliances, fixtures and even copper piping. Again, having at least 1 or 2 neighbors who can keep an eye on your property can make all the difference in protecting your property from theft and vandalism. If you have home security, continuing paying for monitoring until closing. It is also a good idea to contact your local police department as well so that when they do their regular rounds in your neighborhood, they can keep an extra eye on your property.
If you are having construction done on the home after you move out to prepare it for sale or as a contingency of sale, make sure your neighbors are informed about when contractors will be there and the companies they represent. They can always give you a call if they are not sure about someone who is “working” in your home.
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage wants our Long Island movers informed and protected from theft during the move process. Chances are you will have nothing to worry about and that is what we hope for you. Be safe and be proactive against theft. Good luck throughout your move and remember we are here for all of your moving and storage needs.
As we wrap up our 2014 business year, Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage would like to wish our Long Island movers a safe and happy new year. Thank you for being part of our year, and we look forward to continuing to serve the Long Island area with our moving and storage services in 2015!
Best wishes ringing in the New Year!
Charles Wood & Son Moving and Storage
With the new year in full swing, it’s easy to get bogged down with the January blues and boredom. But there is plenty to do for Long Island movers who will be relocating in the upcoming months. Winter is a great time for evaluating what you have, organizing, and purging to prepare for a spring move in Long Island. The quiet darker days of winter are perfect for an inventory of our possessions. Take advantage of this time this January to get ahead on your future move preparations.
See what you can clear out of your house from the holiday season. Sift through that attic. Go through each room and see what you can get rid of or consolidate. You can even begin to pack up the things you know you will not be using before your move. Check out the packing tips we provide for our Long Island movers.
Getting the whole family involved is a fun way to get rid of unwanted clutter. It can be a great opportunity to teach your children about sorting and purging as you help them sort through their own closets and drawers. Treat everyone to some hot cocoa or popcorn and movie at the end of the busy inventory day to celebrate your accomplishments! Come spring, you will be ready to box up and move out without a hassle, all while saving money because you won’t be paying to move things you no longer need or want. Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage is always here to help with tips for moving and all of your Long Island moving and storage needs. Good Luck!