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.
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!
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!
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!
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With a grand portion of the United States under weather-watch from a string of continuous snow storms, we thought we’d take the time to check in about winter home maintenance. Are you a future New York mover? Planning an upcoming move? A good way to make sure that your home is ready for market is to take inventory. We touched on this in the last article, concerning personal items, but it is also important to take inventory of the condition of your dwelling. Does anything need to be replaced or repaired in order to sell the house for its maximum value?
If there is a repair that needs to be done, an appliance replacement, or painting, winter is the time to get it sorted so that come market time, your home sticks out on the housing market as a great buy. Take some time this winter to walk around your home and property with a notepad and note repairs and touch-ups that need attention. Prepare your action plan for taking care of any noticeable issues. As a future New York mover, we thought you might find it helpful to read this great article on About.com-“Repairs Before Home Selling Return Rewards”. Click Here to read about the quick fixes that make all the difference in selling your home for top dollar.
Whether you fix the repairs on your own, find somebody to do it for you, or start putting a little money aside so that you can hire a company sometime soon, now is the time for an action plan. Come market time, your home will be a shining star. So get painting, caulking and touching up. It can really go a long way in terms of the value and appeal of your home.
Wishing you all the best this winter,
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage, your New York mover for all your moving & storage needs.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage! Are you planning to move in with your sweetheart? Maybe buying or renting your first place together? Soon to be married and planning your living space? The season of love is in the air, and we wanted to take this opportunity as your trusted New York moving company to give you a few of our favorite tips for decorating the rental home or apartment that you share with your partner.
• Take a walk through of your home, take a note pad, write down everything that you’d like to change in each room – what color scheme should this room be? Is the furniture arranged in the best way? What ways can we utilize this space better?
• Go shopping! If you’re on a tight budget, second hand shops and barn sales are great places to find unique décor for your home. Go test out your style!
• Do some research, look up DIY projects online and in books – there are so many projects that you and your partner can do together to make your space a special one.
It doesn’t matter if it’s only your first or second home! You and your beloved have taken the leap to move in together, and you want to make your space feel like it’s something to celebrate, like it’s something that you can share together and get excited about. But how do you renovate an apartment or house to make it feel like it’s your own? As your most reliable New York moving company, we like to keep our eyes open for home design ideas, and we have found an article that not only keeps things easy, but cheap! Check out this huffington post article, explaining 11 different ways to liven up your rental home. Of course, you can use these tips in your owned home as well.
If you’re new to sharing a home with somebody else, finding a style that matches both of your tastes can be a very exciting and fun time. Don’t let the daunting task of compromise stop you! Keep it light, keep it simple, and keep it fun and don’t forget the flowers and chocolates!
Best of luck!
Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage, your trusted New York Moving Company