Apr 15 2015

How to Pack More with Less: 3 Tips from Amber Moves

packing tipsWhat is it with relocation packing that always gets everyone down on their knees and frowning with fatigue? The answer is lack of know-how and expert tricks. This task is essential because you can’t move without having your belongings with you and you can’t achieve that if you don’t get up and do the work. It is challenging which is true but at the same time is pretty much doable and easier if you know how to do it right. A common concern with such task is the amount of boxes and supplies it will entail and the costs thereto. Would you believe us if we told you there’s a workaround on that? If you’re interested on learning how to pack more for less, these Amber Moves tips could be of great use help.

Use the right box sizes. – You have to know what your items are, how much there is and what kinds of container fit them best. There is no one size fits all here. Dishes for example need dish barrels while fragile pieces like oil paintings and antique need special housing as well. Moreover, you have to be wary about picking the box sizes. The rule of thumb is to have heavy pieces into smaller containers while light bulky ones in the bigger boxes. This makes them easier to carry around given their possible accumulated weight. If you buy the wrong pieces then you’d end up purchasing another batch and wasting all your money with that first attempt.

Land yourself some freebies. – You can also get free cartons for yourself or at least ones that are cheap and wallet friendly. Check from book stores, clothing boutiques, wine shops, school and office supply stores and your local library if they have some to spare. You’d often end up getting really thick and durable boxes here.

Use what you have. – Dual purpose will make things easier and allow you to save up on both space and cash says the team at Amber Moves. You can use lunch boxes and jars to contain pieces like your jewelry. Old t-shirts, towels and linens will do great as box stuffing and even padding for breakables. You can do the same for socks and scarves too. By doing so, you not only pack them but you also use them as a packing material at the same time.

Jan 20 2015

What to Do Before Relocating: Advice from Home Movers Covering London

Oh yes moving is a tough thing to do. Not only is it emotionally stressful it is a wee bit hard on the physical aspect too. You have to say goodbye to old friends. You need to make new acquaintances and chums. You have to let go of familiar routines and welcome fresh ones. You will have to wrap, pack, carry, load and unpack your belongings. What most people fail to realize though is that there are a significant number of tasks to do before the moving day itself. Home Movers Covering London will get us informed and prepared in no time with the following list of things to do before relocating.

Get up and chart. When things are planned and prepared beforehand, the execution of tasks is done more systematically and smoothly. It would be best for you to list down all the tasks you will have to do and assign a schedule as well as people to attend to it. This way everything and everyone has their rightful place.

Size up your belongings. You will have to make an inventory of your items. This is done so you will have a good idea as to the amount of time you need for packing, the number of moving trucks to use as well as the type of supplies to buy.

Go supplies shopping. Remember to only purchase those that you need. Avoid overspending and buying more than what you require. This is why an inventory has to be done.

Scout for help. Depending on your case and your reference you could do it all on your own, ask help from family and friends or hire a professional moving team. When you do ask for it, be sure to contact the people you seek help from early on may they be the home movers or your willing and helpful friends. This way you get to do things as early as possible. Last minute tasks are a big no-no.

Get the utilities running. Be sure that you have your utility services up and running at the new place. At the same time have those at your current place removed. No one wants double bills.

Put out information. Update your postal and mailing address. Inform your office, bank, credit card company, subscription companies and the like to avoid lost mails and parcels.

Pack ahead. Last but not the least be sure to start packing early on. Home Movers Covering London suggest that you begin with rooms or items which you do not use such as last season’s clothes.

Oct 23 2014

Amber Moves’ Tricks to Effective Packing for Relocation

Moving and packing always go hand in hand. Can you name a relocation that happened without even the least amount of packed items? You’re bound to bring something with you to your new place no matter how big, small, bulky, light or heavy it might be. With that being said, one has to be an effective packer to ensure that everything is kept safe and secure from point A to point B. Read up on the following tricks from Amber Moves on how to achieve effective packing for your relocation.

Trick # 1: Know your needs first. You need to take a good look and inventory of your items so you will know which supplies to get and how much to get. You do not want to purchase much too many or get cut short. This will also help you in making a packing schedule for everyone.

Trick # 2: Use the right box sizes. The rule of thumb is that heavy ones go on smaller boxes while light and bulky ones go into bigger ones. This is done to avoid over-packing and making it much too heavy to move and carry around.

Trick # 3: You can score cheap and affordable cartons in the right places. You can buy needed supplies; that is true but if you are on a tight budget then you can take advantage of cheaper or even free ones from wine and liquor shops as well as bookstores. The boxes from the former are thick, sturdy and often come with dividers making them appropriate for glasses and vases. In bookshops, cartons are thick to support the weight of the published goods.

Trick # 4: Bubble wrap is your best friend. They are more durable than paper and can absorb shock from bumps far better. Plus, they can be recycled as well.

tips for relocatingTrick # 5: Color coding can help a lot. Use varied colored markers to differentiate which items belong to which rooms. Make sure to write your labels legibly too.

Trick # 6: Use Ziploc bags for small items. When dismantling furniture, place the screws and nails inside one to avoid losing them and mixing them up with other items. The same holds true for other small belongings like jewelry.

Trick # 7: Keep important documents in a separate container. All your files and papers such as bank records, birth certificates, school records, property titles and the like should be placed in a different container and separated from the belongings inside your moving truck. It is best to keep them with you to avoid misplacing.

Trick # 8: Amber Moves reminds relocating individuals to pack a personal box. You cannot possibly unpack everything once you arrive at the new place. This should include a few clothes and personal items that you will immediately need.

Aug 15 2014

Supplies to Buy for an Effective and Efficient Home Move

Home moving and packing your stuff always go hand in hand that is unless you’ll leave everything from clothes to furniture and appliances which is very unlikely. You are bound to do some amount of packing big or small. Of course you cannot do this without the right tools, equipment and materials. But what should you get? Of course you would not be purchasing the entire contents of the hardware store. We’ve got Amber Moves to inform us about the basic supplies to buy for an effective and efficient home move. Get your pen and paper at the ready for some note taking!

BOXES – This is a must. No relocation will ever be complete without them. But when buying boxes there are three factors for you to consider which is size, durability and type.

  • Size: The rule of thumb is to put heavy items on smaller containers and lighter but bulky ones in bigger cartons. This makes it easy for them to be carried around.
  • Durability: You want thick but lightweight boxes that can withstand all the weight, the carrying and the humps and bumps of everything.
  • Type: You have the standard cartons but there too are special ones that may be used for certain items such as wardrobe boxes for clothes that must be kept hanged and dish barrels for all your breakable kitchen items.

moving_suppliesTAPE AND GLUE – You need something to seal in tight and secure your box flaps. Tape, glue, scissors and tape guns should come in quite handy!

ROPE AND TWINE – There will be cases when the use of tape is not advised such as when securing furniture and appliance doors as tape can leave a sticky residue and may damage the paint or finish of the item. For this, movers suggest the use of rope or twine but see to it that you use one with smooth edges not the jagged and sharp ones.

PLASTIC OR ZIPLOC BAGS – This will contain all your small items as well as hooks, screws and nails for your disassembled furniture.

MARKERS AND LABELS – You need to label all y our boxes appropriately. A short description, the room they belong to and an inventory number should be written clearly and visibly.

DISASSEMBLING TOOLS – These should aid you in disassembling and reassembling items like furniture. Screwdrivers, hammers, pliers and the like belong here.

PEN AND NOTEBOOK – Lastly, Amber Moves suggest that you bring with you a pen and notebook for your checklist, reminders and the inventory of all your belongings.

Jun 19 2014

Amber Moves: Proper Packing Techniques for Clothes

In an individual’s entire lifetime he or she will move and relocate for an average of four times. The reasons are aplenty and these include work opportunity, education, family reasons and business ventures to name a few. One of the items that each individual has and are more often than not abundant is clothes. How does one effectively and efficiently box them up and move them out and into the new house? Here are the proper packing techniques for clothes according to professional moving company Amber Moves.

TECHNIQUE # 1: SORT AND CATEGORIZE – Is your closet a world of chaos? If no then good for you otherwise you’ve got some work to do. This is essential to ensuring that what you want brought is indeed brought and not left behind. Plus, this is a good excuse to cleaning your mess of five years or so. Be sure to sort through what you want to keep from those you want to sell, donate or give away. Also categorize your items. It is advisable to do so by seasons and then by type (i.e. socks, accessories, handkerchiefs, shirts, sweaters, trousers, etc.)

TECHNIQUE # 2: KNOW HOW TO FOLD – No you cannot just dump them inside a box. You’ll end up having to buy too many boxes than is necessary. Be sure that you fold them in well to avoid having them crumpled and all. You do not want to iron them all out later.

Moving_BoxTECHNIQUE # 3: GET BOXES APLENTY – Know what type of boxes to purchase. Make sure to use big ones for lighter bulkier items and medium sized ones for those that can pack some weight. Also to protect items like gowns, dresses and suits, get yourself a wardrobe box to keep them hanged.

TECHNIQUE # 4: SAVE SPACE AND REPURPOSE – What if you want to save space and use lesser supplies and therefore cut on costs? You can always repurpose. Do you have clothes, towels or linens that are old? You can use them to wrap and pad your fragile items like plates and similar other dishware.

TECHNIQUE # 5: KEEP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER – As much as possible pack like clothing items together. Keep shoes with shoes, shirts with shirts, you get the drift. This will make it easier to unpack later on so you would not have to scavenge and hunt box after box looking for an item.

We hope those Amber Moves packing tips for clothes have helped you. Oh and yes, happy moving!


May 8 2014

8 Packing Mistakes

When it comes to packing our homes for a move, one must also be very careful about committing mistakes. True, you may have scoured the internet and took a trip down memory lane for some tips and advice but have you also considered reading about the common packing don’ts and mistakes that you should avoid? Luckily, Amber Moves has got this useful list for us. Read up and be cautious not to fall into the trap.

over packingMISTAKE # 1: BIG BOXES – When you are boxing everything up one might easily think that the bigger the better. Well we are sorry to burst your bubble but that is most definitely wrong. Use boxes in different sizes appropriately. If you put all you items in one big container then chances are it would become much too heavy to carry and move around. The rule of thumb is the heavier the item (or items in accumulated weight) the smaller the container and vice versa.

MISTAKE # 2: OVERSTUFFING – Again people think that putting much too many items in one container saves on space and supply expenses. That is terribly wrong. You risk overstuffing the box and you do not want it bursting open or worse splitting apart.

MISTAKE # 3: WRONG SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS – You cannot just buy all the supplies you get your hands on and pat yourself on the back. You also need to make ample research. Know what material is for which and how to use them properly. Buy only what you need.

MISTAKE # 4: POOR LABELS – Be sure that when you label your boxes, you do so visibly. Actually it is best to write on all sides because you never know what side the box will be landing on. Also make sure that it cannot be erased and is big enough to read and see.

MISTAKE # 5: PACKING EVERYTHING – If you don’t need it, sell it, give it away or donate it. Do not bring all of your stuff with you especially those that you need no longer.

MISTAKE # 6: PROCRASTINATING – Start now and the earlier the better. Procrastinating now will only get you all stressed out later on. Remember that there is so much to do and at times there is more tasks to be accomplished than you initially thought so.

MISTAKE # 7: DOING IT ALL ON YOUR OWN – If you cannot wing it on your own, then don’t push it. Ask help especially if you are dealing with so much stuff and a long distance ahead of you. Get professional movers. They’ll be like fairy godmothers to you.

MISTAKE # 8: WRONG FREEBIES – Because you want to save up on boxes you go to your nearest grocery store. Wrong. Avoid asking from there since food boxes can have drippings and moisture in them. Bugs might even be hiding beneath its layers. Eeek! Instead go to your nearest bookshop or school and office supply store says the experts at Amber Moves.

May 2 2014

Amber Moves How To: Relocating with Pets

It’s time to move out of your old home and into the new one with more memories ahead and a new adventure to conquer. You’ve packed everything up, called your movers, sold unwanted belongings on a garage sale, bid farewell to the neighborhood, changed mailing addresses, updated utilities and all that but are you sure you are not forgetting something, someone or anything? How about Mr. Goldy goldfish in swimming gently in his own aquarium, Pippin the hamster and his wheel, Mishka the adorable cat and her favorite thread spool or Pongo the shitzu and his puppy brown eyes? Indeed you have to prepare and consider your pets too when moving. For some helpful tips, we have some useful advice from the friendly team at Amber Moves on relocating with pets.

  • moving with petsVISIT THE VET – Make sure that you pay your favorite veterinarian a visit even if your pet is healthy and much more if they are sick. You have to do this for a number of reasons. First, it is best to have them checked to ensure that they are fit for the travel especially if you are relocating somewhere really far and requires a boat or plane ride as you will be required to have a medical certificate on your pet. Secondly, the vet will be able to give you medication if they are sick and you can stock up in time. Third, they will be able to suggest to you a new vet if you are going really far and will make it inconvenient to visit them soon.
  • UPDATE THE TAG – You do not want any stray dogs or cats now would you? To avoid losing them during the move or once you arrive at your new home, get them new and updated tags. This will be their ticket home if they get lost along the way.
  • A PHOTOGRAPH – In relation to the above, have a new photo of them. You never know when you’d need one.
  • PLAN THE TRAVEL – See to it that the travel is pet friendly. Remember that long journeys can cause them stress, upset their appetite and cause depression.
  • HAVE THEM LEASHED OR GET A CARRIER – It is advisable to have them leashed or placed in a carrier especially if you are not riding a personal vehicle. They will help restrain your pets plus carriers can serve as their temporary sleeping place.
  • PACK SOME SNACKS AND SUPPLIES – Amber Moves reminds owners to pack ample snacks and supplies too! If you get hungry then so does your pet no matter what animal they are. Bring food, supplies, toys and old blankets for bedding.