Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How does moving affect children?

Your child will cope in whatever environment he/she is in, and he/she will easily make new friends. Their best friends of now will soon be forgotten and life goes on.

We moved from one country to another country, we have no support network, friends, and family whatsoever and have had to start from scratch with making new friends. My son fitted in from day one, it was as though he had always been there.

For adults it is harder, as we have to make the first move. In playgrounds there are always groups of people chatting and you don’t want to intrude, but you have to as this is one way of meeting new people and making new friends.

See this move as an exciting new challenge for you and your child.

With regards to looking for a school, I would suggest chat to some of the locals and find out what they say about the schools, the different areas and take your child with you to see the various options. Make your child feel included in this decision.

Do your research about the area you are going to live in by seeing what there is to do on weekends, find local places to perhaps go away for the weekend.

The above insert is from a group discussion that can be viewed here.

This article was also posted here: http://www.randburgmovers.co.za/21/How-moving-affect-kids/

Friday, August 19, 2011

Quick List of Furniture Removal Tips

A Quick List of Furniture Removal Tips

A quick breakdown of your moving procedure;
1. Create an inventory of what you will be moving to your new address
2. Contact us and get a free quote for residential removals or business removals. Our quoting systems help you by providing an inventory list which you can use to keep track of what you need to move.
2. Sell, give away anything you no longer want.
3. Book your removal date.
4. Check out any insurance you may require.
5. Arrange Storage if necessary.
6. Purchase and pack your items in boxes.

Before you can start packing, you may need the following materials:
  • Strong Boxes.
  • Wardrobe Boxes with Hanger Bars.
  • Packing Tape.
  • Bubble Wrap, Wrapping Paper, Newspaper, Tissue Paper.
  • Texter Markers.
  • Notes for Wrapping
Use bubble wrap, wrapping paper, or tissue paper to wrap all your breakables.
Newspaper will leave ink smudges on your bits and pieces and should only be used to cushion items that are already protected.
Use towels, old linen, and blankets to wrap and cushion fragile items.
Use zip lock bags for small odds and ends that usually clutter your drawers.
Get Packing
The best advice we can give is to begin packing well ahead of the move.
We recommend you use good, strong boxes, and always fully secure the bottoms.
Concentrate on one room at a time, and clearly label every box by item and room.
Designate an area close to your front door to place all your filled boxes before the move.
These hints will help you pack like a professional
Start by packing the items you don’t need for your daily living routine.
Pack all your one of a kind items (including wills, share certificates, jewellery, photographs, and home videos) separately so that they can be carried with you on moving day. Or you could consider moving these belongings to a safety deposit box until after the move.
Pack your breakables loosely with plenty of wrapping.
Make sure the boxes are clearly labelled FRAGILE, and stack them towards the top of your piles.
Pack your non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes.
Try to keep them to a weight you feel comfortable carrying. Pack your books flat and alternate the bindings so they stack evenly.
If you can, pack small appliances and electronic equipment in the boxes they came in, and tape them securely.
Make sure you have enough wardrobe boxes it’ll save you ironing later.
Bulky Things
When you take your bed apart, bind the frames together with tape or rope.
Cover your tables with old linen or a blanket. If you can, remove the legs. Wrap the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and tie them to a leg.
For white goods, appliances, and other electronic equipment, check your owner’s manual for any special instructions for moving.
Secure all drawers, ice containers, and other loose parts in your refrigerator. Pad any exposed coils to protect them during the move.
Tricky Things
Loosen the handlebars on your bikes and turn them sideways. Cover the chains and pedals to keep oil and grease off other items.
Wrap your small mirrors and pack them in boxes. Cover your wall mirrors, large paintings and other artwork with cardboard. If they’ll fit, slide them into wardrobe boxes.
If your outdoor furniture is too heavy or bulky to move intact, disassemble what you can and place the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag to be taped to one part.
Roll up your carpets and rugs and secure with rope or tape.
Make sure all sharp edges on your tools or attachments are wrapped to prevent injury. Pack your power tools with plenty of cushioning, and tape or tie your tool chests securely.
Carefully dispose of the petrol and oil from your lawnmower and other machinery, as well as any flammable or poisonous household products.
Do not pack oil rags: dispose of them to avoid spontaneous combustion.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Moving Office - Office Moving Tips

Moving your office is not the most pleasant experience, but moving your business could even be more stressful. This page presents a number of useful tips to help organise your office move most efficiently.
  1. Preparing For Your Office Move
  2. Who's Involved With the Move
  3. Moving of Different Items
  4. Moving Electrical Equipment
  5. Leaving Items Behind
Preparing For Your Office Move

When moving your business, planning is crucial. The more time you spend moving the more money you loose. The less time you spend moving, the more cost-efficient your move will be for your company.

Scout the new location. Taking measurements of the new rooms can help a lot. This way you will be able to make sure that the furniture from your old office will fit well in the new space.

Before moving to a new location, create and distribute a floor plan for the new location. Mention the location of furniture, plants, and other office items, by floor. This way the employees, movers, and other people involved will be less confused during the move.

Who's Involved With the Move

Appoint one person to organise your business move from the beginning to the end, unless you plan to do it yourself. This person should be responsible for all communications and logistics of the move, from contacting the movers to planning how the move will performed.

Communication is crucial during commercial move. Make sure to notify everyone, including your employees, landlords, movers and renters of every detail of the upcoming move.

To make it easier and more effective you should write short guide for your employees. In that guide describe all the procedures they need to follow during and after the move.

Another important thing that you should keep in mind is to label all your furniture and other equipment. For your office move you should plan carefully where to place desks, bookcases, electronic equipment, and other office furniture and appliances at the new location. To make it easier for everyone, especially the movers make sure to mark each piece with colored labels. Colors can represent different floors or different employees. Place the marks on spots that will be easily visible to the movers.

Moving of Different Items

Some tips on how to prepare your office for the move:

Small Items: Make sure to remove all items from bookcases, desks, wall units and shelves, and pack them securely in boxes.

Filing Cabinets: Do not empty the filing cabinets. Just make sure that they are locked or securely fastened with tapes or strings.

Personal Possessions: Make sure to move all personal possessions yourself - legal papers, money, checks, pictures, plants, crystals, and other. Movers will not assume any responsibility for those items. You can however ask them for advice on how to pack those items, or purchase any special containers.

Desks: Empty your desks before the move. Pack all contents in boxes. Loose materials and small items should be sealed in plastic bags or envelopes and then put in boxes with other items.

Security Files: Keep your security files locked during the move. If security regulations require escorts, make special arrangements with your moving company prior to move.

Moving Electrical Equipment

Electrical equipment requires special attention when moving:

Computers: Disconnect and dismantle computers properly. Make sure there is an employee that knows how to disassemble and later reassemble the equipment.

Photocopy Machines: Remove all fluids from the photocopy machines.

Vending Machines: Remove all items from the vending machines.

Water Dispensers: Empty water from any water dispensers

Rented Equipment: If you are renting any of your equipment, make sure you notify your rental company before the day of the move.

Leaving items behind

If there are items or pieces of furniture you don't want to take with you, make sure to mark them clearly as "Do not move" items.

Garbage: Eliminate as much as you can before the move day. The more you throw away, the less you have to pack and move with you. If you are throw away excess amount of garbage, get permission from the city to have industrial size dumpsters placed in front of your building.

Make sure, though, that nothing important gets thrown away. Consider donating anything valuable instead of just dumping it. This way you might even get some tax benefits.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

The Psychology of Moving

The pshycology of moving
We have heard many times that moving can be the most stressfull thing after a family members death...read through our selection of excellent artciles on the topic...

Psychology of moving

Whether one moves frequently or almost never, moving is an intensely emotional experience. The underlying psychological issues involved in real estate decisions are of great interest to therapists and psychologists, because housing and moving are filled with symbolism, the hope for new beginnings, crushing disappointments, loss, anxiety and fear...
New York Times
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Psychology of moving when you are a senior citizen

Many people can expect to move several times during their senior years. One such happier circumstance occurs when people move closer to family, particularly grandchildren. Even the most happily settled grandparents will sometimes pick up and move clean across the country when the grandchildren move away. These grandchildren can be tiny but powerful magnets.
Senior Living Magazine
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How Not to Bring Yourself with You, When You Move

Way up there, on the list of life’s most stressful events, is moving, especially if it involves relocating to another city. I’m planning to move, probably this summer, from Binghamton New York — where I’ve lived for a real long time — to Louisville Kentucky. I’ve been facing many of the regrets and anxieties endemic to this major life transition.
Source: Platos Attache life & business advisory
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Moving Companies

Finding and choosing a removal company is challenging. In times like these there are so many options and competitive companies that a number of methods may be used to select an appropriate moving comapny.

A good way to start is to ask friends and family whether they can recommend a firm for you. Traditional resources such as the yellow pages could also be consulted as well as the internet.

Before calling home removal firms or listing up your moving request, decide which level of service you require. Full-service is the most convenient option, as the home removal firm carries out all aspects of the removal from the packaging up of your goods and furniture, loading/unloading and then unpacking at the new address. However, this is also the most expensive option.

It is also important that you have a list of the items you want to transport (i.e. inventory) as it is a key area which home removal firms will look at when giving you the quotes. Our free online residential quote form serves as an inventory which you can conveniently compile in the proccess of getting your
free online quote.

Do not forget to agree on the date you require your home to be moved. You may wish to move on a Friday, which gives you the whole weekend to unpack before you have to go back to work. However, make sure all the facilities in your new home are running smoothly as a weekend without power and gas is not a pleasant way of starting your life in the new home. Use our free change of address checklist to write down the numbers of paid services for your new location and also find out which service offices are open during the time of your move to prevent inconvenience.

Insuring your valuables is also vital to any move. You never know if a road accident or natural disaster decides to intervene. Such unexpected events may cost you dearly.

Finally, do give yourself plenty of time to prepare for your moving date by booking your removal firm as soon as possible (ideally at least a month before your desired move date). You will find that by leaving it to the last minute, there may be a lack of reputable movers still available along with the most competitive quotes.

Removal Companies

Often people move house or office from one location to another ranging from short and long distances, sometimes even nationally or even internationally.

During this process they must face many tedious and annoying challenges. Moving is a very traumatic event which takes one outside of your comfort zone.

Never underestimate the amount of physical and mental organisation it takes to move the contents of your home to a new one. Packing boxes is one thing, but lugging them in and out of vans and up and down stairs is another, and can be extremely exhausting, especially if you're on a tight deadline to vacate the property. If you've a sizeable amount to shift, or lots of valuable items, such as antique furniture or fragile pieces, it's best to choose a removal company to take the burden off your shoulders, so you can concentrate on organising the rest of your move.
Make sure you're insured. Most removal companies will provide you with dedicated moving insurance against loss or breakages of your property while it's in transit. Make sure this is the case before booking anyone. You should also contact your home contents insurer to find out if your current policy will insure your property while it's being moved, too.

Negotiate on the price. If you're comfortable negotiating the price, see if you can get any discounts from the removal company. Be aware that moving house at peak times, such as Saturdays and during school holidays, will be more expensive, as demand is usually very high at these times. If you can, try and arrange to move on a normal weekday when it might be cheaper and there may be more room for a discount.

Randburg Movers are very happy to negotiate a good price that will suit your budget.

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