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Protecting Your Valuable Items

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Your Slidell moving team understands that your valuable items are important to you. That’s why we at Nichol’s Moving always want to be aware of which possessions are fragile, important, or valuable. And while you can rest assured that we will get these precious items safely to your new Southeastern Louisiana home, there are steps you can take to further protect them.

What is considered a valuable?

Typically, any item with a replacement cost of $100 or higher per pound is considered “valuable.”  This could include laptops, antiques, artwork, oriental carpets, silver, china, antique furniture, and collectibles.

Document

Before the packing begins, make a list of all your possessions. Not only will this be helpful for your own organization, but also it gives you and us an itemized list of everything that should be moved, just in case a dispute should arise. For, at least, the valuables write a description and include a serial number when possible. For the valuable items, there are a few more forms of documentation that are helpful to do. Firstly, take pictures of your valuables; this documents their condition before the move and gives a visual aide to both of us in case the item goes missing. Search “High Inventory Form” online; print and complete this form before the move for an additional documentation of your valuable items.

Establish Value

Before you move, establish the actual value of your valuables. For antiques, jewelry, artwork, silver, china, and valuables of that nature, hire a professional appraiser. Record the appraisals and keep receipts. For electronics, if you do not still have a receipt, check current market value for the item. Make at least two copies of the recorded values and store them in separate locations during the move; one should stay with you.

Insure

“Full Value Protection” gives you the best protection during your move. Under this level of liability, anything listed on the “High Inventory Form” that is lost or damaged in the move is the responsibility of the mover. We have the option to either replace, repair, or make a cash settlement for the replacement or repair at current market value.

There Are Some Items Not to Pack During Your Move

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

We know how stressful it is to move houses. That’s why our top priority here at Nichols’ Moving is making sure your move goes smoothly and is hassle free. Because of this, we want you to be aware of what items should never go in your packing boxes. Packing hazardous or sentimental items can hold up your move, when we know you only want to get to your new house quickly and efficiently! That’s why we recommend you read through this before your Slidell move, so your trip to the new home is a wonderful time free of frustrations.

Why Are There Banned or Discouraged Items?

All the items that we recommend you do not pack can be categorized into three groups: hazardous materials, perishables, and important or sentimental items. We ask that you do not pack them because they may not go through the move well.

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are banned from being boxed up because they could be flammable, toxic, or explosive. All of these items, therefore, pose a danger to you and us when they are packed:

-       Aerosols

-       Pesticides

-       Nail polish remover

-       Paint thinner

-       Paint

-       Batteries

-       Fireworks

-       Matches or lighters

-       Kerosene

-       Gasoline

-       Propane

-       Pool chemicals

-       Dark room chemicals

-       Bleach

-       Charcoal

-       Firearms and ammunition

Perishables

Perishables are all items that could die or spoil during the move. On this same note, refrigerators and freezers should be emptied and dried at least 24 hours before the move. This prevents the growth of mold during the move. Perishable items include:

-       Frozen food

-       Refrigerated food

-       Food without enough preservatives to allow it to last

-       Open or used food

-       Plants

Important and Sentimental Items

While you can fully trust Nichols’ Moving to take the best care of all your property during your Slidell move, there are still some items we recommend you don’t pack due to their importance. This is not because we worry we may lose them, but simply because you will have better piece of mind to have them with you in the bustle and confusion of moving into a new home. These items include:

-       Passports

-       Checkbooks

-       Deeds and titles

-       Family heirlooms

-       Family photos

-       Financial or school records

-       Address books

-       Laptops or cell phones

-       Prescription medicines

Other Ways of Transporting

If you’re wondering what to do with perishables or hazardous materials, you have a few options. The best is to try to use everything before you move; this way, nothing goes to waste and you don’t have to move the items yourself. You could, also, give the items away. Any neighbor would be happy to take your carton of eggs and charcoal for the grill! You can also move them yourself. Just pack everything carefully in your car and avoid leaving them in the heat for too long. Your important and sentimental items should, of course, be packed with you in your car. We recommend putting everything in a well-marked box, so everything will be together when you unload at your new home.

Open-Me-First-Boxes Organize the Packing Process

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

For many, the hardest part of the move is to make themselves stop procrastinating and start packing. Figuring out a system of organization can get you over that hurdle and into the active process. Open-Me-First-Boxes (OMFB’S) are a great method. During your Slidell move, they let us at Nichol’s Moving know what boxes are most important to you and that you’ll need first when you get to your new home.

What are Open Me First Boxes?

Open-Me-First-Boxes can really be whatever you want. They’re simply the boxes that you will need first upon arrival at your new place. So decide what basics you need to start living in your new home and put them in OMFB’s.

Why Should I Create OMFB’s?

As we said earlier, OMFB’s are a great help to the packing process. Not only do they help you organize your packing, but they are also a reassurance that, when you arrive at your new home, you’ll have the essentials for your daily routine while you unpack everything else.

How Many OMFB’s Should I Make?

While you can have as many OMFB’s as you want, too many will defeat the purpose. We suggest a maximum of two per room. That said, not every room needs OMFB’s. For instance, your guest room bathroom probably won’t need an OMFB, but your kitchen will. A good rule of thumb is to pack OMFB’s for the rooms in which you normally spend the most time.

How Do I Create an OMFB?

Just like with all your other boxes, label each OMFB with the room to which it needs to go. Also include a large “O” or “OMFB” on all four sides, so you can quickly find the OMFB in each room. Some people also like to pack a personal OMFB. This is really just a small suitcase – like an airplane carry-on – that holds everything you’d pack if you were going on a weekend vacation.

What Goes in an OMFB?

An OMFB’s contents are up to personal preference. Here are a few suggestions, however.

Bathroom:

-       toilet paper

-       bath towels

-       bath mat

-       shower curtain and shower rings, if needed

-       soap

-       shampoo and conditioner

-       razor and shaving cream

-       feminine hygiene products

Kitchen:

-       skillet and spatula

-       large sauce pot and spoon

-       basic kitchen knives

-       disposable plates, bowls, cups, and flatware

-       tea pot

-       coffee maker, coffee, and filters

Tips for Moving an Armoire

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Everyone has a few pieces of bulky furniture that are a headache in the moving process. We Slidell movers know how to professionally pack all your items and move them safely to your new home. So, if you’re dealing with an armoire – one of those super hard-to-handle items – we’re your guys. Here’s how an armoire should be packed to ensure it will look just as lovely in your new home as it does in your old.

Remove the shelving

Like we’ve said in other posts, shelves should always be taken out of the bigger pieces of furniture. If you have clothing or bedding in the shelves, feel free to keep it there. Having internal padding is good support for the shelves. You could also utilize the shelves for packing delicate, breakable items.

Protect the shelves

Wrap bubble wrap or a thick blanket around each shelf to protect it. This will also indicate that the shelves are fragile. This lets us at Nichols’ moving know not to set anything on top of the shelves in the moving van.

Tape the shelves

Tape the bundled shelves to ensure the padding does not come off. Make sure the tape does not touch the wood, because it can damage its finish. Do this by folding the tape onto itself, making a narrow strip, whenever the tape goes off the blanket and onto the wood.

Remove anything else that could come off

Check if the armoire’s doors will come off hinges or knobs can come unscrewed. If either is possible, it will add further protection to the piece. Wrap doors just as you did the shelves. Knobs can be stored in the shelves.

Wrap the armoire

Wrap the entire armoire in moving pads or blankets. Because armoires are so bulky, you want to have the whole piece protected. Don’t forget to put fabric around and on the bottom of the legs. These will see the most friction in the move, so you want the protection to be thick enough where it won’t break.

Tips for Moving Items to a Storage Unit

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Sometimes during a move, it becomes necessary to keep items in a storage facility. It may seem stressful or even annoying to think of moving some of your possessions to a unit, while moving others to your new home. We at Nichols Moving understand these emotions and want to let you know that the storage unit can be a helpful part of your move. Storage units allow you to reduce clutter in your home while you try to sell it. They also allow you to gradually move into your new Slidell home without the chaos of all your worldly possessions arriving at once. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your storage unit.

Choosing the type of storage unit

A climate-controlled unit uses central air and heat. This prevents warped or cracked furniture; rusting of metal items; mold, mildew, or bacteria growth; and infestation of mice or termites. There are two things to consider when you’re deciding if you want a climate-controlled unit: what you are storing and the climate of your area. If your storage items are likely to fall victim to any of the issues listed above (this could be antiques, TVs, furs, etc.), it may be worth it to invest the extra money in climate-controlled storage. In regards to climate, if the temperatures in your region are not extreme (i.e. they do not go above 90 degrees in the summer or below freezing in the winter), you could opt out of climate-control. Another consideration is the time period for which you’ll be using the unit; if it’s for a short period of time during mild months, you do not need to spend the extra money on climate-control.

Buy a Dehumidifier

If you choose to get a unit that is not climate-controlled, buy a dehumidifier. This will help keep your unit free of unwanted moisture and bacteria.

Packing Items in the Unit

Before you begin packing the storage unit, think about what items you might need to access from the unit or what items you want your Slidell movers to move into your new home first. Set these items aside, as they should go in last. Back your unit from the back forward and utilize all the space available to you. This means stack as much as possible! Two important items that need attention are cardboard boxes and mattresses. Mattresses need to be covered and laid flat on a horizontal surface to avoid becoming deformed. If any moisture gets in your unit, the floor will be wet which will destroy the cardboard and damage the items inside; therefore, cardboard boxes should be stacked on top of other items. Another tip is to leave pathways through the unit. This allows you to access your stored items easier and gives some breathing space to the unit, which can help with any moisture problems.

Remove All Perishables and Corrosive or Flammable Items

There are a few things that should never enter the storage unit. Empty your refrigerator and any coolers of perishable items and don’t keep any foods in boxes. They will spoil and could attract roaches or vermin. To avoid corrosive damage, drain fluids from lawn and garden equipment. Do not store flammable items, such as paint or gasoline. If your Slidell move requires the transfer of these flammable substances, let Nichols moving know so they are handled properly.

Utilize the storage space in your furniture

Make use of any storage space within your own furniture. If you have trashcans, put other outdoor items, like shovels, or cleaning tools inside. You can use the drawers of tables or dressers to store valuable items and give them extra protection.

Be Smart About Security

Consider the value of the goods you store. It is likely worth it to you to choose a storage facility with added security measures and to invest in a high-quality lock to deter thieves.

Prepping Your Home for an Open House

Friday, August 12th, 2011

It’s a homebuyer’s market, right now, so being the seller is a hard position. Getting buyers inside your home is a major hurdle in the home-selling process, making an open house a great asset. Because the open house could be your best option for finding a buyer, take the time to make your home looks its best. Once you lure in a buyer, you can let the Nichols’ Moving team worry about the rest!

Clean up the yard

First impressions really are important, and you want visitors to fall in love with your house before they even come inside. Mow your yard a few days in advance, so it looks healthy, but not overgrown. The day before, rake the yard and trim bushes or plants that look overgrown. If you don’t have flowers, planting some seasonal blooms or artfully place a few planters near your front door or front steps is a nice touch.

Complete all touchups to the facade

Again, the first impression of your house happens before potential buyers get inside. Do any touchups or repairs in advance of the big day. Clean the gutters, so no leaves are sticking out – and if it rains, buyers will want to see that the gutters work properly! Repaint chipped areas that could make the house look old. Sweep your front step, too.

Clean the house

A clean house may be the most important step in your prepping process. If it’s in your budget, hire a professional cleaning service to come the day before your open house. If you prefer to clean it yourself, make sure every surface is dusted and all clutter is put away.

Polish appliances

For many homebuyers, the kitchen and bathrooms are the make-or-break point. Polish all appliances; you want them to look new and shiny. Put away any extra appliances or personal clutter, like toothbrushes or blenders. Counter space in both rooms is important. Even straighten all cabinets, in case visitors check on storage space.

Clear out clutter

You may want to clear out any extra clutter before the open house. Choose some items for your Slidell moving team to go ahead and take out of the house to a storage unit or somewhere to can keep the items during the open house. Anything that makes a room look too crowded or is unnecessary for the space can be taken away.

Make the most of light

Open all window coverings – blinds, drapes, and curtains. From the outside, the open windows make the house look inviting. From the inside, the natural light brightens up your home and makes it look more spacious. Also, turn on every light in the house.

Bake something

This is a doubly useful step. It’s always nice to serve refreshments to your guests – simple cookies or brownies are all that’s necessary. But having a “fresh-baked” smell in your kitchen adds appeal and draws visitors to the room. It is a subtle charming reminder of your home that will stick with visitors after they leave. Do not opt for an artificial air freshener to achieve that smell – many people are allergic!

Tips for a Summer Move

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

If you’ve decided to move this summer, you aren’t alone. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 60% of all moves occur between June – October. Nichols’ Moving can certainly verify the government’s stats! We Slidell movers get very busy during this time of the year. And might we add that those months are also the hottest here in southeast Louisiana? It doesn’t matter if you’re moving from Slidell to Baton Rouge or from New Orleans to Slidell this summer; there are a few tips you should always follow because of the heavy business and oppressive heat of the season!

Plan ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your summer move. Choose a weekend long in advance and stick to it. Remember that schedules are hectic in the summer. Children are out of school and participating in day camps and swimming play dates. Plus, with friends going out of town, you may not be able to gather the troops to help you pack at the last minute. If you don’t plan ahead, you may get caught with too little time to pack and places you have to go, taking you out of the house and away from the moving job!

Make your reservation in advance

Most moving companies do not require reservations to be made far in advance. However, because so many people move in the summer, moving companies can get booked up. The lesson here is to not wait! Reserve as early in advance as you can. If you already know what day you want to move, go ahead and call Nichols’ Moving at (985) 6460-2448 to schedule your Slidell move!

Get your supplies early

With so many people moving, supplies can be scarce. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy important supplies like hanging or mirror boxes. Also, if you know you’ll need a portable storage unit or furniture padding, rent them early!

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

This might be the most important tip we have. It is not necessary for you to have moved in Slidell before for you to know how fast the summer heat can dehydrate you. Constantly be drinking water or sports drinks. You can become dehydrate without realizing it, so continual fluids are key.

Dress appropriately

Lightweight, breathable clothing in a light color is the optimal attire for a summer move. In any move, to prevent injury, wear closed-toed shoes and take off jewelry.

Keep AC and fans running

Make sure your electricity is cut on in the new home before you start the move. Make an advance trip to turn on the air conditioning the day of your move. You may also want to put small oscillating fans in some rooms for added coolness.

Take breaks

Don’t be afraid to take breaks often. Regular water breaks are essential for rehydrating and giving your body some time to rest and recover. Taking a long lunch break is also a great idea, as it takes everyone inside during the hottest hours of the day.

Protect your belongings

There are many items that you wouldn’t think about being damaged by the heat until it is too late. Keep valuable items in the air-conditioned car or rent a portable, air-conditioned unit for large items like antique armoires that could warp. If you have to put delicate items in the moving van, ask your Slidell moving team if these pieces can go in last to eliminate the chance for too much heat exposure.

Watch out for your pets

If you’re suffering from the heat, just imagine how your pets feel in their fur coat! Keep a water bowl out at all times and make sure they know where it is in the new house. Many pets get very excited by activity causing them to either happily jump around moving feet or run and hide; if they are around movers, humans or the pet could be injured; if they run to hide in unfamiliar territory, they may get lost. With this in mind, you may decide to board the pet at a vet during the move or keep them in a fenced-in backyard or a spare room of the new house.

Moving a bicycle

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The Nichol’s Moving team has moved just about any piece of furniture you could imagine. From cumbersome old armoires to huge fish tanks, we have handled it. So, we know which possessions can be stumbling blocks in the packing process.  Bikes rank high on that list. They are heavy, oddly shaped, and usually dirty; it’s no wonder you may be unsure how to pack it! If you’re moving in Slidell, we are here to help. So from the top Slidell moving team, here are our best tips on how to move a bike.

Clean it

If your bike has been used at all, it is bound to have a good amount of dirt on it. And even if it’s just sitting in the garage, it’s probably, at least, dusty.  Wipe down the bike’s frame with a rag. If there is any dried mud, you may need wet the frame using a spray bottle; fill it up with water and mist the bike. Next, tend to the bike chain. Brush out each link with an old toothbrush, loosening dirt and picking up any grease that could stain your other furniture in the move.

Remove the front tire

With the tires off, the bike will be much easier to stabilize in the moving van, reducing the risk of it causing damage. On most bikes, it’s very easy to remove the tires. Tackle the front tire first, and let the air out. This decreases the risk that it could be punctured in the move and lets the tire clear the brake pads. On most bikes, you’ll see a quick-release handle at the tire’s middle; pull the lever up, hold your other hand to the cap on the opposite side from the lever, and spin it counter-clockwise until the tire comes loose.

Remove the back tire

On the rear tire, you’ll have to deal with the gear cluster, making it a bit more complicated. Using the rear gear shifter, move the chain to the smallest sprocket. Now, just like with the front tire, pull the quick release lever, spin counter clockwise, and carefully remove the tire.

Cover the tires

To prevent any black stains from the rubber, wrap an old blanket or dustsheet around the tires.

Be ready to put your bike back together

Let us Slidell movers worry about the transport of the bike. We promise we’ll get it safely to your new home. You just need to be ready to put the bike back together. Make sure you’ve bought spray lubricant or aerosol oil; this will ensure your bike is ready to start rolling right away!

Lubricate your bike

Spray the lubricant on the skewer rods (the medal rod that holds the tires) of both tires. Also spray the chain. Wipe off any excess lubricant.

Reinstall both tires

Reinstalling the tires is just as easy as taking them off. Simply, reverse your steps! When you tighten the quick-release lever, turn it clockwise until it starts to resist; clamp down the lever so the side marked “close” shows. Remember to pump up both tires so you don’t damage the tire rim, and your bike is ready for its first ride out of your new home!

Moving Artwork

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Simply moving houses is stressful enough, but having to worry about your  valuable and sentimental items adds more worry to your experience. We at Nichols Moving Company understand the importance of every item in your house. Whether your precious artwork is a canvas or a framed family portrait, we want to ensure that your pieces arrive safely at your new home and are ready to be rehung. So if you’re preparing to move in the Slidell area, here are a few tips on packing your artwork so it’s protected.

Packing unframed artwork

If a frame does not protect your artwork, it is advisable to get special packing materials including bubble wrap, cardboard, acid free paper, and mirror boxes. Remember, do not roll your work! It could cause damage to the corners, creases, or dents.

Wrap in acid-free paper

If the artwork is a painted canvas, wrap acid-free paper around it. This will keep the packing material from damaging the paint.

Place in cardboard

Place the artwork in between two sturdy pieces of cardboard. This keeps the artwork from bending during the move. Tape the cardboard pieces together.

Stabilize the cardboard

Fold pieces of paper into triangular shapes to fit over the cardboard corners. Tape these down. This ensures that the artwork will not slip out of the cardboard.

Protect with bubble wrap

Wrap bubble wrap around the cardboard, providing another level of protection for the piece.

Box it up

Place the now stabilized artwork inside a mirror box, which are well suited for artwork. The bubble wrap should fit snuggly inside the box, preventing the artwork from moving.

Label the box

While everyone at Nichols Moving takes great care with all of your possessions, it’s important to know which pieces are fragile so make sure you label the box “FRAGILE ARTWORK” in large writing with a bright, noticeable pen.

Packing framed artwork

Like with unframed artwork, mirror boxes are perfectly suited for packing framed art.

“X” the glass

Using masking tape, put an “X” across the glass, securing the ends to the frame. This ensures that the painting will not fall out if the glass breaks during the move.

Protect with bubble wrap

Wrap bubble wrap around the whole piece. Pay special attention to the corners, which can be easily bumped in the box.

Box it up

Put the artwork into a mirror box. If the piece does not fit snuggly, stuff more bubble wrap into the box. You may also want to put bubble wrap into the bottom and again at the top to add extra protection to those corners.

Tape it

Secure the box with tape on all its edges.

Moving a Washer

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

We at Nichol’s Moving in Slidell know appliances are among the most difficult to move because they are big, bulky and some of them require disassembly and reassembly. Moving a washer and dryer is notoriously difficult. Whether you’re moving across Slidell or to another part of the country, there’s really no easy way to move these bulky machines. So, if you’re planning on moving these yourself, here are some of Nichol’s Moving’s tips on how to move a washer. Stay tuned next week for moving a dryer.

Turn off the water leading to washer

The first step is to disconnect the water from the washer. You can usually locate this in the back of the machine, which means you’ll first have to carefully pull it back. Remember to shut off the valve for both the hot and cold water.

Let the pressure out of the hoses

Even though the water is shut off, there’s probably still water in the hoses and machines, so you want to make sure it’s completely empty before you move it. Do this by turning the hot water to the machine on for about 30 seconds and then letting the water drain out.

Unplug the machine from the electrical outlet

After you’ve taken the water out, unplug the electrical cord. Since you don’t want it dangling around while you’re moving the machine, wrap up the cord and duct tape it to the side. This is a good tip to keep in mind on all electrical devices.

Unplug the drain hose

Next, you want to detach the hose. You can use the same method of securing them as the electrical cord. Make sure you use a lot of tape, so it doesn’t become dislodged during the move.

Disconnect the water hoses

Remove the final hoses from their connections to the wall. Most machines have an area in the back to store these during a move.

Make sure there are no loose parts

Although the doors on most machines lock pretty securely, remember to tape down any doors, so nothing opens unexpectedly during the move.

Place the washer on a dolly

The next step is actually moving it. Since these machines are big, you should use a dolly to move it anywhere. Pull the machine away from the wall, slide the dolly underneath the washer and secure it with a bungee cord or strap. Use at least two people for this job. One should hold the dolly and the other should clear the way and make sure it doesn’t tip over. Place it in a part of the truck that will be secure. For added protection, cover it with a blanket.

Reassemble the washer

Once it’s moved to a new location, reassemble the washer by following the previous steps backwards. Connect the water hoses, drain hose and plug it in to the electrical outlet.

Getting kids involved with the move

Friday, July 8th, 2011

A few months ago, we posted on how to tell your children they are moving. While this first step is among the most difficult, here at Nichol’s Moving in Slidell, we know it’s just the beginning of what could be a stressful time for everyone. Moving can be particularly difficult on children, since everything they’ve known is being turned upside down. That’s why you should make sure to get your kids involved during the move, so they don’t feel isolated and unhappy. Here are some of Nichol’s Moving Tips for how to get children involved.

Be open with your kids

Nothing makes kids shut down faster than having a suspicion that you’re keeping things from them. Keep them involved during the move at every stage by keeping them informed. Don’t spring information on them at the last minute. For instance, if your moving date changes or you want something done a certain way, let them know. Also, let them know if they have any questions, you’re open to talk.

Give them specific assignments

If you put a kid in their room and tell them to pack, they’ll be overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Instead, give them very specific instructions on what to do and in what order. For example, tell them to put all their dolls or toys in one box or give them an assignment to do around the house like pick up loose trash from the floor.  However, make sure you don’t allow them to move anything that might be unsafe, such as kitchen knives.

Let them make their own essentials bag

Whether you’re moving across Slidell or to another city, an essentials box is important for everyone to have. Let them pack their favorite toys and outfits for the day or two when they won’t have immediate access to their belongings. Giving a choice on what to pack will make them feel more in control and involved in the process.

Help them say their goodbyes

Whether making a list of addresses of their friends or visiting their favorite park, make the process of moving pleasant and memorable for them. Reassuring them that you’ll stay in touch with friends and visit (if you’re not moving too far) will make the experience more positive.

Most importantly, have an upbeat mentality

Kids pick things up behaviors and mentality easily, even when you don’t want them to. That’s why you should try to stay as positive as possible. Being overly negative around the children, moping around and complaining will only make them do the same. If they see you having fun, they’ll treat the experience positively too. Even though we at Nichol’s Moving have fun moving, it might be hard for you to have fun as well. When you feel frustrated or unhappy, just remember to “think of the children!”

Packing Food for the Move

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

One of the hardest parts of moving to a new location is transporting food from your old kitchen to your new one. We at Nichol’s Moving in Slidell understand just how complicated and challenging moving food from one location to the next can be, which is why we offer high-quality service to make your move easy. Here are some tips we give to our customers about the best way to transport food during a move to or from Slidell.

Throw away expired food around the kitchen

Depending on how long you’ve lived at your house, there may be a bunch of old food in the back of the refrigerator or pantry. This is the perfect first step because not only do you begin the laborious cleaning process, but it will clear more space and make the task more manageable. Check the expiration date on all products.

Get rid of perishable items if you’re moving for more than one day

If you know your move is going to last more than a day and it’ll take time to set up the refrigerator, you should get rid of perishables. Ideally, you’re starting to think about this process long before you actually move, so you can begin slowly eating all the perishable food. However, if it’s the last day, you might have to throw things out. Opened or half-eaten items should not be taken to your next destination because they will most likely go bad and you can easily buy more. Frozen foods also have to be tossed out unless you’re moving in one day and have a cooler filled with ice.

Pack the canned goods in boxes

The key to successfully transporting food from the kitchen is to organize all the types of food and pack them together. Pack all the same-sized cans in one box, but make sure not to overload it with cans because it’ll be too heavy. Also, when all the cans are packed in boxes, don’t expose them to extreme temperatures or the food could go bad.

Carefully pack sealed jars together

You may have a variety of sealed glass jars in the refrigerator or pantry, such as jelly or pickles. All these items can easily move, as long as they are packed securely. Use a lot of bubble wrap, packing peanuts and cloth to separate the cans from one another and minimize rattling. Remember to mark the box with what’s inside so the box is handled carefully.

Be smart and don’t be afraid to throw things out

Remember to be smart about what you take during the move. Exposing certain foods to the wrong temperature for extended amounts of time can cause them to spoil and eating that food could make you very ill.

Moving an Aquarium

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

On the top 5 toughest items to move list usually sits things like pianos and refrigerators, but unbeknownst to anyone who hasn’t moved, fish aquariums are notoriously tough to transport. Not only do they require a lot of time to drain it, but you also have to be extremely careful with the fish. We at Nichol’s Moving in Slidell will do all the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to, but before we get to your house, here are some tips to empty out your aquarium.

Prepare the fish for the move

As one How-To article recommends, you should minimize the amount of food you give your fish in the week leading up to the move. The reason for this is that it will decrease the amount of waste they produce while they’re in a temporary container. You’d want to do this not only for the cleanliness, but also because the waste takes oxygen out of the water.

Set up a moving container

While some people like to use bags to move the fish, I recommend using a large plastic container. Prepare that container on the day of the move by siphoning some water from the aquarium into the new container. This ensures the water temperature for both are the same, so it won’t shock the fish. Also, place some plants and gravel into the container, so the fish are more comfortable.

Catch the fish and place them into the container

Get the catcher and gently capture the fish. Do your best not to chase them around and cause them undue stress because they are more susceptible to sickness when overly excited. Once they’re in the container, cover the top with a loose-fitting lid.

Prepare the tank for its move

After the fish are removed, it’s time to start doing the grunt work. Unplug and remove all extraneous devices, such as filters, lights or decorations while you siphon out water from the tank. Depending on how big the tank is and whether you want to maintain the landscape, you could leave either a small layer of water on the bottom or drain everything. If the tank is extremely large, take out the gravel and plants to reduce the weight.

Move the tank and fish carefully

Unlike other objects, you don’t need to pack the tank into a box to move it. Simply place it in your moving vehicle carefully and transport it to its destination. However, you should have someone hold the fish, so they aren’t jerked around too much.

Set up the tank again

When moved into your new place, it’s time to once again set up the aquarium. After you reconstruct the gravel and plants, you should fill the tank with water. Then, reattach all the filters and heaters, so the water will get cleaner and warmer. Before placing the fish back into the aquarium, make sure the temperature is perfect and the pH levels are safe.

How To Move Household Plants

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

At Nichol’s Moving in Slidell, we aim to make the transition from your old place to your new one as smooth and stress-free as possible. We do that by accommodating all of your needs and helping you out with everything we can along the way. In this space, we offer advice on the toughest things you might want to move and we found that people often have trouble moving plants. After years of tender care, plants become pretty much part of the family, which is why it’s not surprising that most people want to take their plants with them. Since plants are living objects like pets, they require special attention. Here are some tips on how to move plants.

Start with some research

If you’re moving to another state from Slidell, it’s important to look at laws about moving plants because some agricultural states like Florida and California have laws restricting certain plants. The reason for this is because they want to protect their crops from the introduction of invasive plants or bugs. If you have potted plants, there shouldn’t be a problem, but call the U.S. Department of Agriculture beforehand.

Get the plants prepared ahead of time

Like animals and people, plants get stressed out if they are moved unexpectedly without any warning. That’s why you should take a few weeks in advance to cut off dead leaves and care for it. It makes the plant’s move easier if there are fewer leaves. You also want to put the plants in unbreakable plastic containers instead of those clay ones. This gives the plants added protection in case anything happens. Plus, the plants may find this stressful, so it’s important to allow them enough time to rebound before the actual move.

Within a week of the move, kill pests and weeds

After your plant has adjusted to its new pot over a few weeks, you should make sure there are no pests and weeds on your plant because you don’t want to take pests with you that might infest your new home. There are a few ways to do this. You could put the plant in a garbage bin and set off a bug bomb or you could put it in a garbage bag with a flea collar. Check with a local nursery on the best remedy for your plant.

Place the plant in a box the day before moving

The day before the big move is when you want to have everything ready for the plant. Cardboard boxes work great for moving plants because you can cut breathing holes and clearly label the box as fragile and which side is up, so they will be moved with care.

Carefully move the plant and unpack it immediately

On the big day, close the box just before you’re about to move it. Very carefully move it along with the other items to your new place. Once you arrive, make sure to unpack it right when you get there, so the plant can start adjusting to the new environment and recover from any moving stress it might have suffered.

What To Do With Those Old Boxes

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Last week, we posted some interesting ideas on what to do with old packing peanuts left over after your move. If you have a bunch of packing peanuts lying around, that also means you probably have a lot of old boxes scattered around your new house. Like packing peanuts, there are different options you can choose to reuse old boxes bought from Nichol’s Moving in Slidell instead of simply throwing them out in the garbage. Without further ado, here are some ideas on how to reuse old boxes.

Put the boxes in storage

You never know when cardboard boxes are going to come in handy, so if you have a storage space like a garage consider stowing them away for a while. Unless you bought a new house and plan on living there for a very long time, you may need the boxes during a future move. Also, placing the boxes in storage allows you to take some out when needed to use for any of the ideas below.

Use them as storage

Instead of storing the boxes, you can use the boxes themselves as storage. There are likely things you need to store after you move and old moving boxes are perfect for that. You can easily label the sides with marker, as long as you make sure you cross out any previous markings. Depending on the size of the box, you can use it as storage for under the bed if you cut the flaps and part of the sides off.

Use the boxes as a makeshift rug or carpet cover for projects

If you’re all moved into your new home, there may be some projects you still need to do like painting. In order to make sure your carpet stays clean and protected from spills or dirty shoes, place the flattened boxes over the floor.

Make a kids toy or a puzzle

There are endless possibilities for making kids toys out of old boxes. One idea is to make a cardboard fort in the backyard by cutting off sections of the boxes and taping them together with sturdy duct tape. Another idea is to make a puzzle. Take a large flat side of a boxes and carefully glue a picture onto it. Cut the box with the picture into small notched pieces with a sharp knife.

Use the boxes for compost

Cardboard boxes are perfect for making a compost heap. All you need to do is set up the box and line the sides with bubble wrap or you can dig a hole and put the box in it. Then place yard waste, banana peels and other material in it.

Recycle the boxes

Finally, cardboard boxes are recyclable material that many people are seeking. You can do a number of things to recycle them like sell them back to packaging places or offer them free over the Internet.

What To Do With Old Packing Peanuts

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

So you’ve moved into your new place and finally unpacked everything, but you look around and see a mess of empty boxes and packing peanuts everywhere. You could simply gather everything up and toss it in a garbage bin, but not only would that be wasteful, it also wouldn’t be beneficial to the environment. Instead, if you find yourself in this situation after Nichol’s Moving in Slidell has finished moving you in, here’s a couple resourceful ways to reuse your packing peanuts. (Come back next week for a post on what to do with old boxes).

Make a bed for your pets

If you have a dog or cat that has to lie down on the uncomfortable floor because you don’t want them sitting on your bed or furniture, you can easily make a bed for them out of packing peanuts and a pillowcase. Simply stuff the pillowcase with old packing peanuts until it’s relatively full and padded. Then seal the end of the pillow tightly by sewing it shut and it’s all done. Just make sure that your pet won’t chew or claw through it too quickly or you’ll have those packing peanuts all over your house.

Cushion for suitcases

This is a useful way to reuse packing peanuts if you travel all the time and bring back delicate souvenirs in your suitcase. Take a plastic bag such as a large ziplock bag or another plastic bag and fill it with packing peanuts. Then make sure it’s tightly sealed by using string or tape to secure it. You can use this as padding on the outer portions of your suitcase to keep the delicate items from being damaged.

Use packing peanuts as furniture stuffing

Along the same lines as the bed for your pets, packing peanuts are great for furniture stuffing. For example, you can make a comfortable bean bag chair if you have a lot of packing peanuts lying around. If you don’t have enough for a full-sized bean bag chair, you can also make one just for your kids.

Use them as drainage for your plants

Another popular use for old packing peanuts is to help with the water drainage of potted houseplants. Just place the peanuts at the bottom of the plant where the gravel should go. This makes a fantastic draining system and is much lighter than typical plant gravel.

Recycle them

Finally, if you’re not going to reuse them in any of these areas or reuse them in an upcoming move, the best thing to do is recycle them. Packaging stores, shipment centers and other mailing companies gladly accept donations from people who have extra packing peanuts. Another way to recycle them is to advertise them for free on websites because people are always in need of moving supplies.

How to Tell Kids About a Move

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Moving is a stressful time for everyone, but it can be especially difficult for children, since they often have to move away from friends and get used to someplace completely new. We understand this conundrum here at Nichol’s Moving in Slidell, which is why we do our best to make every other part of moving as stress-free as possible. We do everything from providing boxes, physically moving your items and even unpacking. While we can’t tell your child that they have to move, here are some tips you can follow to make it as painless as possible.

Tell them about the move far in advance

Kids are very perceptive to change, so lying to them or keeping the move a secret will only make them lose trust in you. Kids like to feel that they are in the loop about everything that goes on in the family and will definitely ask you how long you’ve known they were moving, therefore honesty is key. Telling them about the move as soon as you know will also allow them to tie up loose ends at school and give them ample time to go through their things.

Tell them at the right time

“Don’t forget to be home by 8… oh and we’re moving” is probably the worst way to tell your children that you’re moving. You want to let them know about the move at a time when they can have a serious conversation with you and ask you questions like when, where and why. Simply telling them when they’re about to step out or go with friends won’t give them time to process the news the way you want them to.

Be reassuring

If kids sense doubt or confusion in your voice when you tell them about the move, they will pick it up and also have that same doubt. They will probably be very sad at first, which is why it’s important to be reassuring.

Be specific about the date and location

When you tell them, let them know exactly when you’re moving and where you’re moving. This will give them a specific timeline to work with. You can also help them visualize the new location by describing it in detail. Remember to tell them about things in close proximity to the new location that might pique their interest, such as parks, stores or recreation centers.

Give them details on how to stay in touch with friends

If you’re just moving across Slidell, then explain how their friends will be a short drive away. However, if you’re moving across country, it may be more difficult. Let them know how they can keep in touch with their friends through regular phone calls, letters, video chats or social networking sites.

10 Tricks To Make Your Move Easier

Friday, April 1st, 2011

1. Use a moving checklist. While this might seem unnecessary, even the most experienced movers still have the potential for getting overwhelmed during a move. Having a checklist with the most important things you need to move, a plan of attack and schedule for movers will help you get organized for a typically hectic and stressful time.

2. Tape all the mops, brooms, rakes and objects with long sticks together. By taping them together, it will become significantly easier to move these objects around without having to deal with each individually.

3. Use sliders to move heavy furniture. If you aren’t going with one of Nichols Moving of Slidell’s moving services, you’ll have to load a range of heavy furniture on and off the truck. This task is made more manageable with the aid of furniture sliders or even pieces of cardboard. Placing them under the legs or sides of the objects will reduce friction and allow you to slide the heavy objects around.

4. Certain items should not be packed into boxes. While you might think it’s a good idea to pack everything in a box or container, all it will do is take more time and resources. For example, objects like televisions, microwaves and kitchen appliances don’t necessarily need to be boxed up.

5. Tape attached electrical cords to appliances. Nothing is more annoying than having a loose cord hanging off an appliance. Simply wrapping up the cord neatly and taping it securely to the appliance will make it much less challenging to move.

6. Empty gas tanks from lawn appliances. If you’re moving things like lawn mowers, leaf blowers and weed wackers, always make sure the fuel tanks are completely emptied before attempting to move them. This will reduce any extra weight or hazards from the machines.

7. Label each box with its content and destination. As we wrote about previously, marking your boxes with the complete list of contents as well as what room it’s supposed to go on will make the unpacking process considerably easier.

8. Don’t put small, heavy items in big boxes. One of the worst things you can do is pack heavy items in a big box, because it will make the box unwieldy and unstable. If you have smaller but heavier items, pack them in a size-appropriate box.

9. Pack a box just for essentials. In one of our previous articles, we wrote about the importance of packing an essentials box. As we said, this will make sure you have the things you can’t live without for the last days at your old house and first days at your new one.

10. Use proper moving supplies. While it may be tempting to get some boxes from the local grocery store, you should avoid using flimsy boxes when it comes to securing your items. Buying supplies from us will ensure that your boxes and tape are the highest quality.

Things to do prior to a move

Monday, March 14th, 2011

When you’re moving to a new residence, there are a range of things you have to remember to take care of. At Nichols Moving in Slidell, we do our best to help make your moving day as stress free as possible. However, there are many things you can do before the big move to make the transition into your new place easy. Here are a some tips on what big things to take care of before moving.

Change Your Address

The longer you’ve been living at a location, the more organizations and services will have your address on file, and it could be extremely difficult to locate and change each one of these. A good solution is to put in an address change at the post office. It takes some time for the address change to take effect so you should put in the request at least a week in advance. You can either request a change at a post office location or you can do it online here for a fee of $1. The post office will forward your mail to you for up to a year. In the meantime, you should make a concerted effort to update your address with the actual sender.

Take Care of the Utilities

Utilities are an extremely important point of business to take care of before your move. Not only do you need to disconnect your utilities from your old home, but you also have to get connected at your new home. The two most important utilities to have wherever you’re staying are water and electricity. You may even have to overlap your utilities if you’re in the process of moving from one place to another.

Sometimes if you are not moving very far, your can use the same company for all of your services. If this is the case, simply inform them that you’re moving and go through the process of turning off your old utilities and starting your new ones. If you’re moving far, you may have to contact both your new and old company to get things settled.

Update Bills and other Services

Changing your address and taking care of utilities are the two most important things to do. Once you’ve done those, there are a bunch of other smaller bills and services that you also have to address. The government has a list of services for you to remember to update with your new address, such the IRS, social security, voter registration and driver’s license. Finally, other services you may need to change or look into at your new house include the schools in the area, cable, internet service, trash pickup, recycling, newspaper subscriptions and more.

Packing Tips

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Nothing can be as difficult as attempting a major move for the first time. Many people choose to pack their own belongings instead of hiring a professional moving company. As simple as this might sound, boxing up a house full of possessions can be tricky and is often not worth the risk.    However, if you do decide to do it yourself, here are some tips.

When to Pack

The first and most obvious rule of packing is to not put it off until the last day. Over the weeks leading up to the move, you should be steadily packing everything you do not use daily. This means that fine china, decorative pieces and wall hangings can be boxed up weeks in advance. By the time moving day arrives, the only thing left should be large pieces of furniture and your checkbook. You never know when you will need to write a check, so it is best to have it on hand rather than hidden away amongst the boxes.

Moving Furniture

If you will be disassembling furniture for the move, be sure to keep all of the hardware with their corresponding pieces. For example, all of the nuts and bolts from a bed frame should be placed in a Ziploc bag and taped to the bed rails. This rule also applies to remote controls for electronics. Arriving at your new home and having to wrestle with a box of unlabeled screws, washers, and remotes is one headache you will want to avoid.

Packing fragile items

When packing plates or china, do not simply stack them atop one another. Place a paper or Styrofoam plate between each piece and lay them on their side in the box. If you position the stack upright, the bottom plate is likely to crack under the weight.

Smaller, fragile items should be wrapped loosely with paper or bubble wrap. Using newspaper can cause stains from print residue. It is easy to lose smaller items amongst the packing material and accidentally throw them out, so be sure to make those pieces especially visible. After the box is full, tape the cardboard flaps down rather than interlocking them. When stressed, flaps that are woven together will allow items to escape.

Packaging and Boxes

Don’t have any boxes? We have boxes and packing material for sale in a packaging bundle that will work for you, or if you would rather trust the packing to professionals, we offer full and partial packing services.

If you’re planning a move in the Slidell or Covington area, call Nichols Moving before you pack up all your possessions.  We’re a top-quality moving company with excellent references and a proven track record of moving success.