Packing for a move may seem straight forward, but there are a
lot of factors that make it harder than packing for a vacation. You will have
to pack every single item in your house, including the awkward, large ones.
There are going to be a couple of steps you will have to go through while
packing your fridge. Make this process as simple as possible with these tips!
Clean out your fridge
To prepare your refrigerator for its move, you first need to clean
it out completely. This is going to be one of the last things you clean out
before you move because you use your fridge daily. Most likely, you will do
this within a week of your move if not less. This way, you will be able to use
your fridge for as long as possible until you must move out. Start by emptying
any unwanted, expired food, and throw it away or run it through your garbage
disposal. After you empty it, you should unplug it, and open the doors for a
few hours to make sure any remaining water has evaporated. Once you have
completely emptied your fridge, wipe down all of the drawers and shelves so
that no residue remains. Make sure the entirety of the outside is clean as
Disassemble your fridge
It may not seem like your fridge has any pieces to be taken apart,
but this is a crucial step. Remove any drawers or sliding shelves from the
inside of your fridge and freezer. This will prevent them from sliding around
or breaking inside the fridge while being transported. Wrap up these pieces in
blankets or towels to keep them safe without having to purchase any packing
material. Secure the doors of your fridge with a rope so that they do not fly
open during transportation.
Measure your fridge
measurements of the dimensions of your fridge before you attempt to move it.
This will allow you to know which hallways and doorways your fridge will be
able to fit through. You can then move it outside to the moving truck through
the easiest route in your home.
Use Zippy Shell Moving & Storage
Don’t want to
load up the fridge yourself? No problem! Ask about our loading and packing
service referrals to help with your heavy lifting. We will bring the moving
container straight to you and can help load everything up for you. Whether it’s across town or the country, we will pick it
up and move it safely to your new home right away.
Flat screen TVs can be difficult to pack due to their fragileness and large size. Such an expensive belonging of yours should be given much care so that no damage occurs within the process. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to pack up your flat screen so your TV is exactly the way you had it before your move.
Separate any lose items from the screen
Start by taking a picture of the back of you TV so you know exactly where each of your cords went! Then, unplug any cords that are connected to the back of the TV and neatly roll them up and place them in a small bag that is marked “TV cords.” . This way, when you are unpacking all your items, there will be no confusion about where each cord goes. Additionally, pack up all your TV remotes as well and label them too.
Wrap the edges of the TV
It’s a good idea to cover the outer edges of the TV with some sort of padding. This will give the entire TV some additional protection and prevent it from scratching. The padding will keep the TV more secure than ordinary packing peanuts will too.
Find the right box
If you still have the original box that your TV came in when you bought it, then use this box to repackage your TV for moving. However, if you don’t have it anymore, no worries! You can try to find a box almost the same size as your TV, just slightly bigger to allow for you to pack extra padding inside.
Fill the box
Place a small blanket on the bottom of your box to give extra cushioning to the TV before it goes into the box. Then place the TV upright on top of the blanket inside the box. Fill the empty space within the actual screen of the TV and the box with towels, blankets, or any other soft items that you want to take with you for your move. This will prevent the TV from moving side to side and hitting the edges of the box. Finally, cover the remaining space on top of the TV with any additional packing/soft material to ensure your flat screen’s safety. Note: be sure that any blankets or towels are clean and free of debris as you don’t want to scratch your screen during the moving process!
Pack the TV into your Zippy Shell container
Always pack televisions upright, to ensure their safety. Place the box with your TV upright in between other items to reduce the chances of your TV falling over during the move. Label your box too so that you know when you are loading and unloading this box to be extra careful. Contact Zippy Shell today to get a quote on your move!
Tips to Ward
off Summer Procrastination
season can be a tricky time when it comes to balancing relaxation and work.
While it may be easy to fall in a bit of a Summertime malaise, prevent yourself
from slipping into that trap with these tips.
Write down and prioritize your goals
of your goals written out will help you remember what is important to you and
what you need to focus on. Once you know what your goals are, decide which ones
are the most important or most challenging. It can be helpful to get the most
challenging tasks out of the way, so then you can relax and complete the more
manageable goals afterward. You can then create deadlines for when each task
needs to be completed will also help you stay on track.
One step at a time
Don’t try to
take on too many projects all at once. If you can, only focus on one to-do at a
time to avoid spreading yourself too thin and ultimately taking longer to
complete each separate task. Complete the objective at hand, then move to your
Mark your calendar
know when each assignment must be completed, create a timeline of how you are
going to space out your work. This will help you achieve your work over time,
without the hassle of trying to cram it all in at the last minute.
Give yourself a break
If you try
to complete several tasks in a short amount of time, it could very well lead to
a burn out. Once that happens, it can be very difficult to pick a project back
up again. Be sure to take a break every once in a while. This will help give
your mind and body the rest that it needs to fuel up and get back to work at
always a great way to help you accomplish your goal. It can be as small as
treating yourself to your favorite snack or taking a trip to your dream
location. Just be sure to stick to your word and only reward yourself once you
have met your goal(s).
As winter is beginning it is important to make sure you are prepared to weather the storm.
First and foremost, make sure your home is insured, that way if you happen to have a home emergency involving a plumbing leak or a roof caving in from snow, you will not have an immense cost to worry about. It is also important to make sure your car is insured as well to avoid any damages caused by icy or snowy roads.
Slowly lower your thermostat during the day, and night as well, to prevent your wallet from taking a beating in the cold winter months. Bringing the temperature down by one degree a week can make a huge difference. If this is too difficult you can always layer up to make the adjustment easier.
Prep your car
Your car will go through a lot during winter weather. To make your drive more pleasant, throw an extra blanket and sweatshirt in your car for the drive while your car is still heating up. Make sure you also have a little shovel, salt, and window scrappers to avoid any problems resulting from snow.
Stock your house with extra food and water in case you happen to get snowed in for an extended period of time. Keep extra shovels and snow salt in your garage to avoid having your car snowed in and having no way of getting out onto the road. Make sure you also have extra firewood if you have a wood fireplace, or have an extra gas insert if you have a gas fireplace. Candles, flashlights, and batteries should be easily accessible in case of a power outage.
Visit your doctor
Get an annual check-up to make sure you are healthy going into the cold winter season. Get a flu shot to avoid being bedridden for up to a week. Always remember to wash your hands and avoid sharing food or drinks with sick people. Check that your prescriptions are up to date as well.
Whether you choose to have our moving professionals pack up your belongings, or you choose to pack them into the shell yourself, it is important to know the best way to do it.
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