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How To Safely Move To A New Home With Your Pets

Moving is a stressful experience for people, so you know it is an extremely stressful experience for our pets! From fear to mild discomfort, you can be sure that your pet will be confused at best. There are a few simple ways you can make the process easier  for your pet, and we’re  here to help!

Get With Your Vet

A few things you should look into a week before you move can be done with the help of your vet. First, make sure all of your animal friends are up to date on their shots, and that you have a copy of their vaccination records. Next, ask your vet for a recommendation about vets in your new area. Additionally, get new tags for your pets with your new address from your vet if you can. that way, if anyone panics and manages to make a run at the gas station, anyone who finds them can see they have their vaccinations, and they can contact you easily. If you have an anxious pet, ask your vet if he or she thinks sedatives would be a good idea.

Get Properly-Sized Crates

To avoid any getaways when you stop, and to protect your pets in the case of an accident or hard stop, they should be safe in a kennel. In order to keep them comfortable, make sure it is the right size. Consider bringing a blanket to cover the kennel if your pet is easily over-stimulated.

Prepare For Smaller Pets

Smaller animals, such as rodents and fish, are sometimes difficult to move, as great periods of stress or fear can have permanent negative affects. To minimize stress for your fish, place them in a plastic bag with water from their tank. For rodents like rats and gerbils, transfer them to a smaller, safer enclosure for transport, where they are safe from extreme temperatures.

 

 

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Tips on Packing Up Your Books

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Keep Your Book Collection Safe with Careful Packing and Moving

While packing up your collection of books may seem like the easiest task on the packing list, it actually should take some care and consideration to ensure that your books get to your new home safely intact. Here are some tips on packing your books without risking damage to them:

There are a few methods you can use to pack up your books in boxes. The first is to pack them all standing upright with the spines facing the middle of the box. Another safe route is to pack them all lying flat on top of one another. You don’t want to pack them with the spines facing upwards towards the top of the box. If a heavy box is placed on top of your box of books, it ruin the spines.

Be mindful of how many books you are packing into each box. A single hardback book may not feel heavy, but try lifting a stack of eight or more all together. Books are one of the easiest items to pack too heavy without realizing it. Make sure to test out lifting each box while packing it to make sure they are light enough to carry without dropping them.

If you have a lot of heavy books that need to be packed, consider using a suitcase with wheels if you have one. This is a great way to carry a load of books without worrying so much about the weight or whether they may become damaged in cardboard boxes. Simply fill up your suitcase and roll it onto the truck.

If you need professional moving services in the Fort Worth or Dallas, TX area, contact Mid-Cities Movers today at (817) 267-9901!

Lift With Your Legs, Not Your Back!

As someone who has likely lifted things in your lifetime, you have also likely head at least once the age old advice to lift with your legs instead of your back. While generally considered true, it is important to take this catchy phrase a little further to truly lift safely. Despite the widespread information about proper lifting techniques, many people still unnecessarily injure themselves with improper lifting techniques, from bodybuilding enthusiasts, to dads attempting to move a refrigerator on their own! Today, we took some time to set aside some helpful advice to avoid causing unhealthy strain on your back and spine, and to educate our readers on some effective and safe ways to lift heavy objects.

Your Back, And How Lifting Can Injure It

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Don’t cause yourself uneccesary injury! Muscles aren’t enough; be sure to use proper lifting techniques when moving heavy objects!

As humans, we have a specific muscle group spanning from the pelvis to the neck known as erector spinae, that allows us to stand upright.These muscles are responsible for lifting our torsos, and surprisingly heavy heads! If these muscles are so strong, surely they are capable of lifting heavy objects? Unfortunately, back injuries from lifting are not caused by insufficient strength, but rather by incorrect form. In fact, lifting with your legs still activates your erector spinae and additional muscles that pull the opposite direction. This action can cause you a great deal of pain!

Professionals advise that proper lifting can be achieved best with the following method:

  • Bend your knees.
  • Flex your glutes and erector spinae muscles.
  • Then lift slowly and deliberately.

Be sure to avoid jerking motions, or twisting at the hips when lifting, as both of those movements are great ways to lose your balance and/or pull a muscle! The absolute safest way to move things from one place to another is to hire professional movers! If you need professional moving services in Euless, TX, call our team at 817-267-9901.

 

How To Pack A Fragile Item

Fragile items can be a hassle when you are moving. They can be difficult to pack and can even cause trouble for your unpacking process. Part of the reason for this is because of their unique shapes and the fact they are easily breakable. How can you pack these items and keep them from breaking when jostled?

Proper Fragile Item Packing

Lamps

When packing lamps for shipment, start by separating the shade from the base. Box the shade up, lining it with paper and securing it with crumpled paper. For the base, line the box with bubble wrap and then place the lamp base in the box. Secure it with more bubble wrap if needed.

Dinnerware

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A fragile item needs to be packaged and handled with care.

Plates and glasses can be quite easy to break if not packed properly. For these items, you will need small or medium sized boxes. Line the bottoms of the boxes with packing paper (more in the glass box than the plate box). For your plates, wrap them individually in bubble wrap and then line them in the box vertically. For your glasses box, stuff each individual glass with packing paper to the brim. Then wrap the entire glass in packing paper. Order your box with the heaviest glasses on the bottom and the lightest on top.

Family Photos

Framed family photos are boxed in a similar way to dinnerware plates. Using packing paper, stack your photos vertically. Between each, on the glass, add addition packing paper. Once all in the box, stuff it securely with paper to ensure jostling does not occur.

Uniquely Shaped Items

Everyone has that one oddly shaped piece, like a vase or a ceramic tub. But how do you box it? First, wrap the piece in bubble wrap and tape it up from there. Do as many layers as you need, ensuring it is secure. Next, wrap it in cardboard. Take a flexible, bendable cardboard piece and wrap it around your fragile item. Do this until the item is covered.

As always, make sure you put fragile on these boxes and indicate as such to your movers. Getting ready for a big move? Mid-Cities Movers is always available to help you. Give us a call today at (817) 267-9901!

What to Unpack First in Your New Home

When you move into a new space, you can easily feel overwhelmed. From the amount of stuff you didn’t know you had to climbing those stairs for what feels like the hundredth time, it’s hard to stay on top of things. However, the lists and organization doesn’t end as soon as your boxes are delivered to your new space. Follow these tips to stay sane and learn what to unpack first in your new home.

Large Appliances and Furniture

what to unpack first in your new homeIf you brought your own large appliances such as a refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer, get these items hooked up as soon as possible. It may take several hours or even overnight for the fridge to get properly cold. You should also assemble and arrange beds before anything else so you have a place to sleep. If you have time, setting up large bookcases and other furniture can help unpacking go easier.

Bed and Bathroom

Next up on what to unpack first are the essentials: bedding, bathroom, and your overnight bag. Unpack your clean sheets and pillows so you can get a good night’s sleep after the long day. Do the same for kids if you have them, and unpack a few toys or games for them (or your pet). You also want to set up the basics in the bathroom, such as a shower curtain, soap, toilet paper, a towel, and other toiletries. To help make this go smoother, pack an overnight moving bag so you have everything you need on the first night!

The Kitchen

No one wants to live on delivered pizza and Chinese take out for the first week in their new apartment! Unpacking the kitchen next can make the rest of the home seem like less of a chore. Plus, you’ll be able to make yourself quick, healthy food and save money on that pizza.

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4 Things Not Pack Up When You Move To A New Home

Moving is already stressful without accidentally packing things you need when you first move in. When you accidentally pack essential things that you need, it can be a nightmare finding the right box. Here are four things not to pack up that will make your move easier on you.

4 Things Not Pack Up When You Move To A New Home

Perishable Foods and Household Plants

You’ll want your food for when you first move into your new home. Although it can be safely stored away in boxes, it’s better to not pack them up so you’ll have food. Plants can be difficult for movers to deal with, so store them in your car and take them out when you get to your house.

Important Documents

Do not pack up personal and important paperwork. If it’s lost in the move or you need it right away, it will be hard to find the box that has these documents. Store them in a folder that you can keep on you.

Cleaning Supplies and Flammable Materials

Cleaning supplies should be on hand when you move into your new home. You might need to clean counters or sinks, so you’ll need your supplies. Also, moving a box full of lighters, matches, lighting fluid, etc. is not a good idea. Anything that seems dangerous or hazardous should not be boxed up and put in the moving truck.

Your Medicine Cabinet

Do not pack up your medicines. You might need them and it would not be good to be without them.

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Tips For Moving During The Winter

winter drivingTraveling with all of your belongings and moving them off the truck is quite a task as it is. Adding unpredictable winter weather definitely don’t make it easier. If you are looking to move during the cold winter months, here are some tips to make the transition into your new place as easy as possible.

Don’t Leave the Heater Running

With all the traffic in and out of your home throughout the day, leaving your heater on really won’t have any benefit. Since the doors are going to be open all that heat is going to escape meaning the house will remain cold anyways and your first utility bill will be monstrous.

Make Sure Your Driveway and Sidewalks are Clear

A slick of ice on the way into the house is a recipe for disaster when you are trying to haul furniture and boxes of fragile dishes out of the truck and into your home. Don’t risk broken possessions and have a bag of rock salt handy to cover any ice blocking the path into the house.

Have a Stack of Sheets and Blankets on Hand

If it start to snow, sleet, or rain in the middle of the moving process, you’ll want to have some sheets ready to cover up and protect your furniture as it’s being moved into the house. Having plastic sheeting to walk on is good to have to protect your new flooring if you are dealing with wet weather on moving day.

If you are looking to move in the near future, contact Mid-Cities Movers for moving services in the DFW area. We’ll make the move as painless as possible. Contact us today at (817) 267-9901 for any questions or to schedule your moving day.

5 Moving Tips To Make Life Easy

Let’s face it: moving is stressful. Whether you’re moving out of your home, office, or across the country, you’re probably overwhelmed with stuff. Make you life a little easier with these helpful moving tips!

Take Pictures Of Your Electronics

moving tipsIf you’re like most people, reassembling your entertainment system is a headache. Take a picture of the back of the TV, computer, or other units so you remember which cables and cords go where. If they all look the same, wrap different colors of tape around each cord and label it.

Label Your Boxes Better

When labeling your boxes, you need to have a system! Remember to write on the sides of boxes, not the top, or you won’t be able to read them when they are stacked. It’s also a good idea to use colored tape to indicate which boxes go where. For example, use blue tape for the bathroom, green for the kitchen, and red for the bedroom. This will make moving in much easier.

Keep Hardware In Sandwich Bags

When taking apart your desk or other furniture, keep the screws and other hardware for that item in a plastic bag so it doesn’t get lost. You can even tape the bag to the item itself (be careful to use painters tape to avoid damaging a wood finish on furniture!). Or keep a designated box or clear storage tub with all the bags of hardware and assembly tools inside.

Pack A “First-Night” Bag

After moving day, you won’t feel like unpacking a bunch of boxes to get to your toiletries, clothes, and food. Pack an overnight bag with the essentials, a change of clothes, a water bottle, and some snacks. Don’t forget a towel!

Don’t Wait Till The Last Minute

Pack all non-essentials at least one or two weeks ahead of moving day, and donate or sell anything you don’t want to bring to your new abode. You should pack and unplug your refrigerator at least one day ahead of your move. If you haven’t managed to eat everything in the freezer and fridge, get a couple of styrofoam ice chests and some dry ice to keep things cold.

For more moving tips and moving services in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX, call Mid-Cities Movers at (817) 267-9901! We’ll make your move a breeze!

4 Most Common Things People Forget When Moving Homes

Moving: It can be a stressful process for even the most organized person. You have to pack mindfully to remember where you put your necessities, and even then sometimes a belonging or two mysteriously disappears for awhile. No matter where you’re moving, it’s important that you remember these things that many people tend to forget.

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  1. Forward your mail. Especially if you’re ordering gifts early for the winter holidays or you get particularly important mail these days, change your address before you move to avoid anything getting lost in the mail. This also ensures that whoever moves in the house after you does not get any of your mail.
  2. Cancel recurring charges. These charges are a lifesaver when you have bills due on varying dates and you want to always pay them in a timely manner, but it’s important to cancel these charges so you don’t end up paying more than you owe. You can cancel about a month before. While you’re at it, it’s also worth your time to call the company and make sure they received your bill, as you don’t want any past-due surprises down the line.
  3. Arrange your utilities. This one is easy. You can call your old company and alert them when you’re moving as soon as you know to make sure you’re only billed for the energy and water you’re using. Then call the company for your new house and let them know the date you want your utilities turned on so you’re not going without electricity because you forgot to turn on your utilities.
  4. Prepare to deep clean. For some people, the work of packing takes much longer than expected and they clean in a hurry only after getting all their belongings out. This is not advisable. Hire a cleaning service if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, or just set aside the time and money for cleaning supplies before your move so your home is clean come move-out day.

Don’t forget that Mid-Cities Movers are available to make your next house or apartment move an easy one! Call us today for your Euless, TX moving services at (817) 267-9901!

Stress-free Moving: Planning for Moving Day

room full of moving boxesMoving can be a chore and trying to get rid of the junk, sorting out your belongings so they can be packed, all the while attempting to stay organized in the disarray can be stressful. Planning everything out ahead of time will make moving day less complicated. Here are tips to follow for the day before you move so you can make the big move a little easier:

Set up a box of supplies that you will have handy while all of your other belongings are still boxed up. Items include: toilet paper, towels, disposable dishes and silverware, basic cleaning supplies, and bedding. These are some go to items you will definitely look for after the move and having them set aside eliminates having to dig through different boxes trying to find them.

If you have pets, don’t forget to set aside supplies such as food, toys, bowls, and beds so that they are comfortable during the moving period as well.

Before you start unplugging your TV, entertainment system, and computers, take pictures of how your electronics are set up and where each cord is plugged in. This will make it easier to set them back up in your new home and reduce the amount of time it would’ve taken to figure out where the cords should plug in.

If you need assistance with packing up or moving out of your home in Euless, TX, call Mid-Cities Movers today! We offer services covering all aspects of moving from packing up boxes, loading and unloading the moving van, and delivery to your new place. Get in touch with us today for more information: (817) 267-9901