A Checklist For Moving With Pets

Walking two dogsMoving with pets can be tricky, but if you take some precautions and keep the comfort of your pets in mind, you and your pets can safely and happily make the move to a new home. A Greensboro moving company that has experience moving with pets can help you make this transition easier for you and your pets. Animal experts recommend that you use these tips to make the move as painless as possible for your furry friends:

Make A Pet Moving Kit

If you are planning on moving to another state or if you are making a long distance move, you should consider creating a pet moving kit. Give your pet their own suitcase or duffel bag, one per pet. In the bag, put a binder containing all of your pet’s vet records and vaccination certificates. In the bag, put small containers of their food portioned out in individual portions and several bottles of water. Also put in their favorite beds or blankets, an extra collar and leash, and their favorite dishes. A pet first aid kit is a good item to have on hand also. Keep that suitcase or bag on the top of all other items and easy to access.

Make sure that you have their microchip numbers written down and write down the name of the microchip company so you can call immediately if your pets get loose or get lost. Keeping all that information in a binder will make it easy to access if you need it. You should also take a photo of your pet the day that you move and keep it handy on your phone.

Keep Your Pets On A Leash, Even The Cat

When you are moving with pets you don’t know how they will react to traveling or being in a new situation. It’s a good idea to have all your pets, even the cats, wearing harnesses and leashes so that if they get loose or make a run for it they can be quickly stopped.

Confine Them Once You Get To The New Home

Your pets are going to be on edge when you get to the new home, even if it’s close to your old home. In order to make sure that they don’t get loose and to keep them from being overwhelmed by the new space put them in a confined space like a bedroom or a bathroom immediately when you get to the new space. Put out their bed and favorite toys, give them some food and water, and shut the door.

This will give you a chance to start settling in and it will give them a chance to adjust to being in a new space. When you start unpacking start with items that will smell familiar to them. They will have a much easier time getting adjusted to their new home if the items that they know are already scattered around the new home when you let them out of their confinement.

Choose The Right Greensboro Moving Company

Be sure that the movers you choose are experienced dealing with pets and can help you make sure that your pets make the trip safely and without getting too upset. For more expert tips on moving with your pets call Steele & Vaughn today.

Purging Before Your Move? Consider These Tips For A Successful Moving Sale

cardboard boxes in an empty apartmentIf you’re planning a move soon, one of the best things that you can do is take the time to downsize and get rid of some of the furniture and other items that you don’t really use. Steele and Vaughn, one of the top moving companies in Greensboro NC, recommends that you try having a moving sale before you move so that you have fewer items to move, especially if you are moving to a smaller home. Moving sales are a great way to purge those items you don’t use and make a little extra cash that can help pay the costs of moving. Here are a few expert tips that will help you run a successful moving sale:

Get The Word Out About The Sale

In order to sell your items quickly and get the best prices you can, make sure that people know about the sale. One great way to advertise your moving sale is to use online sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Facebook groups for your local area are also a good place to let people know that you’re having a moving sale. Make sure that you include the time and date of the sale as well as your address. It’s also a good idea to post some photos of the items that you’re going to be selling so that people can see what types of items will be included in the sale.

Join Forces With Neighbors To Have a Huge Sale

Another way to get more people to come to your moving sale is to get some neighbors to have a yard sale or moving sale with you. The more households in the neighborhood that participate, the more people will come to look and to buy. Some neighborhoods have annual neighborhood yard sales and if you can time your moving sale to coincide with one of those events, you can get rid of lots of stuff and make some money that will pay for your move.

Set Realistic Prices For Your Items

That dress that you were wearing on your first date with your spouse or your child’s first high chair might have sentimental value to you, but does it have real value? Perhaps not. If your items are older or are unique and not in high demand be sure that your pricing is fair for the item considering how old it is and what condition it’s in. While you might love that old futon you had in college, it’s probably not worth top dollar anymore. Be willing to negotiate, and remember the point of the sale is to get rid of things that you don’t want to move. It’s time to let some of those things go even if you don’t get as much money for them as you think they are worth.

When In Doubt Throw It Out

Not sure if anyone is going to want that old Ikea table or that mismatched set of dining chairs you snagged from your grandmother a few summers ago? Don’t bother trying to sell it; just throw those pieces out. When people come to check out your moving sale if they only see a bunch of junk they won’t stay and take the time to dig for more useful items. Put the good pieces out right away and throw out the rest. Some of the top moving companies in Greensboro NC often recommend getting rid of particle board or temporary furniture rather than trying to move it.

For smart moving tips that will help your move go smoothly contact Steele & Vaughn today.

7 Tips for Storage in Small Apartments

studio apartmentUrban living is convenient. You can be close to work, nightlife, shopping, dining, and more. But living in or moving into a small apartment is not always convenient. To make a small apartment seem bigger, you have to get creative. And to make moving into a city apartment easier, use one of the best moving companies in Greensboro, NC: Steele & Vaughn. Then once you get moved in, try these 8 tips for storage in small apartments.  

  1. Vertical storage. Shelving can go as high as your ceiling allows. Just be sure to keep a step stool handy. For safety, be sure to install shelves properly and don’t overload them.  
  2. Hidden storage. Find furniture with hidden storage like ottomans with storage space inside, benches with storage space underneath, and trunks or chests for coffee tables.  
  3. Collapsible items. Necessity is the mother of invention. Small apartment living has inspired the invention of many collapsible items like Murphy beds and fold-away tables and chairs.  
  4. Added storage. Lacking closet space? Get an armoire or cabinet for hanging clothes. Not enough storage space in the kitchen? Add a pantry cabinet, even if it’s in the next room. Mobile kitchen islands can add both storage and seating to your kitchen.  
  5. Hang items. Get some strong hooks or pegboard and hang everything you can on the walls, from bicycles to pots and pans. Even your foldable chairs can be hung on the walls when not in use. Done neatly and strategically, it can actually look artsy.  
  6. Organizers. Your stuff can fit in smaller spaces when properly organized. Organizational strategies can help you eliminate the things you don’t need and condense the stuff you do need into a smaller space. Under bed storage bins, vacuum-seal bags, closet organizers and more can help solve your storage problems.  
  7. Door strategies. Hang spice racks on the inside of cabinet and pantry doors and save a lot of cabinet space. Use hanging shoe organizers for other items besides just shoes, such as storing bathroom items when you’re lacking cabinet space or toys in kids’ rooms. Consider removing doors from closets and using the space in other ways; even hanging curtains in doorways will eliminate the need to leave space for swinging doors.

Find Reliable Moving Companies in Greensboro, NC 

Do you need help moving into your apartment? Whether it’s on a high floor or lacks parking, moving into city apartments can be difficult. When looking for moving companies in Greensboro, NC be sure to find one that can handle apartment moves. Steele and Vaughn has plenty of experience with urban moves in cities of all sizes. Simply explain your individual moving requirements and Steele and Vaughn will give you a quote based on the things to be moved and the length of time and manpower that will be required. Get your things easily, quickly, and safely from point A to point B. Call Steele and Vaughn: (336) 273-0546.  

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Moving Company

man carrying lots of moving boxesThere are very few tasks as daunting as moving. You have to get all of your worldly possessions from one place to another, in the same condition they were before. Many people choose to hire movers for this task to handle the heavy lifting and transportation. But before you hire just any Greensboro moving company, you should ask some questions to make sure you are choosing a reliable team, and that you understand and agree with their policies. Here are some of the most important questions to ask. 

How long have you been in business? Experience is a key component of reliability. Hire a company that is well established in the moving business, not some guys with a truck who only claim to be a legitimate moving service. An experienced company will know how to move your things safely and you can trust that they will be handled with the utmost care.  

Do you have references? Don’t be afraid to ask for references from previous customers. Any company that has been in business for a lengthy time should have names and numbers you can contact. Actually call them and verify that they used these movers and had a positive experience. 

Does your licensure cover in-state and out-of-state moves? A moving company should be licensed in the state in which they provide services. But if your move will be taking you out of state, your movers should also be licensed for interstate transport.  

Are your movers fully insured? Be sure to ask about both liability insurance and worker’s compensation. This way you will know for sure that the movers who come into your home are insured in case of injury and that your property is insured in case of damage.  

What extra expenses can I expect? Ask about added expenses before they are automatically applied. Find out what parts of the move are covered and what is considered extra. Ask about the cost for these extra charges and agree to the terms only if you feel comfortable with them.  

What are my rights if I’m not satisfied? Are you wondering what happens if your possessions get damaged or if anything goes wrong during the move? Find out before something goes wrong. Ask your movers how they handle disputes and claims. 

Do I get copies of all documentation? Make sure you get everything in writing. Get copies of all official documents, especially everything you sign. You may need to prove whether or not something was disclosed to you before the move in the case of a dispute. Don’t let the movers hang onto the only copy of the paperwork. 

Ask these Questions to Find a Reliable Greensboro Moving Company 

Don’t hire any company that doesn’t provide satisfactory answers to all of these questions and any others you have. You’re trusting this business to safely transport all of your things from point A to point B. That’s a lot of responsibility. A premier Greensboro moving company like Steele and Vaughn will expertly handle all of these questions and more. Call today to schedule your moving date: (336) 273-0546.  

10 Packing Hacks that will Save You Time, Space, and maybe even Your Sanity

Is there anybody who enjoys moving? It can be stressful and time-consuming, from finding quality moving companies in Greensboro, to packing everything you own into boxes, to the unpacking and re-organizing process. If you are looking to minimize the stress, try these packing hacks to save time, space, and your sanity.  

  1. Roll, don’t fold. When packing for your big move, roll your clothes and linens instead of folding them. Rolling saves more space than folding and allows you to fit more into a box.  
  2. Leave hung items on hangers. Anything that is on hangers, leave it that way. Just put them straight into your car or the moving truck to transport them to the new space, and carry them directly to the closets. If you are worried about them getting dirty, place a garbage bag over them and make a hole for the hangers. 
  3. Do not waste space.  Fill items such as dressers, suitcases, chests, etc. so that you are utilizing all available space. These items will be heavier, but in the end, this will save you a lot of time. 
  4. Purge first. Try to do this before packing up anything and leave items that you would like to donate in a designated area. This will also give you a chance to throw things away that you no longer need or know charity will not accept. 
  5. Wrap jewelry in plastic wrap. Keep your jewelry from tangling by laying it out on plastic wrap, side by side, then lay another piece of plastic wrap over top of that. From there, you can fold the wrapped jewelry and stuff it into a bag safely. 
  6. Keep screws and hardware organized. If you unscrew a piece of furniture, put all of the pieces into a Ziploc bag and tape the bag to that item. This will keep your hardware organized to reassemble your furniture later. 
  7. Label/mark everything. One of the easiest things to do is to pack and mark each box by room. As you move in the new space, you can drop each box in its assigned room. This makes it very easy for your moving company too. 
  8. Wall holes? They are easy to fix. You might find wall holes at your old space where you hung items. Especially if you were renting, you will want to fix these to avoid being charged for their repair or losing any security deposit you may have paid. A hack to fixing tiny wall holes is to take some plain white toothpaste and fill in the hole. It will harden and look as good as new. 
  9. Floor stains? That’s easy to fix too. Floor stains can be a big issue for renters. A hack to cleaning carpet stains is to mix a quarter cup of white vinegar with three-quarters of a cup of water, spray onto the stain and cover with a towel. Set your iron to the highest steam setting and go over the towel that is covering the stain and like magic, the stain will disappear. 
  10. Create box handles. Have you noticed that lots of packing boxes do not have handles? An easy hack to fix this is to take a box cutter and cut out an upside-down triangle on each side of the box to create your own handles. 

Are you looking for one of the most reliable moving companies in the Greensboro area? Call Steele & Vaughn. Make your move a breeze and hire the experts who can help with every aspect in the moving process. Call Steele & Vaughn, one of the most experienced moving companies in Greensboro, and get a free estimate now (336) 273-0546.