Moving Outdoor Equipment and Gardening Tools from Your Shed and Garage

Posted: October 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Many homeowners have sheds and garages full of mowers, gardening tools, flammables and recreational items. This is one of the messier and more complicated parts of the move.

You need to keep in mind that the shed and garage is the area of the home where moving companies come across a large number of items that we cannot ship. Paints, flammables and combustibles need to be taken care of before the move crew's arrival.

Propane tanks, paints, fertilizers, gas cans as well as the gas stored in your power equipment all needs to be taken care of. Marathon Moving suggests that you run all the outdoor equipment out of fuel, then open the cap and let the gas fumes evaporate as well. This should be done a couple of days before your move.

To prepare bulky garage items for moving day, all items should be clean and dry like barrels, kids recreational toys, hand tools and power equipment. Boxing up all the smaller items, hand tools, nuts and bolts, etc before the move is important too.

As far as the larger hand tools like rakes and shovels, we don't recommend boxing these items. We do recommend taking 3 or 4 like size items and taping the handles together. This way it is easy to find a spot for these in the load. We like for people to avoid putting all their long handle garden tools into a large barrel or wardrobe box. This becomes a bulky, hard to carry and hard to transport item.

Lastly, bicycles and recreation items like kayaks and canoes also need to be addressed. These are very difficult to fit in the load and we would ask people to move them on their own if possible. If you have a high-end, specialty bike, we suggest you purchase a bike box and that you remove the petals, wheels, seat and have that bike boxed up prior to movers arrival.

If you have any other questions about moving items in your garage, contact Marathon Moving.  

Essential Tips on Moving Your Appliances

Posted: September 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Moving household appliances can be a little tricky when you are not prepared. It can also cause quite a bit of problems when people assume that there are disconnects that movers are able to handle when, in fact, they are not.

Lets clear up when movers can and cannot disconnect appliances and then reconnect them again at the final destination.

A mover will only handle the most simple of disconnects. This means a refrigerator that does not involve a water line, or an electric dryer, not gas. They will also disconnect the washing machine only when there is a shut off for the water valve.

As far as reconnecting appliances the movers will connect only a refrigerator that does not need a water line. A washer and dryer would both need a professional to install.

As far as getting a washer and dryer ready to ship. Those need to be disconnected by a professional, unless the washer has a disconnect at the water line.

Beyond that, you want to be sure that you have a new water line for your washer when you get to your destination as well as a new dryer vent kit.

However, front end loaders require a bolt to lock the drum in place while it is being transported. These bolts are often discarded by the original installers. If the homeowner no longer has the bolt, they can go online to the manufacturer and buy the bolt.

Refrigerators and freezers also need preparation. If the freezer is going to have a chance to defrost, this needs to be done ahead of time and then dried out.

If you do have water lines going to these appliances, be sure that you have a professional ready on both sides of the move to disconnect and reconnect.

Microwaves and stoves are a little less tricky. The microwave is most often a counter top type. For moving this type of microwave, remove the glass plate and the spinning mechanism.

If you are moving an electric stove range, it just needs to be properly cleaned and be sure the pans are removed from the drawer. If the range is gas, be sure you have professionals disconnect the stove prior to the move.

For more information on moving, contact Marathon Moving.

Moving the Items in Your Shed and Garage

Posted: September 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

When preparing yard furniture, planters and outdoor grills for a move, you need to consider the weather. In an area like Massachusetts, which has lots of snow and cold temperatures, you need to be sure that your moving company can access these items from your shed or garage.

All these items should be collected and placed in a clean, dry spot prior to the move.

Quite frequently people want their outdoor furniture protected much like their indoor furniture. But if on the day of the move the moving company shows up and that furniture is dirty or wet. This makes it very difficult for the movers to protect these items.

In regards to large outdoor planters, be sure they are not frozen into the ground, and that they are hosed off and clean. Remember, plants cannot be moved in an interstate move.  Also, be sure to not water the plants on moving day. Which loosens the plant and can result in leaking water.

In addition to having outdoor furniture and planters clean and dry, prepare your BBQ grill. Remember, movers cannot move the propane tanks, the briquetts on a charcoal and gas grills should be emptied as well as the grease cup or tray.

For more information on preparing outdoor items for a move, contact Marathon Moving.

The Most Common Household Items Your Mover Will Refuse to Take

Posted: September 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The items that movers cannot or will not move are broken into categories: dangerous, perishable, irreplaceable items.

Dangerous items are paint, flammables and combustibles. Common types of items are household paint. Flammables, are items like kerosene lamp fluid, mower fuel or aerosol cleaners. Combustible items are things like ammunition and propane tanks.

The most common perishable items that cannot be shipped are animals and pets, food, and live plants. Live plants are actually one of the common items we get asked to ship. On local moves, most moving companies will move plants, but in interstate moves, the department of agriculture has strict guidelines, so no moving company can move live plants across state lines.

Irreplaceable items obviously don't pose a threat to the move. But if these items were lost or delayed in the shipping of your belongings, severe problems could arise. Items such as cash, credit cards, passport, car keys. If these items get lost or delayed, problems are caused.

For more information on saving time and money on moving, contact Marathon Moving.

How to Save Money on Your Interstate Move?

Posted: September 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

An interstate move is a move across state lines. Interstate moves are billed by weight. So your primary cost driver is how much stuff you ship and how much it weighs. So our tips are based on culling down the size and weight of what is shipped.

Here are some tips for trimming the fat on household goods.

Take a direct look at high weight/low use collections like books, LP's and CD's. Many collectors have transferred these to electronic format but have held onto the original hard copy. When faced with an interstate move, it may be time to look at whether or not these are worth hanging onto.

Another thing to look at may also be free weights. It is often less expensive to purchase these at your new home.

Another common area that unnecessarily drives up weight in interstate moves are your storage areas and garage. Often storage areas are full of items you have kept but that you no longer need: cribs, glider rockers, etc.

In the garage and workshop areas there are often high weight low use items like tools. Again, it is often less expensive to purchase in your new destination.

The last tip of trimming the fat off you move is to put together a floor plan for the active use part of your household. Determine what can fit at destination, and the items that cannot fit or you won't use you should donate before you move.

Cutting down 2000 pounds is not hard to do. If you were able to remove 2000 lbs off of your 1000 mile move you would save $800, if you could cut down 4000 lbs you would save $1700. But if you were moving 2000 miles and you cut out 2000lbs you would save $1100, or cross country, you would save $1500. Quite a savings.

For more information on saving time and money on your next long distance move, listen to the podcast and contact Marathon Moving.