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Green Moving Practices

Many industries have taken to going green, they have recognized how their industry can be changed to be apart of the solution instead of contributing to the problem. It probably comes as no big surprise that the moving industry is one those industries that has suffered by being apart of the problem instead of the solution, with its big gas guzzling high pollutant trucks, to the materials used in packing and moving, we have seen our fair share of problems that needed to be addressed to help make this world a better place.

At Element Moving and Storage we aim to succeed in a big way, we have tweaked our moving process, packing procedures, and materials we use to help reduce our carbon footprint. We have found more environmentally friendly packing materials to help protect your fragile items during your move, through to cardboard boxes that are used more than once.

Going green has increasingly gained popularity with consumers and companies, we are proud to say we are apart of this movement and to continue to grow our business with green practices. Element moving and storage is the next generation in moving, and being green is a strong part of that next generation by practicing and continue to develop new practices that make your next move as green as it possible.

Green Moving Tips

  • You can lower the cost of your move by clearing out the clutter of your stuff before you move it. Throw a yard sale, or plan ahead and upload big items on craigslist or ebay.
  • You can work with Element Moving and plan a donation pick up of gently used items such as clothing, furniture and children’s items. All items will be donated to a number of non-profits throughout the DFW area.
  • Consider using cardboard boxes that are made with recycled materials, then consider sharing your boxes with family, friends or neighbors that may be moving as well, this will allow boxes to be used more than once,
  • Instead of using bubble wrap to protect your fragile items consider using old newspapers +/or old sheets/towels.
  • One of the biggest things you can do to be environmentally friendly is to use green cleaning products, products made by Seventh Generation, Green Works or simple green to name a few, they cost a little more but will help you sleep at night knowing you are doing your part in helping the environment.
  • Of course a great green moving tip is to hire Element Moving and Storage, a professional moving company that is dedicated to providing you a positive green moving experience.

Packing Tips for Moving

Element Moving can handle all your packing needs for you… but if you do decide to do your own packing, here are a few tips from the pros to help. Get the right equipment… By equipment, we mean the right boxes (professional quality), packing materials, tape, scissors, and permanent marker. Element Moving offers a custom set of packing materials suited to almost any item including mattresses, dishes, large articles, mirrors, and more.

Use the Right Techniques

  • Use wadded packing paper to provide cushion in your boxes.
  • Wrap fragile items in paper before placing in boxes.
  • Don’t over pack. Keep boxes and cartons to 50 pounds or less.
  • Be sure your boxes are filled to the top to ensure they do not get crushed when stacked.
  • Pack items you won’t need until after you are settled in your new location first.
  • Follow a schedule. Don’t underestimate how long it takes to pack!
  • Go room by room to stay organized.
  • As you complete a room, sort boxes and cartons by weight to make the loading process easier.
  • Label boxes clearly with your name, room, where the box should go in your new home, and a brief description of contents.

Know The No-No’s

Don’t pack the following items:

  • Flammable fluids such as lighter fluid or gasoline
  • Chemicals including auto maintenance fluids
  • Fireworks
  • Paints and paint thinner
  • Combustible objects such as oxygen bottles or propane tanks
  • Firearms
  • Live plants

Keepers

Keep the following items with you when you travel:

  • Family photos
  • Prescription drugs
  • Children’s toys
  • Important papers and personal records (wills, insurance policies, deeds, stock certificates, etc.)

Remember… Element Moving can help with any step of your move including packing and unpacking!

General Moving Tips

General Moving Tips are to be geared around your personal situation. Understand that these tips are here as a guideline or recommendation of our best practices.

Look the Calendar

There are times of the year that are busier than others; however we know that it is ideal for families to move during the summer when the kids are out of school. If you do not fall into that category you options are open.

Some common things to remember

When purchasing a new home is your furniture going to fit? Will you homeowners insurance policy helps you with the move and are you covered in the new place? The old adage measure twice and move once is applicable to make sure that everything fits in the new house or can get into the new house.

Time to clean

If you haven’t picked up in the past 18 months are you really going to wear that shirt from 5 years ago? We understand that donating your items is often difficult but it’s time for a new beginning.

Arrived at your new place

Just make sure that you are prepared to eat out or have food delivered the first few nights in the new place. This is a great time to find a favorite pizza place or burger establishment.

Embrace the New and be thankful for your past home

Moving days are generally a range of emotions. Embrace the great times that you had at your old home and memories that are with you, and welcome the new opportunities that present itself. Play a great tune while you are moving so everyone feels good about the new adventure.

Element thinks of all the details… for you! Ask about our special out of the house service…

Pre-Move Tips

Moving is one life experience that few people describe as “happy times” even if you are moving in the Dallas Metro Area.

Here are some suggestions of things to do before you move so your family will be ready when your belongings arrive.

Starting a project before you move in may seem counter productive but in the long haul it will save you time and money. We recommend that some projects are started prior to the move for example: If you’ve purchased your new home with a countertop that doesn’t fit your style. Sooner or later you will want to replace the countertop thus disrupting your living arrangements. There is a quality of life equation that you can use to formulate whether or not that you want to deal with all the dust, destruction and workers while you are living at the new home. Many times it becomes a budget and time issue…consider all factors – the hassle and time if you wait to do a necessary project at a later date.

Additional projects that you may want to consider.

  • Have your home re-keyed…who knows who has keys to the house. Whether it is from the Realtor, last home owner, neighbors. Have the keys redone. Security and Peace of Mind.
  • Do the closets fit your lifestyle? Can you start out being organized? Install some new closet systems that fit your needs. No matter when you choose to do it, professional installers can be in and out in a jiffy. If you want to save some money it may take slightly longer with a do-it-your self kit.
  • Have all your electrical checked if you need upgrades. Moving into an older home you may need to add electrical outlets throughout the home. While the newer homes are are meeting the modern tech demands the older homes often times need more outlets. Double check if the bathrooms and kitchens are GFI. All of these projects can be easier to complete when your rooms are empty. The work can be completed without your having to move furniture or cover room accessories to protect them from drilling dust.
  • Build shelves in the garage to store your stuff so that you can use it as it was meant to be used… for your cars and home supplies.
  • Have everything painted that you want painted – again no furniture or rearranging of all your life belongings. Think of the time and hassel that you are saving.

These are 5 pre moving projects that we consider should be done prior to your next move. If you have any other questions regarding your next move please do not hesitate to call us or email us at info@elementmoving.com.

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