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Unpack into the New School Year

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Did you recently move into the area for the start of the school year? If so, welcome!

Save some time with ideas for unpacking into the new school year:


Create a Plan:

Create a list before heading out. Check for items around the house before leaving! Try to create a separate list or take a picture with a phone to avoid bringing the original paper. It is easy to lose the syllabus or teacher’s list when shopping.

Some items to remember: anything missing on the school list, commonly used items (paper, pens, etc.), groceries, dorm supplies, flash drive, and book protectors. Don’t forget to stock up on items that are used during the entire year that are more affordable right now. Paper, pens, folders, flash cards, and other items run out or become damaged and having extra can be helpful.

Finding Supplies on Short Notice:

Having trouble finding missing textbooks, unique supplies, or common items that are in short supply? Most textbooks can be found at the school store, online, or in local area book stores. Sometimes for less common textbooks or other items, overnight shipping online may an option if they are difficult to find.

Some store may be willing to hold an item, search online and call stores to see if they have books or larger items. If nearby stores are out of stock, driving to nearby stores or close-by towns might have harder to find items. Also, a store is out of a certain item but it is more common, ask if they have a truck coming. Sometimes stores are able to restock items that are high in demand for the school year.

Avoiding the Lines:

Avoid the lines at back to school time by shopping early or at less peak times. For stores that are open 24 hours, the early morning is usually the best time to visit to avoid large checkout times and crowded parking lots.

Looking for Items:

Try some of these locations an item is sold out:

– dollar stores

– local bookstores

– online

– smaller stores like CVS, Walgreens

– grocery stores (they get a good about of school supplies in stock)

– office supply stores

– craft supply stores (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann’s)

Food and Snacks:

Make sure to consider shopping for your favorite meals and snack items for the new school year. Having some meals ready can help things go easier when it is busier. Cooking on the weekend for the week can be a great idea if you have some extra time.


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Item Assembly & Disassembly

One of the easily forgotten parts of moving is item assembly and disassembly. Check out these tips for help with the process:

Keep the manual!

table disassemblyNew or old furniture?  Maybe you have a large treadmill, sports equipment, or bed? Save headaches by taping the manual to the item before throwing out the box. If you no longer have the manual, sometimes more recent ones are found online at websites like this one or the manufacturer’s website.

Working without a manual

Sometimes you may have an old piece of furniture or one where you cannot find the manual. Take pictures of the item before starting in detail. Slowly disassemble items, write notes and take pictures for reference. Keep small pieces in labeled bags to make them easier to find. Generally, keep in mind how the pieces hold the weight together to choose between two screws or pieces without a guide. For example, if constructing a table, large screws are usually used for connecting the legs to the table top over smaller ones.

Keep parts together

Keep everything together and check any packaging for loose items before starting. Before going too far, do a rough check to see if all the pieces are there. Sometimes a screw or small part might be missing. When a part is missing, bring one of the same pieces to a hardware store, they usually have a similar replacement. Label a plastic bag or container with the small parts to make sure they do not get mixed up when moving.

Bring the right tools

Most furniture will need a screwdriver and Allen wrenches to assemble. An electric screwdriver and rubber hammer come in handy if assembling or disassembling a lot of furniture. Regular hammers can damage delicate or expensive items. A soft surface to assemble or disassemble items on is important to prevent damage.

Packaging

When disassembling items, package items to protect from impact for a move. Plastic or bubble wrap are good insulators for wood furniture, large items like treadmills, and beds.

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Items to Skip

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Tired of extra items filling a room? Save space when moving and make an easy to navigate space by skipping unwanted items.

Avoid extra large, bulky, inexpensive, and perishable items. Simplify moving with a quick list of items not to pack in a walk-through. Keep an eye out for large or heavy items that might not have to be packed. No need to bring 100 pounds of filler or fill a truck with empty boxes!

While going through items, look for:

●   old items

●   extras

●   unused or inexpensive items

●   items to go digital

Top items to skip are: old electronics, extra furniture, plastic storage containers, extra clothes and blankets, old pillows, food, cleaning supplies, books, dvds, cds, old yard and garage items, unused exercise items, and broken items.

Bulky tvs, unused electronics, and computer monitors can be skipped to free extra space. Unused items could include: inexpensive furniture, large decorative items, floor lights, old area rugs, extra clothes, shoes, blankets, comforters, old appliances, board games, kitchen items, extra seasonal items, old toys/stuffed animals, an old lawn mower, treadmill, weights, or an old bicycle.

Finally one group of items to make sure to take off the packing list are items than can be converted to a digital format. Cds, dvds, books, and video games can take up space and weight down boxes when packed. Create a digital library for music and narrow down the dvds, books, and video games you would like to keep. Some websites like this one have a way to convert dvds to a digital format for a certain amount per disk (usually around $2 per dvd).


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Moving Tips: Packing Boxes

Hello and welcome!

Today we’re going to talk a little bit
about how to properly pack a box.

Now packing is probably one of
the most dreadful times
when somebody is moving.

You get intimidated by the stuff you
have accumulated, year over year
and you have to go through stuff
which makes it a very not fun task
but an absolutely necessary task
when you are moving.

So today, I am going to talk a little
bit about how to make that easier,
how to have a systematic approach,
so that you can get packed up
in time for your movers to get there
and get you all located and
transitioned into your new home.

So the first thing I want to talk about
is setting a timeline for packing.

Set a goal for yourself.

Try to have one room each day
leading up to move packed up.

Obviously your going to have
to set aside some essentials
to get you through until the move
and it depends how big your home is
how many days out you start.

The last thing you want to avoid
is the movers showing up on moving
day and not everything being packed.

Which can add time for them,
maybe making things more complicated,
potentially more expensive.

So I want make sure that you guys
understand how to pack properly but
also have a good timeline.

If you set a goal to pack one
room per day then count how
many rooms you have in your house
and hold yourself to that goal.

If it is a big room, or if it’s
a room with a lot of odds and ends
like a kitchen that is going to require
more boxes than something just like
a bathroom, then maybe make it
a goal for two days
to have that room packed up.

So first as we get started here
we have some basic supplies
and materials that are going to
be needed for packing.

We have your standard cardboard
box, we’ve got some packing paper
also referred to as newsprint.

Now it is referred to as newsprint
however, I do caution you against
using newspaper because the ink
from the newspaper can wear off
on the things that you are packing.

If you don’t care about the stuff
that you are packing that much
or it’s just going to be a real
short term thing, sometimes that’s ok.

We always use blank newsprint,
it protects the items well and
also prevents ink from wearing off.

We have a marker for labeling the
box when we’re done with the pack,
and of course some packing tape,
and then the example dishes that
we are going to be packing today.

So first, we are going to go
ahead and get the box ready
for packing.

As you can see here, you’re got
a pretty standard box, you might
see when packing a kitchen.

So what I am going to do here
is fold over these two flaps here.
They are going to be kind of like
the brace flaps and then I am going
to fold over the two longer flaps here,
so that you’ll see it, like that.

Then I’m going to take my tape.

Now it’s really important to tape off
the bottom.

Sometimes what we’ll see when we go
to move people is that they’ve just
folded the corners of the box
flaps over one another.

That is something that I don’t recommend,
it’s not the strongest way to do it.

I recommend giving it a round there,
potentially double taping it.

So for all intensive purposes
we have the bottom taped up.

Now when you are packing
these boxes make sure that
they don’t weigh more than
50 pounds.

This can not only make them
harder to move but they are
also harder to stack on top
of one another.

They can crush boxes under them
if they are not loaded properly
or if too many boxes weigh too much.

There is just no way to create a base
with that many boxes.

It can also damage the integrity of the
box, so items can fall through the
bottom of the box when you go to pick them
up.

That leaves a mess, nobody wants
to deal with that.

So assuming that the bottoms of
your boxes are properly taped up,
and they’re ready to go,
then they shouldn’t weigh
more than 50 pounds.

So what we are going to do next
is we are going to take
each of our model dishes,
actually, before we do that,
it’s always a good idea to
pad the bottom of your box
with some packing paper.

This way, if your box is set
down on something, maybe a little
too hard, or you have stuff underneath it,
if you have glass on the bottom
of it, it is not just coming into
direct contact with the solid surface
the box is going down on.

I like to put a few pieces of packing
paper in my box to insulate
at the bottom of it.

Ok then once you have the baseline
covered down there, you can start doing
the individual items.

Now it’s really
important here to wrap each individual
item that you are going to be packing.

So as you are wraping them up,
something like a coffee pot
a lot of times, I going to stuff
some paper down into it to help
try and reinforce the sides and
the edges.

So you have that and going to put
one more for good measure down in there.

You’re going to want to put
your bigger dishes on the bottom.

So the bigger items you have,
put them on the bottom, so
you’re not just stacking big dishes
on top of little dishes.

So I’m just going to go item by item
here.

Cups you can just going to roll
them on up.

Cram that down
into the cup like so.

More glassware, notice how I’m
putting the items in the middle of
the paper and folding it into the paper.

This covers the edges and it also covers
the inside of the item.

Generally one piece of paper
per item works, but if it doesn’t
quite cover the entire thing,
it’s definitely ok to use more
than one piece of paper per item.

I always like to be safer than sorry
when packing a box.

This is just so
that items don’t have glass shards.

You want to make sure that you are
covering all the glass if you’ve got
nice books, figurines, or whatever
the case may be that you are packing.

Make sure that every area, ever portion
of that is completely wrapped up.

So we have everything wrapped up
here and we’ve actually played some
Tetris in this box and fit everything
fairly tightly.

So as you see, everything is in
there well.

Now we don’t have anything else
to pack right now and there is
still some room on the top.

So to prevent the top of the box
from caving downward, we’re going
to go ahead and just take some paper
and fill in the areas that could
potentially have air, to make them
more air tight, to fill that gap

This is going to provide cushioning
and support in case something gets
stacked on top of this box inside
the truck.

Alright, now that we have that all
packed in so that there are no gaps
in there to keep things from shifting
and also to add some support to the
top of the box
we’ll go ahead and close up the
top of the box the same as we
closed the bottom, like so.

and the final thing before
we tape off the top is going to
be to label the top

So remember when you are
bringing the boxes into your new
home, you are not going to
remember what is in each individual box.

Especially blank boxes if they aren’t
labeled.

You’re also not going to
remember what room they came out of.

So if you are looking for your
George Foreman grill or you’re
favorite Florida Gators coffee mug
the next morning when you are
trying to drink your coffee,
instead of having to go through
every room of your house
and every single box,
write on there.

So what I’m going to write on
this one, looks like all these
items came from the kitchen.

I’m going to write what’s in
the box, so coffee pot, bowl,
(there’s a few bowls in there
so I’m going to write 3)
I think there are about three
cups in there, and a couple other random dishes.

So I now know what is in the box
and I’m also going to write what room
it is from, so that I know
where to find it, where to put it.

But also, the movers know where
to put it.

Because remember when
they are all loaded up onto the
truck, the movers may not have
a photographic memory exactly
what box came from which room.

So it’s really important that
those boxes are labeled,
this way you don’t have to open up
every single box when it comes off
the truck and say it goes into the
bedroom or it goes into the kitchen.

They can just look at the top of
the box and say “oh it says kitchen”
and bring it directly into the kitchen.

Then that way you know which room to
go to when you are looking for
that Florida Gators coffee mug and
then you’ll see on there Florida Gators coffee
mug on the top.

So I hope this video helps with
some how to on packing and how to
at least get started.

Remember one room per day leading
up to your move is
a good goal to shoot for.

It’s going to not be as overwhelming
as you might think.
Packing can go quickly.

If you really dread it,
and want somebody to come
help you, we definitely
offer packing services and
are happy to come help do this
for you.

So that’s all I have for today,
thanks for tuning in.

 


Music Credit:

Guitalele’s Happy Place by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Kara Square (mindmapthat)


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High Impact Upgrades for Your Home

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Getting closer to moving season, are you planning to sell your home and buy a new one? Maybe it is time to make some worthwhile upgrades to your home?

Check out some of the highest impact ways to improve home value and sell your home more quickly. These improvements are great to update your home, become more energy efficient, and create a space that feels brand new.

Highest Priority Upgrades :

– Roof: if you have an older home, the roof and insulation can be a huge selling feature. Selling a home with a new roof in Florida helps with security against hurricanes and makes the house look updated. Tip: Ask a roofer about a magnet tool to clean up any left over nails from the yard. They will usually include it as part of the job.

– Ac/Heat: a new ac unit can literally be lifesaving in Florida heat! Upgrade your old ac unit to help with your energy bill going forward.

– Water Heater: replace the house’s water heater with a more energy efficient version. There are five main types of water heaters, see more information about them here if you are considering which one is the best fit for your space!

– Plumbing: fixing a broken water pipe can save a huge project like replacing water damaged drywall. Be careful of small leaks around the house from plumbing breaks, they can lead to a mess with mold.

– Electricity: wiring can get old and not work well anymore. You might have noticed old outlets around the house no longer work. If outlets no longer work in an older house or there is a lot of static shock, the house should get an estimate for rewiring the electricity. Old wiring can cause shorts, inefficient energy use, and eventually home fires so they should get repaired for safety!

– Insect Repel: Florida is well known for having termites issues in homes. Have an insect protection plan to save large bills later for demolished wood around the house. Other bugs and animals may be common in your area, research to help with prevention for them. Ants, bees, wasps, spiders, cockroaches, squirrels, armadillo, snakes, bats, and owls are other common home threats.

Pro Tip: Weirdly enough squirrels can eat through roofs or even the wiring of your car! Avoid having too many things that attract them around your house. For example, trim back trees around your house so it is more difficult for squirrels to get on the roof!

Pro Tip: A fake owl can go on a fence to protect a yard from smaller animals.

Pro Tip: Use careful consideration of what plants you have around the house, generally avoid having any plants too close to the house because they can attract bugs and animals. It can be safer to keep bushes at the edges of a backyard instead of near the windows.

Overall, make your house more energy efficient, protect against damages, and improve home value by making your home safer and masterfully upgraded!

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Reusing Packing Supplies

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Finished unpacking everything? Check out some uses for reusing packing supplies after moving!

Boxes

  • – Create a box fort or give them to kids to play with
  • – Flatten them and save some for shipping packages
  • – Reuse the cardboard to build a prototype for a new product idea
  • – Use one for a disposable workspace for craft projects with messy supplies like spray paint or hot glue
  • – Cardboard is a great lightweight building supply! It can be an amazing to fix things around the house. Loose kitchen table or chair? Glue cardboard together to make furniture sliders.

Plastic Wrap

  • – Use extra plastic wrap for insulation for shipping packages
  • – Plastic wrap can give a nice texture when painting, try it out to create some unique furniture or art
  • – Sound effects! Try using some extra plastic wrap to create unique sound effects for a video.

Blankets

  • –  Stuffing from an old blanket can make throw new pillows
  • – If the blanket is in bad condition, the fabric can be cut to be used to create a dog toys

Break down packing supplies to remake them into something new. Blankets can be broken down into stuffing and fabric. Boxes can flattened into thin sheets of cardboard. Cargo straps can be broken down into high quality straps for backpacks or hooks for holding items around the house. Item covers could be remade into material for a pet cover for a car.

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Space Saving Ideas

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Having trouble with clutter or fitting items in a suitcase? Try these space saving ideas!

Plan a Space

Create a few notes for how a room should look or what to pack. By knowing what to bring it can help with what not to bring. A lot like going grocery shopping with a list, it can help to make sure everything important is ready to go.

Use Multi-purpose Items

Multi-purpose items are a big space saver! Some to consider are:

  • Furniture
    • – desk that turns into a mirror (build your own from this tutorial)
    • – stacking end tables (they are currently sold out online but you could build some from a few crates!)
    • – bookshelf that turns into hooks for a bike, clothes, or other items (see it here)
  • Items for Packing
    • – socks: use them to protect small breakable items. They are great for a souvenir or small electronics
    • – laptop: if you have a few sheets of paper for a document, a laptop can double as a folder
    • – umbrella: try searching for a multi-function umbrella, this umbrella is a flashlight (just for fun this one turns into a projection screen!)

Maximize Space

Make the most of a room or suitcase by maximizing every item and using items to reduce clutter.

Fold clothes efficiently and try using space bags for ones you do not use often. Don’t forget about stacking items vertically in crates or a bookshelf. Hanging storage that attaches or goes next to a wall can help with storage without taking too much space. Overall, when thinking about a room or suitcase, make sure to ask, “Do I want to keep this?”


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Timing a Move

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How far in advance should a move be planned? When should you call a mover?

Plan a move one to two months in advance. For a home, a moving timeline might look something like:

8 weeks out – Set closing or move-in dates
7 weeks out – Decide what will be going
6 weeks out – Schedule three estimates from movers
5 weeks out- Have termite inspections, home inspections, appraisal, survey, etc
4 weeks out – Begin packing and going through items
3 weeks out – Bind home insurance, verify compliance with lender
2 weeks out – Lock down moving dates with mover
1 week out – Finalize packing, or hire packers to come
Moving Day! – Welcome to your new home

Plan when to move based on how quickly you need to move, what items there are to move, and where you are moving. A home or new office will likely need more time to prepare for a move than an apartment or dorm. Timing a move can include time for anything from house repairs to packing.

When should you call a mover depends on what you would like help with and the time of year. Movers can help with packing, a helping hand, junk removal, storage unit assistance, delivery services, item assembly/disassembly, and moving for individuals or companies. Try to call in advance if booking a move in the busy season from May through September or if you would like additional assistance for a move.

Call movers around six weeks before moving. Moves outside of May through September can be scheduled with less time due to more availability. Although you may want to book in advance to get the date and time you would like to move or leave extra time for moving services. Other moving services can be requested around one week to two months in advance depending on the type of service.

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Helpful Moving Items

Need a quick guide for what to get before a move? Check to see what items you have and find some suggestions for helpful moving items.

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Moving Items Checklist:


   Cleaning
• mop • trash bags
• bucket • window cleaner
• magic erasers • bathroom cleaner
• carpet cleaner • all purpose cleaner
• broom • outdoor supplies (leaf bags, mower)

 

   Fixing
• paint hole filler
• concrete mix (for patching holes in driveway) • replacement parts (outlets & light switches)
• screwdriver

 

   Planning
• notebook • pencil / pen
• box labels

 

   Packing & Unpacking
• boxes • bubble wrap / insulation
• blankets • plastic bags (for screws, etc)
• wraps for expensive items • covers for carpet
• packing tape • rubber bands
• box cutter / scissors

 

   Lifting
• hand dolly • furniture sliders
• gloves with grips • slip resistant shoes

 

   Vehicles & Traveling
• air for tires • connector to haul vehicle
• overnight clothes • change for tolls
• drinks & food for the trip

 


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Guide to Unpacking

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Ready for some reverse spring cleaning? Try out some of these space saving techniques during your next move-in.

Planning a space

Plan out what you would like in a new space with a few quick notes. Something like, “Twin size bed near window, moving planning notedesk on right, storage in front of the bed, shoe holder on back of door.” A few notes will help minimize clutter by choosing what you would like in the space. For more tips on creating a plan for a new space, check out here.

Removing clutter

Unpacking can sometimes lead to a lot of clutter even in a new space by bringing in old items. Reduce clutter by getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit a rough idea of what you would like a new space to look like. Boxes stacked full of old magazines might not fit well with new furniture for example. Moving into a new place is a great time to get rid of a few things that are adding up to a lot of clutter.

Space saving techniques

Organize items with space saving techniques like airplane folding and stacking. Roll clothing that is not on hangers to fit them more easily in a dresser. Lay items like blankets flat so they can be stacked to save space. Space bags can be helpful for comforters and blankets that are not used often. Bulky and less used items can be put in containers under a bed or in a closet for easier storage.

Use items with multiple functions

Sometimes saving space can be done by reducing how many items you have by replacing them ones with multiple uses. Bedding with build-in storage, a desk lamp with office supplies, a multi-color pen instead of five pens, or one multiple size measuring cup could save a lot of space!

Simplify the space

Reduce the total number of items and keep like items together in a room to keep things simple and less cluttered. Place similar items together in a way that is easy to remember helps make things easier to find. It is never fun trying to find something in a drawer with tons of random items. Keep up with clutter as it happens easily by making it easy not to clutter a space with a trash can, organized spaces, and a easy to manage room layout.

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Redesign Your New Space

Planning a move this spring? Completely redesign a new space by decluttering for a move.

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Plan out how to organize things for your next location to save time unpacking and have a chance to redesign a new space. The dream office or bedroom is right around the corner!

Planning & sorting through items:

Sort through items and get boxes to ready to unpack by planning the new space. What is the space you are moving into like? Try using a few sheets of paper to draw out a few ideas of how you would like everything to look. From there, make a list of how you would like to sort through items and how they should be labeled. A new office’s boxes could be labeled: office supplies, books, electronics, and accessories.

Boxes can be divided into sections if there are not enough items for one box. For example, you could get a piece of cardboard to divide one box in half and have the right side for office supplies and the left for books. Cardboard sections are also great for creating dividers for office supplies when unpacking.

Decluttering for a move:

While sorting items keep in mind the new space. Declutter for a move by sorting all items into three piles: items to keep, undecided, and not keeping. For items that are undecided, consider how they would be in the new space, how likely they will be used, or if you would like to keep them. It would be a great chance to consider if you want to keep things like a huge dvd collection, books, old notebooks, or anything that is not used too often. Sorting items before moving will help keep things more organized when unpacking.

Unpacking & designing a new space:

When you are ready to move and everything is packed and ready to go based roughly on the plan you made, it is time to unpack! Set up for the new space should be a lot easier. Place boxes in each room based on labels and easily sort them based on the plan for the space. Fewer boxes to unpack will help unpacking go faster. Enjoy the new space with a movie and pizza by decluttering for a move!

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Weatherproof Items for Heat, Cold, and Water

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Moving from one place to another or just keeping items in one place has its challenges. Sometimes you could use help packing with a Gainesville moving company.

Weatherproofing items for heat, cold, and water is one of the best ideas if you are keeping items in storage to protect them against damages.

Going through your garage or storage, are your items packed in boxes or plastic containers? How many times do you go to put something out there unpackaged and completely forget it’s there for months to find it eaten, broken, wet, or damaged?

A few quick fixes will save lots of damaged items.

Weatherproofing Tips:


Try keeping a few extra boxes near where you store items. The small space between your washer and dryer is perfect for keeping them close by. Many Gainesville moving companies sell boxes and will deliver them if you request help packing.

Next, keep a roll of packing tape near the boxes to make sure any boxes are sealed completely. The tape helps items from being reached by bugs and better insulates them from temperature.

To make items more water resistant, wrap items that could be damaged by water with plastic wrap. Try using plastic containers for more vulnerable items like books or documents. Boxes are great for more waterproof items and make packing more cost efficient. Mold can be a major problem when the temperature changes, so protecting items with a box and wrap within the container adds resistance from moisture.

Careful consideration of what should go into storage is important for less weatherproof items. Some items don’t handle heat and cold well even in good packaging like paper, fabrics, food, medicine, and electronics. They can be damaged easily by mold, heat, and cold. Try to keep these kinds of items in storage at room temperature. If you are looking for storage, check if they offer temperature controlled units if items are less weatherproof.

Save your favorite baseball cards by keeping them inside to avoid warping from heat. Protect a wedding dress by putting it in a storage bag in a closet with silica gel packs to avoid mold. Last but not least, keep electronics away from the outdoors to keep an air hockey table working.


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Moving Tips: Fill Out Your Move-in Condition Report Like A Pro

move-in condition reports

Moving into your Gainesville apartment can be an exciting new experience. But before you begin moving in your furniture and decorating your new home, it’s important to make your Move-In Condition Report your first priority. When you move into your new apartment, the leasing office will provide you with a Move-In Condition Report, or what we like to call a “Not My Fault Report.” You will be given a time limit to fill out this form and return it to the office with any damages or issues you may find in your new Gainesville apartment.

This report’s first purpose is to protect you as The Renter, so it’s important to note or write down anything you may find! Following the tips below will ensure that you can return your report back to the office and rest easy knowing that you thoroughly checked your apartment and will not be charged for any previous damage.

7 Tips for Filling Out Your Move-In Condition Report

  1. Keep your condition report for the maximum allowed amount of time. This will give you plenty of time to ensure that everything is working properly and look for any damages you might not have noticed before.
  2. Get there early! This report is a lot easier to fill out in an empty apartment. Pick up your keys a day before you schedule your movers or arrive to your apartment early so you can finish the report while the apartment is still empty. You’ll be able to fill out the report with limited distractions so you’ll be less likely to miss any small damages you may have overlooked otherwise.
  3. Check every single window and door. Thoroughly examine the cabinets, front and back doors, and every window screen. Don’t forget to lock and unlock every window to ensure that they’re all working properly. Additionally, be sure to look for any damage on the walls where doors open. Damages can be very common in these areas so it’s extremely important not to overlook even the smallest mark or scuff.
  4. Make sure all appliances are in working order. Keeping the report for the maximum amount of time allows you to cook dinner and do a load of laundry before you hand in the report, ensuring that any issues with your appliances are noted and on record.
  5. Highlight any items on the report that need maintenance’s attention so that the office can submit work orders. If any of your appliances aren’t working properly, just make a note of it and maintenance should be by soon to fix any issues you may be having.
  6. When in doubt, just report it! Not sure if a stain is significant enough? Note it on the report anyways. It’s much better to be safe rather than sorry. There is no limit to how much you can put on the report, so making note of any stain, mark, or scuff will ensure that you’re not charged for the damages later.
  7. When you return the report, have a person in the office sign off on it with the date and time and retain a copy for your records. Once this is finished, congratulations! You’ve officially finished your Move-In Condition Report like a pro.

This is a guest blog post from the team at Swamp Rentals, a local Gainesville apartment guide that helps renters connect with apartments that meet their lifestyle and budget.

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4 Reasons to Love Living in Gainesville, Florida!

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Living in Gainesville

There’s a lot to love about living in Gainesville. From the abundance of natural beauty surrounding us, to cultural events and of course, Gatornation, living in Gainesville has got a lot to offer.

Here are just a few reasons why we love living in Gainesville!

The Gators

How could this not be first on anybody’s mind? In Gainesville, Gator spirit runs deep. Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll find Gator pride infectious. Sooner than later you’ll end up at a game at the Swamp packed with 90,000 other fans and realize why.

Gatorade

The brand now synonymous with with the term “sports drink” got its start right here in Gainesville. Originally invented as an effective thirst quencher for UF athletes, the drink has grown to dominate sporting culture.

Tom Petty

That’s right, Gainesville’s #1 son is none other than the birthplace of the legendary rocker and much of the original Heartbreakers. While we were all saddened by his sudden passing earlier this year, Tom Petty remains a beloved hometown hero.

Natural Springs

By far, one of the most iconic features of Gainesville and the surrounding area is the high density of natural, freshwater springs. Offering scenic, natural beauty and crystal-clear waters at year-round temps of 72 degrees, the springs are a favorite among residents. Its also a popular spot for tourists visiting Florida.

Check out our list of the top five natural springs near Gainesville!

More Reasons to Love Gainesville!

Of course, these are just a few reason why we love living in Gainesville. With always something happening, there’s so much to see and do!

If you’re considering a move to Gainesville check out our moving blog. Our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ segments provide a breakdown of everything Gainesville has to offer, neighborhood-by-neighborhood. We also offer moving tips and hacks to make your move easier.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

Carrollwood is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) just north of Tampa. While it technically holds autonomy and exists as a separate entity of Tampa, its direct proximity makes it a popular neighborhood for families and retirees. Carrollwood features the convenience of urban amenities and Central Florida’s rural charm.

Great schools, safe neighborhoods and an easy commute into Tampa make Carrolwood great for families, while scenic beauty and convenient shopping and recreation make it popular among retirees. If you’re moving to Tampa, find out why Carrollwood is a great place to live!

Things to do in Carrollwood

Carrollwood is loved among residents for offering a slice of natural natural bounty within minutes of urban convenience and entertainment. In a way, it’s a lot like Tampa’s backyard.

Carrollwood has a lot to offer by way of recreation.

things to do in CarrollwoodLake Carroll

Often cited by Hillsborough County residents as the most beautiful lake in the area, Lake Carroll offers both the majestic beauty of Old Florida and ample opportunity for water sports and activities. Take in a sunset or take the boat out for a day of fun on the water; whatever you like, Lake Carroll has something to offer. You can even soak up some rays on the lake’s white-sand beach!

recreation in Carrollwood FloridaSports

From Carrollwood, you’re only a short, 5-10 minute drive from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During baseball season, save yourself the drive over to St. Pete and catch a game over at George M. Steinbrenner Field, directly across from Raymond James. The stadium is home to minor league team, the Tampa Yankees, in addition to serving as the annual spring training grounds for the New York Yankees.

Places to Eat

places to eat in CarrollwoodCarrollwood has no shortage of great places to eat. Whether you’re looking for international cuisine, quick-service, or casual eats, you’ve got it all in Carrollwood.

Here’s our Top Five spots:

 

 

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Carrollwood is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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