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Random tip: Moving is crazy – have a list!

»Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Moving, stuff to know | 0 comments

Random tip: Moving is crazy – have a list!

Our webmaster (that’s me) just moved and it is always so baffling how stressful moving is. I’ve decided that you absolutely need to know this: Have a list!

Creating a numbered list of everything you are moving assures that you do not forget to take anything, and it’s a terrific way to plan what things goes together instead of just dumping several things as you can into one box.  This can also make unpacking less complicated. You can easily check the items that you wanted to pack off your list to find out if they came.

Number or label your boxes to make sure you know what’s what when it’s time to throw open the boxes. If you’re moving in stages, like when you have to take temporary residence and place some items in storage…  you might also want to put unique or numbered labels on the boxes. This may seem extremely time consuming, but packing correctly will be worth every effort once you’re in your new home.

I moved two weeks ago and used a company called Girls on the Move. They’re a majority female moving company and they even have a checklist you can request! If they’re packing for you, you don’t need a list. Just get out of the way and let them do it. 

From moving big furniture pieces to wrapping delicate items, the trained professionals at Girls On The Move handle everything with care and safety.  Moving is one of the most vulnerable moments in a person’s life, and therefore you need to be able trust the people you hire for packing and moving your stuff.  Most of the movers and packers handle materials roughly and haphazardly. But Girls On The Move provide an extra soft and feminine touch to handle your belongings with respect and safety.

Have you moved recently? What tips do you have?

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Moving and Packing in Johannesburg

»Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 in Advice, Johannesburg, Moving, Packing | Comments Off on Moving and Packing in Johannesburg

If you are getting ready to move and concerned about safely moving your household goods this series of articles will show in details how to wrap your furniture for any small or large move. I have been in the moving business for over 20 years, moved hundreds of families personally as a foreman and driver, and then thousands more as an owner of a moving company, both moving locally and moving interstate.

We are not trying to cover 100% of the packing supplies, but only the most popular that are used by movers and that you can and should expect to find in a moving truck: Blankets, Boxes, paper, bubble wrap and Shrink wrap, plastic covers. With this set of supplies you can move any type and pack of china, artwork or furniture.

Regardless if you hire professional movers or do it yourself, it is good to know how to wrap the furniture and what to expect. We sell moving supplies and often hear questions: – How many moving blankets do I need? Which moving blanket should I use and how do I wrap my furniture?

The way to wrap furniture for moving depends on specifics of your move. Is it interstate move, across the country, or local moving around the block? Loading PODS or international shipping container, or moving to long term storage?

Another option is paper moving blankets. Most people are not even aware of paper blankets to be used for moving, meanwhile it is a very good alternative to quilted moving blankets, especially if you are moving only once or sending your goods to a long term storage or moving overseas.

Word of caution about shopping for a moving company: If you have valuable furniture to move – do not look for cheap movers, look for good ones. Inexperienced movers or movers with bad reputation compete on price, not on professionalism.

Plastic covers for moving would include Shrink stretch or wrap and Plastic mattress cover, plastic sofa cover or plastic chair covers. It is not at all better than a plastic mattress cover, but it is more profitable for a moving company: it cost much less to buy a roll of shrink wrap, but it takes longer to mover plus wrap can charge more for each item wrapped. Sometimes the color bleeds off the moving blanket onto upholstery.

Moving boxes can be single wall, such as Book boxes, Linen boxes etc. or double wall, such as China Boxes, TV boxes, Wardrobe boxes etc. Movers mostly use 0.5 inch bubble wrap 24 inches wide. Bubble wrap is good for wrapping electronics or large pieces of glass.

SUMMARY: When preparing for the move consider specifics of your move and consider the furniture you want to wrap. – Get space savers or paper blankets, need better protection – get premium quality thick moving blankets.

If you are moving locally and hiring a professional moving company you should expect them to show up with blankets and you should not be charged for it. If you are moving long distance (interstate moving) or to storage, then purchasing your own moving blankets might be a good idea. Moving Blankets can be of two major kinds: Quilted or padded moving blankets and Non-Quilted,, also called Skins or Space Savers.

Economy moving blankets provide adequate protection and do not take much room in the storage. For long distance or interstate moving where interstate carrier charges by weight the advantage is that these blankets are much lighter than regular moving blankets. If you move often, moving blankets with woven outer fabric much more durable moving blankets and will serve much longer.

Contrary to some statements I came across in other articles, Movers do care about your shipment, in most cases foreman is personally responsible to pay for your movers and damages also know that if something gets broken it is unlikely that they get any tips. It is important to make a foreman (moving crew leader) which items require special care.

The movers simply do not have time to consider how delicate each and every item might be. It is true that most damage occurs while carrying, unloading and loading, but it is also true that if movers (or yourself) do not load the truck properly some items will get damaged in transit.

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Keeping a Hygienic Office

»Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Cleaning, House and Home, Moving, Office and Work life | Comments Off on Keeping a Hygienic Office

Keeping a Hygienic Office

clean office It is claimed that “The first impression is the last impression”. A well-maintained workplace is a positive sight for visitors, staff members, customers, etc. to the office. Maintaining spotlessness at the office is crucial to the prosperity of the organization. This is given that aside from being a good display, it also adds to the health and wellness of the employees.

Just what does a clean office mean?

An office area comprises furniture pieces like tables and chairs, shelves, cupboards, etc. It also includes pc systems and other devices. Besides these, it may include surface art work for decor, carpeted floor surfaces, etc

Keeping a pristine office can be an ordeal for many company owners. They can allocate in-house staff for regular cleaning of the office.

Along with these, there may be a separate reception area, wash-rooms, tea room, kitchen area, etc

Hence, we see that maintaining a hygienic workplace is vital as it not only is appealing but also minimizes sick days. Doing work in a clean atmosphere also inspires the workers. All this directly improves the efficiency of the company.

– The kitchen and tea room should not have any waste food bits, leftover food, etc. The reason is that this will attract germs and rodents.
– Wash-rooms must be sanitary otherwise they can end up being an origin of health conditions.
– An office should ideally be devoid of dust, mold, have well-kept wash-rooms, etc.
– Ill kept rug or carpets become a source of allergen and disease-causing germs.
– If the reception area is not neat in look, it will discourage clients.

A clean office suggests an in-depth cleaning of all the prior spaces and objects.

But this approach has certain downsides:

– They may not perform an in-depth clean-up.
– They do not have access to new equipment for cleaning.
– Their working hours may affect with the working of the workplace.

So, what is the remedy?

These days there are a variety of expert cleaning companies that offer cleaning services. These solutions have become specialized where the particular areas that have to be cleaned are concentrated on. For example, there are companies that exclusively provide carpet cleaning or commercial maid services.

There countless benefits of employing them:

Although all these services come with a fee they ensure a totally clean office for your workers. You can also consider contract cleaning company that are employed for a daily/weekly/monthly rate at less expensive prices.

Nevertheless, if you consider the benefits these services provide for the amount invested, they are remarkable! As stated your productivity is enhanced and it attracts customers to your office.

– These companies provide skilled and seasoned staff for offering the service.
– They are on call to work according to the ideal times of your comfort.
– The cleaning material used is safe and reliable.
– The staff uses the most up to date equipment.
– Expert companies are frequent in their job.

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