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What Should I Do to Prepare My Furniture and Appliances for My Move?

Moving Furniture Appliances

As you plan for your residential move, it's important to take steps to protect your furniture and appliances from the bumps, scratches and damage that can happen during transport. At Nilson Van, we've heard some horror stories about moves gone bad when items were vulnerable during the move and suffered damages -- sometimes irreparable.

Let's cover a few of the important steps you can take to ensure your belongings stay safe on the trip to your new location:

  • First and foremost, the most important step you can take to keep your furniture and appliances safe is to hire professional movers. Movers have the training and experience to handle even larger items. They know how to prepare them for transport and deliver them safely. Working with friends, family, or other people without professional experience in residential moves can be a costly mistake.
  • Unplug appliances at least 24 hours before the moving day. This will give them time to drain if necessary. If you neglect this step, you could have a major mess on your hands.
  • Secure appliance and furniture drawers, shelves, racks and cords. Leaving these items loose can cause problems on moving day. You can use tape, ropes, bungee cords or plastic wrap to make sure everything is tight and secure.
  • Acquire the right supplies. Make sure you have boxes of all sizes, bubble wrap, tape, blankets and other cushions to move larger items. Keep in mind it can be a hassle to track down these items on your own. But when you hire the right moving company, they'll bring these packing items with them.

No one wants to have to replace furniture and appliances after a move. Moving is expensive enough as it is! By taking the necessary precautions, you can get everything to your destination in one piece, so you can make your new place a home as quickly as possible.

Contact our expert moving team at Nilson Van today for help getting your furniture and appliances ready for your residential move.



Checklist for Planning an Office Relocation

Office Relocation

Oh, the office relocation -- it's a mixture of excitement, chaos, and stress -- potentially a whole lot of stress if you haven't planned properly. But our pro moving team at Nilson Van is here to help you get organized for the big move. Our decades of experience have shown us that if you fine-tune your moving checklist and have the right movers in place, you will be able to eliminate most of the stress and chaos, and focus instead on the excitement.

Let's take a look at three important items you need to have on your office relocation checklist.

A Moving Timeline

To ensure everyone in your office is on the same page, it's important to provide a packing and moving timeline for your staff. Provide a document that includes the dates they will need to pack up their belongings and prepare their computers and desks, as well as the final date they will be working in the existing office. By keeping them in the loop and outlining the expectations you have for their participation in the move, you will avoid confusion and chaos. 

Wrap Up the Desks

An easy way to secure desks and filing cabinets, including the items inside them, is to wrap them up with plastic wrap. If they can lock, do that first, but using the wrap provides another layer of security. It's much easier to do the "wrap-up" than it is to have each employee unload their desks and cabinets into large boxes.

Use a Labeling System

Another great way to stay organized is to use a consistent labeling system on each piece of furniture and equipment. The labels will correlate with the doors at the new office location, so there is no confusion as to where each piece will go.

Get Your Office Relocation Right with Nilson Van

Let us put our seven decades of moving experience to work for you. Contact Nilson Van today to get a quote for your office relocation. Visit us online or call 800-845-2682.



What Should I Look for When Hiring Movers for My Military Relocation?

Military Family Moving

A military relocation can be a stressful time. But when you have the right moving company working for you, it can make the difference between smooth sailing and a chaotic, frustrating transition. There are certain things to watch for as you consider different moving companies to facilitate your move. Here are the top considerations.

Does the Company Specialize in Military Moves?

A military relocation isn't the same as any other type of move. Look for companies that list military relocations as part of their specialized services. Check their website and online reviews to see if they have the information available to show they know what they are talking about when it comes to moving in the military.

Does the Company Hire Experienced and Trained Movers?

While the company may sound great on paper, it's important to know they hire professional movers who have the proper experience, training and background checks. The last thing you will want to worry about is sketchy or inexperienced movers. Don't be afraid to ask the company about the individuals who will be providing the moving service and what their background information and training include.

Does the Company Have Good Communication and Customer Service?

You should be able to tell as soon as you connect with a moving company whether they will have the communication style and customer service to meet your expectations. Ask questions and request timelines. Make sure the company seems competent before you sign any paperwork hiring them for the job.

Our Expert Movers at Nilson Van Are Ready for Your Military Relocation

In your search for the best movers around, we know you will discover you can get the best of the best at Nilson Van. We have been helping members of our military move for more than seventy years. That's a long time, and we have many satisfied military clients to prove it.

Visit us online today to learn more about the benefits of choosing Nilson Van for your next military relocation



How to Get the Most Out of Your International Move

While we can’t guarantee a 100% stress-free international move, with the right support and steps in place, we can help ensure a streamlined and successful trip. The key is to keep the move as organized as possible. Your belongings will be making a very long journey, so it is also important to pack correctly for such a trip.

Here are two of our top tips to help you get the most out of your international move:

Tip #1: Start Planning for the Move in Advance

When you are moving internationally, you really can't expect to make the move quickly. It's not like relocating across the state, or even across the U.S. Moving to another country, means you must not only pack well but also prepare well for what the other country will want from you. Different countries have different sets of guidelines and customs you will need to understand and fulfill before entering. Be sure to know what those are in advance so you can take the necessary steps before your move day.

Tip #2: Professional Packing Is Worth It

Sure, you can probably pack up your belongings on your own, but for an international move, you will need to have those items packed as safely and securely as possible. By turning to the professionals, you can have peace of mind knowing movers with experience are going to use their best tricks to keep your belongings safe.

Make the most out of your international move and experience peace of mind instead of stress by working with the pros at Nilson Van & Storage. Contact us today to learn more about our expert moving services.



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