As a full service moving and storage company, at Exodus, we do it all. Whether it’s a large scale corporate move or a small scale residential relocation, we are truly the company with international capabilities and local sensibilities. One of the things that is often forgotten is our specialty moving services. Sometimes, when companies branch out and extend their service expertise, in the end, while they may be able to cover more they are not able to maintain high standards in that which they offer to their customers. Through extensive training of our employees and a guiding principal of hard work and integrity, when we take on any kind of job, we commit to total excellence. And moving wine collections is no exception.
Ideas for Small Wine Collections
Wine aficionados in the process of relocation often come to us with questions about how best to transport their collections from point A to point B. The first thing we ask is the size of the collection. For smaller more manageable numbers of bottles, transportation can be as easy as using a personal vehicle. In this case, we recommend careful packing and paying special attention to the temperature inside your car insuring that it maintains a consistent 55? F. If you will be flying to your new destination and would like to transport a small collection, consider very carefully packing bottles in your checked luggage. We highly recommend the use of specific packaging to ensure that your bottles do not break during the often rough handling of airline baggage in transit.
Old vs. New Wine Moving
Another important thing we inquire about when our customers want to move their wine is how old it is. In general, the older the wine, the more fragile it can be with regard to temperature changes, corkage drying and general movement. But bottles that are less than 10 years old are often easier to move without jeopardizing the integrity of the wine. Newer corks created using synthetic materials and generally more resistant to drying and younger wines often contain less sediment that would benefit from a “rest period” after relocation. It is important to think about what your specific grouping of vintages represents in order to best answer the question of transport.
When To Move Wine
Experts agree that the extreme weather months are the worst time for your wine to make its move. If you are completing a long distance move in the summer or winter, we suggest securing climate controlled storage until late fall or early spring. The most temperate months of the year offer the safest environment for wine transport. Using a climate controlled van will provide your precious bottles with a safe haven from temperature variation, until your wine collection can be delivered to its new home. This will ensure that your wine maintains its value and perhaps most importantly, it intended flavor.
Today is Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s a day about silly cards, teddy bears and a good excuse for too much chocolate. For others, it’s about fine jewelry and fancy meals. But at Exodus, we believe Valentine’s Day is a day to think about love in your life and the ones who mean the most to you. Perhaps you have a significant other who it’s time to take that “next step” with. If you have been dating for a while and dancing around the issue, maybe it’s time to move in together. If you have been married for a while and you have been living in clutter, it might be time to face the facts of cohabitation. If you still own two of everything, perhaps it’s time for storage.
For dating relationships and newlyweds alike, moving in together can be a big step. And while many people feel secure in their “couple-hood”, many don’t feel altogether comfortable getting rid of their “stuff”. Some people feel that by maintaining separate sets of things, it can create an automatic “out clause”. Others simply prefer to maintain some sense of individuality even and especially within the context of a partnership. For the most part, everyone spent years alone creating a world full of the things they needed to support the life they had. But when two people come together, this can produce an excess of otherwise useful items. You might just end up with two sets of mixing bowls, two enormous book collections or doubles of anything that makes your home complete. But instead of living in chaos, or worse, not moving in together on account of your hand blown glass elephant collection, perhaps these 3 steps might help in creating cohesive cohabitation.
Take an Inventory
There will be many things in your home, especially your kitchen and living room that you will not need two of in the house. If you are about to make the move to live together or if you already have and these things are stuffed somewhere in the “closet of no return” it’s time to get organized. Decide which one is nicer, which one has more sentimental value or whatever characteristic makes it easiest to get rid of one or the other. Once you have done this, either give the extra one away or set it aside for storage.
If you find that you really do have two sets of everything and it’s simply too much or too soon to donate, perhaps it’s time to get a storage unit. Call Exodus, we would love to help.
Create a Timeline
Set a deadline for when it’s time to clear out. Your extra things can remain stored indefinitely, but perhaps the healthiest thing at some point is deciding when you want to let go. A suggestion in this might be “after 3 years of living together we agree to go through our storage unit and make decisions.” This creates a defined time frame for release and in the mean time allows you to maintain that sense of individuality in the midst of your loving relationship.
Every year approximately 25 billion dollars is spent in the US alone on corporate relocation. That’s a pretty penny. And while there are various motivations for moving the office, the employees or both, the main goal is always the same: to improve the quality of business operations and to ultimately contribute that gain to the bottom line.
But what is the bottom line when it comes to relocating? It’s obvious that key issues involved include the place, the people and the market but that’s only the first step. Once the decision has been made to move, the next part can be tricky. The second phase of office moves comes when you realize that no matter how organized you are, you would be well advised to find yourself a hardworking professional mover with corporate relocation experience. That’s where we come in. But it is important to shop around so we offer the following tips to make sure you get the most out of your search.
Make sure you get an accurate quote.
Lowball offers are an exercise in futility. Some movers will rope you in with cheap estimates and then load you up with hidden charges. Smart moving shoppers know to look carefully for the signs of things that might be missing. A good rule of thumb in this case- if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Watch the Weights
It is always a good idea to get at least 2-3 quotes before you select a company to help with your office move. When you get these quotes, make certain to look at the weights that they have estimated. What things weigh can make all the difference when it comes time for the bill. Keep in mind that what you are actually charged in the end will be based on how much weight you have and how complicated it is to transport that weight from point A to point B.
Knowledge is Power
Perhaps the most important thing to do to get solid quotes and complete information from moving companies is to ask a lot of questions. If you are unclear about any part of the moving process as it is outlined in an estimate, ask questions. If you feel like you understand completely what is being explained to you, ask questions to clarify. A knowledgeable and professional estimator will both welcome any questions that you might have and readily provide you with the answers. In this case it is important to remember that there truly are no stupid questions, especially when the future of your company and its employees are hanging in the moving balance.
During the first 48 hours in your new home you will need to have access to a lot more than you think. And while unpacking can be a long and sometimes stressful process, if you think ahead there is no reason you cannot set yourself up for success. In order to do this, a little planning is involved to insure as much comfort as is humanly possible. Amidst a sea of boxes, here is a second list of things that will make ridding the tide of your post move an infinitely more enjoyable experience.
Saying Good Morning
Starting out that first day in a happy way is a great thing to do to get yourself and your family on the right track. If you usually have coffee in the morning, make sure to pack your favorite mug and a French Press or an auto coffee maker. If you are more a tea person, don’t forget those tea bags and a hot water pot or some other stove item to heat with. Silverware and plates are good for when someone goes on that fresh pastry run. Also make sure to pack some easily accessible pet food and perhaps a new toy for your dog. Both the family and the pup will be much better behaved if they are able to start their day in a semi- “normal” way.
Keeping in mind that the first couple of days in your new home will be a lot of work, make sure to stay hydrated. Packing water bottles and a couple of energy bars in case you don’t have time to stop for a formal meal is a great idea. Having music in the house can also vastly improve the pace and the mood of the unpacking process so make sure to bring along an MP3 player with headphones or speakers depending on who will be in the house. And last but not least, why not include a bottle of Champagne as a token to celebrate the move day you have accomplished!
Admin and Medicine
Don’t forget to have some kind of small first aid kit handy. This should include in it things like pain killers for those aching muscles. Also don’t forget that you and your families’ daily medications should be easily handy as you won’t want to unpack the entire bathroom box just to find them. Make sure to have scissors and a box cutter handy. Also important can be light bulbs and batteries as you never know when one will be burned out or you may need to power up a screw driver to put something together. Another important tip is to pack a section of current paperwork. You may be surprised how quickly you might need to put your hands on contact numbers, account numbers and your check book during those first few days. Don’t make the mistake of having o sort through the entire office to find what you need.
When creating a checklist for a move, one of the most often forgotten items is the “open me first” box. And while this may seem like a concept of minimal importance, it can potentially make or break your first 48 hours in your new home. There are several different moving guides and relocation tips out there. Each one has a different view on what is important to include in this “box”. There is also some dispute on whether or not you should create an “open me first” box for each room of your home. While this can be a good idea, we feel that for the sake of ease and in an effort to not have to locate all of these boxes before nodding off to sleep, we would like to suggest creating one location that will have everything you need to be comfortable.
Use a Backpack, Suit Case or Duffel Bag
Make sure that this “open me first” box doesn’t look like everything else. It is also helpful to make sure that it doesn’t travel with everything else. If possible, transport this group of things with you in your personal vehicle so that you know where it is at all times. Keeping it in the trunk of your car is recommended until the movers have left and the house has “settled down”. This way you can avoid losing track of it in times of high traffic.
Pack for 2 days
Make sure to include a change of clothes for tomorrow and the next day. This allows for some extra time to get to your unpacking as well as an additional outfit to change into in case something gets spilled on or becomes sweaty from heavy lifting. Don’t forget PJ’s and sheets for your bed as there is literally nothing worse than finally wanting to sleep and having to search for linens. It is important to include all of your toiletries in travel sizes but especially remember to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. A travel candle and lighter can be a nice touch to relax you on your first night in your new home.
Vital Forgotten Items
While this may seem obvious, toilet paper is a very important thing to make sure to have in your home throughout the moving process. Everyone involved will benefit from this item arriving first in the bathroom. Expect a long day of talking and coordinating during your move. Don’t forget to pack your cell phone charger and a pen and paper in that first box. It’s also important to make sure to bring soap, a shower curtain and a towel so that at the end of a hard day, you can easily get clean.
All moves are not created equal. This is an important concept that every professional mover is all too aware of. There are household moves and commercial moves. There are local moves and international moves. And as mentioned in previous blogs, it is vastly important to understand all the terminology that might be used in the wording of your moving contract. The following are terms that have to do with how far you want your moving company to take you.
An important thing to understand about your move is exactly how accessible your entrances and exits are to the large moving trucks that your company will be using. You can always measure this yourself or find out from your real estate agent. A Long Carry charge is the fee added when your movers have to carry items an “excessive distance” between the truck and their final destination. If there is no driveway access or temporary parking is unavailable on your street, you may incur fees that you weren’t expecting. It is important to check with each company to find out exactly what their allowance is in distance before they start to charge a Long Carry fee.
The Operating Authority is the name given to a certification officially administered by either the state or national government. This regulatory documentation authorizes professional movers to transfer goods from one place to another and is usually defined to a specific geographical area or region. While there are 4 main kinds of Operating Authorities, it is most vital to make sure that your preferred mover is licensed to move your home of office from point A to point B. This becomes especially important for long distance moves where you will be crossing state or national lines. Asking questions about this kind of regulation on the front end, can not only help you to select an appropriate mover, but can help you to avoid extra charges and complications during your actual move.
In a continuing effort to empower our customers to make informed decisions when it comes to moving, we would like to continue our highlight on industry terminology. As we mentioned before, the business of relocation has developed a vocabulary all of its own over time. Without understanding what these words mean it can become increasingly difficult to navigate not only the search for your preferred mover but the contractual process. The following are some of the key terms used to describe the kinds of charges that you may encounter.
An Accessorial Charge is an extra, additional, special or supplemental charge. These charges are associated with services offered by moving companies such as packing or unpacking but can also include Flight Charges and Pickup and Delivery Charges. In general, these are fees associated with extra services that you request. But it is important to pay attention to Accessorial Charges that can become included based on the nature and scope of your move. Paying close attention to the terms in your contract can help you to avoid hidden fees.
LINE HAUL vs. FLIGHT CHARGE
As mentioned in one of our Terminology Tuesday posts, a Line Haul Charge is a term used to describe basic charges for long distance moves calculated by mileage and weight of total shipment. But a Flight Charge is generally calculated in addition to this figure. Flight Charges are additional fees associated with a moving crew relocating your items up and down flights of stairs as this creates a need for extra time and effort on the part of the team. These fees can be avoided if there is an elevator available to the crew that is large enough to transport your belongings.
PICKUP AND DELIVERY CHARGES
Many people may take for granted that they understand what movers mean by Pick up and Delivery Charges. But most often you will find this defined as “Separate transportation charges applicable for transporting your shipment between the storage-in-transit warehouse and your residence.” This cost is generally only a factor if you will be needing to use storage in between moving from one place to another. It is a good idea to read the fine print when it comes to not only a moving companies taking your items to storage and storing them, but also, how much it will cost to move them on to their final and eventual destination.
Because moving is such a big deal in your life it is also a big business. And over time it has developed a vocabulary all of its own. It’s important when planning a move and selecting a moving company to help you that you understand the rules of the game. The words being used to describe your process can become vitally important when doing preliminary research and especially when negotiating contracts. The following are some of the key terms used to describe the people and companies you will be encountering throughout the moving process.
Agent. While this term is a common one, when used in the context of moving it has a very specific meaning. An agent is a local moving company that is authorized to act on behalf of larger national another company. It is important to pay attention when dealing with this type of professional intermediary to insure that nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
Broker. A broker is a company or individual that organizes the hiring of a moving company. This type of business is quite popular on the internet. Many customers find a company on the internet and hire them, believing that it is a direct hire. In reality they have actually hired a broker who then goes on to bid out the actual work. The major draw back with this is in the chain of responsibility. While hiring a broker takes the search off your hands, it can also make the accountability unclear. If something goes wrong with the move, often the broker and moving company blame each other and no one takes responsibility. As a result of a sincere lack of laws to regulate this particular part of the industry, sometimes legal liability becomes unenforceable. We recommend hiring moving help directly and avoiding the use of brokers.
Carrier. This is another common term that has a specific meaning with regard to moving. But the definition in this context is very simple. A carrier is the moving company that is actually physically relocating your belongings.
When it’s time to start packing, its easy to feel overwhelmed. With so many things to accomplish in a finite period of time, anxiety can build fast. And while you may be an incredibly organized person and have already secured an excellent moving company to help you through the process, there is a way to take the edge off of the amount of stuff that needs to be done and simultaneously not feel so alone. When it’s time to move, it’s time to plan a packing party!
A packing party is a great opportunity to turn a stressful situation into a downright festive occasion. It’s also a wonderful excuse to invite your friends, family members and neighbors to help out with your move. If you take a few hours to use an “all hands on deck” approach, the ship of your move is bound to have a much smoother sail.
Make the Guest List. Think about the people in your life and consider their strengths. Who among them is organized, detail oriented, or physically strong? Who has a lot of time and energy? Who is good with their hands or at taking things apart? Create a list of these people and invite them to your packing party.
Break It Down. Create 3 main categories by which to sort your stuff. We suggest the following: to keep, to store, and to get rid of. The “to keep” and “to store” piles are being packed away, but the “to get rid of “pile is most important for your packing event. This group can be broken down into 4 groups: to recycle, to sell, to donate and to toss. During your packing party you can use your guests to clear this area by taking items to local recycling centers, local charity organizations or taking things that they might need for their homes.
Create a Theme. Themes inevitably make parties more fun. They give a sense of direction and help everyone who attends to know how best to help. One theme idea might be a “Box, Wine Party”. Have each person you invite bring an empty packing box and a bottle of wine. Tell them that they are to help fill the box and help empty the bottle!
Use your Resources. If you have 5 people coming to your house, divide tasks up and give people jobs. Ask one person who likes to cook to help pack your kitchen. Have another person who is very interested in philanthropy take the load of clothes that need donated over to the Salvation Army. By assigning tasks to people according to their areas of expertise, they are more likely to be both useful to your moving cause and excited to participate.
Moving with children can be difficult, especially when they are young. Of course there is the practical side, the sorting and the packing of all of their things and the logistics of where they will be during the transition from one home to another. But there is also a highly emotional side to relocation. It is common for children to feel insecure and act out if they are feeling at all uprooted. In order to avoid this situation as much as possible, it pays to be both organized and think of simple ways to make moving a special experience for the whole family.
Have a Family Meeting. While it may be hard to explain, the sooner your child knows about the move the more time they will have to adjust. Encourage any questions they might have and make the concept of changing homes something that sounds like an interesting adventure.
Get your Kids Involved. If a child feels like they are an important part of the team, they will be more likely to help out. Keep positive energy about your move going. Encourage the planning of a moving sale and allocate the proceeds to something everyone in the family wants like a new game system or a new pet.
Create a Special Bag. Each child should have a special suitcase, packed for about 3 days worth of time. It should include not only living essentials like clothes and toiletries, but also things that will make their first few days in their new place feel like home. Familiar personal items like their favorite toy or blanket, glass or game. This will help your child to feel more like they belong in your new place of residence.
Have a Family Party. Make the first night in your new home special. Order a pizza, play board games on the floor, or make a tent with blankets and boxes. Even though moving can be filled with its headaches and stresses, it is important to find creative ways to make your kids feel like a good change has just occurred in the life of your family.