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  • 10 steps to get your rental security deposit back when moving out.

    Posted on March 24, 2012 by BlanketMan

    When renting a house or apartment you will be asked to pay a security deposit, which is to cover any damages for when you will be moving out.  But when it is time to move out some landlords might try to keep the deposit.  How to make sure you do not lose your rental security deposit when it is time to move out?

    1.  Before you move in. Inspect the premises one last time before you sign the lease. Make a video recording as you walk from room to room, and ask your landlord to acknowledge any existing problems, in writing, on the lease agreement.
    2. Look at the security-deposit description in your lease. Is the total amount described as a security deposit or is part of the moving-in amount referred to as the last month's rent? In many states, you can live out that last month's rent after you give your landlord notice that you're leaving. The rest of the rental deposit will be returned after you leave the premises. Your state will have guidelines to help you make sure you've covered all the basic requirements for getting your money back. Some sites, like RentersInsurance.com, also offer useful information.
    3. Ask the landlord when the deposit will be returned after our moving out date, some can take 30 days to return the deposit, some may do it on final inspection on the day you move out.
    4. If you want to repaint the wall or build something, make sure you have a written approval from the landlord..If not this, may cause problems and you will have to return everything to original condition.
    5. Look at the video or photographs you took when you moved in. Your challenge is to return the state of your premises to a reasonable approximation of that original condition, with adjustments for normal wear and tear. The modest amount of effort you make can make a big difference in how easily you get your full deposit back.
    6. If there is carpeting in the premises, hire a professional carpet cleaner. Don't be tempted by supermarket cleaning-machine rentals, as they are expensive and generally do not produce professional results.
    7. Scrub the refrigerator with baking soda, dry it with a soft cloth, and leave the door open for airing. Make the stove and oven sparkle. Apply a light coating of spackle over any holes you made to hang pictures or mirrors.  Get a wash-and-wax product to clean and polish any tile or linoleum floors. Wash the mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors with vinegar and water or a commercial glass cleaner.
    8. Open the windows and air out the house for several hours - then light some vanilla-scented candles or heat up some apple juice with cinnamon and nutmeg to give the house a pleasant ambiance. Make believe you're the landlord and inspect the house. How does it look? Fine-tune whatever doesn't look just right, then take your moving-out pictures or video.
    9. Keep all your documentation, including the lease and your receipts for any maintenance and repairs. They will be vital evidence if you have to file a small claims action against your landlord.
    10. Your move out day is very important.  If you hire professional movers, on the day of the Moving estimate ask moving company representative what type of wall and floor protection they use. Ask your moving men to cover floors with moving blankets or floor runners, entrance must be protected with door jamb protectors.  Make sure to inspect the house wall and floors for dents and scratches after the movers moved your household stuff out.  Bring everything to the attention of the foreman and if necessary call moving company office before you pay the final bill.   Moving company should either fix damages they made or give you a discount from your moving costs for it.

    This post was posted in Moving Tips

  • How to Wrap Furniture for Moving and Storage.

    Posted on April 14, 2011 by BlanketMan

    Regardless if you hire professional movers or move 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?  How to wrap furniture for moving depends on specifics of your move.  Is it interstate move, moving across the country, or local moving around the block?  Are you loading PODS or packing international shipping container, or moving to long term storage?  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 large or small move. People sometimes underestimate amount of packing required for a moving job, but it is important to pack your personal belongings properly.

    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.  

    Movers. 

    Contrary to some statements I came across on the web, Movers do care about your shipment, in most cases foreman is personally responsible to pay for your damages and movers also know that if something gets broken it is unlikely that they get any tips.  At the same time movers do not have any sentimental attachment to your belongings and treat precious to you items as anything else.  Their main goal is to secure the goods in a way that it will not break and will be easy to load.  Therefore it is important to make the foreman (moving crew leader) aware which items require special care.  Do not expect movers to see your household goods the way you see it.  The movers simply do not have time to consider how delicate each and every item might be.  For example a bottle with exotic sand, layered by the color or even in a special design, will be ruined if simply laid on its side.  Precious Antique items might be viewed by a moving man as simply old.  Movers will make sure to pack the bottle that it will be safe, but they might not realize that the sand layers inside the bottle are not fixed and might mix into an ugly mess from vibration in the truck.  And that antique piece might be perceived by a mover as not worth being wrapped at all!  It is true that most damage occurs while carrying, loading and unloading, but it is also true that if movers (or yourself) do not load the truck properly, items will get damaged in transit by rubbing against each other or by load shifting  if there are turns or sudden stops.. 

    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.  Good movers deserve to be paid well..  As the saying goes – you get what you paid for.

    Moving packing supplies.

    There is variety of packing supplies available: bubble sleeves, plate cell packing kits, foam peanuts, bubble craft etc.

    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: Quilted moving blankets, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, plastic furniture covers, packing tape.  With this set of supplies you can pack and move any type of furniture, china and artwork.

    Moving Blankets.

    Moving blankets are mover’s “tool of the trade”.  If you are moving locally and hiring a professional moving company you should expect them to show up with blankets and moving dollies and you should not be charged for it.  But 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 categories:

    Quilted or padded moving blankets  and Non-Quilted,, also called Skins or Space Savers.  Each has its use.

    Quilted Moving blankets usually come in 72 x 80 inches size and differ depending on the outer fabric and amount of filler, the heavier the blankets the more filler they have and the more protection they provide.

    Cheap moving blankets are made with nonwoven outer fabric and have very light filler.  These blankets can be very good if you are planning to place your stuff in a long term storage or planning a small move.  Economy moving blankets provide adequate protection and do not take much room in the storage.  For long distance move or interstate moving where interstate carrier charges by weight, the advantage is that these moving pads are much lighter than regular moving blankets.

    For moving heavy solid wood furniture, leather couches, heavy dining tables etc. it is better to get heavier, thicker blankets that provide better protection.  If you move often, buy moving blankets with woven outer fabric, which are much more durable moving blankets than non-woven storage pads and will serve much longer.

    Non-quilted moving blankets can be made out of felt, or burlap on one side and felt on the other.  These should not be discounted especially if your main concern the furniture rubbing against each other.  If you are packing your own pod, or container – you can use space savers with great success.

    Another option is paper moving blankets.  Paper packing blankets are constructed of two outer layers of brown kraft and three inner layers of light weight paper. The three inner layers can consist of newsprint, light weight kraft, tissue, bogus, or non woven papers.  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. Paper blankets are breathable, provide good protection and 100% recyclable

    Boxes

    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.  Double wall moving boxes are much stronger and hold more weight.  But please DO NOT try to load them to capacity. Loading wardrobe box full of books is not a good idea, no-one will be able to move that!  Name of the box is very suggestive: Book boxes (1.5 cubic feet) are for books, Small Linen boxes (3.1 c.f)  or Large Linen boxes (4.5 c.f.) are for foldable clothes, towels and linen, China boxes, 5,.2 c.f. are for fragile items, and wardrobe box ( come in 10.1 c,f or 15 c.f. and 4 ft tall) is for hanging clothes on hangers.  And of course there are picture boxes, lamp boxes, mattress boxes and a whole line of all kinds of specialized moving boxes, corners etc.

    Cushioning materials.

    When you pack fragile items in a box – you need something to provide cushioning.  Most popular is Bubble wrap and Blank newsprint, also called White paper.

    Blank newsprint or white paper comes in 5, 10 or 25 lbs bundles.  Blank newsprint is the best for packing kitchenware, plates, china, fragile items, or simply filling empty spaces in a box.  Bubble wrap come in 12 or 24 inch wide rolls and with various bubble sizes.  Movers mostly use 0.5 inch bubble wrap 24 inches wide. Bubble wrap is good for wrapping electronics or large pieces of glass.

    Plastic covers

    Plastic covers for moving would include Shrink wrap or stretch wrap and Plastic mattress cover, plastic sofa cover or plastic chair covers.

    Shrink wrap – is widely used in shipping to keep a load on a pallet together as one unit, in order not to allow it to fall apart or items “magically” disappear from the shipment.  In moving furniture shrink wrap was originally used to keep items with small parts or opening doors or drawers together.  Then it became a substitute for plastic covers to wrap mattresses.  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 wrap, plus mover can charge more for each item wrapped.  Movers might even wrap shrink wrap on top of furniture already wrapped in blankets.  It looks good, but it is very expensive and absolutely unnecessary.  If you put your items to storage shrink wrap is actually damaging to the furniture, because it traps the moisture and the furniture can actually rot under the shrink wrap, if stored long enough.

    Simply for sanitary reasons, I would strongly recommend using plastic mattress covers when moving mattresses, because even if it is wrapped in a blanket – who knows what was wrapped in that blanket before?  Also sofas with light upholstery would be better of if you cover it with plastic sofa cover first, before wrapping with the furniture blankets. Sometimes the color might bleed off the moving blanket onto upholstery.


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  • Paper blankets (Craft pads) as Moving and Storage Blankets.

    Posted on April 12, 2011 by BlanketMan

    Paper storage packing blankets as cheap and environmentally friendly alternative to quilted moving blankets.

    Paper blanket? To wrap furniture for moving? You probably never heard of this.
    When considering packing furniture for a move or storage many people think about quilted moving blankets as a first choice. That is absolutely right, but what will happen after you done with the move?
    You get stuck with bunch of moving blankets that you will not need in any foreseeable future…You may try to sell them on e-bay, but online auctions for moving and storage blankets are already filled with used packing blankets for sale and you would have to sell your moving blankets cheap, which might not even be worth the trouble.

    There is an alternative to cloth quilted moving blankets which is paper blanket
    , brown paper packing blanket or craft pads.
    Many people simply do not know that this option exists. Paper packing blankets are actually better to use than quilted moving blankets, when you are placing your items into long term storage. They are clean, breathable, light and do not take too much extra space.
    Paper blankets are environmentally friendly, they are made from managed resources and 100% recyclable. Paper blankets reliably provide Furniture surface protection for storage and moving including sea export shipping to hot climates. Paper moving and packing blankets are clean, strong and breathable/porous to protect wooden surfaces in damp and humid environments. They cost much less than a moving blanket. And after you are done with the move – you can just place them in a recyclables bin.

    So what is a paper blanket?
    Paper moving blankets are a natural product, manufactured from recycled materials. The cover is reusable and fully recyclable and a green alternative to other furniture blankets and covers. Paper blanket has two outer layers of durable paper and three inner layers with soft tissue like paper that provides cushioning.

    How is it made:
    Paper blankets are constructed of two outer layers of brown kraft paper and three inner layers of light weight paper. The three inner layers can consist of newsprint, light weight kraft, tissue, toweling bogus, tissue or non woven papers.

    Paper moving and packing Blankets come in standard widths of 42", 48", 54" and 60" and can be cut to almost any length.

    The sides of paper packing blankets have a folded edge which creates a more durable blanket and reduces the chance of paper cuts.

    What to use on:
    Paper blankets are ideal for use with any furniture that might retain moisture or be susceptible to rust. When retained moisture evaporates in warm conditions it will condense if restricted in polyethylene. Water will stain wood and cause mould, on metal it may cause rust. Regular moving blankets are also breathable, of course, but because of thickness of the quilted material it will retain moisture longer and it will also absorb more moisture than paper blanket. Paper moving blanket can be used on any furniture that other moving blankets can be used for:
    Wooden tables and office desks, Glass tables and coffee tables, Headboards, Dressing tables, Chest of Drawers, Wicker furniture, Antique furniture, Wardrobes, Bedside cabinets, etc. Paper blankets can also be used as a cushioning material to fill in boxes or to nestle fragile items: just tear paper packing blanket apart and stuff moving boxes with it.

    Premium quality quilted moving blankets provide better cushioning for wrapping the furniture, they are long lasting and durable of course, but you do not necessarily need that for a single move, and all these qualities come with much greater expense.

    When you need covers for long term Storage or shipping, or single move, packing blankets do not need to be everlasting, be durable and heavy, They just need to get you through the move. Paper blankets ( craft pads) designed to provide cover and protect furniture from dust, light, and light scratches so the furniture does not fade and get dusty during long storage. Paper blankets are very inexpensive and light weight which will serve you well when shipping overseas container or even using locally for a move around the block.
    Plus they are fully recyclable so after use you can simply place them into recycling receptacle. That save environment and save you headaches of dealing with used moving blankets.

    NOTE: Do not be discouraged from using regular blankets, but make paper blanket a money saving and environmentally friendly addition to your packing list. And if you are looking to save costs on moving it make sense to get paper blanket along with regular moving blankets. Get quilted moving blankets for heavy furniture that needs more cushioning and get paper blankets for lighter furniture or for items that will stay in storage for a long time. You can also wrap furniture in paper blankets first and then get movers to use their moving blankets which they will remove in storage and you item will remain covered inside the storage unit and well protected during moving job.

    You can find paper blankets available at http://www.MoversSupplies.com. Look for: paper packing blankets or craft pads: http://moverssupplies.com/MOVING-BLANKET-PACKING-BLANKETS/Paper-blankets-Craft-Pads/
    On MoversSupplies.com there is variety of quilted moving blankets, we can also produce custom moving blankets for you or
    furniture covers
    .


    This post was posted in Moving Blankets, Uncategorized

  • Moving Blankets or Storage pads?

    Posted on July 12, 2010 by BlanketMan

    If Moving furniture to storage should I better used moving blankets or storage pads?

    If you are moving furniture from your home, office, apartment or condo to a self-storage around the corner or anywhere across the country you need moving blankets to protect your household goods.
    Which are better to be used: moving blankets or storage blankets (storage pads) and what is the difference anyway?

    Well, any moving blanket can be used for storage and any storage pad can be used for moving, the difference is in level or protection and durability, a cost is also a factor.

    Moving Blankets are made with Woven outer fabric. It can be polyester, cotton/polyester mix, cotton or any other material that is abrasive resistant and can withstand wear and tear. Moving blankets are also preferably to be thicker (heavier, 6-7 lbs per regular moving blanket), because they designed to protect furniture from possible dents and nicks while moving furniture up and down, moving from house to a truck, and rubbing in the moving truck during transportation.

    Storage blankets do not need to be durable and heavy, storage pads designed to provide cover and protect furniture from dust and light, so the furniture does not fade and get dusty during long storage. Therefore storage blankets designed to be cheaper and light weight. Outer fabric is made of nonwoven, material, weight between 3 lbs to 5 lbs per blanket. Sometimes storage pads do not need any padding at all, which saves storage space and when storing furniture in self-storage it can make a difference between using a cheaper room and larger more expensive one.

    NOTE: Do not shrink wrap your furniture for long term storage! Plastic is not breathable and tend to trap moisture. If your furniture happened to get wet, mold might start growing under plastic shrink wrap, furniture can get warped, pressed wood might expand and crumble.


    This post was posted in Moving Blankets

  • Moving Blankets - what to look for?

    Posted on by BlanketMan

    MOVING BLANKET - HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT ONE ?With all the websites and all the blankets out there how do you know which one to choose?First of all please ignore the name of the blanket. Different vendors call the same type of blanket Economy or Deluxe, or even Premium.When you shop for moving blankets name is not important. You need to match the quality of the moving blanket to how you are planning on using it.There are three basic features that you want to look for in a moving blanket:

    1. Outer fabric
    2. Thickness or amount of filler
    3. ( usually this is the weight of the blanket)

    4. Binding material.

    Of course there are other factors such as size and color, but those are quite obvious. Zigziag stitching is also pretty standard.The outer fabric can be:Nonwoven fabric Which is quite soft and nice. It will serve well to move an item once or twice, but it is not very durable and tears easily. Blankets made with this outer fabric usually do not have a lot of filler. If you need to put your furniture in storage or use it to ship a container overseas – they work well for you.Polyester or Terylene, (which is the same thing). This is the most used fabric. It is quite durable, soft, flexible and inexpensive. Blankets made with this out fabric can be used for any kind of moving, they can be machine washed, or with garden hose, dry out easily.Polyester Fiber Characteristics

    • Strong
    • Resistant to stretching and shrinking
    • Resistant to most chemicals
    • Quick drying
    • Crisp and resilient when wet or dry
    • Wrinkle resistant
    • Mildew resistant
    • Abrasion resistant
    • Retains heat-set pleats and crease
    • Easily washed
    • Polyester is combustible but due to its thermoplastic nature, it tends to shrink away from the flame source and often self-extinguishes

    General Polyester Fiber Care Tips

    • Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried. Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle. Machine dry at a low temperature and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is completed.
    • If ironing is desired, use a moderately warm iron.
    • Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned. (For specific instructions, refer to garment's sewn-in care label.)

    Cotton. Cotton blankest are quite expensive, because of …Cotton! I do not think I need to describe feature of cotton fabric here. In the Moving blanket advantages of the cotton outer fabric compare with Polyester is that it is not “slippery” (Many people find that important.) and not that “Shiny” as polyester. It can be machine washed at a higher temperature, but it takes longer to dry.Cotton/Polyester Mix: this is usually 20% cotton 80% polyester Mix.Filler.For all moving blankets the filler is the same – “recycled cotton”. It usually also contains other synthetic fibers. Amount of filler, or thickness of the blanket, is very important and it can be determined by the weight of the blanket. Weight of the blanket usually shown in pounds per blanket. Some vendors may show it as weigh of “Filler/Per Yard” but if you look further on the product description you will find Weight per blanket in Lbs.. Filler per Yard is actually very confusing, because it does not match the weight per blanket that is shown by the same site for the same blanket. Even representatives of the companies that use “Filler per Yard” get confused. For example Uline representative suggested that the weight per blanket does not match the “Filler per Yard” measurement, because the actual size of the blankets is smaller than what they advertise. (See” How Filler/Yard weight measures to Weight per blanket in lbs? below)For shipping purposes, in order to save space, blankets are compressed and tied tightly in bundles by dozen. When you first take them out they might look thin. Just shake them well, use it few times. filler will absorb air and the blanket will become thicker and fluffier. If you are planning to hang the blanket on the wall as a sound proof it makes sense to “rough them up” a little first.Binding Material.Any kind of material can be used for binding, but usually Nonwoven fabric mostly used as the cheapest option. It works fine for most applications, but this can be a problem when you want to wash blankets and dry at a high temperature – the binding will melt.. So be careful!


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