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Gentle Giant Moving Company in San Francisco Assists with the Welcome Home Project
A common theme for all Gentle Giant regions is community
involvement and service. The organizations we serve vary depending on the
location, but each one leaves a special mark in our hearts.
Our San Francisco location has been working with the San Francisco Association of Realtors (SFAR) since 2017, and this has allowed us to support their various charitable endeavors. Specifically, the Welcome Home Project is an initiative we’ve been able to help with regularly, and we appreciate the chance to serve this worthy cause.
The Welcome Home Project “assists San Francisco-based homeless
families who are transitioning into permanent housing through an innovative
collaboration between the San Francisco Association of Realtors Foundation,
local non-profit organizations, government agencies, and the business community,”
according to their website.
Their recipients receive a “Welcome Home Package” which
includes brand-new house
essentials such as cookware, dishes, utensils, sheets, blankets, towels,
pillows, and small kitchen appliances. Families with children can also receive
school supplies, toys, and used laptops. These resources allow for these
families to remain in permanent housing and reduces the chance of them
returning to homelessness.
Gentle Giant participates in the Welcome Home Project by
storing and delivering all the essential items given to the recipients. It is a
privilege to be able to use our warehouse and storage space to protect the
items until it’s time for them to be given to recipients. Our additional
experience with moving gives us the chance to safely deliver the home
“We at Gentle Giant San Francisco love working with the San Francisco Association of Realtors on the Welcome Home Project. We get to directly help people transitioning out of homelessness into homes by storing and delivering essential necessities they need in their homes. When we deliver 60 pillows, it’s a great feeling knowing that 60 people are going to have new pillows to sleep on. It’s easy to take for granted having sheets, blankets, microwaves, cooking supplies and other home essentials. We love to be able to contribute to one of the biggest social projects in the city” said Alex Pacocha, the Gentle Giant San Francisco Regional Manager.
We look forward to continuing our work with the Welcome Home
Project in 2020. We are honored to play a part in the continued growth and
success of the initiative and for all the wonderful people we have met through
Published at Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:00:25 +0000Read More
Four easy tips to make it through move day
With so many details to iron out for move day – getting completely packed, finalizing the sale or rental agreement of your new home, hiring professional movers, etc. – it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the stress of the entire process.
However, with a little proper planning ahead of time, it doesn’t have to be that bad!
We’ve been the moving professionals in this space for more than 35 years and have come up with a few tips and tricks that might be helpful in making sure your move day is a success.
If you have children, keep them involved
While you’re busy taking care of the important details required for your move, it’s crucial not to keep your kids in the dark about the entire process either. It can be a difficult process for them as they are transitioning to a new home and possibly new town or school, so it’s a good idea to make them feel like they are involved in the packing and moving process.
For a few ideas on how to boost morale and even some fun ideas for kids on moving day, click here.
Keep your house protected
Although it’s time to move on from your old house, you still want to leave it in good shape for the next owners. Thankfully, when you hire a professional moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we provide floor runners, door jambs, carpet shields, and banister and railing covers to keep your home protected.
Make sure that before moving day comes, you clear a path both outside and inside your home so that the movers can safely navigate to and from the moving truck.
Get an essentials bag ready for the new house
There’s a solid chance you’ve packed everything away as you’re getting ready to move. This means that everything you own might not be readily available when you get to the new house.
Pack an essentials bag you can access upon arrival at your new home to hold you over until you can unpack. Anything from toothbrushes to chargers, batters, toilet paper, and more is a good idea.
Have snacks and drinks ready, too
It may seem obvious, but there probably won’t be anything to eat in your fridge at the new house when you show up. Having a snack bag and some drinks is always helpful, or hopping on your phone and ordering a pizza will do the trick.
These are just a few simple and easy ideas that you can follow to get ready for moving day. To view more important moving tips, visit our website.
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Published at Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:33:57 +0000Read More
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5 Reasons to Visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida
We are so thankful to kick off 2020 with some incredible news: the formal opening of our latest location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! Our new spot means we can serve customers in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, Boca Raton, Miami and throughout South Florida.
From millennials to retirees, there is something for everyone to explore in South Florida. Here are our top picks for why a trip to Fort Lauderdale could be in the cards for you or your family this year.
#1: Warm, comfortable weather
Our Giants located near our Boston moving headquarters know how brutal New England winters can be. A dose of sunshine is a great cure for many stressors, and Fort Lauderdale has a wonderful climate. As a city with a subtropical rainforest climate, the temperature averages around 65 Fahrenheit or higher all year round and increases in the summertime.
#2: An infinite selection of beaches
Fort Lauderdale is a 12-month beach season city, which is ideal for those who want to relax by the water all year round. Since the beach is such a common part of life in South Florida, you can even pick which one you want to visit based on your lifestyle or mood. You can find family-friendly and dog-friendly beaches, beach camping, nude beaches and other hidden gems throughout the area, like St. George Island.
#3: Luxurious shopping
Many cities have areas known for high-end shopping opportunities, and Fort Lauderdale is no different. The premier destination for shopping in Fort Lauderdale is Las Olas Boulevard in the heart of the city. You’ll be able to find all the best in fashion, jewelry and accessories, books and stationery, and so much more. Las Olas Boulevard has the perfect balance of local boutiques and designer labels.
#4: Gondola rides on the canals
A trip to Venice might be out of your reach, but you can experience the magic of a traditional gondola ride right in South Florida. Known as the “Venice of America,” you can enjoy all the attractions of Fort Lauderdale from the comfort and pace of a gondola ride. One company known for gondola tours is Las Olas Gondola, and they offer a unique experience for all types of visitors. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly adventure or a more romantic evening with your partner, they will make the experience one to remember.
#5: Brunch is always a good idea
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love a delicious brunch. Combine the millennial-favorite meal with ocean views, and you’ll surely be in heaven. Many locations throughout the city incorporate the perfect balance of sweet and savory food, artisan drinks, lively atmosphere and relaxing ocean views we’d all expect from brunch in Southern Florida. A few highly rated options include Big City Tavern for their Banana Nutella French Toast and frosé, Sun Surf Sand for their small plates and specialty cocktails, and Point Royal for their Bloody Mary cart (!) and carving tables, with a cheese station and fresh bread. Sign us up!
When one visit leaves you wanting more than just a Fort Lauderdale vacation, our full service, highly-ranked South Florida moving company will make sure your precious cargo makes it safely to your new beach-side abode.
Published at Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:00:55 +0000Read More
10 Packing Mistakes to Avoid When Moving
It’s hardly a surprise that with so many things to take care of, the process of moving house often proves to be more complicated than you have originally planned.
Add the constantly increasing move-related stress prior to your moving day, and all of a sudden, you get a highly volatile situation where the number of unforced and forced moving errors can easily skyrocket.
To help you have a stress-free move from start to finish, take a look at the top 10 common mistakes when packing for a move – costly mistakes which you must avoid in order to keep things under control.
Mistake #1: To start packing without a good plan
One of the most common mistakes when packing for a move is to just start boxing any household items you can get hold of without having a clear packing strategy in your head or written down on a piece of paper.
The major problem with packing up your home on a random principle is that although it feels like you’ve initiated the most time-consuming process a residential move can kindly offer, in reality, chances are that you’ll be only wasting precious time. And time is exactly what you don’t have the luxury of wasting when getting ready to move out.
The proper course of action here is to create a packing timeline for moving which you should consult frequently and stick to diligently in order to increase significantly your packing productivity. Make sure you also prioritize and customize your packing tasks as well.
Packing Timeline For Moving: Your Packing Checklist
Mistake #2: To leave packing jobs for moving day
Later is such a dangerous word, especially when you’re about to pack up your home for a move. Of all common packing mistakes, a classic example is to leave most of the packing tasks for later in order to take care of a more “urgent” job.
The thing to understand here is that, regardless of how much time you have left until the Big day, the more you tend to procrastinate packing, the harder it will be for you to actually begin the process. Procrastination will lead to stress, stress will lead to panic, and panic will lead to bad decisions.
Write this down or just make sure you remember this fundamental move-related concept: the only way to get something done the right way is to start working on it right away.
In other words, initiate the arduous packing process the moment your house move is confirmed.
What to pack FIRST when moving
Mistake #3: To think that sorting your items is a waste of time
Speaking of common moving mistakes when packing for a move, another blunder when moving house is to assume that the required step of sorting household items can be skipped without any serious consequences.
Of course, there’s a good reason why some people get the impression that they will save a lot of valuable time by packing everything they own now and sorting it out later when they arrive in their new homes.
There’s only one big problem with this line of thinking – it is completely wrong.
In reality, such a packing strategy will not only waste more of your time /packing more items will require more time/, but it will also hurt your budget badly /the more your final shipment weighs, the more money you will pay for its transportation/.
So, don’t skip the pre-move sorting task. In the end, you should take with you only the things you will really need in the foreseeable future.
How to get rid of unwanted things when moving
Mistake #4: To assume quality packing supplies are overrated
There are plenty of mistakes to avoid when packing for a move, and assuming that you can do without top-quality packing materials is probably the most “innocent” error you can ever make during your pre-move preparations.
The main problem, however, is that often a single misjudgment leads to another, and pretty soon you may become confident that you can manage the packing job with just any supplies you can lay your hands on. Which, in turn, will compromise the packing safety of your entire operation.
For example, don’t use cardboard boxes that are visibly in bad shape as they can easily break under the weight of their own contents and cause you unscheduled headaches. While acquiring your packing materials, make sure all of them are clean, dry, sturdy, and have safe and confirmed origins.
If you can afford it, do the right thing and purchase most of the required supplies brand-new – from a local moving company, a home depot store, or online.
How to get free or cheap boxes for moving
Mistake #5: To presume you won’t need an essentials box
A packing mistake even super-smart people make when moving house is to forget that once they place their possessions into moving containers, they will no longer have access to them until after they are delivered successfully inside their new homes. And without convenient access to a number of really essential household items, things can suddenly become trickier than usual and stress levels can reach unhealthy limits.
Avoid the moving mistake of not packing an essentials box that will contain your absolute life-savers. This is especially important when you have a baby or a toddler, and a long road trip is scheduled ahead of the family.
Here are a few ideas of what you should consider packing up inside your survival kit: bottled water and sandwiches, prescription medications, kitchen utensils, spare clothes, basic toiletries, a set of hand tools, toys, and specific items when moving house with small children and/or pets.
How to Pack an Open First Box When Moving
Mistake #6: To “save” time by overfilling your boxes
Regardless of what priceless packing tips you’ve read online or heard from friends with considerable moving experience, the worst packing mistakes to avoid at all costs are all connected to safety – safety both for all participants in the move and the actual belongings that are being moved to a new home.
All things considered, spending more money than planned or losing extra hours while placing your stuff inside suitable containers cannot possibly match a heartbreaking moving accident due to compromised packing safety.
Here’s a quick packing trick that can save you plenty of troubles: use smaller moving boxes for heavy items and bigger containers for lighter possessions.
Never go the other way round as cardboard boxes and human backs both have breaking limits. Remember to not overfill your packing boxes and keep a reasonable weight limit of a single packed container of around 40-45 pounds, especially when you’re packing books.
How to survive Moving day in 20 steps
Mistake #7: To leave empty spaces in your moving boxes
Another safety-related packing mistake that people tend to make is to leave empty spaces inside the packed cardboard boxes when packing breakable items.
This qualifies as a packing error not because the inside of the container won’t be fully utilized, but because any available room that is not taken care of through suitable filling and padding materials can cause any fragile objects to come into contact with one another. As a result, such undesirable contacts can only lead to chipped, broken or ruined highly-delicate and breakable pieces.
So, don’t skimp on padding and filling supplies!
Use crumpled pieces of packing paper or newspapers, as well as sheets of bubble wrap or pieces of old but clean clothing (bath towels are the best!) to fill in any remaining spaces inside a box and thus, immobilize its contents. A good way to test whether or not you’ve done a good job packing your breakables inside a moving box is to lift the container and shake it gently. If you hear a (muffled) clanking sound or feel that something is moving inside, start over.
How to pack fragile items
Mistake #8: To go ahead and pack items you shouldn’t have
One of the most common packing mistakes when moving house is to prepare certain household goods for transportation only to learn later that your movers won’t load them on their truck due to their hazardous nature. Needless to say, packing non-allowable items will only lead to loads of wasted time and effort.
Avoid this rookie moving mistake by asking your moving company to give you the full list of goods forbidden for transportation. Once you have that checklist in your hands, you’ll be able to figure out what to do with each individual item well before your move-out date.
In general, such non-allowables fall into 4 categories:
- Hazardous goods: flammable, explosive or corrosive substances that can hurt a person or damage the moving vehicle or other possessions in transit.
- Perishables: mostly perishable foods that can go bad on the road or ruin other goods.
- Pets: it’s up to you to transport your pet(s) safely to your new home.
- Plants: your leafy friends can be too fragile to survive a relocation trip. Consider entrusting them to a good friend to take care of them for you.
What not to pack when moving
Mistake #9: To believe your memory is too good to label your boxes
Are you in the mood to lose hours of valuable post-relocation time searching through piles of freshly-delivered moving boxes only to find your bedding? We thought so.
Interestingly enough, some common packing mistakes when moving house come as a result of overconfidence. A great example of such a moving error will be to assume that you have infallible memory and will somehow manage to remember what’s inside each box without having to label the containers. Even if you are truly proud of your memorizing skills, it’s good to remember that the chaotic period of moving from one home to another is notorious for playing tricks with people’s minds.
Yes, failure to label your boxes correctly is a good example of moving mistakes you don’t have to make. Just take a black marker pen and mark each packed container with its detailed contents, destination room, and special handling instructions both for yourself and for your helpers. The usage of colored labels for each individual destination room is also encouraged.
How to Label Moving Boxes Like A Pro
Mistake #10. To assume you won’t need any packing help
Of all the mistakes to avoid when packing for a move, the assumption that you can pack up your entire home on your own is probably the judgment error that can hurt you the most.
How much time you will actually need to bring the packing marathon to a successful end will surely depend on how many items you’re planning to take with you and how well you are prepared prior to the initiation of the most time consuming pre-move task of them all.
However, no matter how you look at the tough job ahead, the best way to pack for a move is to have a few extra pairs of helping hands. That way, you are guaranteed that no cardboard box will be left unpacked prior to moving day.
Yes, the idea of inviting your friends to a packing party can work out great in the end – you’ll see your pals one last time before you move out, and of course – you won’t need to pay professional packers to help you pack, protect, and box your earthly possessions. But what if your friends all get too busy right when you need their assistance the most?
How to get friends to help you move
Don’t make the moving mistake of assuming that professional packing services are too expensive to afford. As long as you pack whatever you can by yourself and leave to the pros only the things are either too fragile or too large, or both, then you may be pleasantly surprised by the affordability of the extra service offered by full-service moving companies.
Request cost estimates from experienced and trustworthy movers, compare the quotes carefully, and choose the best offer in terms of price, conditions, and of course – extra moving services with packing included in the cost.
Good luck with your move! And don’t make any packing mistakes, ok?
Published at Mon, 06 Jan 2020 05:00:50 +0000Read More