How to Pack China and Breakable Items

We do our best to treat your things as if they were our own. After moving hundreds of trucks full of your favorite furnishings, prized possessions, and delicate items, we’ve learned a few things about keeping your belongings safe from breakage.

In fact, we have a fool-proof way for packaging your dish wear. Wether it’s fine China or hand-me-down ceramics, this method will protect your tableware even if the box it’s packed in is accidentally dropped from waist height.

Before you get started, make sure that you have the right sized boxes and all of the materials that you need. We have plenty of supplies in our boxes and supplies store that we can deliver right to your doorstep. Once you have what you need, you can use our highly-effective way of protecting your most delicate items.

Pack Dishes with The “Lasagne Method”

What is the Lasagne Method, you may ask? It’s simply a layered approach to packing your dishes to minimize the potential for cracks, shatters, or chips. It was named the “Lasagne Method” by one of our customers.

Layer 1:  In the bottom of the box, add well crumpled paper or a couple of inches of shredded paper. This will provide sufficient cushioning for where you will put your dishes.

Layer 2: Wrap your plates well. Each plate should be wrapped in a couple of layers of paper to keep them safe. This will protect them if they knock into each other.

Instead of stacking them flat in the box on top of each other, stack them on their edge as if putting them into a dish washer or drying rack. Why on their side? Because if the box is accidentally dropped, there will be minimal surface area that comes in contact with the floor. Less surface area = less likely to break. This is science!

Layer 3: Add crumpled or shredded paper around the sides of the dishes to protect them from the sides of the box. Pack it so that nothing can shift around. Then add additional paper crumples or shreds on top of your dishes.

Layer 4: Wrap glass wear well. Each glass should have a couple of layers of paper, just like your plates. Lay your glassed down on their sides, on top of the layer of paper (aka layer 3).

Layer 5: Add more crumpled or shredded paper around your glasses so that they cannot move. Once they are sufficiently immobilized, add more paper on top of your glasses.

You can use this method for any other delicate items that you have to move. If you’re packing a number of items of varying sizes and shapes, it helps to keep the heaviest of them on the bottom of the box. And as long as you put enough padding around each item and in the space between items, they should stay safe from breakage.

Of course, if you want us to pack some of your more delicate items, or you have particularly difficult items to move such as mirrors, electronics, or odd shaped items, we’ll gladly pack them for you. Just get in touch with us for an in-person moving estimate and we’ll help you make your move happy and stress-free. Because happy is good!

Renovations Without Disrupting Your Life

How to Plan Renovations without Disrupting Your Life

Creating a fresh new look for your home can give new energy to your life. But doing massive renovations are challenging if you’re living in the space while they are happening.

How can you make it easier to upgrade your décor without disrupting your life too much? Here are some tips to make your renovation easier.

Clear Out Your Space

If you have a spare room, you can store furnishings and objects in it while your space is being renovated. However, if you are short on space, you may want to consider temporary storage for the time that you’ll be renovating.

In some storage facilities, you can keep your belongings for just a few months. We have our own secure storage space where you can temporarily store your things without worrying about them being in the way or getting damaged.

Break It Down

If you have to live in your space while you’re renovating, and you want to do a complete overhaul, it may make sense to break your project down into smaller pieces.

If you want to upgrade your one and only bathroom, work with your construction team to see how they can help minimize the time that the room is out of commission. Or see if they can upgrade that space while you’re away for a couple of days.

Plan Around Summer Break

If you have kids that will be taking a couple of weeks to spend with their grandparents or going to summer camp, you can plan the renovation for the time that they’re away. You won’t have to worry about keeping them occupied while your place is getting spruced up.

If you’re planning a family vacation or going to your second home, you can plan the work to happen when you’re away. When you have trustworthy contractors, they can take care of the construction while you’re relaxing. And then you can come home to a sparkling new kitchen, bathroom, or living room.

Ask For Referrals

If you need good, trustworthy resource for your renovations, just ask us. We at Rainbow Movers have a strong network of great resources that we have worked with for years and are happy to refer.

 

Find Your Best Time to Move Apartments

Four Tips to Find Your Best Time to Move Apartments

Historically, May 1 was known as Moving Day in New York City. That’s because all rental agreements expired on the same date. On February 1, also known as New York City’s Rent Day, landlords would communicate any rent increases, and between February and April, tenants would search for new places to live. When the first of May rolled around, there would be mass chaos of everyone switching apartments on the same day.

Fortunately, moving has changed a lot since the early 20th century, and even since Rainbow Movers started. However, planning ahead and finding your best time to move can reduce stress and make the transition easy.

Scheduling: Know YOUR Moving Season

The most popular months for moving are May through September. For many, it’s because transitioning to a new home is easier when kids are out of school for the summer. The downside is that summer can be more difficult to book your move on the day you wish since many others are moving at the same time.

Know your new building’s rules

Many New York City buildings, particularly those with elevators and doormen, do not allow weekend moves. In addition, many buildings only permit one moving company at a time to access the service elevator. Planning your move ahead of time is key to ensure that your movers will be able to get to your apartment without delays.

If you are moving from house to house, you won’t have the same sorts of restrictions, but you may need to consider other factors like traffic.

Peak season vs. off-peak

If your new home is near a beach route or weekend getaway place, midweek summer moves (Tuesday-Thursday) will save you money by cutting the time your movers are on the road.

During early spring or late fall, you may be able to book your move whenever you like. If you’re buying a place, you might find better deals with fewer buyers on the hunt.

Winter can be even easier to find exactly the home that you desire and the ideal move-in date.

Book your move ahead

The earlier that you can book your move, the more likely you will be able to choose your ideal move date. Because summer is such a popular time to move, many movers get booked weeks in advance.

It’s not wrong to plan a move that’s 6-8 weeks or more in the future. Knowing that you have secured your date can give you peace of mind and reduce your stress.

Discover your best time to move – contact us for schedule options and your free estimate.