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The Falcon

Only a quick 60 miles from the George Washington Bridge, there is no better place to hear and see music than The Falcon.  Located right on route 9W in Marlboro NY, this is a music destination for aficionados and musicians alike.  

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An easy drive up the thruway, no hassle parking, and an entirely friendly and welcoming staff set the stage for the excellent musicians from the worlds of jazz, rock, R&B, folk, latin, classical who relish the chance to play there.  Food and drink are good and reasonably priced. It is my favorite place to hear and see live music.  Tony Falco, the owner of the Falcon, sets the tone.  There is no admission or cover charge so a suggested donation box (and meals, drinks, baby sitting) provides payment to the musicians. Top players of all genres appear there happily and regularly.  

May The Falcon and live music thrive!

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Painlessly Declutter Before Your Move

Three Steps to Painlessly Declutter Before Your Move

If you live in one place for more than a couple of years, it’s almost inevitable that you will have accumulated more things than when you originally moved in. This is totally normal, but it can pose challenges when you’re planning to move.

To make moving painless, it’s essential to get rid of all of the things that you no longer need. However, many people find that even if they don’t love all of their possessions, they still develop an attachment to having stuff.

Decluttering your home before you move will save you lots of time, space, and moving costs if you make an effort to pare down your belongings to only those that you use, love, and that make your home feel great.

How do you overcome the overwhelm of decluttering? Here are three simple steps to making the process pain free and happy (because happy is good):

1. Take Baby Steps

If you have to purge many years of things, don’t try to do it all at once. Working on your whole home in one day or one weekend can be emotionally and physically draining. Instead, try working on one room – or even one closet – at a time.

Break down the process even further by setting a timer for 15 minutes. Focus solely on decluttering for those 15 minutes, and when the bell rings, give yourself a 5-minute break to step away and focus on something else. Once your break is over, take another 15-minute time increment to continue the process. When you break down a big project into small steps, it makes your work seem easier and faster.

2. Love It or Leave It

Make three piles of stuff: Keep, Give, and Toss. Keep only those things that you really love, or have special meaning for you, or that you use regularly. The Give pile can either be donated to a worthy cause or sold in a stoop sale or on EBay or Craig’s list for extra cash. Toss the things that are worn out or broken.

Be ruthless – if you have trouble sorting through your belongings, have someone help you. A neutral party can help you push through any emotional attachment you have to the things that don’t really add to your happiness or wellbeing.

3. Store Your Extras

So, say you’ve tried number one and number two, and you still have more than will fit in your space. Or you may have seasonal items that don’t need to live at your place year round. Well, you are still in luck. Why? Because Rainbow Movers has our own secured storage space where you can rent storage space for your extra belongings. Then, when the season rolls around, or when you clear new space in your home, you can have us retrieve them and deliver them to you when you need them.

Checklist to Reduce Moving Stress

Pre-Moving Checklist to Reduce Moving Stress

Moving is known as one of the top 10 most stressful events for many people. But you don’t have to give into stress. At Rainbow Movers, we believe happy is good! We have created happy moving experiences for thousands of customers by helping them reduce moving stress.

When you’re getting ready to move, planning ahead helps create a happy, stress-free move. Not sure where to start? No worries – here is a pre-move check list for you:

6-8 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Book a free, in-home estimate with your mover (earlier is better).
  • Create a moving file to keep track of checklists, quotes, receipts, and other important information.
  • Once you have your estimates, see if the movers you like will fit your budget. Consider the hourly costs, materials charges, and whether you feel the estimate (and estimator) has been thorough and realistic. Consider whether the charges have been explained so you understand them.
  • Create a budget for your moving expenses.
  • Gather copies of records you need to transfer – medical, dental, school, etc.

6 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Create a change-of-address notification list for magazines, clubs, subscriptions, financial accounts, etc.
  • Get change-of-address cards from your local post office.
  • Clear out the clutter – purge your belongings of the things that you don’t love, want, or use.
  • Plan to sell, give away, or donate your excess things.

4 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Start researching your new neighborhood or ask for recommendations – where to run errands, which parks are nearby, closest dog runs, leisure options, etc.
  •  Buy packing boxes and supplies for your belongings.
  • Schedule disconnect and connect dates for phone, cable, Internet, gas, electric, water, and trash

2 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Organize your belongings in boxes by room. You can label the upper right hand corner on the sides of each box with just a few letters – BR1, BR2, K, LR, O, etc. It’s quick and will ensure things are placed where you want them to be.
  • Create an “I Am HERE” box with all of the necessary items you’ll want to unpack first when you arrive. Some of these things include bed linens, bath towels, medicines, vitamins, important and pacifying toys for kids, starter items for the kitchen (i.e., coffee cup, wine glass), connecting wires for electronics, battery chargers, light bulbs, and toilet paper.

1 Week Before Your Move

  •  Your mover should check in with you to make sure you know what to expect on moving day. They will finalize any details with you and answer any questions that you have about timing, building schedule coordination, and payment.

It’s never too early to start discussing your upcoming move. If you’re planning one in the next couple of months, give us a call for a free estimate.

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.

 

Last Minute Moving Glitches

What Now? How We Handle Last Minute Moving Glitches

Our moves go smoothly because we work with our clients and plan well in advance.  However, there are times when forces beyond our control intervene and block our plans.  More often than not, the culprits can be a varied cast of third parties – a buyer, seller, or tenant; lawyers, bankers, and title people, a realtor or building manager; or an elevator going out of service.  And then there are hurricanes and blizzards arriving on schedule, and babies arriving early.

Any of these events can mean switching the date of the move at the last minute, necessitating a progression of other re-schedules: elevator reservations, insurance start and end dates; utility, phone, and cable installations; days off from work and child care…. and of course, the movers.

For us, the movers, a change in plans can mean a lost day of work, when we turned away others to honor our commitment to you, our client.  It is why we ask for a small deposit to secure any reservation.

It is an important part of our preparations with customers to inform them that we want them to be sure enough of your moving dates. So when you book with us, you agree to accept that a date change may mean the loss of your deposit, except where childbirth, blizzards, or hurricanes are the cause (see “working with people” below) if we are unable to re-fill your slot.

The benefit of working with Rainbow Movers when things like this happen is that we are actual people and enjoy working with people.  We understand that these things happen, and we will work with you to find a good solution to get your move done at the earliest possible date, help with the calls to buildings, etc.  And we will support you if it is possible to recover your deposit from whoever may have caused the change.

As we’ve said before, we have been in business since 1978.  While we can’t say we’ve seen it all before (this is New York City, after all), we do have a lot of experience to draw upon in navigating our way around unexpected bumps in the road.  At the end of that road, we expect you will find yourself happily moved into your new home, the detours having been traveled with a minimum of stress.

Planning Your Stress-Free Move

Five Tips For Planning Your Stress-Free Move

Congratulations! You found a new place to live!

Before you can lounge in your new living room, however, you need to focus on moving out of your current home. To keep your stress level down, start planning ahead with these five tips:

1.  Pick a Date

Your new lease has a start date, and that’s usually the day to aim for. If you have a few days of leeway, you may be able to pick the most convenient date for your move. Your neighborhood may be very busy on weekends, there may be a street fair, so a weekday move might be best. Or vice versa. Some buildings only allow weekday moves. The key is to pick the ideal date for you and work from there.

2.  Clear Out the Clutter

A move is the perfect time to simplify your life and throw out things you don’t need or want. You have to go through every single thing in your home anyway, so why not take advantage and get rid of some stuff? Some things are easy to toss (old clothes, old papers). Other things may feel sentimental. So ask yourself this question, “Do I need the object to hold on to the memory associated with it?”  The answer may be no and you will find that it is a relief to lighten your load both figuratively and actually.

3.  Choose a Moving Company

Unless you are a college student with lots of friends who will work for pizza, odds are you will need to bring in a moving company. We find that average apartments in New York City require 20 – 70 boxes to move, as well as living room and bedroom furniture. Of course we encourage you to use Rainbow Movers NY, but we understand you may want to speak with several companies. Read our posting, 5 Questions To Ask Your Next Moving Company.” And then call us.

4.  Make Arrangements for Both Buildings

If you are moving from one apartment to another one, check with both buildings to arrange your move. You may have to reserve the date and secure access to the elevators and delivery entrances or loading docks. There may be other moving restrictions or requirements in your buildings, and you need to know about them and make arrangements in advance. You don’t want to find out you can’t move with the moving truck parked on a New York City street!

5.  Pack Your “Here I Am” Boxes

We’ve written about Here I Am boxes on our blog, but it is worth mentioning again. Pack up 1-4 boxes with the essential items that you’ll need immediately in your new home, which may include:

  • Clothing for a few days
  • Bed linens and towels
  • Basic kitchen and bathroom items
  • Key pacifying toys for your kids
  • Electronic cables, chargers, remote controls

We ask our clients to mark their “Here I Am” boxes with a big X on all sides. Our movers will know to look for those boxes and put them in a special spot in your new apartment for easy access.

Be sure to pack any valuables and important medications that you want to take to your new place yourself.

We aim to keep your stress to a minimum by helping you prepare in advance and be ready for Moving Day. We handle every customer’s individual needs. That’s why they come back to us for their next move, and it’s also why we have been in business since 1978.

Call Rainbow Movers NY for information and an on-site estimate for your next residential or commercial move! We have a Special Offer on Storage Services too!

Sanity Inducement

At Rainbow Movers, we believe in making moving happy and stress free. Happy is good! We’ve said this before, but we hear from our customers that they were very helped by this.

The Here I Am Boxes

When you start packing, think of the things you will want to unpack first:  your medicines or vitamins, bathroom items, and clothes for your first night and morning.

If you have children, you’ll want to make sure they also have clothes for that night and the next day, as well as their important books and toys, and anything else that will make them more comfortable.

Keep the wires from your electronics somewhere you can access them when you first move in – that way you can easily set up your stereo, television and entertainment systems so you’ll feel at home. Make sure you also have your battery chargers, like those attached to your cell phone and laptop, too.

You’ll need the kitchen essentials – a few cereal bowls or plates for breakfast, a few mugs for your morning coffee. You might even pack a celebratory glass or two so you can have a relaxing glass of wine or champagne when you arrive.

This may sound like a lot, but it should fit in a few boxes and this stuff can be packed all together if it is packed carefully.

When you pack your first day belongings, put a very distinct marking on those few boxes and tell the movers these are the ones you want to get at first. They will be sure you know where they are when they are delivered.

People say this exercise induces sanity.  We’re all for that!