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What to do after moving to Brooklyn
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What to do after moving to Brooklyn

Despite all of the details you have to tend to in preparation for your upcoming Brooklyn move, you will have just as many if not more, moving related matters to address afterwards. You may be too busy taking care of everything in time for your move, that you overlook or even fail to consider post move tasks that require your attention. While it would be great to just move from one place to another and be done with it, that is usually not the case. As you can see having a checklist for things to do after you move is just as important as your moving in Brooklyn checklist. Make sure you know what to do after moving to Brooklyn, and you can start by checking out our helpful tips below.

What to do after moving to Brooklyn

  • Clean your new home

Unless you are moving locally, you won’t have a chance to clean your new home before your stuff arrives. Although that would be ideal, as you then won’t have to struggle to navigate around furniture and boxes, cleaning after the move is not impossible and can be done. Make a note of this and prepare accordingly, in terms of cleaning supplies. If you hired licensed Brooklyn movers to help you relocate, then you didn’t have a chance to save any of your cleaning products and will have to buy some after the move. You will want to anticipate a visit to your local grocery store or pharmacy sometime within the first few days in your new home, as you will want to clean your home before you begin to unpack.

  • Conduct a thorough walkthrough of your new home

As stated earlier, unless you’re moving locally, you won’t have the chance to visit your new home before the actual move. Although you should be able to rely on your landlord to take care of any problems before you arrive, you will want to check for yourself. Issues that may not be apparent at first, can surface and cause problems in the future. Check for pest, leaking pipes, and mold, just to name a few. If you have small children, make sure your new residence is child proofed. If adjustments need to be made, tend to them promptly.

  • Take inventory as you unpack
What to do after moving to Brooklyn

Make sure to take inventory as you begin unpacking in your new Brooklyn home.

As you arrive in your new Brooklyn home and begin to unpack, you are highly advised to take inventory of your belongings. You will want to make sure that everything is accounted for and in its original state. You can also take photos of your stuff prior to the move. This way if something is missing or damaged you will have proof when filing a claim with your movers. Remember, unpacking is a time consuming process, don’t rush through it. If something is off, it’s best you learn about it as soon as possible rather than later.

  • Set up utilities and service providers

Although you will want to transfer utilities from your old home to your new one prior to your move, for obvious reasons such as having electricity upon immediate arrival, you won’t have the same opportunity when it comes to several service providers, such as TV and internet. Most of time you will have to wait until after you move to start receiving these services. Since you will likely have to wait several days for a technician to come out to your home for set up, you will want to request such services as soon as logically possible.

  • Change your address

Keep in mind that it may take some time for the post office to process your request for a change of address. Therefore, it is something you will want to take care of before you move, rather than after moving to Brooklyn. If you’re perhaps moving out of your parents house and can trust that any mail you receive after your departure will be safe, then you may not feel the sense of urgency to change your address. If you don’t change your address before the move, this is something you will want to do shortly after.

  • Find healthcare providers

If you will be changing healthcare providers as a result of your move, you will want to ask your current physicians for recommendations. Otherwise you will want to find new ones soon after moving to Brooklyn. Finding a health care provider you can trust and feel comfortable with can take some time. Don’t wait till you or a family member is ill to look for a new one, especially if you have children of young age.

  • Register your vehicle

If you moved to Brooklyn from another state then you will have to register your car and driver’s license with New York State. Find out how much time you have to do so and act accordingly. Simply visit your local DMV office and file all of the proper paperwork in a timely manner.

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Pros and cons of using a self-storage space

Pros and cons of using a self-storage space

Whether you’re moving and your new home is not yet ready or you just wish to store some of your excess belongings, you are most likely looking into a self-storage space as one of the options to house your things in the meantime. You may have no prior experience with self-storage and feeling naturally unsure whether it is the best choice for you. Before you pay the first months’ dues and sign on the dotted line, you should know that just like with anything else, there are both pros and cons of using a self-storage space. The pros may greatly outweigh the cons for you, or vice versa, but you won’t know until you learn what they are. To help you make the best decision, we have created a list of pros and cons of using a self-storage space. Please continue reading below for more options.

Pros and cons of using a self-storage space

Storing your belongings has never been easier with self-storage solutions!

Pros and cons of using a self-storage space

Hundreds of thousands of people in America rely on self-storage to store their belongings each day. It is a great way to expand a somewhat personal space for your less frequently used things that you can, for the most part, access at your convenience. Therefore, it’s only right to begin our list with the pros of using a self-storage space.

PROS

  • The obvious perk of using a self-storage space, is the added space you will now have to store your personal belongings, sparing you of having to make the tough decision to either sell or donate them. Being able to hold onto precious childhood memories, or family heirlooms is very important to most people. Self-storage allows you to do that.
  • Self-storage facilities are great for relocations! Temporary housing relocations, home downsizing, and work related moves could all greatly benefit from a self-storage space. It provides a relatively inexpensive way for you to store your things on a short notice, while you’re going through the necessary transition.
  • For the most part, you can rely on storage facilities to keep your belongings protected from outside elements and pesky infestations. While damage from both has definitely affected people in the past, be sure to thoroughly research the storage of your choice and schedule a walkthrough to ensure the facility is safe and clean. If the items you wish to store are sensitive to temperature changes, make sure the storage of your choice provides climate-controlled units. Generally, fragile items such as antique will require a climate-controlled space to retain its original condition.
  • Although storage burglaries do happen, your belongings are for the most part safe behind a steel gate and key code combination that only you have knowledge of. If you are storing high value items and security is of most importance, look for a facility that provides maximum-security storage, with 24-hour surveillance systems.
  • Storage facilities provide insurance in case any of the above unfortunate events take place. This will give you a peace of mind and a reassurance your things are safe even when they are not in your home and within a hand’s reach. Keep in mind that not all storage facilities provide insurance, to take advantage of this option, be sure to seek out a facility that does.
  • You can rent a storage unit for an unlimited amount of time. Whether it is a month, a year or two, you can rent a unit for as long or as little as you need. Some facilities will even offer a discount if you rent for an extended period of time.
  • If you suddenly require a smaller or larger unit than your current one, you can easily request to be transferred to the unit that best suits your needs. Mot self storage facilities require very little notice in advance in order to terminate rent, downsize or rent larger units.

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Please keep in mind; while all of the above attributes of a self-storage space make renting one appealing, not all of them are built the same. Know your options, and choose the facility with features that take care of your needs.

CONS

  • The costs of moving your things into storage are not included in the rental price. If you don’t have too many items, you may just be able to get away with using your car. If you have a lot of stuff, you will have to either hire professional movers, or rent a truck and get helpers to help you.
  • The temperature inside a self-storage unit is sensitive to the weather outside. Unless you’re renting a temperature-controlled unit, the items inside will surely be affected by the cold and heat conditions of the weather outside. Be sure to only store items in regular units that will not be susceptible to inclement weather changes.
  • Not all self-storage facilities allow 24-hour access. If you urgently need to get something out of your unit, but it is after hours, you will have to wait till the next morning. If you require access at all hours of the day, make sure the facility provides this option.

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How to pack and move your gym equipment

It does not matter where you do it, as long as you exercise, whether at the gym or at home, you are taking care of your health. Regular exercise not only allows us to lose and maintain a healthy weight, but it also helps to prevent a wide range of health problems. Having a home gym is great for people who may not have the time to always go to the gym or just simply enjoy working out in the privacy of their own home. Although, a home gym is amongst many other things convenient, it is not as convenient when it’s time to pack and move your gym equipment. These machines are heavy and bulky to say the least, and can be tough to handle. If you’re moving home and preparing to pack and move your gym equipment, then you’re in the right place. To help you get started, we have prepared tips on how to pack and move your gym equipment.

How to pack and move your gym equipment

 

Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Take photos of equipment from various angles prior to disassembly. Keep screws, and other small parts together in a zip lock bag and secure it to the machine it belongs to. Test each machine after reassembly to make sure it is working properly.

  • Treadmill

One of the most popular exercise machines, and certainly one of the most to be likely found in a home gym is a treadmill. Very easy to use and produce great results. When it comes to moving this bulky machine that weighs a few hundred pounds, careful planning and extra help is required. Most treadmills fold, in which case you’re in luck because most of the work is done for you. On the other hand, if your treadmill doesn’t fold, disassembly is required. For best results refer to the owner’s manual. Otherwise follow these general steps to safely prepare your treadmill for relocation.

  1. Make sure the treadmills incline is set to zero.
  2. Remove the safety key and store in safe place.
  3. Unplug the treadmill from outlet.
  4. Fold the walking deck up toward the console, locking it into place.
  5. Depending on your treadmill, you will have to either insert the locking pin or tighten the knob to secure it.
  6. Wrap the treadmill with moving blankets and secure in place with moving tape.
  • Elliptical machine

When it comes to relocating an elliptical machine, its unique shape can make it somewhat tricky to move from point A to point B. You can move it as is, but disassembly is recommended.

  1. Take it apart into 4 different parts: the handlebars, pedals, base and main console.
  2. Wrap each part in a moving blanket and secure with moving tape.
  • Stationary Bike

How to pack and move your gym equipmentAlthough it takes multiple people to relocate a stationary bike safely and efficiently, it is still one of the easiest home gym equipment to move.

  1. For powered bikes, unplug the cord from outlet and secure to the bike.
  2. Wrap the bike in moving blanket and secure with moving tape.
  • Weightlifting Machine

Weightlifting machines, due to their odd shape and weight can be challenging to move from point A to point B. At the least, partial disassembly is required. For best results follow the user’s manual to easily disassemble and reassemble the machine.

  1. Remove all weights and wrap in moving blankets secured by moving tape.
  2. Remove or secure any moving parts.
  3. Place all hardware in a box, carefully marking the parts they belong to.
  4. Finally, wrap the machine in moving blanket secured by tape for transportation.
  • Exercise bench
  1. Simply wrap the exercise bench in a moving blanket and secure it with moving tape.
  2. If the bench has any moving parts, secure them in place prior to being wrapped in blanket.
  • Dumbbells, barbells and weight plates

Due to their wide range of size and shape, there is a variety in ways that you can move free weights. Never over pack a box with even the lightest weights, as this will compromise the box, potentially causing it to break or make it too heavy to handle safely and properly.

  1. Smaller, lighter weights can be wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in moving box.
  2. Heavier, bulkier ones can be wrapped in moving blanket and secured with tape.

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How to move an above ground pool

The benefits of owning an above ground pool are many to name. For the most part, many people choose this option simply because the modern above ground pools come equipped with many of the same features as its in-ground counterpart, minus the hefty price tag. So what happens when you are getting ready to relocate home? Do you leave it or take it with you? Of course you take it with you, silly! Actually, moving an above ground pool is not as complicated as it may appear. All you need to do is just follow our simple steps below on how to move an above ground pool. This task will require your time, and effort. But if you’re still having a hard time, just contact us, and we will walk you through every step.

How to move an above ground pool

 

  • Pick location and check availability

Sure you may ask, “Why do I need to check availability, it is my property after all, and I know it’s available, duh”! Well actually, even if you own the property, you have to make sure the pool is located a certain distance from the property line. For those who don’t already know, a property line is the defined point where your land ends and the neighboring land begins. Some detached, and attached homes are built in close proximity to each other. Therefore, you want to make sure you will have enough room for the pool at your new place. Otherwise, you may have to sell it. Just kidding! Not really. Be sure to also take note of any trees on the property near where your new pool will stand, and make sure they are at least 8-10 feet away. 

  • Prep the new location

You will require tools for this part. Many of the tools on this list can be rented from your local equipment shop in the case you don’t already own them.

  • Shovel
  • Sod cutter
  • Level
  • Rake
  • Tape measure
  1. One of the main, and first things you must do is to ensure the ground is level! This is of great importance to the base structure of your pool. To measure the level of the area, simply place a level on a long, straight board. The area shouldn’t be more than 1 inch of perfectly leveled. If the area is not leveled, dig down any high areas. Don’t build up low areas because the pool will settle over time.
  2. Next, determine the center point (middle) of your pool. Measure off an existing object, such as your fence, and mark where you want the edge of your pool to be based off that. Use the tape measure to measure half the width of the pool to determine your center point. Mark this point on the ground with spray paint.
  3. Next step is to create an approximate guideline for where the wall of your pool will be. Pull the tape measure one foot from the center point. Now using spray paint once again, mark this point all around.
  4. Now you must remove all the sod within that chosen area with the help of your trusty sod cutter. If you don’t own one, you should be able to easily rent one. Rake the area to remove any remaining sod, roots, and rock. Having grass, and other debris under your pool will render it unstable over time. Therefore, make sure the area is completely clean.
  • Disassemble the pool

First and foremost, empty out the water from the pool. Be aware that once you drain the water, it is likely that your pool liner will shrink up, making it difficult to remove safely. You are likely better off replacing the pool liner with a new one. Next, remove the accessories, and disconnect the filtration system. Take the pool apart from the top down. Remove post caps, upper railings, then the liner. Detach the filter panel from the wall and roll the wall up. Finally, dig out, and remove the filter panel, and support posts. If you still have the instructions manual, follow it to take the pool apart step by step, as you did when putting it together, just in reverse. Keep track of all your parts! They may be harder to replace than you think.

⇒⇒⇒ Congratulations! Your above ground pool is now ready to be moved to its new location. 

Now that your pool is ready for relocation, you may want to hire trusted professionals to help you move it to your new place!

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