Green Cleaning Solutions

 

Unleash The Power of Green In Your Cleaning Routine

Green Cleaning Techniques

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Green Cleaning Solutions

Keeping your house clean can certainly be a challenge sometimes. Especially when you have two young boys running around the house like I do. Not only do they take up plenty of my time and attention, but it seems like everywhere they go, they leave messes behind! Cleaning the house can also take a chunk out of your household budget, since cleaning supplies can be pricey, and goodness knows our grocery bill’s high enough. But it doesn’t have to be this way: I make a lot of my own cleaning supplies, using things that I already keep around the house. Not only is it cheaper to use these simple tricks for keeping your house clean. It is also simple and it’s eco-friendly, too.

In the Kitchen

A couple of my favorite cleaning ingredients are probably already in your kitchen cupboard: white vinegar and baking soda. These items are both eco-friendly and versatile. For instance, if you mix up a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water, it makes a good all-purpose cleaner for your kitchen counters and inside of your fridge. (It’s not a bad idea to keep a bottle of this by your desk at the office, too, to keep your work area clean and fresh.) A paste made from baking soda and water also makes a good scrub for stubborn stains, like those brown marks inside of your coffee mugs that just won’t come off. It works well on greasy stovetops, too.

Vinegar makes a great floor cleaner: Just mix it with hot water and mop. And if you add a cup to your dishwasher and run the rinse cycle, it’ll remove hard-water stains. But vinegar and baking soda aren’t the only great cleaners found in your kitchen. For instance, you can get your pots and pans squeaky-clean by scrubbing it with a heavily salted half a lemon.

In the Bathroom

One of my favorite green cleaning solutions comes in especially handy in the bathroom. Make your own glass cleaner by combining two cups of water and a half-cup of vinegar. Pour this into a spray bottle, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought you needed Windex! Vinegar is also good for the mineral buildup that makes your shower head spray everywhere but straight down. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, use a rubber band to attach it to the shower head, and leave it overnight, and it’ll dissolve all of that nasty buildup. And to clean your toilet; put equal parts baking soda and vinegar into the toilet bowl. Then just let them fizz and foam, then scrub with a toilet brush.

Around the House

Remember that stuff your mom used to buy and sprinkle all over the carpet before she vacuumed? It turns out that you already have a cheap, all-natural substitute: baking soda. If you want it to smell nice, just add a little of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda. Sprinkle it on the carpet, and vacuum to freshen up the rugs and remove odors.

If your wood furniture has seen better days, there’s an easy green cleaning solutions fix for that: Combine a half-cup of lemon juice with a cup of olive oil to make your own furniture polish. And, if the whole house smells a bit stale, don’t reach for a can of aerosol air freshener; simply grab your favorite aromatic spices, fruit peels, and/or essential oils and boil them in a saucepan on the stove. You could also try the trick a lot of real estate agents use to make a house smell like a home: Bake cookies! The kids are sure to appreciate that.

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What is Moving Labor Services?

What is Moving Labor Services?

Professional labor services are popular for residential or commercial relocation. Offering labor only services which can include loading or unloading household or office goods during the move. Loading processes can be time consuming and the experts are here to help make the most of your time. When choosing to hire professional movers, the movers are there to assist in the moving process and make sure everything will be loaded and unloaded properly. 

Our Moving Labor Services

These services are very popular for the movers that want to do-it-themselves. Our movers are here to provide help with those labor-intensive moves. We have certified movers can help load that already rented truck, or PODS. Then you are free to continue working on other aspects that pertain to your move. 

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  • Keeping costs efficient
  • Safe and reliable loading to ensure safe travels during move
  • You are in control of your upcoming move
  • No need to ask friends or family 
  • Use your energy for needs during the moving process

Best Plan

At Moving Ahead we can assist and help you design the best plan for your upcoming move that can include labor only services or full move services which include packing, moving arrangements, storage, and necessary packing supplies to ensure a smooth transition. 

Hot Weather Moving Tips

Prepping For a Hot Weather Move

Warmer weather is fast approaching. Moving throughout the summer and in the heat is not ideal for everyone. Hot weather and moving are not the best of friends. Check out these tips that have become very useful. Over the years learning tips for staying cool in the heat is very helpful. Protecting items that can be damaged while prepping for a move in hot weather saves money. 

Hot Weather Tips:

Heat Can Damage Items – Electronics, electrical equipment and paintings should be kept inside until the move is ready. Keep all items protected from the weather and sunlight.

Children, Pets and Family Members – Anyone who is not involved in the move during hot weather, shouldn’t be there. This helps to reduce distractions to complete the move in a timely fashion.

Staying Hydrated – Make sure to have drinks and snacks on hand for anyone that is participating in the move to stay fully hydrated.

Early Morning Move – Schedule a move for the early morning, if possible, the sun is not at its highest in the sky which will help to limit the heat and be cooler outside for longer.

Light & Breezy Clothing – Wear light colors, avoid heavy and thick items of clothing. This will help to keep you cooler longer. Reducing the need for additional hydration.

Sunscreen – Always make sure there is sunscreen available. Keeps you protected from the sun and helps protect burns. This will be important to have on hand as the day goes on depending on how long you will be in the sun. 

 

Moving in hot weather isn’t fun, and using these tips will help you along with anyone involved. Be prepared for hot weather and some ideas of what is useful and how to be stay protected for hot weather to make the moving process easier. 

 

Leftover Moving Boxes…Now What?

Leftover moving boxes… what to do with them.

You have finished moving and finally finished unpacking and now there are leftover and empty boxes everywhere from the move. What can you do with them? There are a few simple things you can do with the leftover boxes. These ideas can be used for more than just moving boxes. Use these ideas for any boxes that are delivered or in good quality can have many uses. 

Recycle them

Take them to your local recycling center or place them with your recycling trash. This is the easiest way to put a use to those empty boxes without wasting them. Use them for projects around the house and for the kids to have some fun playing around with those leftover moving boxes.

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Selling boxes that are in good condition is always and option. Being able to make a little something back from the time and money spent is rewarding. Try putting them on Facebook or find an organization that will take the used boxes. Moving is expensive and this is good way to assist someone else with cost savings.

Donate them

If you know anyone moving and want to give the boxes away. If you live in apartments or condos this is a great place and someone could be moving soon. Ask around to give the boxes away and help a neighbor out. Reaching out to a local church or food bank is an option, donations are always welcome for food drives and transportation of these goods.  

Good for long term storage

You can always use these boxes for storage and around the house. Placing and sorting your items in moving boxes is quick and will be set aside for easy storage. After that pack away for safety and if moving again the boxes are ready to go or then you might know it’s time to get rid of these items. 

 

If none of these options are available or work out for you. You can always save the boxes for your next move. The boxes store flat for storage and can stay together when it is time for the next move. Choose the boxes that are clean and the most sturdy. Boxes store great in a cool dry place. In addition, tuck away those boxes for safe keeping for you or a friend’s next move and don’t forget where they are located. Find easy to pack boxes here!

Saving Money On Your Next Move

Moving is a huge stress and we don’t know a lot of people that enjoy the moving process. Saving money on a move is something that can be done. Just knowing what you can do to help or speed the process along, helps yourself and your movers.

Boxes & Valuables

Anything that has value that is able to be packed is important as well. You will know these items are packed safe and have an idea of where they areInternational Movers too. Having all the packing done before movers arrive is key.

Packing as much as you can yourself is a big saver when it comes to moving. As long as you have the time to pack and make sure things are packed neat and tight. It will help make the moving process smooth.

Moving boxes for easy access out of the house is a huge time saver, which saves you money. Putting the boxes near the door that will be used or in a garage if available, helps to make sure everything gets loaded onto the truck and to speed the process up.

Furniture

Taking apart furniture, any furniture that you can disassemble yourself is a HUGE time saver. Having the time to take apart the furniture and put back together takes up time, and again time is money. Moving furniture as close as possible to a point for easy pickup also helps to save time. If there is furniture that is heavy or awkward, do not stress and the movers can take care of moving those items.

Transporting What You Can

Lastly if you are able to move the smaller items and most boxes yourself do it. You will already be off to a great start because you are taking the time to make your move go smoothly and you will be saving money. Transporting as much as you can yourself saves you money, but you will also know where those boxes or items are once everything else arrives at your new home.

We’re happy to complete everything from packing to unloading, but if you want to reduce costs we will work on a custom affordable plan for you! For additional information, including a free moving quote, scheduling your move and more – contact us directly by phone or email.

 

Moving to Assisted Living or Nursing Home

Moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home can be a complicated, overwhelming process.  If you have successfully navigated care needs, toured and selected a facility and figured out all of the necessary details – That is half the battle!

Unfortunately, even once you or your loved one is settled into their new place, there can be a ton of work ahead. Often, family support is needed to help coordinate all of the necessary logistics!

Organizing and Packing

Moving and packing for yourself is one thing, but moving and packing if you are unable to complete the tasks or have to complete the necessary tasks on behalf of a loved one – Is a whole other ball game. Trying to pack up someone else’s home, or trusting family to pack up your home, can be a daunting task.

Start small and work as diligently as possible. Often, nursing homes or assisted living facilities have limited space and therefore much of your belongings (or your loved one) will have to be packed, donated or stored elsewhere.

Clearing out the clutter, packing up the sentimental items and packing the essentials for your new home should be the top 3 priorities.

Finances and Subscriptions

Don’t forget to make all the necessary updates! Going through bank statements and credit card statements can be an easy way to account for anything that needs cancelled, or any address updates needed. Many service providers require a statement of residence from the nursing home or care facility to cancel contracts and subscriptions, grabbing one ahead of time can make life easier.

Moving and Storage

Assuming you have gotten much of the sorting and organizing out of the way, having professional help can make the moving (and/or storage) process much easier. Work that could take you or family members several weeks (or months) to complete, can be done easily in a short amount of time.

Packing, moving, and if needed, storage services, can all be helpful in making the process and transition as smooth as possible. Using a moving company can eliminate the need to pack and label items, supplies and equipment are all provided and long or short term storage is an option.

If you or a loved one is moving and needs assistance, please call us today! We can provide a free moving quote and recommend services and support to make the process as easy as possible.

Top Winter Moving Tips

Top Winter Moving Tips

When the weather outside is frightful, having movers is delightful! Let it snow, and check out our TOP winter moving tips over the years!

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  1. Planning for extra time, supplies and moving day with these great winter tips!
  2. Make sure your walkways are safe and keep your home protected!
  3. Moving electronics in cold weather can take some extra care!
  4. Now, keep an eye on the weather and travel restrictions!

If you are moving this winter, call us! Get a free moving quote today.

 

4 Moving Mistakes

Mistakes Can Cost You Big During the Moving Process

Moving mistakes can take a big toll! Here are the top 4 moving mistakes we see, and tips for making your move as stress-free as possible!

  1. Not doing due diligence when selecting service providers. Doing the legwork is critical when you are hiring a realtor, moving company, hiring contractors, hiring a home inspector – Anything that goes along with a move! Having an accurate estimate, seeing reviews and references and selecting a reputable, licensed service provider is key.
  2. Wingin’ it and panicking. Moving is no joke. There is a TON of coordination that has to happen, especially if you are buying and/or selling your home. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and then at the 11th hour, decide to ‘wing it’, and just plan to deal with it later. This can have a huge negative impact on your move! Give yourself plenty of time, start early, get organized and make sure that everything gets done the right way.
  3. New home woes. Buying a home is the largest purchase decision most of us make. In the competitive market, it can be a delicate balance act to get your offer in quickly while still making a sound decision. Avoid the urge to jump at the bid and get a plan together. Have proper home inspections, ensure that you are making a great decision by really familiarizing yourself with the details of the home, your new neighborhood, etc.
  4. Extra costs and budgeting. Aside from the actual up front costs of moving and buying / selling a home, be prepared to budget for other expenses. Whether it’s things on the inspection report that will need prioritized and dealt with, buying furniture, increased monthly expenditures – Have a very clear picture on all costs associated with your move.

Moving is a complicated process! While usually an exciting and positive experience, there are definitely some hurdles to be expected along the way. Plan ahead and make your move a great one!

Types of Long Distance Movers

Understanding the Types of Long Distance Movers

Before you hire long distance movers it’s important to understand the types of moving companies out there. We’re here to help!

What types of long distance movers are you contacting?

Particularly if you are doing online research, it can be difficult to sometimes tell the differences in the types of moving companies out there. Many of them don’t specify in their ads or their websites, and it can take a bit of digging!

Brokers – This is very common now, and can be difficult to spot! Some companies will quote a low low starting price to get your information, and then sell your information to multiple types of long distance movers to service the move. Unfortunately, this can be a recipe for disaster! It can be unclear who is doing the move, and thus unclear to determine the type of skill and requirements that your movers have. Be sure to do your due diligence!

Van Lines – Van lines will typically provide a pick up date, and then a drop off window / date spread. Your belongings can be transferred from truck to truck and warehouse to warehouse, all loaded with other household moves. If this schedule and timeline works for you, great! For many, the specific delivery date is essential.

Dedicated Freight – Dedicate freight means that the company that packs / loads your belongings at your departure is the same company that unloads and delivers your belongings at your destination. This means the company that you select stays with your belongings every step of the way and you get specific pick up and delivery dates.

Doing your due diligence can go a long way to ensuring your long distance move is a success! In addition to understanding the types of long distance movers, it’s important to do your research on the company history, reviews, processes and policies.

Moving from the US to Australia

Moving to Australia – Everything You Need to Know

Every year, thousands of people from all around the world decide to take the leap and move to Australia. This is not a surprise since “The land down under” has plenty of things to offer to its new residents. Other than the fact that on average Australia has more than 230 sunny days per year, it has also one of the lowest air pollution levels in the whole wide world.

If you add to that the low crime rate, the lowest population density of any continent in the world, and the fact that it indeed is a multicultural society- you can see why it’s one of the best places to live in on Earth.

Australia is also a massive piece of land with more than three million square miles, so if you want to travel the country, you will need a lot of time to do so. The rich ecosystems make exploring this island a real adventure; from the sandy beaches and the tropical rainforests, to the golden deserts and even mountains with snow. This makes moving to Australia sound like an amazing adventure.

If you’re from the US and you’re considering moving to this alluring place, you should be prepared before packing your suitcase and hitting the jets.

 

Things to do before arriving

There are some steps that you need to do before you actually step a foot in Australia. Make sure you think through all of these points in order to avoid any problems once you arrive in your new home.

  • Apply for a visa: before going to Australia, you have to have an approved visa. The type of visa that you have to apply for depends on many factors such as the country you’re originally from, whether you’re going there to study or to work, how long are you planning on staying, and more. If you need help with this, you should go to the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and get info.
  • Count your savings: Australia is a place where the average salary is much higher than in the US, and the unemployment rate is around 5%. Although this is a great sign for the country and its strong economy, it can also mean you should expect to have much higher expenses. You should plan to have some capital before you go. Count on having at least AU$5,000 to live through a few months without work.
  • Cut expenses in the US: it doesn’t matter how long you’re going to be living in Oz, you have to be smart and start cutting back on all the things that you can in your home. You won’t need the internet, home phone, Netflix accounts, and more- so you might as well close your accounts.
  • Find accommodations and a job: if you can, you should have these two very essential things lined up before you enter Australia. Some websites where you can find accommodation are Flatmates and Gumtree. Since it’s a common practice in Australia to rent apartments without any furniture, make sure you ask about that before signing the contract. According to http://www.movingtoaustralia.com it helps to have a reference from a place that you rented before.

When it comes to job hunting, even though Australia has a low unemployment rate, it might be difficult to find a job right away as soon as you arrive. Try to do your research before going so that you have an idea where to start. Moreover, the opportunity to save cash while having a regular job is the best thing about working there. Try finding something to do at Gumtree, Seek, Careerone, or Taw.

Once you’re there

  • Apply for a Tax File Number or TFN: this is similar to a social security number, and you need it if you want to work, file taxes, and more.
  • Open a bank account: don’t keep a lot of cash in your pockets, instead open an Australian bank account which will make everything much easier.
  • Get healthcare insurance: getting healthcare immediately could potentially save you money in the long run. There are different private healthcare packages according to your income.
  • RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certificate: if you want to work in hospitality and either serve or sell alcohol you will need to complete an RSA training regulated by state laws, and after finishing the course you will get your certificate.
  • Buy a power adapter and a voltage converter: if you have chargers, hair straighteners or other appliances, be aware that in Australia the main voltage is 230V 50Hz.
  • Stay left: do not forget to drive on the left-hand side of the road! Usually, you will be allowed to use your driving license during your stay in Australia, except if you’re applying for permanent residency status.
  • Remember the tax return: you could get “extra” cash if you remember to do your tax return, and it’s fairly easy to do it too.

What you need to know

  1. The weather: The weather in Australia tends to be very hot. A common misconnection is that it’s always sunny and dry. Actually, the weather can be so turbulent that even Melbourne is known for having four seasons in one day.
  2. The sun is very strong: the temperatures are known to rise above 40 degrees Celsius, and the heat is expected to rise in the following years. Furthermore, the ozone layer above Australia is unusually thin which makes the dangerous UV radiation from the sun even worse in this part of the world. It’s critical to protect yourself by using lots of sunscreen, wearing protective shirts and hats, and avoiding the sun in the hottest periods of the day.
  3. Fires: Australia experiences up to 50,000 bushfires on average per year, mostly as a result of the dry vegetation, the strong winds and the hot weather. Make sure to listen to the fire warnings and to be very careful, especially in rural areas.
  4. Wildlife: Many think of Australia as the land where spiders and snakes attack you everywhere, kangaroos kick you, sharks bit you, and everything is out to get you. Although it can happen, the statistics say that there is no real danger. For example, there are only two deadly spiders for which there is an anti-venom, and nobody has died from a spider bite since 1979.

 

Hopefully these tips have you feeling a little bit relieved about making major decisions when moving to Australia. Don’t be afraid to meet some Aussie people and to explore their rich culture. You’re good to go, mate!

Author Bio: Jessica is the head of content for https://www.hireamover.com.au – her father’s moving company. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling around the world to different surf spots and tasting the local cuisine.