Reverse Interview! Questions a Moving Company Might Ask You

While you are prepping yourself with a long list of questions to ask your potential movers, you probably are not even considering that they could be doing the same thing. Some people assume that just because they choose to hire a moving company that the company will automatically accept. This is not always the case. So, don’t be surprised if when you are done with your list of questions that they don’t break out a few of their own.

Do you have homeowners or renters insurance? If yes, what is the coverage?

Insurance is a very tricky topic, when it comes to moving. There are different levels of insurance and while they may cover the goods you ask them to move, there could be restrictions and stipulations. Alternatively, if you have an expensive or rare collection or priceless heirlooms, you may choose to move this yourself under your own policy. If you do this, you need to make sure that your policy is current. If you don’t have insurance yourself, you will need to make sure that you are very honest when telling the moving company of any valuables. If you don’t disclose them and something happens to them, they really don’t have to cover it. Read More

Three Home Alarm Systems to Consider

Whether you are moving an office, home, or apartment, you have the perfect opportunity to evaluate and upgrade your existing alarm system. If you don’t already have one, then you really should consider it. Having an alarm system in place will not only increase the chances that a burglar will be caught (and your items returned) but it also helps to deter them from breaking and entering in the first place.

In this brief guide we will cover three different alarm systems suitable for many offices and most homes.

  1. Monitored Systems – these systems are monitored by a call center that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during holidays. They require a dedicated phone line and are often paired with various sensors that trip the system. You need to have a separate, dedicated landline for this service. The monitors and sensors often require a battery so they can continue to operate during a power outage. One major disadvantage to this type of system is that the response time provided by the call center and the local authorities often leaves plenty of time for a burglar to get in and out before anyone arrives on the scene.
  2. Unmonitored Systems work best when paired with a monitored system. They will produce a deafening sound when triggered. When installed on their own they are nothing more than a deterrent designed to scare away an intruder after they have broken in. Skilled criminals will likely know the difference, so these systems are generally only good for alerting you and your neighbors to the fact that someone has gained unauthorized access to your location. Read More

10 Tips to Clean Your House After Moving

Moving can be messy. That’s not to say you or the moving company are slobs.  The reality is, every move is a fresh start; a new beginning.  And we all know that those don’t come along too often.  Every home presents cleaning challenges that take a lot of time to resolve. Commercial cleaning products are not always the best approach to the most basic dirt and grime. Learn to use certain household staples to remove stains and create a healthier environment for your family. Try each of these methods to resolve cleaning challenges, around both your new home and old items.

1. Piano keys – Restore the beauty to the largest instrument in the house by applying toothpaste to a damp cloth and rubbing the keys firmly. Pay close attention to prevent any moisture from running between the keys. Work in small sections of the keyboard and notice the difference between the cleaned keys and the ones awaiting attention. Wipe each key dry and buff all residue from the top and sides of the keys to restore the shine.

2. Chandelier – Before company arrives for a formal meal under the chandelier, step into the room and turn on the light. If you notice visible dust through dimmer pendants, cover the table top with towels and the top with multiple layers of newspaper. Remove the lamps and cover each electrical socket with a plastic bag and seal it with a rubber band. Stand close to the chandelier and spray each pendant with enough glass cleaner to rinse the dust off and allow it to fall onto the newspaper and towels below. The luster will return without having to take down the chandelier.

3. Humidifier – When the evaporative humidifier begins to smell, unplug the unit before emptying the reservoir. If the wicks are replaceable, dispose of the old wicks in the garbage. Remove the reservoir and empty it outside or in the shower or tub. Rinse the inside and outside of the water reservoir and set it flat. Run one gallon of hot water in the bottom and pour in one cup of bleach. Rub the solution around the sides and then carefully empty the water down the drain. Allow the entire unit to air dry overnight before refilling the reservoir and replacing the wicks. To maintain the clean reservoir an equal combination of vinegar and water can be used weekly kill bacteria.

4. Bathroom tile – If the tile around the tub, shower, and sink has lost its luster, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray all tile surfaces generously. Allow the acid in the vinegar to do the work of removing soap scum and hard water residue for one hour. Rinse the areas that were treated with vinegar and dry with a soft towel. If mildew and stains are also present on the tile, combine one cup of bleach with one quart of water and spray the tile a second time. Rinse away the bleach and dry the tile. The luster will return and the bathroom with sparkle.

5. Windows – Use one-half cup of ammonia in clear water to clean window glass and dry with newsprint. Wear gloves to protect your hand and watch the clean glass sparkle. Use horizontal strokes on one side of the glass and vertical strokes on the other side so that you can see which side missed spots are left. To prevent frost build-up on the windows use one-half cup rubbing alcohol instead of the ammonia. On a warm day moisten a cloth with glycerin and rub the inside of each window pane. Either approach will keep frost from forming on the windows in extremely cold temperatures. Read More