Childproofing Your Move

You’ve heard that moving is stressful (if you’ve ever moved, you know this is true) and it only gets more stressful if you have to deal with little ones when they become tired, bored, or cranky. When the movers arrive and start to work, even children who are normally “good as gold” can become a handful. A little forethought and preparation can help you childproof your move—and keep you from having to play zookeeper on moving day.

Mom and Child Packing

1. Go “Off Site.” Packing and loading may take up to a day or more, depending on the size of your move. If the kids are in school or in daycare, problem solved. If they are not, maybe you have a parent or a sibling who can watch them or even come to your home and keep them entertained while you attend to business.

2. Safe at Home. Professional movers are keenly aware of safety. Still, a potential for mishap exists whenever and wherever work is being done. If your children are present during packing or unpacking, be mindful of scissors or box cutters. Keep chemicals and cleaning solutions you may be using out of reach. And keep the kids safely back from crew members carrying heavy or bulky items.

3. Establish “Kid Central.” Consider dedicating one room, perhaps a rec room or bedroom, as “Kid Central,” and provide some entertainment options. Games, a few favorite toys, and coloring books. Kids love to color, and our company even provides crayons and Atlas coloring books with pictures about moving. Or, let them “help” the movers by beautifying the outside of some boxes with artistic masterpieces.

4. Plan for Snacks and Naps. You’ll want to be prepared to take care of grumbling tummies. Keep a variety of healthful snacks and refreshments on hand—fresh fruit, crackers, milk, and juice. Keep some with you during the trip to the new home. And remember, a good nap can go a long way toward putting a cranky kid in a more agreeable mood.

5. Keep Things Positive. Kids are extremely intuitive and subject to stress themselves. They take their cues from you. Keep their spirits high with mentions of things they can look forward to at their new home. Maybe there’s an awesome playground right down the street, or the new backyard has a perfect spot for making a fort. Maintain a positive attitude around them and they will have a positive attitude, too!

When you’re ready to start planning your childproof move, contact us at 1-888-224-3330 or get a free moving quote today!

For even more tips, check out our “Tips for Moving with Kids” video, and “Tips for Moving with Children” blog post.

Household Goods Storage you can Count on!

Count on “goods” storage.

You may wonder what happens to your things after our crew loads them onto our truck. Perhaps the best way to describe it is this: your belongings have a good home away from home. We’re quite particular about how we handle anything in our care. When we return your furnishings, we want to be sure they are in the same condition as when you entrusted them to us.

53 Foot Moving Trailer

Ship Shape! This is a typical 53-foot trailer before loading, with pads and wrapping stacked neatly. Daylight is streaming in through the translucent panels in the trailer roof—plenty of light to work with. When loaded, this trailer will hold 25,000 to 30,000 pounds of furniture and household goods.

Loading Moving Trailer

When we load furniture for transport, we wrap and secure the load as we build it. We want to protect each item from shifting, rubbing, or any kind of movement that might damage it. There is an art to this, and our operators and crews bring the experience that makes it look easy (even though it’s not). We insist on careful wrapping and loading, whether we’re taking a load one mile or 2500 miles.

Loading a Storage Vault Container

If your things are going into storage at our warehouse, we place them inside a wooden vault for safekeeping. Vaults measure 5 ft. x 7 ft. x 7 ft. Each holds approximately 1,000 pounds, or the equivalent of furnishings for an average sized room. We load vaults to eliminate voids (sort of like putting together a 3-D puzzle) and fill in the spaces with packing. This ensures we prevent shifting of the contents when handling them.

Stacked Storage Vault Containers

This is one of our military approved warehouses at our Pittsburgh location. Here, we store the vaults ten deep by three high. We keep about 800 vaults at this warehouse. The documents on the front of each identify the customer and shipment. Each vault resides in a unique location and is cross-referenced via our computer system. We know precisely where your goods are in our warehouse.

Furniture Storage

Leather and upholstered pieces of furniture should not be compressed, so we do not store them in vaults. Rather, we keep them in a special area on racks. Each item is wrapped in plastic or craft paper (leather should not be wrapped in plastic—it needs to breathe). As with our system for locating vaults, we tag each piece and it occupies a unique location on our racks, referenced via our computerized record.

Whether your items are getting loaded on a truck for direct shipment, or going into storage for awhile, you can trust Weleski Transfer to show optimal care for your belongings. Contact us, or give us a call today to learn more about the storage options we have to offer – 1-888-224-3330.