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Temporary Move

Preparing for a Temporary Move

When people think of moving, they think of relocating permanently. While this is often the case, not all moves are permanent in nature. There are times where a move is partial and/or temporary. These types of moves include a temporary relocation while a home is being remodeled or repaired, moving for a season, such as those who spend six months in New Jersey and six months in Florida, or even moving to a location for a few months while you are waiting for your permanent residence to be completed and move-in ready. Preparing for these types of moves is different from making a permanent relocation.

When preparing for a temporary move, you have the opportunity to be selective. You do not need to move your entire home into your temporary location. Some items may be able to stay in your home while you are gone or can go into storage (if the move is an interim move).

The Remodeling Move
If you are moving out of your home while parts are being remodeled, you may only need to pack the areas being renovated and essentials you and your family will need while you are displaced. For instance, if your kitchen and bathrooms are being remodeled, you will need to pack your kitchen and bathroom items and move them into other areas of the home or into a storage facility. However, there is no need to pack the rest of the house. If you are not staying in the home during this remodeling process, then you may choose to pack some clothes, toiletries, and items for your children as you relocate for a temporary period of time. The good news is that you will likely still have access to your home to get other items as they are needed. Therefore, you do not need to pack as if you are going on a long-distance vacation or moving to a new home.

The Snowbird Move
If you are packing to move for a season, you only need to pack items that will be required during that season. Typically, you will begin to fill two houses with complete living essentials. However, clothing may still travel. While you may want to bring a few sweaters and maybe a jacket in case the weather cools or even gets cold in Florida, you do not need to pack an entire winter wardrobe. That can stay in your home in South Jersey or Philadelphia for when you visit for holidays and events.

The Transitional Move
Finally, if you are moving to a temporary home while you wait for your permanent residence to be move-in ready, you should separate much of your belongings. Keep only the items you need for the interim at your temporary home. Keep everything else in storage or even at the new house (if you have limited access). This will help you avoid unpacking and repacking as well as overcrowding during this transition process.

If you find yourself in the situation to have to move temporarily, find a moving company near me and contact the experts at Sinclair Moving and Storage at (856) 753-7400. Their experts can help you determine the best course of action while assisting you with moving materials, packing, and even storage options.

 

Downsizing

The Art of Downsizing

When you first purchased your home, you had several reasons to choose the larger house with a large backyard and finished basement. As time went on, your needs and family changed. Now the kids have moved out and have homes of their own. You no longer need the four-bedroom colonial with a half-acre yard and three full bathrooms. The space and taxes are much more than you want to maintain. It is time to downsize. However, how do you choose what stays, what goes, and what is really needed? There is an art to downsizing. Once you discover the art, downsizing your home becomes the easiest decision you ever made. Here are some tips from an experienced moving company.

Think Outside the Box

When downsizing, you must step outside of your comfort zone and think outside the box. Your final goal is to move your life into a smaller home that is easier to maintain. However, you also want to avoid large amounts of items in storage, negating the purpose of downsizing your home. Therefore, you must analyze your home and belongings from an outsider’s point of view. Determine what is essential, very important, wanted, and can go. Essentials are items such as your clothing, main dishes and cookware, and toiletries. The list does not include furniture, electronics, or even photos. Photos are part of the very important category. Furniture and electronics can be part of the very important or wanted categories, depending on the room and purpose of each piece. Anything that does not fit into these three categories can go – without question.

Design Your Space

Downsizing is also about redesigning your space. You may not need a four-bedroom home, but you may want a two-bedroom or three-bedroom house. This allows you to have ample room for guests to visit and stay, such as grandchildren and other friends and family. In the same vein, you may not need half an acre of ground, but you may wish to have a nice enough backyard to entertain or have room for the grandchildren to run around and play.

Another issue to consider is your health and ability to maneuver. You may currently own a two- or three-story home that is no longer easy to navigate. As a result, you may need to look for a ranch style home or even a condo. When looking at a condo or townhouse, you can consider the idea of leaving the yard work to an association, so you do not need to mow the lawn, trim the edges, or maintain the trees, bushes, flowers, and other plants.

Finally, downsizing may be an opportunity to rent instead of buying a smaller home. Renting has many positive aspects for people who are nearing or in retirement and want to enjoy this point in their lives. For instance, renters no longer worry about repairs to the home, electrical issues, HVAC issues or any other fixtures within their home.

Whether you are downsizing as the result of a lifestyle change or a simple want to simplify, you will need to purge belongings and determine what is to be moved, what is to be given away, and what is to be thrown away. This is a process that is best completed over a more extended period of time, as opposed to the last few weeks or months before your move is to occur. If you are looking for assistance with packing, storage, purging, or moving, contact the experts at Sinclair Moving and Storage at (856) 753-7400.

 

Moving and Storage

File Storage and a Local Move

It is no secret that businesses have paperwork. Business to business service industries have files and invoices. Law firms have a plethora of documents per case file. Even retail establishments have documents relating to inventory, shipments, and bookkeeping records. During a local commercial move, many businesses are looking to purge unnecessary documents from their physical location. Even when moving into a bigger office space, these documents will utilize much more room than these business owners want to waste. Now is the perfect time to determine what files to keep on site, what files to store, and what data to destroy.

The Law
Without getting too technical, most legal experts and accountants will advise that you maintain any records for seven years. Many businesses will have, at most, seven years to bring suit against a company for work completed or malpractice. Besides, the IRS requires that you maintain seven years of tax records to comply with the statute of limitations relating to tax audits. Therefore, any files older than seven years can, and should be purged.

On-Site or Off-Site
Since the law says you can dispose of record over seven years old, the next step is to decide what records should remain on-site and what can go into storage. The very first thing to consider is that any document that is current or has been processed within the past year should stay on-site. Typically, these documents will be needed to either complete work or give to your accountant for tax purposes. However, what about other materials? The answer is a decision that you need to make within the confines of your business model. There are a few questions to ask yourself before deciding to transfer the documents:

1. Will we need this information or report within the next six months to one year?
2. Is this related to an open file or order?
3. Will this document or data help in the completion of a current document, job, or file?
4. Is this the only copy of this document or file available?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you would benefit from storing the document or file on-site. It will be less cost-effective to keep the paper off-site and run to the storage facility every time you need to reference the file.

However, if the answer is “no” to these questions, or you have the documents stored electronically on your server or an external hard drive, these documents and files can be stored off-site. The benefit to keeping these documents and records in storage will help free up space in your office as well as allow you to downsize if necessary, saving you money in the long-run. Storage spaces are relatively inexpensive and temperature controlled, allowing your documents to stay safe and secured, without risk of wilting or getting lost in the shuffle of business.

If you are looking to hire movers, South Jersey’s premier movers are Sinclair Moving and storage. Their experts can help you move your company with ease and provide you with storage facilities for your documents and files that you need to keep but can keep off-site. Contact Sinclair Moving and Storage today at (856) 753-7400 to learn more about commercial moving and storage options.

 

The Autumn Move

Tips for Adjusting to Your New Home At the Beginning of the School Year

It is not uncommon for families to move into a new neighborhood during September and October. While many families with school-aged children make every attempt to move over the summer, processes can take time, creating a need to relocate at the beginning of the school year. That being said, families with children will be getting adjusted to their new neighborhoods after school has begun, at a time when life is in full swing, with little hope of slowing down anytime soon. The good news is this is the time in which people are open to making new friends and meeting new families. Here are some tips to help you and your children adjust to your new home while starting a new school year.

Get Involved
When you move to a new area, no matter what time of year, you are looking to get to know people and the overall landscape of your new town and neighborhood. One of the best ways to do this is to get involved in your community. However, if you are moving to a new area at the beginning of a new school year, getting involved takes on an entirely different meaning. This is the time to get involved with the school and other parent/children activities. As a new family in the area, the best way to learn about the educational community is to become involved within the system. Joining the PTA, signing the kids up for sports and other activities, and participating in many of the back to school events that occur in September and October are perfect ways to get introduced to the community and begin to adjust to your new home and neighborhood.

Do Your Research
In addition to ingratiating yourself into the school and family culture, you must take the time to care for your home. Most towns have a town and municipality website in which relevant information can be found. Being a good neighbor includes following the guidelines regarding trash collection, leaf collection, snow removal, noise ordinances, and even pet rules, to name a few issues. Take the time to learn about the laws, regulations, and ordinances in your new neighborhood to make sure to avoid fines or angering neighbors. When all else fails, do not be afraid to ask your neighbors about guidelines and proper etiquette used to follow township and municipal rules.

Be Courteous and Kind
Finally, to adjust to your new home and neighborhood when the school year has begun, it is important to be courteous and kind to your neighbors. This may seem like an obvious statement for anyone at any time; however, this time of year it is especially important and can be especially tricky. The beginning of the school year is an adjustment for all families, whether you are new to a neighborhood or have lived there for years. Adjusting to new schedules, making new friends, and addressing new issues can be exhausting. Understand that people are a little more rushed and potentially on-edge at the moment. Take the time to smile and be patient. Life will return to a type of normal soon enough, and those who were kind will be more accepted than those who were not.

In the end, whether you moved locally or long distance, movers can help you by providing you with resources relating to your new neighborhood. When you work with movers you can trust, it is easy to ask them for any information they may have about your new hometown. Many movers have experience and can point you towards the resources available in your new town. If you are looking to work with movers you can trust, contact the experts and Sinclair Moving and Storage at 856-753-7400.

 

Preparing for International Move

How to Prepare for an International Move

Moving, in general, is never an easy task. The further the move, the more preparations are needed to make sure everything runs smoothly. Out of state moves are difficult for a myriad of reasons, including basic needs, such as changing over a driver’s license and registration and even helping children adjust to a new environment. However, when moving internationally, there is another level of preparation that must occur to help make the move smooth and as effortless as possible. Preparing for the legalities, alone, involved in an international relocation is essential to make the entire process as simple as possible.

Getting Your Paperwork in Order
Before you can pack for your international move, you must make sure you are legally able to move and take up residence in a new country. You must determine if this move is meant to be permanent or temporary in nature. Based on this decision, you need to obtain the proper legal documents to allow you to make the move. If this is temporary in nature, you will need to get a work visa or travel visa that will enable you to stay in another country legally. However, if this is a more permanent move, you must research the laws regarding permanent residency and potential citizenship transfers. Make sure you legally prepare for this move six months to a year in advance to make sure you are able to make the transition smoothly.

Purge
When moving locally, you want a fresh start. Therefore, you typically purge items you have not used or needed in at least five years. When moving internationally, this process is even more critical. An international move is an expensive proposition. Therefore, you will want to move with only the items you actually need and use. This is the perfect time to go through your closet and purge all of the clothing you haven’t worn in about a year. Any old electronics and children’s items you are not using should be donated or thrown away. If you are moving to an area with a different climate, consider storing or purging the majority of clothing that would not be useful in such environments, keeping only a handful of these items for travel purposes. The best way to purge is to take an inventory of everything you have and everything you can anticipate needing. From this inventory, remove items that are not on the list of potentially needed items.

Work with a Trusted Associate
When moving internationally, it may be difficult to travel abroad to find the perfect home, get registered with schools in advance, and even purchase a new vehicle or other needed items. Find someone you can trust that lives in the country in which you intend to move. Work with this person to help you find a new home before your move. Once you have relocated, work with this person to help you get settled into your new home, helping you navigate getting everything you need to resume life as normal in your new home country.
Being prepared for an international move is half the battle.

To complete the process smoothly, make sure you work with a moving company you can trust and has international experience. Contact the experts at Sinclair Moving and Storage at (856) 753-7400 to help make your international move a success.

 

New Office Space

3 “Musts” for Your New Office Space

Choosing to move your office is a process. Most companies only decide to move the office space when it becomes a necessity. A new office means necessary downtime for employees and production, updating business cards and stationery to include the new address, and dealing with the typical issues any move may consist of, such as technological errors. Since your company is dealing with these issues as a part of the relocation, it is essential to make sure your new office space is a perfect fit. Here are the three “musts” that need to be considered when looking for the new space your business will call home.

1. Will You Rent or Buy?
The first “must” for your new office space is determining whether you are going to rent or buy. Depending on your needs and revenue, it may actually make more sense for you to rent office space, rather than buy. However, if you are ready to find a permanent location that you will be happy to call home for years to come, then buying is a better option for you. Making a decision to rent or buy will also affect the type of building you will use as an office. If you are looking to move into an office building with numerous office suites, you may be looking to rent instead of buy. However, if you want a stand-alone building that is a bit more like a home, buying may be the right move for you. Either way, this decision will affect the remainder of the process of choosing your new office space.

2. Location, Location, Location
Once you determine whether you are renting or buying a new office, you must find a place that suits your needs. Are you going to be seeing clients regularly? Do you need to be in a location that is easily seen from the street or would you rather a more secluded place? These types of questions can help you find the perfect location for your new office space. If you are seeing clients regularly, you will likely wish to have ample parking that is potentially free or inexpensive. If you want a location that is not secluded, then you may want to be in a city environment or on a heavily traveled road. In contrast, if you prefer a more secluded location, you may want an office space on a side road that is off the beaten path. You may wish to be in an office park as opposed to a stand-alone building. Since moving is not something you want to do every year, location is a crucial piece in choosing a new office space for the long-term.

3. Room for Growth
To avoid moving every two to five years, make sure the location you choose can accommodate growth. When you own a business, your goal is to grow beyond your current state. This includes adding more clients and potentially adding more staff to accommodate your clients. Therefore, you want to find a location that will help your future business goals, as well as your current state of business.
There are numerous issues to take into account when you are looking for new office space. However, these three issues are necessary to make sure your move is not a temporary change, but a more permanent one.

Once you find the perfect location, contact the experts at Sinclair Moving and Storage at (856) 753-7400 to help make the move to your new office space smooth and efficient.

 

College Moving

How to Move Your Kids to College

It is that time of year once again. High School students are saying their final goodbyes as they graduate from high school and prepare for their next adventure. Some will stay home and attend community college. Others will work for a year or two while they decide what they want to do in life. And others will be moving away to go to college, spending the next four years of their lives learning about life while achieving academic success. As bitter-sweet as this time is for most parents, the one thing all of these parents have in common is helping their children prepare for the next stage of life. An added issue parents of those going to college are dealing with is determining what is needed as they pack up their room at home to prepare for life in the dorms.

Do Your Research
Most college freshmen tend to go crazy when buying items for their new dorm. They want posters and bedding and electronics, as well as all of the clothing they can fit into an entire set of luggage. However, this is overdoing it and not truly preparing for the next adventure. The smart thing to do is to research what is needed. If your college freshman is rooming with one or more people, reach out to the other roommates as soon as possible.

Determine who is bringing what items that can be used as communal property. For instance, one roommate may already have a TV to bring for the dorm. Another may already have an ironing board and iron. One may have a small refrigerator. Make a list of the items that are needed and who already has these items, if anyone, so you do not over pack items that will not be used.

Also, determine the rules for the dorms. Some dorms may not allow certain items as they may be considered dangerous or against school policy. Some dorms may have a community kitchen area, which may require a set of dishes or pots and pans for cooking. Make sure you know the policies and amenities of your child’s dorm before shopping and packing.

Be Practical
Even if your child is going to college in another country and you need an international moving company, he or she will have breaks throughout the year. Your child will be home for several weeks during the holiday break at the very least. Therefore, your child does not need to bring his or her entire wardrobe to college in August. Think about the items he or she will need to get by until the first venture home for a college break. Pack only what is needed, leaving room for things your child may purchase while at school and keeping items he or she will not need during those months at home or in storage.

If your child is going to school closer to home, he or she may plan on stopping home frequently, mainly to do laundry and get clean clothes. Therefore, your child can pack items for one season and know that as the seasons change he or she will simply change out the clothes at school for clothes at home.

These are just a few tips for packing for freshman year in the dorms. However, every dorm is different, and every student is different. If you need help packing your child for college, contact the experts at Sinclair Moving and Storage at 800-282-7242.

 

Moving with Children

4 Tips to Help Your Young Child Adjust to Moving to Your New Home

Moving is a challenging endeavor for most people. The idea of moving can be overwhelming, even when moving only a few minutes down the road. Not only is the physical aspect of packing and actually moving your belongings daunting, but you must navigate a new home, streets, and town. As daunting as it may be for adults and older children who understand what is occurring, it is one of the most frightening experiences for young children. Young children do not understand the process. Most times they are leaving a comfort zone and all they have ever known for a new, unknown environment. No matter how exciting it may be in the long run, the initial process is extremely frightening and confusing for your young child and takes an extra period of adjustment. Here are some tips from our moving company to help you understand what your child is feeling and help him or her adjust to his or her new home.

1. Communication is Key
Children are more perceptive than we often give them credit. They know something is going on, even if they cannot understand what it is or put it into words. Do not be afraid to discuss what is happening with your young child in terms he or she can comprehend from the beginning of the process. Explain that you are looking for a new home. Tell him why, whether it is that you need more space, want a new school district, or a life change is occurring. Keeping your child in the know on his or her level helps calm your child and lets him know he are part of the process and part of the family.

2. Tag-a-Long
Do not be afraid to bring your child along when looking at homes. While you may not want to bring him or her to every home, if you are going to look at home for a second or third time prior to putting in an offer, bring your child along and ask for his or her opinion.

3. The Helper
Do not be afraid to have your child help with packing his or her own belongings. Your child will start to understand the idea of things that are important to keep and items that can be given away. One of the most significant fears children have when moving is that they will be left behind. If they are part of the process of packing and giving items away, they will see that they are an essential part of the family that will be part of the move and not left behind.

4. A Special Place
Once you have moved into your new home, make your child’s room his or her special place. Have your child pick the colors for his or her wall. Let your child take ownership of his or her new room and let your child know that his or her room is a safe space where your child can always go to just be.

The most important part of the entire process of moving is helping your child calm his or her fears. The more patience, love, and communication you provide, the more at ease your child will be in your new home.

In the meantime, if you need help moving and packing your home to move, contact the experts at Sinclair Moving and Storage at (856) 753-7400, so you can concentrate on your family, as opposed to the mechanics of moving.

 

Moving Industrial Equipment

How to Move Your Industrial Equipment

Any business move is a complicated process that requires specific steps and proper timing to make it efficient. However, an industrial warehouse move adds another layer to the puzzle: mechanical equipment. Industrial businesses have large pieces of equipment that are part of the essential daily operations. Typically, a company of this sort will rarely move, unless there is a clear reason that a new space is required. However, equipment must be replaced, upgraded, and even added to an operation. While some equipment companies may offer the moving of equipment as part of the process, they may not move the old stuff out or put it into place as needed by the business. Therefore, it is essential to know how to relocate the equipment on your own and the tools required to complete the job.

Planning Is Key
Moving of any type requires some planning to make it efficient. However, moving industrial equipment without a plan is akin to going to college without having graduated high school: it just cannot and should not be done. Moving industrial equipment is a significant undertaking that requires a carefully thought out plan. Proper steps must be taken to ensure the equipment is carefully moved, causing no damage to the machines or warehouse.

Not only should you plan how to move the equipment, but you need to take into account where the material is to be transferred. If you are rearranging equipment, obtaining a new piece of equipment, or removing stuff, it is important to plan where the apparatus should be placed and how it will be placed in the proper spot.

Finally, you should plan the type of moving equipment that is required to complete the move. Some pieces of industrial equipment are comparatively small and may be moved with tools designed for smaller gear. Other parts of industrial equipment may require forklifts and large machinery to move correctly. It may be necessary to break down the machine in pieces, and possibly utilize several individuals to transport the equipment.

Maintenance Before and After the Move
Once you decide to move your industrial equipment, it is crucial to schedule proper maintenance both before and after the move. The support before the move will help ensure the equipment is properly shut down to avoid any issues that may occur otherwise.

However, after the move is the most critical time to perform a full diagnostic check and maintenance schedule on the equipment, before allowing it to run again. You must make sure nothing occurred during the move that may affect the condition of the machine or how it operates. Issues, such as the moving of essential belts, loss of oil or fluid, or even a misalignment, can cause severe backlash to your entire production process. Therefore, once the move is complete, make sure everything is in working order before resuming operations. This process could take up to a day or longer to complete, so schedule your time accordingly.

If you are in the market to move your industrial equipment, it may be wise to trust the experts who perform this type of work on a regular basis. Contact the experts at Sinclair Moving and Storage at (856) 753-7400 to help make the process as efficient as possible.