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Spring Home Show 2017

Come visit our booth at the Spring Home Show at the XL Center in Hartford, CT March 31st, April 1st-2nd. We will be raffling off basketballs signed by UCONN coaches Geno Auriemma and Kevin Ollie!! Don't miss your chance to win one! We can also set up a free estimate for moving!

Lippincott Christmas Party 2016

Everyone had a great time celebrating the holidays together, as well as our successful year!!

How to Prepare Electronics for Your Move

Even though electronics may seem more sturdy than artwork, they have their own vulnerabilities. Even though most electronics have a hard outer casing, they do need attention and preparation just like any other item. Here are some suggestions to keep your electronics safe.

 

 

 

 

Back Up Important Data and Photos

Make sure to pack your computer and other electronics carefully, so they arrive safely. With this being said,  you should always prepare for the worst, just in case an accident does happen. The most important step to take to save your important files is to download them to an external drive.  This includes pictures, documents, music, and anything you would hate to lose. A great source are thumb drives. If you have cloud, you can backup through DropBox, Shutterfly, or Amazon; if you have Google, you may backup to GoogleDrive and Googlephotos. You may also consider creating additional copies of your files and storing them there, that way if you lose your thumb drive, you’ll still have access to your information.

 

Choose Appropriate Packing Materials

Make sure you choose your packing materials carefully. You want to make sure your electronics don’t move around in their boxes. You also want each box to stay closed and sturdy during the loading and unloading process. Make sure to use packing tape in favor of cheaper alternatives. packing tape is stronger than ordinary tape, so it should provide additional support.

 

Use bubble wrap, moving blankets, and other soft linens for padding larger items. Be sure to pad the top, bottom and sides of each box you use. Packing paper is great for this. If you can, pack smaller electronic items in their original packaging. This ensures the items will fit perfectly and there will be less of a chance that the item will move around and break. If necessary, purchase custom foam packaging to replace original packaging.

 

Disconnect and Dissemble

Although you may enjoy the convenience of having a TV or other device ready to use right out of the box, you might want to think about disassembling your items before you pack them. During the move, small parts may shift, bend, or break away from the device completely. Overheated batteries may leak into parts of your computer or other electronics.

 

Use your instruction manuals to disconnect, dissemble, and store your device without damaging it. If you threw away your old manual, you may be able to download or reorder a replacement manual online.

 

Do not store TV screens and monitors flat, or stacked on top of each other. Instead, lean them against a wall and keep them upright throughout the entire move.

 

Plan for the Climate

Once you’ve disconnected and packed all electronics and parts, think about your trip. Will it be hot, cold, bumpy, or humid? Any of these conditions can affect and compromise the components of your items.

 

If moisture will be an issue, add silica gel to absorb any condensation. If your trip will be dusty, tape paper over fans and ventilation slits. If heat is an issue, consider keeping the electronics in your car instead of in the moving truck. Some moving companies may offer climate controlled trucks.

 

Stay Organized

One of the worst things about unpacking electronics is finding a clump of knotted cords. Do yourself a favor by neatly wrapping each cord around itself. Keep all cords and attachments with their original component so you don’t have to guess where it goes when you unpack. You’ll also want to mark electronic boxes as “fragile,” ensuring proper loading and care.

 

 

Fill A Truck Food and Toy Drive

Please join us in lending a helping hand this holiday season by helping to provide for those in need.  We will be holding our annual "Fill A Truck" event again this year on Saturday December 10th at our office.  We are looking for non-perishable food donations, as well as new unwrapped toys. You can also stop by the Stop & Shop in Winsted on Saturday December 3rd from 10:00am-2:00pm, as we will be accepting donations that day as well. If you cannot make either event, you can stop by our office anytime before the 10th to make a donation 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday and 8:00am-12:00pm on Saturdays.  Every donation will help bring a smile to someone's face, and brighten their holiday season!

Managing Moving Madness

I’ve heard that moving, getting married and starting a new job are some of the biggest contributors to stress. If you’re about to take on a move, big or small, this post may help you get through it, without bursting into tears. 

Proper Packing

The starting point in any move is packing, and there are right and wrong methods. Things to keep in mind: choose the right box; don’t put all your books in the biggest box you can find, as it will be too heavy. Keep heavy items in small boxes. Fragile items in sturdy boxes, such as dish packs. 

Be sure to pad your boxes. Wrap EVERY piece of china, every wine glass. This may seem excessive but you’ll be awfully bummed when you show up in your new house with a box full of broken glass. Newspaper or craft paper make perfectly acceptable wrapping. Make sure to pad the bottom AND the top of EACH box. 

Check out our blog and facebook page for more packing tips!

 

Keep Checklists

Lists will help you stay focused. Make 2 separate lists. The first one should be what you need to do before and during your move. Some examples would be transferring your utilities, changing your address, packing room by room, etc. When your house is covered in boxes, pending repairs, and small to large scale projects, the second list will keep you focused. Make a long list for the big projects, and smaller daily lists. Work through them little by little. 

Stay Calm

This one is all mental, and the key to surviving any move. Nothing is going to go perfectly. Sometime your friends will not show up to help move boxes the day they promised. Something may get broken. Patience and a little faith that “this too will pass" will get you through. 

 

Be excited! You are moving into your new home! There will be some bumps along the way, but be patient with yourself and your family. This won’t be easy, but it doesn’t have to be horrible.