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THANK YOU!

Again, THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our food, toy and clothing drive! Everything helps! And it helps make a difference in people's lives! 

Lippincott Van Lines: Certified ProMover

Lippincott requires high standards in every aspect of operations. This includes ethical business practices. We go far beyond what is required to help people get to their new destinations. 

The moving industry has formalized a similar view for the protection of consumers, called "ProMover." ProMover provides third-party verification that a mover meets specific standards for the conduct of business. Lippincott has always exceeded these standards, so we welcome the ProMover program as a positive step for the moving industry. It's one more credential you can trust!

The ProMover credential is administered by the American Moving and Storage Association. The mission of the AMSA is to "represent the interest of the domestic and international moving and storage industry and to help the customers it serves." Atlas is proud to maintain membership in the AMSA. Our designation as a certified ProMover provides you an independent, third-party verification of our ethical business practices.

ProMover Qualifications

ProMover credentials verifies that a mover operates according to standards set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Surface Transportation Board (STB). It also tells you that a mover subscribes to the AMSA Code of Ethics:

Ø  To consistently offer and provide the most efficient and reliable moving and storage services available, while adhering strictly to a policy of truth, honesty, integrity and fairness in all business transactions.

Ø  To consistently strive for improvement in all facets of industry operations and to bind ourselves to the individual and collective effort of seeking and effectuating such improvement.

Ø  To be conscious and considerate of consumer needs and to continually promote the progress, fraternity, education and dignity of our industry so that the public will be better served.

Ø  To promote the elimination of fraud, deceit, misrepresentation and unethical practices within the industry and to engage in formal disciplinary review of any and all members involved in such practices.

Ø  To afford all members and applicants due process in the administration of association affairs, to promote competitive practices and to eliminate unlawful restraint of trade within the industry.

Ø  To maintain the highest concern for the health, welfare and safety of our employees, while recognizing their needs as both human beings and individuals.

Ø  To faithfully fulfill all obligations of membership, including the timely payment of all charges for membership affiliation and services.

Ø  To protect free enterprise in a democratic society and to foster the commercial viability of the small business component of our industry. (AMSA Code of Ethics)

 

Look for the ProMover logo.

 

Unfortunately, some in the moving industry do not subscribe to ethical business practices. They may employ deceptive or fraudulent tactics. Before you sign with a moving company, check its credentials. The ProMover mark tells you the company has met industry standards for ethical business practices.

 

 

11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

 

Clean Your Gutters

You've heard it before, but we can't stress this enough. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later. Cost: Hard work, but free.

 

Flush the Water Heater

Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering the unit's efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best. Cost: 100% free!

 

Clockwise Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are everyone's favorite summer budget-saver. But they can help out in the winter as well! Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. If they're going counterclockwise, they won't be as effective. Cost: free if you have a fan.

 

Replace Filters

Regularly changing the filters in your central air and heating system can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity, while easing the pressure on your wallet. Cost: a new filter runs roughly $10.

 

Window Insulation Film

It may not be the most fashionable tip, but window insulation film can keep up to 70% of your heat from leaking out of windows. Cost: $20 to $35 per kit.

 

Draft Guards

Draft guards can help save heat from escaping under the door. Cost: $10 to $15. (If you don't want to shell out for a draft guard, a rolled towel or blanket placed at the bottom of an exterior door will also do the trick.)

 

Weatherstrip Tape

Drafts and air leaks increase your heating costs, so make sure your windows and doors are sealed tight with weather-stripping. Simple, easy, and smart. Cost: $5 to $10 per roll.

 

Fiberglass Insulation

For maximum heat retention, pack fiberglass insulation around basement doors, windows in unused rooms, and window AC units.  Make sure your attic floor is insulated, too. Just remember to be careful and wear gloves and masks! Cost: around $25 per roll.

 

Programmable Thermostat

The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home's temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat now and save money by keeping the temp down when you're not at home. Cost: anywhere from $50 and up.

 

Caulk It

Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation. Cost: $20 for a basic caulk gun and $5 to $10 for a tube of caulk.

 

Chimney Balloon

Your chimney is a huge source of heat loss come wintertime. If not in active use, plug it up with a chimney balloon to keep drafts out and heat in. Cost: $55.

 

 

 

Food and Toy Drive

Please stop by with donations any time this week! We are open Mon-Fri 8-5. We will be here all day 8-4 on Saturday December 12 collecting! 

 

Please stop in with anything you can give. Every little bit helps!

Why You Need Renters Insurance and How to Get It

One of the best parts about renting is that the landlord has to worry about things like faulty plumbing or repairing a leaky roof. But the landlord won’t take care of everything. If that leaky roof lets in water that damages more than just your personal belongings, you could be responsible to replace all the items out of your own pocket. You can mitigate the fallout of an unexpected event like water damage or a break-in by protecting yourself with renters insurance.

The average renters insurance policy only costs around $12 a month. At that price, it’s surprising that more renters aren’t protecting themselves. An Insurance Information Institute poll found that while 96 percent of homeowners have homeowners insurance, only 31 percent of renters have renters insurance. When you can insure your property for less than the cost of one latte per week, it’s surprising that more renters don’t take advantage of it.

Benefits of Renters Insurance

Liability Protection: If someone were to slip and fall or otherwise injure themselves while visiting you, would you be able to help cover their medical costs? You would if you had renters insurance. Most policies include coverage for personal liability that will help with medical and legal expenses resulting from any injuries that occur in your home. 

Property Replacement: Paying to replace stolen or damaged property can get pretty expensive. A renters insurance policy will cover the replacement cost, allowing for full retail value in most cases.

Coverage for Damage to Other Units: If your bathtub overflows and leaks into the apartment below, causing damage to your neighbor’s furniture or flooring, a renters insurance policy will cover the expense to repair any damage. 

How to Get Started

Now that you understand the minimal cost involved and the benefits of renters insurance, it’s time to get a policy. The best place to start is with your current insurance company. If you already have an auto policy with someone, call your agent to see what they offer for renters. You’ll probably get an even better deal for having multiple policies with one insurance provider.

Your premium will vary depending on how much coverage you need. To figure out the value of your possessions, take an inventory of each room. Include smaller items like clothing, books, movies, music, dishes, silverware, and barware. When you add up all the big stuff like your TV and stereo system plus the smaller items, you’ll probably find out that you are right in line with the average renter, who has about $30,000 worth of possessions. If you have valuables, expensive electronics or music equipment, getting an appraisal may be to your benefit. 

Other factors might contribute to the type and cost of your renters policy, such as where you live, whether or not you own a dog, and the size of your deductible. To make sure that you get the most coverage for the best price, get more than one quote from multiple insurance agencies. Compare a few different options and then select the one that makes the most sense for your needs and budget.