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Moving To Smaller Spaces

When it comes to homes, bigger isn’t necessarily better.

For many, moving into a smaller space offers an abundance of perks, including easy maintenance and less cleaning. A limited floor plan also makes it less tempting to accumulate items and can mean a smaller decorating budget.

Smaller spaces can make for a condensed move, so it’s important to know how best to transport your furniture damage-free. We’ve put together the following tips to help you move into a smaller space.

Measure, measure and measure some more!

The first step to making sure your furniture will fit, is to find out the dimensions and size of each room. Make sure you also measure each piece you are planning on putting in each room. Make a floor plan and map out where everything will go. This will guarantee everything will fit before you move it.

Go Vertical

Less floor space means having less space for tables, bookcases and night stands. While you need some storage for all of your belongings, skipping on some of the bulkier furniture in favor of tall storage, like book cases and shelving, may be the way to go!

Dual Purpose Furniture

Having a kitchen table or ottoman is great if you have room for one, but you could have one with storage space! This will help alleviate some of the clutter we tend to build up.

Purge with reason

Take the time to go through your furniture and items room by room. Figure out what you want to keep and what you want to donate. Remember, just because you are moving to a smaller space doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything you own. Get rid of all items you no longer use. Think about what you really need, and whether or not it fits in the space of your new home.

Reach out to family

 

If you are worried about giving away an item, see if a relative is interesting in a long-term hold, or even consider gifting it to a loved one. Many younger family members will jump at the chance for new furniture, while older relatives would be happy to take on heirlooms and other older family items.

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! 

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!

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.