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What if you heard fire trucks on your street?  Do you have an accurate inventory of what you have insured should there be a loss due to natural disasters or even theft?  State Farm Insurance suggests that providing the most information possible at the time of a loss is crucial to speedy and accurate claims.

 

Last week another fire brought fear to Los Angeles’s home owners.  Just after midnight a brush fire broke out near the Getty Museum on October 23.  Due to the quick response of the Fire Department and an aerial attack of the flames, there was no damage to homes amd most important no loss of life.  Would you be prepaired if you had a loss?

 

Household Inventory’s should include every item of value in your home.  Going room by room and make a list and photograph furniture, art work, window treatments, collections, etc.  This inventory should include the purchase price and the location of were items were purchased.

 

Keep an extra copy of the inventory away from the home so you are always repaired for quick claims.

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Unpacking Boxes

Unpacking Boxes

Before the furniture and boxes arrive measure the rooms in the new home and prepare floor plans. Thoroughly clean the home before moving in.  There is no better time to shampoo carpets and wax floors than while your house is empty.  This is also the time to line cabinets and shelves.  Now that the windows are washed, floors are clean, and the kitchen scrubbed you are ready for the best part!

Designate a place to put the broken down boxes and used packing paper before unpacking begins.  Cover carpeted floors with protection film before the truck is unloaded.  This will protect the areas just cleaned.  Take time to carry boxes to the designated rooms before unpacking begins.

Unpack as many items as space allows before putting things away.  The goal is to get the boxes out of the way.  As boxes are emptied, break them down and get them to the designated area, most likely the garage or patio.  Also, open ALL the packing paper.  The smallest items might be inside what you think is just “filler”.

 

Unpack your “hot boxes” first.  Then you are sure to have bedding, towels, and toiletry essentials for your first night.  As with any organizing project, delegate tasks to family members and play music to break the monotony of unpacking.  Before you know it, you have a beautiful new home.

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A new home is in your future. Moving stirs many emotions; joy, excitement, and being overwhelmed by the work involved. Preparing to move yourself is less stressful with time and planning.

Organize Before Packing-After years in the same home things tend to get out of place. Go room by room and group like items together. Are vases stored in several closets? Donate what is no longer wanted.
Packing Materials-Used boxes will save money, but it is best to invest in new packing paper. Never use newspaper as the ink can get on dishes, china and crystal. If it does, the ink will not come off! A roll of red “Fragile” labels is also a smart buy.
Label Boxes-White 2″x4″ labels will make it easier to see what room the box is intended and what the contents are. It is also helpful to pre-print labels with the destination address just incase the mover misplaces a box.
List Contents-Especially when taking a couple of weeks to pack, if the contents of each box is clearly listed it is much easier to find an item if needed.
Hot Box-Mark a “Hot Box” with red ink. This box should have essentials such as toilet paper, soap, paper towels, set of sheets and towels for the first night. Carry this box in your car.
Create Inventory-Create an inventory that includes the box, destination room, contents and box size for easy reference. Begin this on the first day of packing and add to it each day.

Chris

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Ready to Move?

A new home is in your future. Moving stirs many emotions; joy, excitement, and being overwhelmed by the work involved. Preparing to move yourself is less stressful with time and planning.
Organize Before Packing-After years in the same home things tend to get out of place. Go room by room and group like items together. Are vases stored in several closets? Donate what is no longer wanted.
Packing Materials-Used boxes will save money, but it is best to invest in new packing paper. Never use newspaper as the ink can get on dishes, china and crystal. If it does, the ink will not come off! A roll of red “Fragile” labels are also a smart buy. Label Boxes-White 2″x4″ labels will make it easier to see what room the box is intended and what the contents are. It is also helpful to pre-print labels with the destination address just incase the mover misplaces a box.
List Contents-Especially when taking a couple of weeks to pack, if the contents of each box is clearly listed it is much easier to find an item if needed.
Hot Box-Mark a “Hot Box” with red ink. This box should have essentials such as toilet paper, soap, paper towels, set of sheets and towels for the first night. Carry this box in your car.
Create an Inventory-Create an inventory that includes the box, destination room, contents and box size for easy reference. Begin this on the first day of packing and add to it each day.

Chris

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