Moving can be a very stressful thing for many, especially children and pets. Whether its worrying about packing everything just right, having the right moving supplies or hiring a good moving company that is going to care for your stuff like you do, the following check-list will help to keep your stress levels down to a minimum.
Do you know what the busiest day for the moving is? If you guessed Friday then you would be correct. Did you know that less people moved to California in 2016 compared to 2015? These and other moving industry trends are presented in the following infographic which even features a comparison to the previous year’s data.
Whether you live in a large home or a small one, you may have come to the point where your precious possessions are possessing too much of your living space. The smaller the home, the greater a challenge it becomes to manage storage space without actually creating new space.
Here are 15 clever ways to create storage space in your home and take back your living space. And if there’s still more to store… call iCan!
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There are a few times during the year that I am compelled to depart from discussing portable storage and turn my attention to something far more important: our military service men and women. With Memorial Day nearly here and Independence Day and Veterans Day on the distant horizon, it’s fitting to pay tribute to our military.
One organization that honors our veterans throughout the year is Honor Flight. Here in Rockland, our local affiliate is Hudson Valley Honor Flight and its mission is to take every veteran, free of charge, to Washington DC to visit the monuments and memorials dedicated to them, the men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.
Two years ago I had the moving and memorable experience of accompanying my dad, a WWII veteran, on an Honor Flight. If you’re lucky enough to go, you’ll never forget it; and if you can’t accompany a vet, consider showing up at the airport for the grand sendoff or to welcome the honorees home at the end of the day. Hundreds of men, women and children did just that last weekend at Westchester Airport, shaking our heroes’ hands, thanking them for their service, and giving them the welcome home that they all deserve.
My dad is my hero, and the men and women he served with and those who have come before and after have my undying gratitude and eternal respect. Whether remembering our fallen this Monday, admiring the visionaries who fought for our country’s independence July 4, or honoring those who have served come November, we at iCan urge you to take a moment to reflect and respect. Then put that feeling into action – check the links in the fall to see when another mission is scheduled and greet our veterans at the next Honor Flight. You’ll never forget it.
Order an iCan and chances are it will show up with a bonus: Charlie, the iCan office and truck buddy. Technically Charlie belongs to our driver Mikey and his wife Gaby, but Charlie is as much a part of iCan as the forklift and phone. But why did iCan decide from the beginning to go pet-friendly?
Easy. Study after study shows that dogs in the workplace are great stress-relievers. In fact, according to a 2012 report in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, on-the-job stress levels fell among employees at Replacements, Ltd., a retailer of fine china, crystal and silverware. On top of that, pet friendly offices make it easier for employees to work longer days because they don’t have to rush home to Fido; and to boot, they work more productively because they’re not worrying about their furry friend. Banfield Pet Hospital’s recent pet-friendly workplace PAWrometer study showed that millennials in particular consciously view a pet-friendly workplace as a benefit that gives them a greater work-life balance. But perhaps best of all, pets improve employee morale, collaboration, and team building.
So when you call iCan, you don’t just get an iCan: you get Charlie – and all the positive vibes he creates in his humans. Good dog!
And that’s why iCan is hosting a
Sponsored by Master Networks and hosted by iCan, residents and local business are invited to bring their sensitive documents and watch as they are shredded in a truck-mounted shredder.
Limit 3 boxes per person – No Metal Pendaflex Folders – No Plastic Bags – YES FUN!
We hear it all the time at iCan: you need to de-clutter (or pre-pack before marketing your house) and you don’t even know where to begin. We get it – they say that packing for a move requires 300,000 decisions. 300,000 decisions! You just might need a professional organizer. But how does that work? We talked with Jean Marie Herron of POSSE and got the scoop.
iCan: Can you explain exactly what POSSE is?
Jean Marie: POSSE is a residential organizing company. POSSE is actually an acronym for Professional Organizing Solutions Serving Everyone…Who Wants to Dwell, Sell or Move!
iCan: Who tends to call on your services?
JM: Most of POSSE’s clients are overwhelmed with the process and prospect of getting their houses de-cluttered and functional. Additionally, many Realtors® will call on our services while trying to help their client’s properly prepare their properties for Open Houses.
iCan: When you get an engagement, what’s the first thing you do – and what will it cost?
JM: POSSE starts off every new project with a Needs Assessment. During this “Walk & Talk” the client’s goals, time frame and scope of project is determined and a package of organizing hours are discussed afterwards. Our price structure is simple: Needs Assessment $79 / Power Hours $295 /5-Session Package $1,425 /10-Session Package $2,700.
iCan: Do you do organizing or other services for people who want to de-clutter but stay in their house?
JM: Yes, all the time. Many of our clients are not moving but want to “fall in love” with their home again. We always tell our clients that the faster they can make decisions, the quicker the progress. In a 3-hour organizing session know as our Power Hours, we can dramatically change a room.
iCan: How do you help people decide what to do with their stuff?
JM: It all depends on what they want…are they trying to set up a home office, kitchen, garage, moving, doing a renovation, getting the home ready to “age in place”? If we know their goals for their spaces and places they want organized, everything becomes categorical such as donate, sell, belongs elsewhere, keep, shred, recycle, toss etc. I also always have my Decluttering Resource List available and we see what makes sense for their heartstrings and their pocketbook relative to letting go of their “stuff”.
It’s winter, and that means it’s pipe burst season. If it’s never happened to you – or if, like me, it only happened to an outdoor hose water line – you can only imagine the disaster that would result. That kind of disaster takes a restoration professional to resolve, and that’s where iCan comes in, on the spot to house and shelter everything that can be salvaged while the restoration pros dry and restore your home. But you can hopefully save yourself from disaster with a couple of helpful tips:
Keep water moving
It sounds eco-unfriendly, but one of the best ways to prevent burst pipes is to let faucets drip. When valves aren’t shut tight, there’s less pressure in the line, giving relief all around. You don’t have to let everything drip, but if you can figure out the one furthest away from where the water enters your home, it will benefit the whole system.
Check the hoses
Bring them indoors to protect the hoses themselves, and check the hose bibs (those valves on the side of the house). While most are considered “frost-free,” if you have a line running, say, under your deck to the hose bib (like I did), shut the valve on the line before it exits the house and drain the outside pipe. Same for sprinkler systems – have the pros blow out the lines and save a lot of grief come spring.
Keep warm air flowing
If you have pipes running through unfinished spaces (like the basement or the garage) you can go two ways: insulate them with inexpensive foam pipe wrap available at home supply stores, and allow air flow from heated areas, like your furnace room. Even opening cabinet doors under sinks will help, allowing room air to circulate around sink supply pipes.
If you’re leaving for a while – doesn’t that month in Florida sound nice? – see if you can shut the water main completely. Frozen pipes would be even more disastrous if you weren’t around to notice. And if the unexpected still happens, restoration companies have your back, and so does iCan. We’re here for you!
We’ve heard it from customer after customer: they need a portable storage container, but the big national company they called took a look at their home on Google Maps and said sorry, can’t do it. Then they called iCan. And iCan…can. How? Amazing skills – and our iBot.
What’s an iBot? It’s a piece of equipment that turns an iCan into a vehicle by attaching wheels to one side and a power unit to the other. Take a look at these photos. iBot allows us to put an iCan where others can’t. Check out these deliveries:
This house in the Bronx sits a sidewalk crack away from its neighbor. Our talented driver Mikey was able to set an iCan down with about an inch of clearance on each side:
Ditto this job in Saddle Brook. When you can turn an iCan into a vehicle, you can pretty much drive it like a minibus (at least when you have iCan level skills).
Here’s another Bronx job with tight clearances all around:
Clifton sounds spacious but iCan had to share a little space with the car for this delivery, placing it exactly where the client wanted it so the doors were exactly lined up with the house’s side door and shimming it level:
Apartment complex with just one spot to your name? No problem. We’ve snugged iCans into parking lot spots like this one in Mahwah and whisked them away before the condo association’s rules kicked in.
When we do an iBot delivery, the client – and their neighbors! – come out to watch. And now it’s your turn:
So if you’ve got a tight spot but need more space, yes iCan.