Happy Summer! Happy 6th Birthday to Stronger!

ImageWhile everyone else in the Sarasota-Bradenton area is enjoying the summer as an off-season, us movers are ON!  There is no busier time of year for us than summer and we are grateful for every bit of it. Moving a residence in Lakewood Ranch the other day was amazing because as the moving truck glided smoothly down University Parkway back to Sarasota we noticed something was missing … the traffic!  Kids are out of school, snowbirds have gone back up north and we are moving – both furniture moving and to our destination.

On that note, one area of pride we have as a company is that our moving crews are always on time – early even.  We know moving your entire home in one day can be stressful and we strive to take any worries off you mind so you can have a stress-free moving day.  Thanks Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Parrish, Palmetto, Ellenton, and the beaches communities for your support this summer and six summers in a row now!

Happy 6th Birthday to us at Stronger Moving & Delivery Service and thank you to our families, employees, customers and business partners for all your support!

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It’s not the move … It’s the settling in!

You’ve no doubt heard the saying every summer: “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” Our version is “it’s not the move, it’s the settling in!” What I mean is that while many people are focused on how challenging it can be to move, it is the settling in process that takes the most time.

Why so difficult? Probably because you want it done. Now.

These next few blog posts are inspired by my own move, which we did in February, and the lessons I’ve learned as a result. I will detail a few specific areas that were “learning experiences,” either because we learned HOW NOT to do it or we actually did something right.

In Spanish there is a saying: “En casa de herrero, cuchillo de palo.” Translated is: “In the blacksmith’s house, the knives are wooden.” Kind of like “the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot,” same principle. Anyways, experiencing my own move has given me insight into the WHOLE process, not just the part we know so well of being a reliable mover to get furniture from Point A to Point B.

An article from Apartment Therapy gets it right: “Setting Up Home: Tips for Unpacking and Settling In.”

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Another favorite neighborhood eatery

Don Beto!!!

While Eleni’s is closer to our office and we have eaten there more often, the newcomer favorite is Don Beto Jaimes.  The reviews on Yelp! are mixed but we love the food.

Everything we’ve eaten has been fresh, deliciously seasoned and reasonably priced.  As for “authentically” Mexican …  All we can say is that Lalo, our crew member from Coahuila loves the place.  So there ya go.  Humble little restaurant but great stuff inside!

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One of our favorite local joints

A little off the subject of moving … We want to give a shout-out to one of our favorite neighborhood eateries.  They are our go-to place practically every time we don’t feel like preparing our own food.

Eleni’s Pizza Works: www.ElenisPizzaWorks.com

Some of our favorites include

  • Gonzalo: the “Fatboy” sandwich with roast beef, turkey etc.
  • Ruben: steak Gyro or stuffed peppers
  • Catherine: the Spanakopita platter
  • Gloria: hummus and pita
  • Natalia: seafood soup

Located just around the corner from us at 6511 67th Street E., they are within walking distance but usually we just drive over.  If you don’t live nearby though, no worries, they have delivery!  Call them for your next move because the pizza is also delicious.

Thanks Eleni’s for being our delicious go-to place when we’re hungry!

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Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

“Tribute In Light” for victims of September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Moving Electronics

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General Electric’s 1978 Widescreen TV from RetroThing.com

Your computer, printer, stereo, television, DVR, cable box, PS4 … Moving to a new place is more complicated than it used to be with all of the contraptions and cables we have nowadays.

However, complicated doesn’t have to mean stressful or chaotic if you take some time to prepare your electronics before your next move.

If you need to move electronics, follow these steps and you’ll breeze right through the set-up at your new place.

PART 1 = PREP
Before things start going in boxes, carefully dis-assemble the pieces:

  1. Back up all files
  2. Take out disks
  3. Label cords as you disconnect them (we like the bread tags idea)
  4. Wind up and secure cords with twist ties
  5. Put all related cords in zip-loc bags and label
  6. Keep electronics and cord bags together

PART 2 = PACK
Much like anything you pack for a move you want weight evenly distributed in the box and the contents packed / cushion tightly so nothing shifts around inside.

  1. Find anti-static packing materials if you are concerned delicate electronics (wrap, bags or peanuts) … in most cases paper is better than plastic or styrofoam
  2. Make a cushion on the bottom of the box
  3. Put heaviest / largest items in first
  4. Cover with packing materials
  5. Add any other items that fit, especially the coordinating cables, remotes, speakers etc.
  6. Fill around items and stuff box to brim so items fit tightly inside
  7. Seal box and label on the top as well as sides for easy identification
    “FRAGILE”       “THIS END UP”      “ELECTRONICS”

Believe me, we’re much happier to move today’s gadgets and gizmos than the type they had to move 35 years ago (check out the 1978 widescreen in the pic above!  Yikes!).

Have you come across any other good tips for moving technology and electronics?  Post them in the comments!

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Tips for packing books

packing_booksPacking books?  Whether you are moving an extensive collection or just enough to fill a box, here is a step-by-step guide for how to pack your books:

  1. only use the SMALLEST boxes for books
  2. place the books in the box vertically
  3. completely fill the first layer so no books shift around
  4. if space, stack another layer of books
  5. if still space in the top, crush paper and fill box to the top so nothing shifts

If you are planning to store the boxes, do not wrap in plastic as it traps the humidity inside.  Make sure to seal any boxes with tape and label on the sides as well as the tops.

For the actual move, determine in advance where the shelves will go, particularly if you have an extensive collection.  This will allow you to unpack more quickly.  For clients with children, they often have the book shelves anchored to the walls to eliminate any chance of tipping.

Finally, have you considered joining the digital revolution?  You could save money on your move by eliminating book boxes all together and going to en e-reader.  Your book donation could help a local school, library or Goodwill tremendously and free you up.

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