October 30, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips


Halloween Safety Tips 

Happy Halloween, everyone! No matter what age you are, Halloween is fun for everyone! Cool costumes, themed parties, trick-or-treating with the kids--what's not to love?  But with all the fun, it's a scary time of year for accidents and mishaps. Whether you are going out or hosting a party for Halloween, it is important to make safety a priority so everyone ends the night on a good note -- and hopefully with a bucket full of candy! Check out our Halloween safety tips below to help you have a safe, but spooky Halloween. For more tips, visit the CDC's website.

  1. Stay visible: If you will be out trick or treating, make sure you and your children will be visible to drivers. Carry flashlights and put reflective tape on your costumes and candy bags to make sure drivers can see you and your kids after dark.

  2. Supervise: Children should never go trick or treating by themselves. There should be at least one adult supervising a group of kids. Make sure all the young ones in your party know not to enter someone's home without your permission, not to accept rides from strangers and to avoid homes that are not lit.

  3. Inspect candy: Ask your kids to bring their candy home before they start eating it--we know that may be difficult! All treats should be inspected for tampering before you or your children start chowing down. Homemade treats should be avoided unless you know the person that made them.

  4. Fire safety: There are candles everywhere this time of year. Wear flame-resistant costumes and make sure your child's costume is not too long. You don't want your princess's gown catching fire on someone's lit jack-o-lantern.

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October 29, 2014

Preparing for an Estimate from a Cross-Country Moving Company

Family using moving container for cross-country move 

Moving across the country can seem like a monumental undertaking.  Choosing a cross country moving company to get you there should be the first task on your moving checklist.  You will be entrusting your belongings to the company you choose, so want to take the time to research at least three cross country moving companies and compare the estimates you receive.  It is extremely helpful to prepare before you get those estimates, so you can have a good handle of what each company is offering you.

Here are a few tips on preparing for an estimate from a cross country moving company:

1.  Get rid of the things you no longer need before you receive estimates.  In order to get an accurate (and likely lower!) estimate, you need to have a true understanding of how much you will be moving. Have that yard sale now.

2.  Make a list of all the rooms you will be moving and the contents of those rooms.  Include furniture, lamps and artwork.  Make a guess as to how many boxes for each room will be moved, as well (for example, 2 wardrobe boxes of clothing for the master bedroom).  Do not forget to include the garage, basement, attic and yard. 

3.  Make note of anything that might require special attention.  For example, you may need the cross country moving company team to disassemble a crib or use special packing materials for an heirloom vase.

4.  Make note of things in your current or new home that will need to be protected during the move-in or move-out process, such as an antique wooden banister or leaded glass windows.

5.  Let the moving company know which entrances they can use for loading and unloading, and challenges they might face.  Passing a dresser through a window because it will not fit through your small, twisty staircase is important to know ahead of time.

6.  Look up the license number and proof of insurance before you meet with a cross country moving company.  That information is usually listed on their website.  If not, ask for it when you first call.

7.  Have your desired moving dates nailed down before you meet with any cross company moving company.  If your dates are flexible, you may be able to save some money on your move.

8.  Know what you plan to pack yourself and what you plan to have the moving company handle. If you already know that you won’t let anyone else pack up your clothes, let them know upfront.

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October 29, 2014

PACK RAT Promo Code Can Help Save Money on Your Move

couple with moving boxes 

Moving coupons and discounts are everywhere these days.  If you recently sold your house, you have probably already received several moving coupons from moving companies in the mail.  And if you hop online and do a search for "moving promo code" or  "PACK-RAT promo code," you'll be directed to all sorts of coupon portals.  It doesn't take much time to find deals, especially online. 

However, choosing 1-800-PACK-RAT means not having to rely on a promo code to get a great deal on your move. We stay competitive with our pricing and always help our customers find the lowest available price. If you are moving long-distance, you can save money by being flexible with your move dates or your method of transport.

Your first step is to get a free online quote or call 1-800-722-5728 to speak with one of our move specialists. With 1-800-PACK-RAT you always get great customer service and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee -- no promo code required.

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