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May 8, 2013
Vice President, General Manager – Orlando
As a moving company, you can believe Hilldrup uses a lot of cardboard boxes – more than 600 tons to be exact. That’s the weight of all cardboard boxes we recycled in the past year. With Earth Day having recently passed, we wanted to share some effective ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle during your next move.
Packing for a move often involves sorting your belongings into “things to keep” and “things to toss.” Hauling everything that falls in the latter category to the landfill might be easy for you, but it isn’t easy on the environment. To ensure that your move is eco-friendly, here are some tips on how best to handle those items you have may been holding onto:
- Electronics: Have an old but still working computer or television that you don’t want to take with you? Try taking them to a local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Staples and Best Buy also recycle most electronics that are no longer functioning for free.
- Paint, oil and other toxic liquids: Old paint cans are extremely toxic to the environment and often illegal to dispose of improperly. Try donating extra paint to your local Habitat for Humanity. Also, most automotive stores will recycle used motor oil for you. If either of these aren’t an option where you live, most localities have household hazardous waste facilities that can assist you in disposing of these liquids safely.
- Appliances: Although your main concern might simply be getting your large appliances out the front door, they still need to be disposed of properly. Energy Star’s website can help you find locations to recycle your old refrigerator, freezer and other appliances.
- Furniture: Donate your unwanted furniture to thrift shops instead of taking it to a landfill. Many thrift stores will come to pick up large pieces of furniture you might not be able to transport to the store.
- Everything else: Visit these websites to help you find out where to recycle almost anything- 1-800-recycling and Earth911.
Looking for another way to help the environment during your next month? Cut down on all the back-and-forth trips and have your local Commercial Relocation Network (CRN) Member do everything in one fell swoop!
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March 4, 2013
When you move your office, you should have a checklist. In most cases, the simpler the list the better it will be. Here is what you need to know:
- Use a spreadsheet – you will need to use the sort function to arrange your checklist in a couple of ways.
- It is easiest to print the checklist and walk around checking off progress. So make the columns all fit on one page. Include the following:
- Origin Location
- Destination location (you do not necessarily need any more info than this)
- Name – which refers to one of several things
- Room i.e.: conference room, copy room
- File drawer
- For a person, you might want to keep track of their computer equipment. If a move involves a few hundred people, it is not fun having a person’s monitor or docking station end up in the lost and found area. Those moving labels easily stick to just about anything (Except computer parts). Add columns for the following and put in the quantity. Use zero if they do not have the item.
- Laptop (always have the employee be responsible for moving their own laptop)
- Docking station
Of course there is a keyboard, mouse and some other items, but those should be packed in a keyboard bag or a box.
- When all is done at origin, you will do something called the walk-thru. You are going to walk around and check off that every office being moved has been picked-up by the movers. Sort your list by origin location. This way, you are not flipping through pages from one office to the next as you quickly go through each office to make sure the movers have not missed anything.
- You will do a walk-thru at destination too. Sort by destination this time.
This is the simplest moving checklist you can have. You can have special needs during a move requiring something more complicated. But if not, keep it simple. The multiple people who are monitoring progress during the move will all have an easier time of it because of a simplified checklist.
Clancy Moving Systems