Winter Moving Advisory

Winter can be a wonderful time of the year. Building snowmen, ice skating, drinking hot chocolate and sleigh riding are all fun things we enjoy during the winter months. If you find that you need to move during the winter, there can be a few extra challenges that you need to account for.
1. Clear Your Driveway of all Snow and Ice
On the day of your move, be sure your driveway and sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. Regardless of whether you are moving yourself or hiring professionals, you want to make sure everyone stays safe. If some ice remains on walkways after shoveling, spread sand over the ice patch to increase traction. Remember to take care of the driveway and walk ways at your new home as well.

2. Ridgewood Moving Services Team Will Protect Your Entryways
In high traffic areas of your home, our movers will place large pieces of cardboard or lay floor protection down to protect it from dirt, salt and water that will get tracked in during the move. If you have any area rugs, remove them prior to placing floor coverings down. Moving during the winter tends to track in extra snow and water, so floor protection is essential.

3. Ensure Utilities are Turned On
Prior to your move, check with your realtor or property manager to ensure the water, heat and electricity at your new home are turned on and fully functioning. In the cold winter, you do not want to be stuck without these things.

4. Pack Winter Essentials and Unload them First
Be sure to pack a box of winter essentials for your move. Include a warm change of clothes, paper products for your new home like toilette paper, some snacks and easy to prepare food items. Have this box loaded last and unloaded first so that you will have access to these items as soon as you arrive. Don’t forget the hot chocolate!!

5. Get your Car Serviced
If traveling a long distance, be sure to have your car serviced prior to the trip. Get a general tune-up and be sure to have your tires and brakes inspected to ensure they are in good condition for traveling in the ice and snow. The last thing you want in the middle of a move is a breakdown. Don’t forget window wiper fluid!!

Moving during the winter does add a few challenges, but if you keep these winter tips in mind you should be just fine. Stay safe and Warm!!

Moving With Your Pets

Chloe - Cindy's Puppy

Chloe- Cindy’s Cute Pup!

Moving is tough enough on humans, but our pets have no idea why strangers are removing furniture from their home.  Like the rest of us, pets need a little extra care during moving time.  These steps should help make the transition a little less stressful.

Take your time: Start packing several weeks before your move, so your moving day is as relaxed as possible for you and your pets.

Keep Your Routine:  Keep your pets’ routine as normal as possible the week before moving.  Dogs and cats like to feel in control, and can show behavioral changes or become ill when stressed out. Treat them with the same level of attention you would ordinarily give them.

Saorise in Car - Stephanie's Puppy

Saorise – Stephanie’s Pup

The Pet Room: Before moving, choose a room that will be the pet room, usually the bathroom is best, and keep them in there during the move process.  Leave their familiar toys, food and water bowls in there to keep them comfortable and out of the way.

Tags: Update your pets tags with your new address and phone number. Make sure your pets are wearing them on move day.

TRUE STORY: 

One of our clients had 5 cats and told the movers to keep the doors closed so the cats don’t get out, (Kind of hard to do when you are trying to bring furniture out to a truck………) Anyway, towards the end of the move out of the house the client notices one cat missing….Search goes on but cat is not found…….

Fatty the Cat in a Moving Box

Don’t Put Your Cat In the Box!

The movers get to destination and start to unload.  The sofa comes off the truck, the crew removes the protective coverage and out pops the cat from under the cushion.

…..We do not recommend moving your pets this way!!

We all have experienced the stress moving can create, but dogs and cats encounter many of the same problems people have in moving to a new place. They have to get used to a new house and neighborhood, unfamiliar sounds, strange postal carriers, etc. If your able to follow some of these simple guidelines and give your pets some time, you can all enjoy you new home together!

Moving with Children

The decision is now final. You have narrowed down the list of potential new homes, and you’ll be moving soon. Now comes the hardest part — planning the move and telling the kids. Children and adolescents typically aren’t thrilled by such an event. Fortunately, we have some steps you can take to ease the transition.

  • Be Positive!

Children are tuned into the emotions of their parents.  If your attitude about moving and your willingness to let your children share is a positive one, those around you will feel optimistic about their move experience.

  • Have a Family Meeting to Discuss the Move

You should never hide the fact that you are moving from your children. Call a family meeting and talk openly and positively about the details. Order some pizza and gather around table for a casual dinner and lots of conversation. Explain why your moving and tell your children that you’re excited about it. Encourage them to express their feelings and concerns. If this is their first time moving, it could be particularly difficult because they’re leaving their family home. Share with them your first-move experience. Talk about ways everyone in the family can contribute to the move so no one feels left out. Infants are least affected by a move, however, preschoolers may have a difficult time. Their sense of identity relies on their parents, the family routine and objects that are special to them.

  • Purge Before Packing

Let the kids know that now is a great time to cut through the clutter.  To eliminate stress, get them involved in the process.  Let them pack some of their special possessions. Throughout the house, there’s bound to be a ton of items that do not need to accompany you to the new home. Get the kids to help you go through the house, room by room, to identify what should go with you and what you could get rid of. Let them know that you don’t want to toss everything. It’s OK to keep certain things that hold important memories.  Never dispose of any of these items, no matter how old or tattered they may be.

  • Organize a Moving Sale

Once you’ve figured out what items you want to pack and what you want to purge, get the kids to help you organize a moving sale. They can help you sort through everything, organize it, and price and tag it. Let them know that the proceeds from the sale will be used for something for the family. In fact, you can have a family meeting and vote to decide on what that might be. Whatever it is, the more invested the kids are in the goal, the more helpful they’ll be with organizing the sale.

  • Make Room Plans

To get your children excited about the new house, start to make room plans. You don’t have to limit them  to just their rooms only. If they’re interested in helping arrange and decorate other rooms in the house, let them. Get them involved in paint colors or new furniture. For teenagers, set a budget and let them tackle their own rooms — picking out colors, linens, rugs and furniture. For younger kids, you can set a budget and work with them on executing their vision. Then, when it’s all done, you can invite some family or friends over for a “big reveal” like they do on TV.

To ease the adjustment to a new home, we suggest you prepare a traveling tote for each child that you will take with you and not on the moving truck.  This “special” tote should have their name on it and filled with all their favorite toys, games, music, a change of clothes and a snack.  Now they have something familiar at hand from the time they leave the old house to the time they arrive at the new home.

For more tips on moving, please see our website at www.ridgewoodmoving.com

First Steps in Moving Business

June 2005 was a very busy season. Typically, June, July and August are the busiest months in the moving industry.  The housing market was at an all time high, so we were slammed with moves.  I worked 6 days a week along with the movers.  I came in on Saturday’s with a baseball cap on and dispatched the crews.  Many times the movers would come in late or not at all.  I soon realized that pay day on Friday lead to too much play Friday night.  I shortly changed pay day to Saturday.

July 2005 our landlord informed us that he sold the building and we had to move out by the end of the year.  One month running a business, with no resources and I have to find a new place.  I called the one person I knew in commercial real estate in NYC.  He referred me to a colleague in NJ and the search began.

This is a staff letter I sent out that time: I scanned the letter in two pages, RMS 1 RMS 2

Meanwhile, I am trying to run a business that is having serious cash flow issues.  I received a call one day from a consulting firm out of Massachusetts who assured me that they could assist me with structure and financial planning.  I hired them and a team came in and observed, talked to the staff and took a lot of notes.  The one comment they said to me that sticks to mind is “Most people call us for help to make the phones ring, your phones are ringing but from there you need help”.  Ok, that’s why you are here!  So, they came in day after day, dollar after dollar for a couple of weeks.  At the end of the day all I gained were some job descriptions and a shrinking bank account.

I began to have weekly meetings with the staff and movers.  I hired my brother to go out on estimates and our “Foreman” went out as well.

Taking Over a Moving Business

When my husband died I didn’t think twice about taking over the moving business. It was a matter of pride.  Ridgewood Moving meant so much to so many people.  The reputation was there, the people that worked for the company were there and my family’s livelihood was there.

I had no experience in running a moving business.  My background was in Fashion, as a buyer.  However, I had the will to survive and some acquired leadership skills from my roles within the community.  Ok simple enough………not!

As great as Rob was at building this company, he kept much information to himself.  He was Sales, Operations and so much more.  The day to day operations were handled but much piled on his desk waiting for answers.  I give him so much credit for building this company from a “two man and a truck” operation to a Moving and Storage Company.  He worked very hard, was very persistent, charming, extremely generous, and could sell a job like no other……….but was a one man show.

Rob Myer

When I took over the helm, it was a very difficult culture on many levels.  The company just lost their leader, the staff was resistant to change and Ridgewood Moving’s Sales person just died. I was not embraced as someone keeping the company going but viewed as Rob’s wife “who had no idea what she was doing”.

One of the first orders of business I felt, was to send a message out to the community and industry that Ridgewood Moving suffered a great loss; however, Ridgewood Moving would move forward.  I wanted it known to the competitors who may seek opportunity, clients that knew our name and reputation, as well as to the employees who could still in vision a future;

Immediately following Rob’s death I addressed the Movers.  There was indeed, a feeling of “moving forward” and I felt pretty good about the support from the crew.  The main “foreman” was someone that had been with the company for 17 years, basically growing up at Ridgewood Moving Services.  Rob and I assisted him in purchasing his first house, so there was a level of trust and comfort knowing that he was leading the pack.