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Moving terms (Inventory, Linehaul)

All industries have their specific terms. Here are a couple that you might hear from your local moving company.

Full Replacement Value Protection
A valuation program which does not incorporate depreciation as a factor in settling claims for loss or damage.

Gross weight
Weight of the van and its contents after your goods are loaded.

The list itemizing the goods (and their condition) that you have released to the carrier.

The tariff transportation charge to move your shipment from point of origin to it’s final point of destination.

How to Pack a TV

Because the entire front surface of a flat screen is glass and its body is thin, TVs are very fragile. You may consider asking a professional to pack it for you. But, if you choose to move it yourself, ask someone for help and follow these steps (all apply to SmartTVs, LEDs, OLEDs, 4Ks, HDRs, Plasmas and LCDs):

  1. Take a picture of the cords, then disconnect them. Take a picture of where all the wires connect (or color code them) for easier reassembly. Then, unplug, bundle and fasten them with a cable tie, and pack them in a separate box. If any of the cords can’t be removed, use painter’s tape to attach them to the back surface (never tape directly to the screen as it could cause damage).
  2. Clean the screen. Use a fiber cloth to clean the TV. Removing dust or dirt particles can help prevent scratches or damage to the screen during transit.
  3. Remove from the base or mount. Refer to the user manual if you’re unsure of how to remove the TV from a wall mount or its base. Cover the base and mount in Bubble Wrap, and pack them separately.
  4. Cover the screen. Place a layer of foam wrap across the screen, and then wrap the entire thing in Bubble Wrap. Secure loose ends with packing tape, being careful to apply tape only to the packing materials and not to the television.
  5. Prepare the box. Line the bottom of the box with crumpled packing paper, and then slide the TV into it. Fill remaining gaps with more packing paper.
  6. Tape and label the box. Make sure all ends are securely taped, and write “fragile TV” and “this end up” on the outside of the box.
  7. Pack the accessories. Be sure to box up any additional accessories like the remote control, cable box, sound bar, speakers, etc. These should also be wrapped in packing paper.

How to Pack a Lamp

Because of their odd shape, lamps can be a challenge to pack. But, since they’re fragile items, it’s very important to make sure they’re packed properly so that they travel cross country to your new home safely and securely.

  1. Remove the lampshade and harp. Unscrew the finial to remove the lamp shade, then remove the light bulb to remove the harp (that’s the metal “U” that holds the shade). Set them aside.
  2. Discard the light bulb. It’s very fragile and most likely won’t make the trip. Leave them for the new homeowners/renters, or share them with neighbors if they still have life!
  3. Cover prongs with foam to protect base. Those metal prongs on the cord can potentially damage the base of the lamp. Take a spare piece of foam and use it to cover the prongs. If you don’t have foam available, you can also wrap the prongs in packing paper or bubble wrap and tape securely.
  4. Gather the cord. Bundle the cord together to keep it secure.
  5. Wrap base with paper padding. Place the base in a corner of the paper padding, and wrap it like a lamp burrito. If you prefer, you can tape it together to keep it tight, but that’s not necessary. If you do chose to use tape, be careful not to tape to the lamp base.
  6. Place it upright into a box lined with packing paper. Crumble packing paper into the bottom of the box for padding, and then place the lamp base inside. Taller lamps may require you to use a lamp box.
  7. Wrap the harp and finial in packing paper. Protect these pieces by wrapping them in packing paper, and taping the paper to keep it secure.
  8. Add finial and harp to the box. Keep the parts of the lamp together by placing them in the same box.
  9. Fill box with packing paper You can place multiple lamp bases in a box, just remember to fill the box with crumbled packing paper before taping it closed.
  10. Pack shades in a separate box. Lamp shades are fragile, so use a different box just for shades.
  11. Line this box with packing paper. Take a few pieces of crushed packing paper and place them inside the box for padding.
  12. Place the shade inside the box. Place them upright, rather than on their side for protection and to make nesting multiple shades easier.
  13. Line with more packing paper. Take more paper and place it inside the shade.
  14. Nest shades inside each other. If you have multiple shades, you can nest them inside each other.
  15. Fill the gaps with crushed paper. Ensure a tight fit by placing packing paper around the before taping it closed.

Latest move in Placerville ▶️

Here is a recent move we did up in Placerville. The weather was great and cooperated with the drone at high altitudes. I met the home owner before I set up the drone and was excited to see the drone footage. I ended up using all the batteries filming so much footage because of the beautiful location. There were a couple of hawks that I felt like were “eyeing” the drone. The high aerial shots got up to 400 feet. Normally I only go 200 feet in the city but the property and location were so magnificent that 200 feet didn’t do it justice. This video was fun to make.



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