How Much Should You Tip Your Movers?

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First, just to be clear, this is not an article on how you should tip us! We know that tipping is a touchy subject, and some people don’t know when to do it and when not to! So, we want to help you decide whether you should tip your moving company, whether it is a local mover, furniture mover or long distance mover.

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For the most part, you should tip your mover. The amount you should tip your mover depends on how well they do their job. If your mover goes above and beyond while moving your items, then you should plan on tipping them at least $30 per mover. Usually you will have two movers, so $60 to $70 given to the movers to split is perfect.

If your mover was awesome and you can’t say enough good things about them, you may want to consider tipping up to $100. By awesome, we mean that they took your extra mattress that you wanted thrown away in their truck and disposed of it for you. Or maybe your dog got loose while they were moving and the movers ran around your neighborhood to fetch your dog. These are great reasons to give your movers a larger tip. Read More

Decorating Tips to Try This Fall

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Photo Credit - Commongroud-do.com

Photo Credit – Commongroud-do.com

Below are some great ideas on how to bring fall inside.

Bring the fall beauty of nature inside your home. You could pick up a few small pumpkins or gourds at your local grocery store or even a nearby farm to place in your kitchen, bathroom or dining room. A colorful fall wreath on your front door made out of maple leaves and a potted orange or red mum on your front porch will add some fall festivity to the outside of your home.

Add fall colored accessories. You can purchase a deep orange colored pillow for your couch or maybe a red vase for your coffee table. Pillows and other small decorations are great ways to add a pop of fall color to the inside of your home.

Place fall colored vases with fall plants on your shelves. A dark vase with a pop of color would look great in your home. Try using a green, grey, mocha or navy colored vase with a red berry vine placed inside, then place it on your window sill or built in shelves. Read More

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“Tom Tract was excellent: professional, efficient, patient, thorough, informative….and most of all, the job was performed by the kind of people we requested…they treated our items like they were theirs. All in all, thanks for great job of taking some valuable furniture from Chicago to Breckenridge, Colorado.”
Tom Misch, Northbrook, IL, September 22, 2014

Preparing for Moving Day

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Here are some tips on how to be prepared for your next big move:

Image from Juno Crates News

Image from Juno Crates News

• Use moving-grade boxes (rather than department store boxes or those from the grocery store) to place your items in. Also, make sure that your items are the right size for the box.
• Label all boxes on the side (or both sides) with the contents as well as which room it should be moved into. For example – “Pots/Pans for the Kitchen.” Make sure it is easy to read.
• Items that are unable to be boxed will need to be wrapped with padding and plastic. You could also use furniture pads.
• Use self-adhering plastic wrap or furniture pads to protect upholstered furniture from damage and punctures.
• Pay close attention to the corners and legs when wrapping wood and metal furniture.
• Use plenty of padding to avoid scratches, gauges and broken items. Even if you’re doing the moving and you know you will be careful, accidents can happen! Read More

Items You Should Re-Use Rather than Throw Away After One Use

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Take aluminum foil for example— you use it to cover a your chicken pot pie for dinner and would normally throw it away, but why not save it this time and reuse it to wrap other leftovers with? Here are other ways to re-use aluminum foil:

Aluminum Foil Serves Multiple Purposes• Wrap fixtures and hardware with it when painting.
• Create a usable funnel while cooking.
• Re-use on the grill.
• Save for pie crusts.
• Excellent for an antenna.
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Tips for Using Moving Boxes

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Choosing boxes for your next move is important, because they need to be strong and able to withstand the moving truck, movers and travel. Since we are in the business of shipping and hear horror stories of boxes getting smashed (or worse!), we want to give you a few tips to prevent this from happening to you.

The most important thing to remember is to purchase strong ‘moving’ boxes. If you need to purchase boxes, don’t settle for just any box, purchase real moving boxes from a moving company. This does not mean you need to buy brand new boxes, this means you need to buy actual moving boxes (you can find them on Craigslist or EBay). We recommend that you’re picky when buying used boxes – take a close look before you buy them and ask the seller what was used in the these boxes. If the boxes held heavy books over many miles, the box might be compromised. Whether you buy moving boxes from a moving company or buy them used, be smart.

Pick the right size box for what you are shipping. You want to make sure that your boxes are not over or under-packed, they need to be just the right size to fit what you need. If your boxes are not packed enough they will be crushed when other boxes are placed on top of them and if they are over packed they may burst at the seams. Read More

How to Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

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Rather than throwing all of your medicine and vitamins in a drawer or making them fit in a medicine cabinet, we want to help you make them accessible and organized.

The first thing you should do is take everything out and sort. Once all of your items are out in the open take a look at the expiration dates and throw away anything that’s expired. Next, take a look at what you have and make a list of things you need. This will help with your shopping list.

Within your medicine cabinet I recommend categorizing everything by usage, like a daily medicines group (such as daily vitamins, sleep aids, Tylenol and Advil) and less frequent necessities like cough syrup, Vicks vapor rub and your cold medicines. Or you could sort things according to type of medicine, like a first aid group, cold & allergy group, and antibiotics. Then put together all of your cold medicines, your pain medicine, your vitamins, etc. Use whichever system works better for your family!

Now that everything is out, take a few minutes and wipe down the shelves. Who knows how many times medicine may have leaked or pills fell out of the bottom. This is a great opportunity to give your cabinet a good cleaning!

Next, take a look at how much space you have. Do you have a closet to keep the items in, a drawer or an actual medicine cabinet with smaller, narrow shelves? This will help determine how you organize.

If you are working with a medicine cabinet then organize by levels. Place items that you rarely use at the top and then the most used on the bottom. Make sure that you face the medicine out so you can see the name of what it is.

If you are working with a drawer, use small containers to organize. If you can fit three, then you can have one for pain medicine, one for vitamins and one for colds. All other items that are used less frequently can be placed in the back of the drawer.

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“Very helpful set up process with outstanding speed in providing quotes. Furniture wrapped exceedingly well and delivered in perfect condition. They were antiques and I was worried but you did much better than the jumbo moving company that just moved our house. I couldn’t be more pleased with your company. Thank you!”
Betsy Walker, Denver, CO, September 14, 2014

Creative Ways to Display Your Child’s Schoolwork

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September has arrived and school has begun which means you already have papers coming home from school. There are so many papers to showcase and save, but the question is how? Below are three creative ways to save and display your child’s paperwork from school.

Kitchen Sells Your HomeCreate a Binder. We recently went to back to school night and my son’s teacher recommended taking all of the school work that comes home, putting three holes in it and placing it in a binder. Keep it in your kitchen, office or living room and show it to friends and family. It will be interesting to go back and compare the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

Laundry line. Take a wall in your child’s room or playroom and hang a clothes line which you can then hang your child’s artwork and papers on to display in a unique way. Check Pinterest, which is where we got the idea! Read More

TSI Ships Power Wheelchair to Disabled Veteran

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This is a power wheelchair from Permobil. This is an example of the wheelchair that we shipped to a veteran in need. Learn more about Permobil's products at http://www.permobilus.com/. The 'I Support Our Veterans' Pin is credited to Pinmart.com - you can purchase this pin online at http://www.pinmart.com/I-Support-Our-Veterans-Pin.aspx

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We were contacted by a gentleman who wanted to ship a power wheelchair from West Plains, MO to Knoxville, TN. At a quick glance this looks like any of the 8,000 shipments TSI does annually, but after you peel back a layer you can see this is a testament of good will and the good (giving) nature of Americans.

Richard requested a quote to ship a power wheelchair to Knoxville, to benefit a disabled veteran. The wheelchair was a Permobil brand wheelchair, and their motto is “Changing Lives” – a passionate company mantra that has a big impact on people’s lives.

This power wheelchair was fairly heavy, so the cost to ship it was higher than a regular wheelchair would be. Liz in our shipping team asked management to take a look at this shipment and what it was for. TSI discounted the cost of shipping the chair considerably, and the shipment went forward. So far, this is a typical TSI charitable shipment.

On following up with Richard about the shipment we learned so much more, and it gives everything that much more meaning. We asked how this situation came to be, and we learned that Richard had traveled to Knoxville to buy a dog, and that the person who was the dog breeder was a disabled veteran. Read More

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