How To Reduce Clutter Before Your Move

April 29th, 2016

Room showing clutter

Moving provides the absolute perfect time to go through your items and reduce clutter. Moving requires that you literally touch every single item in your entire home, so it only makes sense to make the most of your time and accomplish two tasks in one. Getting rid of items you no longer need will make packing and moving so much easier, because the less you have to pack, the less you have to move, and the less you have to unpack in your new home! If you pack up a few boxes of things that have been stuffed in the back of your closet, you will probably just stuff them into a new closet in your new home, wasting valuable space and cluttering your new environment. It would be much more effective to just get rid of those items in the first place, and save that space for things you actually want and need. That being said, it can be overwhelming enough to worry about packing all of your items, not to mention making decisions on what to keep and what to give or throw away. We have compiled a few tips to help make your de-cluttering and moving process so much easier, so that your move is as stress-free as possible.

Take things one room at a time

De-cluttering and packing work best if you take small steps and focus on one room or area at a time. This helps to keep items together that go together (i.e. bathroom items, kitchen, etc.) and prevents you from feeling overwhelmed. Packing always ends up being a messy ordeal, with moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and items strewn everywhere, so keeping the chaos contained to one room at a time will also make living in your current home while you pack much easier and safer. It will also help you to focus on what you really need to keep on a smaller scale, instead of trying to think about your entire house or apartment at once. It can also help make the packing process much more manageable, if you designate a day or two for each room.

If you didn’t know you had it, you probably don’t need it

As you are packing and digging items out of closets and cabinets, you will probably come across items that you had no idea you had, or didn’t remember purchasing. If it has been sitting stashed away for years and you have lived happily without it, chances are, you really never needed it in the first place. Of course, heirloom or memory items such as photos are a special category, but anything that hasn’t been used or seen the light of day in a long time has no place in your new home. If it is still in good condition, consider donating it to somewhere like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, so that people who might need that item will be able to use it. If it is broken, warn, missing pieces or otherwise unusable, just throw it in the trash and move on. Which leads to our next tip…

If it doesn’t work, throw it out

We have all been guilty of the “I might fix this later” mindset when something breaks. We are reluctant to get rid of an item because of the amount of money we initially spent on it, or maybe the memories tied to it, and we tell ourselves that maybe someday we will figure out how to fix it, or will be able to find that missing piece. These items end up in a closet or drawer, taking up valuable space and not serving any real purpose. Certainly, there are a few select items that are worth keeping, if you actually take the time/money to fix them. But if you have been planning to fix that broken clock since Reagan was president, its time to let it go. You can donate it to the Salvation Army or to the ultra cool Urban Ore in Berkeley.

Expired items need to go

Many people forget that beauty and personal care items do have an expiration date, and may no longer be as effective once the date has past. When working in your bathroom, check the expiration date on everything you can, and toss out any makeup, toiletry, or medicine items that have expired or have been open for a very long time. For example, sunscreen loses its power and efficiency over time, and using it after it has been open for years might not actually be offering you any protection. The same thing goes for pain relief medicine such as aspirin or Tylenol. Taking an expired Advil probably won’t hurt you, but it also might not help to relieve your headache either. Using old makeup, especially eye makeup, can cause eye infections and should never be used. Its better to toss it out and get some new mascara. The kitchen is another key place to look for expired items hiding in the back of your cupboard. Don’t waste time packing old food that you will never eat. If you find items that are not expired but you know you will never eat, consider donating them to a local food pantry (non-perishable only).

Have a garage sale

Having a garage sale can help to offset some of the moving costs, and can help you get rid of many items before your move. Set aside any items that you had planned to donate, and try to sell them at your garage sale first. Remember that your ultimate goal is to get rid of items, so you must be willing to negotiate prices. You may have paid a lot of money for a particular item many years ago, but if it is no longer valuable and you are no longer using it, you need to be open to whatever price someone is willing to pay for it. You can also have a box or table of free items for people to take, a sure tactic to help you de-clutter very quickly.

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If you are looking for moving boxes San Francisco offers some great options.  In the past people would automatically go for cardboard boxes because it was the only option available.  There is a relatively new option for moving boxes that is green, inexpensive, and that works much better than cardboard. You can rent plastic moving boxes that will be delivered to your current home and then picked up from your new home after you’ve moved and unpacked. ZippGo will deliver our green moving boxes and green moving supplies right to you door and because they come assembled and don’t need tape, you can start packing the moment they arrive.  The boxes simplify packing and moving because they are crush-proof, water-proof, tear proof, stack neatly, and take up less space in the moving truck. They are almost indestructible and save you money because your San Francisco movers will be able to move them in and out of the moving truck faster.

Kitchen Remodel In San Francisco: Best Tips

April 18th, 2016

Finished Remodeled Kitchen: Tips
Part of being a homeowner is making sure that your house stays up-to-date and can handle the day-to-day activities of your life. Over time, common areas of the house such as the kitchen will undergo wear and tear, and appliances as well as cupboards and other items will be replaced. If you have a growing family, you may find that the kitchen that once worked well for your family of two is no longer functional for your family of five. Or perhaps you purchased an older house with the intention of fixing up various rooms over time. Whatever the reason, chances are you will need to remodel your kitchen at some point, but getting started can seem overwhelming. We have compiled some helpful tips to help you prepare for your kitchen remodel to make the task less daunting and maybe even fun.

Hire An Interior Designer

If you want your new kitchen to be an investment that you will enjoy for many years to come, it can be a wonderful decision to bring a professional into the process to help generate ideas and make sure that you get exactly what you want. Interior designers have a great eye for detail that many people don’t, and can offer creative and unique solutions for things like storage problems or small spaces. If you don’t feel comfortable spending the extra money to hire an interior designer or its just not in your budget, consider using resources such as Houzz, which is an online platform that brings together home professionals with homeowners. There are thousands of photos and links to design ideas and professionals in your area available on Houzz, all of which can be browsed for free. You can also consider enlisting a close friend or family member who has recently gone through the same process, or has a knack for interior design. Sometimes hiring interior design students can be a way to save money, as interior design students would love to get first-hand experience and might be able to help you for a low rate or even for free.

Do Your Research

Once you have decided what exactly you plan to do in the kitchen, it is time to find the best possible contractors to do your work. This will involve a bit of research on your part, but luckily, the internet makes it extremely easy to find reviews and what people are saying about the experience they had with the companies you are considering. It might be tempting to go with the contractor that offers the lowest price, but this could be a huge mistake in the long run. If you are investing time and money into your kitchen renovation, you want to make sure that it is completed correctly by a company that truly cares about their customers and wants to ensure that their work is of the highest quality. It is definitely worth spending a little extra money to make sure your counters are installed correctly and that your floors are even!

DIY As Much As You Can

If you have any handy skills whatsoever, consider doing some of the work yourself, if time allows for it. You can save thousands of dollars by doing simple portions of your renovation yourself, and leaving the difficult projects to the professionals. Maybe you have a friend or relative who is a painter or electrician that could help out with the process. Just make sure you pay them in the form of food, a favor, or even money for their hard work.

Plan Ahead

Your kitchen might look like a war zone during your renovation, and will not be usable for your family. This means you will need to plan ahead and find a different location to prepare and eat your meals. Depending on the scope of your remodel, this could be a very simple or very difficult task. For many remodels, you will still be able to use your refrigerator while the work is being done, so you won’t have to worry about keeping your food cold. However, you might not have access to your stove or oven (or perhaps you temporarily no longer have one!) which means that you will be relying on a microwave or takeout a great deal. Find a room that will be your temporary kitchen space (make sure it is a safe place for electric items – no hanging curtains or things that could easily catch fire) and move your microwave, toaster, and anything else you use on a daily basis into that room. If you have access to your sink or dishwasher, you can keep out a set of dishes to use. Otherwise, you may have to wash your dishes in the bathroom, or resort to paper plates and plastic silverware temporarily. It is a good idea to budget an extra amount of money for eating out while your renovation is taking place.

Rent Plastic Moving Boxes

While your renovation is underway, you will need to move everything out of your kitchen and store it somewhere safe, sometimes for as long as a few months, if you have a large renovation project. It is very important to protect your items during this time, especially if you have contractors and other professionals coming in and out of your home on a daily basis. ZippGo offers plastic moving boxes that are perfect for both short-term and long-term storage, as they are made of durable, eco-friendly plastic rather than the flimsy cardboard that people often use. During the renovation process, your kitchen and other areas of your home might be exposed to extra moisture, dust, debris, and even bugs or rodents that take the opportunity to sneak inside an open door. Typical cardboard boxes cannot withstand the elements as well as the rented plastic boxes from ZippGo can, which means that your kitchen items, including food and dishes, could beKitchen remodel packingsusceptible to contamination during your renovation. Protecting your items during your renovation should not be an extra stressor for you to worry about, which is why ZippGo offers discounted monthly pricing for remodels that will take longer than one month to complete. We’ve rented to so many home owners in the San Francisco Bay Area who are remodeling their kitchen or their entire house. They love the convenience of our boxes being delivered and how secure their belongings are in our plastic crates. Call ZippGo at 800-723-7017 to get more information on our discounted pricing for extended monthly rentals.

Tips For Moving From San Francisco To Los Angeles

April 7th, 2016

SF to LA scene

If you are considering to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you might be wondering what to expect throughout your move or how you could possibly make your move a bit easier. After all, moving is a huge undertaking, and moving from one city to another can be very stressful, even when the cities are within the same state. California is known for being extremely diverse; no two cities are alike and each area of the state is unique. Therefore, for some people, a move from San Francisco to Los Angeles might seem like a move to an entirely different state or even country. Luckily, we have compiled a few helpful tips to prepare you for your upcoming move. The following are five key things to consider when moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles:

Prepare for traffic

If you are planning to move to Southern California, you have probably been warned about the difference in the amount of traffic that cities such as Los Angeles can have. Unless you are accustomed to driving in a city with a notorious traffic problem such as Atlanta, you might be unaccustomed to spending a large amount of time in your car. Plan to add a significant amount of time to your commute, whether to work every day or even just to the other side of town for a doctor’s appointment. We suggest planning ahead by loading new songs or even an audiobook onto your iPhone, or downloading an music streaming app such as Pandora, so that you can be entertained while driving. It might even be a great time to learn a new language, as there are many different language learning applications that you can listen to while driving. Waze is a great app that offers traffic updates and alternative routes to get to your destination. It can also be helpful to keep a stash of healthy snacks in your car, to keep your from getting famished while driving home before dinner. Of course, you can always consider moving to a location that is very near your work, which will cut down on your commute. While the beautiful weather of Los Angeles makes the drive a bit less miserable, it can be frustrating to sit in your car for long periods of time, moving along at 5 miles per hour. However, although the weather may be beautiful, the large population density leads to our next tip: smog.

Prepare for smog

The large concentration of cars at any given time on the roads of Los Angeles means there is great deal of smog that hangs over the city. The unfortunate amount of pollution from auto exhaust of course contributes to the smog levels, as does the overall pollution from buildings and factories of a large city. If you have asthma or other breathing problems, they may get worse due to the poor air quality.

You will need a car

Unlike some California cities which are extremely walkable or offer convenient public transportation (see our previous post about moving to Oakland), Los Angeles is a city in which you will definitely want to have your own vehicle. While Los Angeles does have public transportation and many areas can be very walker-friendly, overall, the city is very spread out and sprawling and you will not always be able to rely on buses to get everywhere you will need to get.

Prepare to pay more

If you haven’t already, start to save money as soon as possible for your upcoming moves. Moves can be expensive no matter where you are going, but moving to Los Angeles is notorious for being pricey. You are also likely going to pay more for everyday expenses such as groceries If you are moving to an apartment, you will definitely want to make sure you have enough money set aside for the application fees, deposits, and other startup costs that come with apartment living. Don’t forget the price of gas from driving around going to apartment tours and showings, and as we discussed in our previous tip, the cost of gas is going to add up due to the unfortunate amount of time you are likely to spend in traffic. Other potential moving costs include the moving van, packing supplies, and possibly storage spaces. However, there is one way to make your move easier and less costly, and lucky for you the solution is conveniently located right in the Bay Area!

Rent Plastic Moving Boxes

If you are planning on moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles or Los Angeles to San Francisco, you may be wondering what resources you have to move from one large city to another. If you’re looking for moving boxes San Francisco residents swear by the ones ZippGo delivers. ZippGo wants to make your move as easy as possible, make sure your precious belongings arrive unscathed, and also eliminate the waste that comes when you pack using cardboard moving boxes. We offer reusable plastic moving boxes to take the place of your flimsy cardboard boxes, to ensure that your belongings arrive safe and sound at their final destination. While there may be many things that you are stressed about concerning your San Francisco to Los Angeles move, the safety of your belongings should not be one of them. green moving boxesPerhaps the best and most convenient feature of our service is that we will actually deliver our moving boxes right to your door and pick them up from your new address after you’ve unpacked! This eliminates the need for you to add even more drive time to your move, and ultimately saves you gas, time, and money. If renting for a Northern California to Southern California move there is a $150 minimum order plus a $59 pickup fee, which is truly a great value for peace of mind in your move. When you are finished moving and have unpacked in your new home, we will come to your new house and pick up the boxes from you. The San Francisco to Los Angeles moving box service is a newer option we’ve recently added to our service in the San Francisco Bay area. Contact us with any additional questions or to book your reservation.

Moving to Oakland: What You Should Know

April 5th, 2016

Oakland is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the eight largest city in California. It is also the home of Clint Eastwood, MC Hammer, and Bruce Lee, and celebrated as one of the most ethnically diverse major cities in the country. In fact, the cultural diversity may be one of the first things you notice if you are moving to Oakland. This diversity means that unlike other major cities, everyone truly has a voice to be heard. The city of Oakland is known for caring about its citizens of all backgrounds. It also means that the residents of Oakland truly love their city.

Climate and Nature

If you are moving from across the country and are accustomed to a different climate, you will be pleasantly surprised about the weather in Oakland. Of course California is known for its beautiful weather year-round, but the climate of Oakland is particularly nice as it does not have the fog that cities like San Francisco often have. You will find beautiful city parks and lakes everywhere, perfect for families, couples, or even just an individual walk. Lake Merritt is probably the most well-known lake in the Oakland area, with 155 acres to explore. Keep an eye out for that local legend, the Lake Merritt Oak Ness Monster! Or keep your eyes peeled for some of the tiny painted gnomes that residents of Oakland find painted on doors and utility poles all over the city.

Transportation

Oakland is also extremely easy to navigate, as there are many options for public transportation, such as the BART, and the city is extremely walkable. The BART trains actually arrive in Oakland about every five minutes during peak times of day, meaning a stress-free commute for you. This means you might consider cutting down to only one car or even selling your car if you are moving to Oakland, as you can get most places using public transportation or using UBER. If you do decide to keep your car, you will find that you can actually find parking in Oakland, unlike most other major cities.

Affordability

You might be considering moving to Oakland because it has all the features and culture of a large city like San Francisco, but is much cheaper and more affordable to live in. It is not unheard of to pay almost double the rent for an apartment in San Francisco versus an apartment in Oakland. Oakland residents enjoy a bit more space than the often-cramped residents of San Francisco do, but still have access to all the features of living in a big city. Plus, you will be close to everything you could ever need, while still being close to nature. If you work in San Francisco, Oakland is a perfect place to live because your just a short drive or BART ride away.

Art

If you are an aspiring artist or have any interest in local art, Oakland is a perfect place to call home. Art is really embraced and encouraged here, and rumor has it that Oakland is second only the New York City in the number of artists per capita! There is also a lot of local flavor overall, with smaller, “Mom-and-Pop” type restaurants and shops on almost every corner. You might notice that many of the public trash cans are actually painted by local artists, adding to the colorful flavor of this great town. That, combined with the painted gnomes mentioned earlier, makes Oakland a quirky and flavorful town to live in.

Local Flavor

If you are a fan of the Disney movie Up, you may remember the scene in which Carl and Russell visit an ice cream parlor called “Fenton’s Ice Cream.” In fact, Fenton’s Creamery has been a staple of Oakland for over 100 years, and continues to be an extremely popular destination for locals and visitors alike. There also a magical place called Children’s Fairyland, which is a charming little theme park designed specifically for children, and has been a staple part of the Bay area’s youth for many years. Check out our list of the Top 100 things to do in Oakland for local activities.

Sports

If you are a sports fan, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that being a sports fan in Oakland is much cheaper than being a sports fan in other parts of the country. You will have easy access to the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, The Oakland Athletics, and the hot Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry. As an added bonus, both San Francisco teams have newer stadiums! As we mentioned earlier, Oakland residents love Oakland, and that means they love their local sports teams as well. You will find that fans in Oakland and the Bay area in general are very dedicated to their local teams, and we hope that if you chose to move here you will join our dedicated fan base.

Green and Eco-friendly Spaces

One surprising feature of living in Oakland is the urban farming community that has recently grown. Companies will turn vacant lots into farmland or greenhouses, adding to the importance that Oakland residents place on nature and creating more food opportunities for the community. That combined with the abundance of beautiful natural spaces makes Oakland the perfect destination for someone who is eco-conscious or who truly enjoys nature and cares about the earth.

ZippGo Moving Boxes

When you decide its time to make the move to Oakland, consider renting moving boxes from ZippGo when you’re preparing to pack and move. We will deliver our green moving boxes right to your door, starting at just $69. Once you are done with your move and unpacked, we will pick up the boxes from you at your new home! You don’t have to worry about breaking down cardboard boxes or removing messy packing tape because there isn’t any. ZippGo’s plastic moving boxes never need tape and there is nothing to break down.  Simply nest and stack the empty boxes and we’ll take care of the rest when we arrive for the pickup. Living in an urban setting means you do not always have the luxury of a large lawn or wide streets to help you in the moving process. Our boxes can fit much more per box than a cardboard moving box, reducing the amount of boxes you need and ultimately making your packing and unpacking experience much faster and easier.  We conveniently deliver to more than 65 Bay Area cities including Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and many more, so when you are making your move give us a call!

Cheap Moving Boxes: These Hidden Costs Will Surprise You

April 1st, 2016

Cardboard Boxes In Dumpster

Packing up and moving all of your belongings from one place to another can be extremely stressful, time consuming, and not to mention backbreaking labor. Whether you are moving for a new job, for school, or just for a change of scenery, packing is typically the least fun part of the experience. You might be tempted to just find whatever cheap boxes you can and hope for the best – after all, nothing will happen to your belongings, right? This attitude might seem harmless, but there is actually a lot that can go wrong in the moving process, leaving you with broken, missing, or damaged items.

How you chose to pack your belongings and what kind of packing materials you use could be the difference between you arriving at your new destination with all of your possessions in good condition, and you opening a torn box to find Grandma Bessie’s precious antique collection shattered. What I want to impress to you is the importance of choosing quality packing materials to protect your stuff and ensure a happy, stress-free move. While you may be tempted to choose the cheapest materials you can get, please consider the following hidden costs of moving that may force you to pay more than you planned in the long run.

Wasted Time

If you are set on only finding the cheapest boxes available, you will likely end up running around town, trying to scrape together enough boxes to hold all of your stuff. Sure, grocery stores might have a few dirty boxes lying around, but chances are you will have to go to at least four or five other grocery stores day after day in order to get enough boxes to pack all of your belongings. Or maybe you decide to bravely look on Craigslist and find someone with some questionable free boxes that lives a half hour outside of town. You already have enough to do, why waste time driving around looking for boxes?

Gas and Transportation

Driving around town looking for free or cheap boxes is going to require a lot of gas. You will probably have to take multiple trips just to get the boxes back to your house, unless you drive a moving van. Moving already involves a lot of driving and gas, why add to the cost by burning through fuel just to get packing supplies? Even if you are purchasing cardboard boxes for cheap at a moving supply store or hardware store, you are still going to need to drive to the store and back, adding to the cost that you are already paying for the boxes themselves. And then once you add in the bubble wrap, tape, and everything else you will need, you are looking at a pretty hefty bill just for some packing supplies!

Lost Memories

If even a small amount of liquid happens to get on your flimsy cardboard box of photos, papers or books, the contents inside will be damaged very quickly. Many of your possessions are likely irreplaceable, such as photos and other mementoes, and it would be such a shame to lose those just because you chose to be cheap and not invest in good quality packing supplies. This cost could be even more important to you than the monetary value of your stuff.

Fragile Items

This should be a no-brainer. Why bother packing your fragile items in an unreliable, easily crushed cardboard box, if they can easily dropped and broken? No matter how careful you are or how meticulously you pack your items, accidents happen. You or the moving company could accidentally drop your box, or another heavy item could get placed on top of it. Worst-case scenario, you or the moving van gets into a car accident, and those flimsy cardboard boxes are going to be useless in protecting what is inside. Especially if you are using a free cardboard box or a used cardboard box, there could be dirt, spilled liquids, or other germs lingering in the box that could damage your items. Old boxes are the perfect hiding place for mice, spiders, and cockroaches, things you definitely do not want to find when you are trying to pack.

Cost to the Environment

A cardboard box can only be used a few times if you are lucky, before it simply falls apart. During the moving process, especially with used cardboard boxes, the boxes get taped up and broken down, cut through with knives, and otherwise destroyed, and typically end up in the garbage. Let us not forget that cardboard boxes are made from paper, requiring trees to be cut down and forests to be destroyed, not to mention the manufacturing processes that are necessary to make the boxes in the first place. Plus, cardboard boxes aren’t that big to begin with, and it takes a lot of them just to pack up one small room, not to mention an entire house.

An Inexpensive and Green Solution

To avoid the hassle and potential negative consequences of using cheap cardboard boxes or free cardboard boxes, we recommend renting ZippGo’s plastic moving boxes.  We offer free next day delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area for homes and offices.  Aside from conveniently delivering boxes right to your door, our plastic moving boxes are actually easier to use because they arrive ready to be packed, which means no building or taping boxes! ZippGo reusable moving boxThey are also a zero waste solution, as each box can be reused over 1000 times, much more eco-friendly than wasteful cardboard boxes that can end up in the trash, generally unable to be used again. ZippGo is replacing the traditional cardboard moving box, which is really great news for our earth and for the environment. With the insane amount of work that is involved with moving, having us deliver boxes right to your door, ready to be used will help reduce your move related stress. Let Zippgo focus on the packing supplies, so you can worry about all of the other moving details.

Renting Plastic Moving Boxes: The Complete Guide

March 30th, 2016

plastic moving boxes in dining room
For your next move, don’t waste time with cardboard boxes. Rent ZippGo’s plastic moving boxes to pack your kitchen and all the rooms in your home. When you move you need to have multiple sizes. One sized box will not fit all of your goods, especially with the variety in weight and size for clothing, books, kitchenware, and more. Rather than trying to fill up a one-size-fits-all cardboard box, you can rely on plastic moving boxes for better weight displacement. Weight displacement alleviates the risk of two boxes being equal in shape but drastically different in weight. Heavy boxes full of all your heavier items like books makes it difficult for the cardboard to maintain its shape and for your movers to load and unload the box. Cardboard boxes are also susceptible to damage. Heavier boxes might damage lighter boxes during transit. Pouring rain can seep into the cardboard and soak the contents inside. Lifting wet cardboard without any handles can result in the box’s structure collapsing and your goods falling on the ground.

Packing With Different Box Sizes Is A Must

Plastic moving boxes can be rented in a variety of sizes to meet all of your moving needs. What’s more, the plastic moving boxes from ZippGo come with handles. These boxes are designed to withstand heavier weight compared to cardboard. This means that you can fill one whole box with your books and another box with all of your pillows, organizing things as they are meant to be unpacked, and it won’t present a back breaking issue for your movers. The variety in size affords you the ability to pack your goods in the most efficient manner possible. Medium sized boxes function well as book boxes and will not compromise in terms of strength no matter who heavy your book collection might be. Large moving boxes are ideal for larger household appliances and goods as well as oversized bedding or clothing. You can place a down comforter for a king sized bed into the larger moving box without worrying that the fluff will be flattened. The extra-large moving boxes are perfect for your pillows and blankets as well as other unruly household goods that are likely to burst right out of cardboard boxes. Delicate wardrobe items which you don’t want wrinkled during your move can be placed in the rented plastic wardrobe box. This box is designed so you can move your items from their place on the hanger directly to the pseudo closet for transit.

All of the sizes available are weatherproof and damage proof. They have pop on secured tops for easy packing and unpacking. When you are done, each of the boxes can be stacked on top of one another in your moving truck. When you order the boxes, they arrive at your home assembled. When you are done with them, they will be picked up in the same fashion.

One of the quintessential jokes about moving is that many of the boxes get stored for years after the initial move, never quite unpacked. But if you rent plastic moving boxes you are held accountable for unpacking everything upon your arrival, something which forces the nesting process and allows you to properly settle into your new home.

How Many Weeks Should You Rent Moving Boxes?

If you are planning a move, one of the biggest mathematical predicaments you will face is how much time you should allot to packing and unpacking. This is something which goes hand in hand with your schedule and that of your family (if you have one). You might want to save money by packing your goods yourself, but knowing exactly how much time to set aside is tricky due to the fact that you have likely accumulated more stuff over the years so any measure of the amount of time it took you to pack for your last move is likely too small.

For most people, two weeks is about the ideal packing and unpacking time. With time off work people can dedicate a full week before their move to packing all of their household goods, starting with things that are not used every day and ending on the final day with those daily necessities. The same time frame is often used for the unpacking; those things you need daily are unpacked the day of your move while the rest of your goods are unpacked in the same order they were packed.

It is for this reason that most people choose to rent plastic moving boxes from ZippGo for 1-2 weeks. The most common rental period for ZippGo customers is 2 weeks or more. Roughly 70% of all customers rent their plastic moving boxes for at least 2 weeks. When customers rent moving boxes for 2 week periods, they generally have the boxes delivered 1 week prior to their move date, giving them enough time to pack all of their household items. The pickup date is scheduled for 1 week after the move, giving them enough time to unpack all of their household goods in the new home.

Of course, if your schedule is set up differently and perhaps you have to pack your goods a few hours after work for 4 weeks before the move rather than taking time off right before the move, you can arrange for a longer rental period. If you have a comprehensive moving service such that the movers will pack your goods for you on the day of the move, you can make arrangements for the rental period to be shorter.

If you’re doing home improvements such as remodeling your kitchen, bedrooms, or bathroom you may need to rent the boxes for a longer period of time. Contact ZippGo about their discounted monthly rates for long term rentals.

Need More Time?

If you find that during the course of packing or unpacking your household goods the amount of time you’ve rented the boxes for is not enough, you can always call ZippGo’s toll free number or send them a quick email requesting an extension on your rental. You can take advantage of discounted weekly rental extensions starting at just $30. If you find that your initial packing took almost the entire 2 weeks, you can get an extension for another week or two in order to give yourself enough time to unpack your goods before the boxes are picked up.

Pre-Move Checklist: What To Do Before You Move?

March 27th, 2016

moving truck and clipboard checklist
Moving is incredibly stressful but doing it with a checklist can make things much less stressful. Whether you are moving a few streets over or to a new state, it is important to make sure everything is done on time to prevent future delays.

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If you have local memberships which you will no longer need make sure to cancel them. This might include a gardener or a gym membership. Things like this must be canceled before you move especially if they are set up to automatically renew. By cancelling 60 days in advance you can prevent your bank account from dropping right after you move for services you cannot use.

Look into finding a new doctor. You will need to send a release form to have old records sent to a new doctor, something which needs to be done at least 30 days before you start seeing that doctor regularly. This may not apply to you if your current doctor is still within a feasible distance from your new home, but if not, then make sure you have a new healthcare provider and they have your records.

6 weeks

At the six week mark it is good to start sorting through your stuff to divide it into the classic “keep”, “sell”, or “throw away” piles. Doing this early on will give you enough time to drop off the things you want to give away, throw out the things you can’t salvage, and find buyers either online or with a yard sale for the rest.

If you have kids, register them for their new school or new school district. You will likely need to have health forms and current school records transferred to the new school so having these done ahead of time can ensure your kids are ready for their first day of school.

Before you hire a San Francisco moving company, you’ll need to start getting quotes and then working out procedures, costs, moving permits, liability insurance, services, and delivery. If you need to, compare multiple movers to find the best one and to book them early as they book up fast especially during the Summer months.

4 weeks

If you hire a mover who will be responsible for packing your foods, arrange for them to pack your household goods one or two days prior to the move. If you are planning to do it yourself (most common) then start with the closets and things you don’t use on a daily basis. Starting this far out will give you enough time to get into the daily habit of boxing things up such that you are not overwhelmed one or two days out.

Make arrangements for any repairs you need done to your home before you leave.

If you need to change banks, then this should be done around this time frame. Some branches will allow you to open a new account without having to travel to the new location, while others may require you come in person. If you have a new job, make sure you set up direct deposit with your new bank too to prevent any delays. If your bank account is set up to automatically pay your monthly bills, make sure to re-direct and/or cancel the auto-pay for things like utilities, heating, cable, etc… You don’t want to accidentally gift someone else a full month of utilities.

Refill any prescriptions so that you have them during the hectic transitional period.

3 weeks

You’re going to need moving boxes to pack up your bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, office, and living areas. The best solution is avoid buying cardboard moving boxes and instead to rent plastic moving boxes from ZippGo. Scheduling this rental can be done sooner, but setting up the box delivery reservation now will ensure the boxes and your desired delivery date and time are available. green moving boxesIf you’re renting moving boxes San Francisco orders fill up fast, so its definitely a good idea to book in advance. Call them at 800-723-7017 if you want to discuss over the phone.

Schedule a time for your appliances and utilities to be shut off at the old home and turned on at the new home. This applies to water, gas, cable, electricity, internet, cell phone services, and landlines.

If you live in an apartment, reserve the elevator for pickup and delivery on the day of your move.

Register your car in the new county, city, or state in which you are moving. By doing this early you can save yourself a long wait at the DMV. This will also help you save time getting your new address printed on your updated driver’s license.

2 weeks

Obtain any veterinary records for household pets.

Legally change your address with the USPS. The US Post office now allows you to complete an online change of address which can expedite this process.

Inform all businesses of your new address with new address labels. Some websites have online features allowing you to update records via the internet. Be sure to send this information to the IRS, your insurance providers, any newspapers or magazines to which you subscribe, financial organizations, charities, schools, and jobs.

Register to vote in your new state if you are moving to one.

Confirm your moving arrangements with a moving company and make sure that the company has your old and new address. Prepare your payment and go the extra mile if you are able by giving the movers some water or juice during the move. This is especially nice if you are moving during the hotter months.

1 week

Arrange for a cleaning service to come in a do a thorough cleaning of your home before you hand the keys back. This will not only save you time but it will ensure you get as much of your deposit back as possible.

1-2 days

Have movers pack your goods, if you are using a full moving service.

Defrost and dry your refrigerator and freezer if they are moving with you.

Arrange for cash for any trip/moving expenses the day off (you might not have an operational kitchen the day off and pizza delivery may only accept cash).

If you are driving yourself to the new home, make sure your vehicle is up to snuff, full of gas and fluids.

Tips For Packing A Kitchen

March 21st, 2016


When you move to a new home, the initial feeling of excitement abounds. Starting a new life in your new apartment or house brings a great deal of excitement. But the idea of packing up a home does not.

Packing is an arduous and time consuming process, one which drains all of your energy somehow. Because it is so dreaded, movers often delay the process until the last minute. However, the sooner you begin this process, the easier it will be. Naturally the kitchen is one of the last rooms to be packed due to the fact that most people still use their kitchen for food up until the day of the move, or a few days before the move.

It is important to note that if you opt to postpone packing your kitchen, you should afford yourself a break by starting on the rest of your house earlier and leaving a final, full day to handle the kitchen. Why?

Because packing a kitchen is difficult. It brings with it the most challenges due primarily to the mixture of oddly sized components, fragile items, and heavier appliances. Each item in the kitchen requires extra care in the packing process to mitigate the risk of damage. With regard to moving boxes San Francisco residents should rent plastic moving boxes from ZippGo. ZippGo’s moving boxes come with attached lids which neatly interlock to provide security for your belongings while making the packing process much easier.

Packing Heavy Appliances

Most homeowners do not hold on to the original boxes and the original packing materials for their kitchen appliances, and who could blame them? Thankfully, moving supplies like boxes and packing paper are easily found. The durable plastic boxes from ZippGo make for an ideal solution to this issue. Remember that book boxes used for packing to pack small but heavy kitchen appliances can make moving a breeze. The thickness and durability of these boxes mean your electronic kitchen items can be supported the entire time they are packed.

Prior to placing any of your appliances into the book boxes, clean and dry them individually. Disassemble each item and pack the components in a layer of recycled packing paper once. For fragile components, use two layers of packing paper. You want to separate the components heaviest on bottom and lighter, smaller pieces around the sides and on top (inside an appliance if possible, but use an extra layer to protect it). Use bubble wrap to make a cushion for your items. Try and fill any remaining space with the additional components, and then use the packing paper to wad up and place around any remaining area. If you have owner’s manuals for your appliances, toss them inside the box or tape them to the inside of the detachable lid so that you can re-assemble everything at your new home.

Dinnerware

With fragile items like dinnerware, your goal is to use the best methods for packing to avoid breakage. That said, you want to start by placing a layer of bubble wrap on the bottom of your plastic packing box. Then wrap each piece in a layer of packing paper and begin to stack them inside of the box. Plates and bowls stack neatly on top of one another in your cupboards and this should be the same order in which they are stacked inside of the plastic moving boxes. Start with large plates at the bottom, then stack smaller plates on top. Use the same method for bowls. Place an extra layer of bubble wrap or packing paper after every three plates or bowls.

With these items packed, you can add a layer of bubble wrap to the top. You can wrap glasses and cups and place them around the corners of a stack of plates, for example. Make sure that any extremely fragile items are wrapped up with multiple layers of packing paper and bubble wrap.

Set these boxes aside while you pack the other kitchen items after which you can fill in any existing space with things like wrapped utensils or kitchen odds and ends before closing the lid.

Glassware

Glasses and mugs should be wrapped individually with packing paper both on the inside and the outside. Fragile glasses like wine glasses can be filled with a crumpled piece of packing paper, with a second piece of packing paper affixed around the stem, and a piece of bubble wrap secured around the entire glass.

Pots and Pans

With your pots and pans, your goal should be to stack them in such a way that they consume the least amount of space within the ZippGo boxes. This means that the biggest of your pots go in the first, after you have placed a layer of bubble wrap on the bottom of the plastic moving box. After that, the smaller pots can be placed inside of the bigger pots. You don’t need any packing paper for these, but if the pans or lids are made of glass, you should wrap them in bubble wrap prior to packing them.

Silverware

Take all of your loose silverware and sort it by type. Wrap each type together in a bouquet of sorts with a piece of string or a rubber band and then wrap that bouquet in packing paper. Place the silverware bundle in a box and secure it with bubble wrap. This will prevent the loose silverware from damaging other items in your boxes and will make it decidedly easier to sort and put away upon arrival.

Utensils

You can save on the number of boxes required by wrapping kitchen utensils and cutlery in a single layer of recyclable packing paper. Once these items are wrapped, they can be tucked into the odd spaces in your other kitchen boxes, filling up the corners around stacked pots or plates. If your utensils or kitchen odds and ends are on the heavy side, reserve a small book box just for them, as these are an ideal solution to small but heavy things.

Food

Finally, before you go, you want to review your pantry and get rid of anything which is expired. Goods that you cannot use between now and the time of your arrival at the new home should be donated. Canned goods or boxed, unwrapped goods which can be safely transported to your new home can be lined across the bottom of a medium sized plastic moving box, cans first, followed by a layer of bubble wrap, all of the boxed foods, and packing paper fitted into any remaining spaces. Should you have utensils or other odds and ends left unpacked, use them to fill these spaces too.

Remember too that you should fill out the labels on each box with the appropriate details so that unpacking is a breeze.

Moving To San Francisco? 5 Must Use On-Demand Services

March 18th, 2016

Moving is a challenge, but with on-demand moving services, you can afford yourself the opportunity to enjoy more of the exciting new adventure ahead and less of the struggle to move your furniture or clean out your old place. Below are five great on-demand moving services which can help you reduce stress levels during your next move: ZippGo moving box

ZippGo Moving Boxes

Rather than struggle with heavy cardboard boxes that are not only unwieldy, arrive flattened and in need of tape, and are prone to damage en route, you can turn to ZippGo to rent plastic moving boxes. Their green moving boxes are delivered assembled so you can begin packing boxes right away. When you have moved and finished unpacking, simply next the boxes in one another and ZippGo will pickup the boxes from your new place.

No longer will you have to deal with breaking fingernails trying to rip the tape from cardboard boxes before you collapse them and then watch an unsightly brown pile grow in the corner of your new living room. ZippGo boxes stack nicely on top of one another as you pack, reducing the risk of damage and saving you loads of space. They have attached interlocking lids which means you will never need tape and of course makes packing a breeze. In addition to moving boxes San Francisco residents can also order green moving supplies to be delivered with their order.

Lugg

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Lugg as their name suggests, will lug your furniture for you, helping to move small furniture in many situations.

With their service you need only set up your pickup location, add a photo of the item or items you need moved, and enjoy a cup of tea as two movers and a moving truck find their way to your address instantly. But they do more than just move your belongings from your home. If you purchase items from Costco, IKEA, or local furniture stores you can hire them to pick it up in 30 minutes or less and deliver it to your new home. If you sell your stuff on Craigslist, you can have your furniture moved across the busy San Francisco streets without having to step foot outside. Should you choose to donate your goods or dispose of them, you can let these professional lug it away to Goodwill or the nearest transfer station.

This company covers 100% of the value of your goods should any damage take place. All movers are vetted and trained too. You can book their services immediately, alleviating the need to ever book in advance.

MovingPermits

Moving Permit Truck
This company will help you circumvent tickets for failing to acquire moving permits. You can instead have a space reserved for your moving vehicle on the big day, streamlining your move and reducing your stress levels.

You can request your permit in less than one minute with the MovingPermits simple website. Let their company stand in line and fill out your forms. Let them make arrangements for temporary “no parking” signs placed around your home during moving day. All you have to do is show up on moving day and park in front of your building!

This is particularly important for San Francisco residents, as the city’s SFMTA enforces a minimum lead time between 5 and 8 business days. Your requests have to be made 8 business days in advance in order to guarantee that it can happen. This lead time is impractical at times, especially for movers, but it is required by the city and the city does not count the start date for your move, the day your move is submitted, weekends, or holidays. That said, keeping track of these days and the correct filing time is made much easier when you have this service by your side. For the DIYselfers, you can go to the SFMTA and get your own San Francisco moving permit.

Handy

Before you move, you will have to clean out your old place of residence before you turn over the keys. And this is no ordinary clean, this is a move-out clean which means miniscule details and a white glove finished.

This insured company is a leading provider for San Francisco house cleaning services, offering maid quality service for San Francisco residents who are trying to move. Each of the employees have been background-checked and have professional experience under their belt, ensuring you will not be disappointed. These trusted professionals can be booked for next day availability if you are pressed for time. It takes as little as 60 seconds to ensure your reservation is confirmed. They arrive on time with all of the necessary equipment. The company has a money-back guarantee should things not turn out the way you want.

Pro.com

When you are moving, one way to help get some of your security deposit back, and to keep your old place move-out clean is to have professionals make repairs to the existing unit. As seen in Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek, Pro.com is your one stop shop for household repairs. They can help fix leaky sinks, install carpet, paint over holes, and repair drywall in your old home before you leave using licensed professionals and a Home Project Manager tasked with overseeing your project.

But that is not all they do. If there are issues in your new unit, miniscule as they might be, you can have the same team of experts make the necessary repairs before you move in. Handyman on ladder

According to their site, you can access instant estimates for things such as a toilet repair within seconds. If you have flood damage from this winter, you can hire a pro to remove the flooring, install new flooring, and repaint the room. If your garage at the new location is not up to snuff, you can turn to these professionals to paint or epoxy coat the floor, to install the garage door opener, and to remove any junk that the previous owners might have left.

That honey-do list that has been sitting there for months? With moving time around the corner, there is no more procrastination. Thankfully the experts can install or replace your bathroom/exhaust fan, windows, and interior light fixtures before it is time to move into your new home or out of your old one.

If you want a new deck, you can hire a pro to build the deck or porch and the railing. All faucets, door handles, and locks can be repaired. Shades, shutters, drapes, garage door openers, microwave ovens, and more can all be installed on the same day. Pictures and art can be mounted, televisions can be wall mounted, and new flooring or carpet can replace unsightly stains.

With spring right around the corner, you can do a little something extra by hiring these services to plant a flower bed, seed your lawn, spread mulch, and more. Kitchen cabinets can be refreshed, cabinet hardware can be replaced, and a new garbage disposal will be ready for your next cooking adventure.

How To Find Free Moving Boxes In San Francisco

March 9th, 2016

free cardboard moving boxes

The number of different costs related to moving in San Francisco can be quite stressful. In addition to a down payment and security deposit, you will have to factor in the cost of moving too. That said, every bit of savings you can find is well worth it and when it comes to moving boxes you can find many places to save.  If you’re considering free moving boxes San Francisco residents do opt for this, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. If you want to go through the hassles, we’ve put together a few places where you can find free moving boxes:

Pharmacies

Pharmacies like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens come with many boxes to spare. You can phone them ahead of time and arrange for a pick up, and they will likely leave the boxes by their dumpster for you. Of course, these are often situated on the remote edges of cities which means those living in the inner-city may not have access to them.

Grocery Store

Grocery stores receive shipments big and small regularly. They have some boxes which provide air holes, such as those in which bananas are delivered, fit for shipping plants. They have bigger boxes in which frozen foods arrived, or small boxes in which toiletries arrived. The risk here is that the boxes might not have lids. Some could have sustained water damage from the melting of frozen items or a liquid spill. Other boxes could have sustained physical damage during transit or unpacking. You never know the condition in which the boxes will be or whether your local store can let you have them in the first place.

Bars and Restaurants

If you need free moving boxes San Francisco has hundreds of bars and restaurants which might be able to meet your need. When you head to bars and restaurants you will find that most of the boxes available do not have lids. This is because they are delivered wrapped in plastic, so that inventory can be easier checked. That said, these boxes are still strong and might be suitable for that last-minute toiletries or plant filled box you stuff into your car before the move. Restaurants have larger dry storage boxes and French fry boxes which can be useful. What’s more, most restaurants which agree to give them away have a delivery area where their staff will likely be more than eager to help move the boxes into your car. One issue here is that being stored in the backroom kitchen area of a restaurant might leave residue on the boxes.

Liquor Stores

Liquor stores get boxes large and small, but the most important thing is they come with lids. This is not true of boxes you find at bars. They are also incredibly strong compared to boxes used for lighter transport which makes them ideally suited for heavier items like DVD’s, books, and CD’s. One of the problems here is that the boxes might not be in good shape, covered in some form of whatever beverage was last stored. Another issue is that this is a common place for people who are moving, especially in cities so it can be challenging to find a liquor store that has any boxes left. You are better off making arrangements ahead of time.

Home Improvement Stores

If you need free moving boxes San Francisco has many home improvement stores which might be able to lend a hand. Home improvement store chains like Home Depot or Lowes often have an overflow of boxes, which might seem an ideal solution to your moving needs. However, with different comprehension levels of store policy, finding an employee or manager who can actually give you the go-ahead to rifle through their used boxes and take them might be problematic. Many store managers are not sure whether they can give them away or not and most will not risk being wrong. This results in travel to multiple stores or even a single store on multiple occasions speaking with as many people as it takes until you get a “yes”. If there are smaller hardware stores, family-run stores, they might be a better solution to this bureaucratic mess.

Freecycle

Freecycle seems like an ideal fit, offering used boxes for movers to avoid placing them in landfills, however it is very rare that they have postings in your area on any given day. In order to take advantage of this site, you would have to search daily in hopes that someone was posting their used boxes.

Craigslist

With Craigslist you have to search under the “free” section and sometimes even the “for sale” section to find boxes in your area. You might have luck finding sources in your area, but in any case you will have to pick them up and hope for the best. There is no standard against which these boxes are held. That means you could have two dozen worn out, dilapidated boxes on your hands which will not survive your move, or some mixture of dilapidated boxes and boxes covered in the remnants of the last mover. In this case, the chances of finding a box in good enough shape to support your household goods while you move is difficult.

Starbucks

Starbucks coffee shops are on nearly every corner, especially in big cities. That said, Starbucks stores receive between one and two shipments per week, which means they will likely have boxes on a weekly basis. These boxes range in size so you can find larger boxes ideal for bulkier household goods. The issue with this is that you might find the same home improvement store problem where the manager is unsure whether they can provide the boxes or not. You also might have to get in line because many movers might be hitting up the same location.

U-Haul Box Exchange

U-Haul now offers a message board which lets movers search by location for free boxes. Of course, this brings with it the same issue as Freecycle: you might not always find boxes in your area when you need them which makes this source a bit unreliable.

Rent Moving Boxes (Inexpensive)

ZippGo plastic moving box
When you need moving boxes San Francisco has one company that is the most reliable out of all of the aforementioned box options: ZippGo’s plastic moving boxes are the most reliable and wallet-friendly source out there. These boxes essentially pay for themselves due to their ease of use and their low cost. For a low rental fee roughly equivalent to the time and money you would spend in gas trying to arrange for a pick-up of used boxes from stores and then tape, you can rent plastic boxes from ZippGo. These boxes arrive at your door already assembled, which means you don’t need time or tape to put them together before you pack. They are durable, water-proof, tear proof, and crush proof. Every ZippGo box has an attached lid which easily snap together after you’ve finished packing it. They also stack perfectly on top of one another, making it easier to load and secure them inside of a moving truck.