Dear valued clients,
Our business is continuing to operate as we navigate the current COVID-19 situation, and we are adapting our operations by practicing social distancing, and reiterating the practices of good hygiene, like frequent hand washing, providing hand sanitizer and gloves for the moving crews. We are also offering virtual onsites for current/ future clients during the current situation. We will do our best to keep our current clientele informed of any changes to current/ future moves.

As our client, your safety and health is our #1 priority during this state of emergency. Please consider the following guidelines to prepare for your move with us:

⚠ADVICE FOR CLIENTS REGARDING SETTING UP CONDITIONS FOR A MOVE: • Upon our arrival, please have your residence/ office/ items as ready as possible (cleaned/ sanitized and ventilated in advance) for the removal of your items. • It is recommended that you/ your representatives will keep, at a minimum, 6 feet of distance from our crew. Our crew members will keep, at a minimum, 6 feet of distance or more at the time of service. • You will assure continuous ventilation of the spaces we work in at all times. • Please provide dedicated bathroom(s), equipped with soap and paper towels for our crew members.

⚠LIMITATION OF LIABILITIES OF MOVING COMPANIES AND THEIR RIGHT TO CANCEL WORK (NATIONAL LOCAL MOVES): The Government has stated it is or will be implementing (as yet) measures to combat the spread of the virus. Such measures in place might impact our ability to provide services to you (including but not limited for us having to suspend or cancel in full the services) or the virus otherwise affects our ability to fulfill your relocation. This may place us in a position where we will not be able to accept any ability for any losses that may arise and we limit our liability accordingly. We are keeping the matter under careful review and will ensure that all customers are advised of any developments that may affect fulfillment of contracted services.

As our team at Homegrown Moving Company has been following updates, we are choosing to work with & adhere to the guidelines set forth by health officials and authorities. We want to do our part in mitigating the impact and spread of COVID-19 to the businesses and communities we serve, and we are implementing the following strategies to do so:

We have discussed with our team members what to do in the scenario that anyone is experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus. We have an understanding among ourselves to be transparent if somebody's not feeling good or may have been exposed. We understand the need to self quarantine for the proper amount of time, if this occurs, to avoid any further spread. In turn, we ask the same from our customers. In the event that you are feeling sick or may have been exposed, we are happy to make arrangements for another move date.

Use of examination gloves: Our teams will wear examination gloves while servicing moves as an additional hygiene measure and self protection. Gloves will be discarded after each move.

Due to the high demand of masks, we are unable to provide them at the moment, but if you would like masks to be provided for your move, please provide them and we can use them.

Our team will also have hand sanitizer, and we ask that they are allowed to use a sink or water source to wash their hands when available. Social distancing: Upon arrival to our customers' homes or offices, team members will follow the protocol of social distancing, allowing 6' between team members and you, our customer. We have always valued the professionalism and respect that accompany an introductory handshake, however during the COVID-19 outbreak, we ask that our customers understand for safety purposes that we will refrain from shaking hands or making physical contact.

Proper ventilation: In move settings when available, we request that our customers open outside doors and/or windows to increase air circulation. All of the above will be effective immediately and remain in place until April 20th, until we can reassess the situation and make further announcements. We strive to continue to practice CDC/ Federal / State/ WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for health and safety to prevent contagion in our community.

Thank you, Homegrown Moving

How to pack wooden instruments

Instruments are expensive. That is a statement of fact.  However, much more than just expensive, they are also valuable. Instruments are the literal conduit to a unique form of expression that helps us explain emotions and feelings in a universal language that is understood by every member of the human race on earth. That is exactly why, as a musician, you want to make sure that your instruments are safe during transport. As life often does for artists, it presents new chapters in new locations, calling on them to relocate often. If you are a musician you no doubt understand this perfectly. This is exactly why residential movers Denver are going to help you with useful tips on how to pack wooden instruments for when you take the road again (or for the first time, as a matter of fact).

Carry on, when you can

The first piece of advice that you should know is that you should avoid leaving instruments to regular packing services Denver CO, for example. This has nothing to do with any particular packing service, but with the simple truth that instruments require different levels of care than regular items on moving day. Actually, far as moving companies are concerned, most will not actually accept their relocation, as they are considered to be too valuable. If transportation of an instrument does occur, it is usually in a contest of a specialized service, additionally billed. Furthermore, the service in question is usually piano relocation. While bulky, pianos are much more durable and less susceptible to great damage during the move.

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Using carry on luggage is preferable

That is why you will probably have to take your wooden instrument pom to carry on when you are traveling. This does have its benefits. It offers you a way to be, at all times, aware of the location of your violin, for example, and you will be able to keep it safe from all the turbulence of the road. On the other hand, you are then forced to make some compromises in packing and you can’t really “forget about it” once you pack it, but continuously do an active job for the purpose of its protection. All in all, a carry-on is a safer option than most when traveling with your instruments, wooden or otherwise.

An extra seat can help

One thing that you can’t really workaround with wooden instruments is that even when you pack wooden instruments, they still take up space. That is not a problem for items that you are transporting with the help of your choice among moving companies in the Denver area. However, as we explained already, transporting wooden instruments, or instruments in general, is not possible in that way, meaning that you have to carry it with you. If you are traveling without a car, that means a use of public transportation or airplane.

In order to make your trip more comfortable, but also in order to avoid putting the instrument in suitcase departments where it will be tumbled after air travel, you should opt for buying your instrument a seat. This advice is particularly useful when one is moving a cello or a bass. They do need a lot of space. Cellos is basically as large as a person. Therefore buying it a ticket is the only option you really have! Going that one bonus step will help in both preventing damages to your wooden instrument and provide you with a more comfortable journey.

Get insurance when traveling with an instrument

It is often said that it is better to be safe than sorry. This extends to when you pack wooden instruments and travel with them, be it for a short distance with the help of local movers Denver, or going on a long-distance journey. Now, we do realize that instruments hold great sentimental value. That value cannot be replaced, even if the insurance is there. However, should something happen to them, at least you will get something back with insurance.

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Ensure the safety of your instrument!

By spending some money on travel insurance for your instrument you are doing yourself a service. You will not be exactly free of worry, sure. But, should something horrible and unavoidable happen, it is good to know that you will not be stranded without funds. That way you will be able to repair the instrument. Or, for example, afford a new one. This kind of security can mean a lot.

When you pack a wooden instrument – clean and detune

Finally, when you move wooden instruments and wooden furniture, there is definitely a difference in the quality of maintenance for both, as furniture movers Denver god attests to. Therefore, let us talk about what you should do.

  • Detuning – First and foremost, when you pack wooden instruments, string instruments, in this case, make sure that you detune them well. Any strain on the neck of the instrument can be detrimental.
  • Cleaning – Furthermore, you should do your best to clean the instrument, especially of oil, since it can badly damage the instrument during the confinement of travel.
  • Take special care – Finally, make sure you buy required cleaning oils instead of using water or other derivatives. Instruments are made with special wood and require special care. Cleaning a violin, or any other wooden instrument requires patience!

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    Make it as pristine as it can get!

With utmost care!

And there it is. These were all of the advice we have given a thought to give. We do hope that you will find them useful. We especially mean this to be a guide on how to pack wooden instruments for first-timers since we are sure that those who travel often have seen all of these tips before and are implementing them regularly. These last words we leave to people who are new and/or who transport the instruments for others, not themselves. Please take great care. Instruments are fragile things, and even slight alterations to their structure can prevent them from ever sounding the same. They are a soul made of wood, brass, and string, and they hold a value that is rather unique. They require protection and care, always.

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