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

What to pack first and what last when moving long distance

Packing for a long distance can seem like a daunting task. There’s probably a lot to pack, and you simply don’t know what to pack first and what last. However, it’s not really that hard! If you follow these tips and tricks, you should be in a pretty good condition to have a fast relocation to your new home of choice. Packing can be hard only if you overcomplicate it. Go easy with it, and use common sense. What goes where? What can fit in that box? Sitting down for a minute and thinking about these kinds of things is going to save you lots of time. For example, a lot of the moving companies Denver CO offers say that you should start with the most unused items in the house.

The logic behind packing the most unused items first

You should do this because you’re ensuring you have everything in the house you need in the house every day available for use. That might be all sorts of different items depending on your personal lifestyle. For example, personal libraries are a common first choice. Even if you read lots of books, you can pack the rest of your home library into boxes. The same goes for any DVD, CD, or video game collection you may have. You may want to get some sturdy plastic boxes for those, but even normal card boxes will do. The key is not to have them fall all over the box, so just ensure it’s filled up appropriately. However, don’t overfill it as it can break the box itself due to the items’ large weight.

A person holding some tape as she prepares to pack her things up, wondering what to pack first and what last.
Start with the absolutely non-essential items in your home you use rarely.

Another thing to pack now is all the off-season clothing you may have. For example, if you’re moving during the summer, packing up all your winter coats and jackets is a safe thing to do. In the experience of long distance moving companies Denver has, this is a very common thing to do. Another thing they suggest is to pack up all the home decor, artwork, and junk drawers. That should give you plenty of time to pack the important items later. The logic is that you probably don’t use these kinds of things all the time. On the other hand, if you do use them – you may need to pack something else first. For example, maybe your kids’ room that’s away from college. That will all depend on your personal circumstances, and all we can offer are general moving tips and tricks that work almost everywhere.

What to pack next and how

By now, you should have all your non-essential items in the boxes. You should have a lot of empty space right now. You should get those boxes in one part of the house, so you can focus on the rest. The next thing to pack is the essentials. That’s the things you use regularly, but maybe not every day. A smart thing from moving companies is to leave one or two items in the house, while you pack a rest. For example, one or two books whereas you pack the rest. Or two knives, while the rest can go into a box. That ensures you’re packing at a faster rate, while still being able to use the mentioned items. Here are things you may consider packing at this stage:

  • All the non-essentials that still remain in the house about which you’re wondering what to pack first and what last – now is the time.
  • Gadgets and electrical devices you still have in the house.
  • Utensils and other kitchen-related items, but leave some aside to use until the very moving day.
  • Office supplies if you have any.
  • Hygiene products.
Someone seen putting tape on a moving box.
Group similar items together into the same box, and label it correctly.

Other than thinking of what to pack first and what last, think of how to pack

It’s best to put them in separate plastic bags and group them together. For example, you can have all of your shower gels in the same plastic bag that’ll go into the same box together. Write something on it so you can know what’s inside. The logic behind plastic bags is to have something physically separating them, to ease the process of unpacking. Actually, lots of people forget they’re going to need to unpack later on according to companies offering packing services Denver CO area. That’s why it’s important to label your moving boxes carefully, so you have an easier time later. There’s nothing worse than opening 10 boxes just to find in which one you put the cutlery. Even if it doesn’t look important right now, and it may take some of your time away, you should still do it.

Moving day – what to pack last

By now you should have a pretty empty house. You’ve probably had a deal with a moving company to get your furniture, so there’s nothing too big to worry about. In the meantime, you should’ve also found a way to relocate your home appliances such as the washer, dryer, and so on. Those can be a bit hard to handle on your own, since they require special balancing, securing everything both inside and outside. If you’re doing it alone, a general tip is not to leave anything to chance. For example, put tape over all the buttons. Tape the doors shut. Find a professional to disconnect the machine from any water, or gas sources. On the other hand, you can always find a last-minute emergency moving company to get this done for you. It’s what lots of people do for home appliances, pianos, and other delicate items.

A close-up picture of a dishwasher, a home item particularly hard to pack.
Instead of wondering what to pack first and what last when it comes to home appliances, the best advice is to consider hiring a professional moving company and using their packing services.

Other than those, on your last day you should have a few items to pack. You should pack an absolutely basic essentials box. That’s the one people usually pack last, and unpack first once they arrive. Put basic things inside. For example, some clothes to change into, some utensils to use for eating, and so on. The idea is to have a quick “home kit” ready once you arrive at your new house. Otherwise, you’d have to dig through several boxes to get some basic items. In any case, it’s not about what to pack first and what last – you must have a good packing technique, as well. Afterward, it’s going to feel like a breeze.

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