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Making a Long Distance Move Feel like a Local Move

North American TruckThere are many reason for moving long distance.
New jobs, military moves, a fresh start, school or even just for a change of scenery. The reasons for moving thousands of miles away are as different as the people who make these moves. Whatever the reasons may be for you to pick up and move great distances there are likely a lot of personal and household possessions that you need to take into consideration before getting the long-distance moving process started.

Here are some tips to make that long distance move feel more like a local move:

REDUCE

Outdated clothes, clothes that don’t fit, clothes that you are ‘going to fit into one day’. Get rid of them. Donate them to someone that will get better use out of them. Papers, CDs, DVDs, last year’s Christmas cards. We hold onto a lot of unnecessary things given the fact that we are now in a digital world. Download the CDs and DVDS, scan the important papers or take pictures of sentimental items…then toss, donate or shred them. They are unnecessary items to move and it will just lighten your load if you get rid of them now. Start small and then take a hard look at the bigger items. The furniture that you have in your place now may not make the move (think about that cheap bookcase you bought in college) or even fit in your new place. Get ready to donate, give away to family and friends and sell anything that you can do without.

ORGANIZE

After you have minimized the load, make an inventory log of everything you have. Count boxes and large items so you have an idea of the size of your move. This will help you when speaking with moving companies, DIY truck places and when you take a final inventory count at the new destination. Have a packing station– an area that is solely dedicated to packing and a packing apron that has: packing tape, permanent marker for marking boxes, your inventory list and pen, and a dust rag to wipe things as you pack them away.

RESEARCH

Do your homework. If a moving quote price sounds too good to be true; then it probably is (too good to be true). When pricing out movers or even DIY moving options read the small print. Ask questions.  Interview and qualify movers. Find out if the movers are certified, BBB approved and check out reviews on other people’s experience with the company. Transparency and companies that take the time to walk you through the process speaks volumes.

BUDGET

Moving expenses add up more than you think. There is the cost of movers, or a DIY truck, packing supplies, gas, tolls, air-fare, setting up utilities, time off of work, hotels, babysitters, pet sitters, home association fees, deposits, traveling expenses, and everything in between. This doesn’t even factor in your own time dedicated to the moving process or the chance that things may not go exactly as planned on the long-distance trip. Staying on top of your budget from the beginning will help you be prepared from start to finish.

THINK INSIDE THE BOX

When packing use what you have on hand for efficient packing. Linens, towels and pillows are great fillers for boxes and to place in the washer/dryer after they have been unhooked and readied for the move. Slipping knives in a potholder or using those egg crates for holiday bulbs; there are dozens of ways to save money and be efficient in the packing stage. Tightly packed, medium sized moving boxes (that’s sturdy, moving approved boxes) are the best approach. A good rule of thumb is the heavier the items (such as books); the smaller the box. Always keep important documents, valuables and needed personal items on your person during the move and not packed away on the moving truck.

ADVENTURE

The truck is packed and you are on your way. Why not make an adventure out of it? Who wants to race across the country just to unpack again? If you can spare some time make a trip out of your move. Stop at sights along the way. Take a flight early and explore the new city before you start unpacking. You may be surprised; a little down-time to start out your new adventure can be a great recharge.

RELAX

You did everything right during the move. From de-cluttering and packing boxes to planning a budget and getting the last box on the truck. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always mean that things are going to go exactly as planned. Children, pets, weather, layovers, traffic, detours….these are all things that are out of your control. Take a few breaths and relax. These things have a way of working themselves out and getting stressed about it is not going to do you or your family any good. Consider padding the trip with some extra time and emergency money so you can be prepared if/when unexpected things are thrown your way.

For more moving tips and tricks stay tuned here or give us a call and speak to one of our certified, moving experts.

San Diego Moving Companies Work Together This Holiday Season

Military Kids Toy DriveThe holiday season is shining a little brighter this year for local military children with the help of California Moving and Storage Association’s (CMSA) San Diego Chapter members.
Republic Moving & Storage, along with other CMSA San Diego Chapter members, have been volunteering their time and resources for the past month collecting and distributing children’s toys to the Operation Homefront (OHF) California organization. This is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance and support to local military families. Drop-off locations were set up at Republic Moving & Storage’s offices and at fellow local movers Priority Moving & Storage, during the month of November. Several additional CMSA Member moving companies have pitched in with toy collection and distribution throughout the state. Online donations are still being collected, including anonymous donations made by several major van lines. They generously matched Republic Moving & Storage and Priority Moving’s donations of $500 each.

“When a family member serves, the whole family serves” stated Republic Moving & Storage, President Bill Lovejoy. “It’s amazing to see all the local moving companies pulling together to help Operation Homefront. These kids deserve the best and we are honored to help support the cause”.

San Diego CMSA Member Volunteers:
Ace Relocation Systems
Atlas Transfer & Storage Co.
Bekins Moving Solutions
CDS Moving Equipment
Coleman American
Enterprise Commercial Truck Rentals
Golden State Container
McCarthy Transfer & Storage
Priority Moving
Republic Moving & Storage
Royal Hawaiian Movers/Dewitt Move World Wide
Unipack Global Relocations
Wright Way Crating

5 Things to Get Rid of in Your Home

downsizing your homeWhether you are downsizing, moving or just doing some thorough household cleaning and organizing, here are Republic’s 5 things to get rid of in your home….today!

But wait! Don’t grab those garbage bags just yet…recycle, reuse, sell and donate these top 5 things to get rid of and show of your  environmentally responsible-side by finding a new home for all your discards.

  1. Clothes That Don’t Fit: clothes are usually the biggest culprit for clutter. Take a deep breath and get ready to get rid of clothing items that don’t fit, you swear are going to fit one day, have had the tags on them for long periods of time, are out-dated or are no longer worn (or ever worn). There are plenty of charities and less fortunate individuals that won’t leave it hanging on a hanger and will get the use out of it that it deserves. (Note: calling a friend or family member for a little hand-holding during this event is not frowned upon; we’ve all been there).
  2. Gifts: well not ALL gifts. We are more focused on that horrible gift you received for your birthday that you have holed up in the hall closet.  You know the one.  Get rid of it. Children’s art work, crafts or that pet rock that your 5 year old gave you; take a picture of it or put it in a frame and then get it out of the house.
  3. Outdated Papers: newspapers, magazines, invitations to events, expired coupons, calendars…why are you holding onto these?  Not only are they old, outdated and useless they are heavy to move. For items that you truly don’t want to part with take a picture or scan the item. Digital files are a lot easier to transport if/when you move and take up far less room in your home.
  4. Duplicates: How many do you really need? 10 mixing bowls? Two blenders? How about the extra refrigerator in the garage? The list is sometimes longer than you anticipate so take an inventory of your household items and get ready to donate, recycle or sell your duplicates.
  5. Broken Items: a good rule of thumb to enforce is what we call the ‘one-month shelf-rule’. If it’s broken and you have made no effort to fix it within a month you don’t really need it so pass it on to someone that will either fix or find another use for it. The point is that it is serving you no purpose sitting there broken.  Whether it costs too much to fix or you just haven’t gotten around to it, there is no reason for it to collect dust and take up space in your home.

Have any to add to the list? Drop us a note in the comments and we will add it to the mix. Happy Moving!

 

Moving & Packing: Computers & Equipment

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Almost all of us has at least one….

Those of us that have them use them daily.

We all forget how much time and patience it takes to set them up just right.

Fragile, finicky, and they can go from being our best friend one minute to our worst enemy the next….you guessed it….Computers.

Computers (and scanners, printers and faxes) are machines that we depend on daily, are major investments and should be treated with extra-special consideration when moving.

Make sure that your computers and computer equipment is prepared for the move with Republic Moving & Storage’s Guide to Packing & Moving Your Computers and Equipment:

Ready the Computer: Start by making sure your updates are up-to-date so you don’t have to worry about this step when you unpack. Next, copy all of our files. An external hard drive with ample space is ideal so you can do the entire back up and store it all in one place. If an external hard drive is not an option use a few flash drives and DVDs to back up your data. Make sure to remove all discs from your CD drive.

Know Your Insurance: check your home owner’s insurance, renter’s insurance and moving insurance before you move anything valuable.  Make sure you understand what is covered and what is not covered.  If you are depending solely on moving insurance and your mover insures based on weight, you will not recover the investment you deserve. Preparing or safeguarding yourself ahead of time will save you time and heartache in the unfortunate event that something happens to your computer and equipment during the move.

Preparing to Pack:  Pack your computers, faxes, scanners, printers and accessories in their original boxes if possible.  If you do not have the original packaging ask your mover or local specialty box company about their options for computer boxes. You will need to know the size and dimensions of your computer and equipment before calling. Make sure to ask for the Styrofoam inserts; this is extremely important in ensuring a safe move for your computer and equipment.

Packing: Safely power down computer and equipment before you start disassembling. Most new computers have color-coding systems for easy reassembly.  If you don’t have color-coding and you aren’t an expert at reassembling computer equipment take a picture of the items while they are still set up so you can use it as a guide in the reassembly. If you still are lacking confidence in putting the computer and equipment back together again successfully, label each cord as you remove it from the devices with a piece of masking tape.  Label what the plug is for and where it should be placed.  Once you have taken your pictures and/or labeled each of the cords, neatly wind up the cords and place them in the computer and equipment boxes they belong in a sealed zip-lock bag. Seal box with moving tape and clearly mark in black permanent marker that the box is fragile and list what it contains. Knowing that a computer or a monitor is in the box will help the movers (or you) in the handling process.

Moving: The best option for transporting your computer and equipment is in your own vehicle and not on the moving truck.  If you are driving long-distance, separate from the moving truck, you will want to ensure that you remove your equipment from the car if you stay overnight somewhere.  If transporting in your own vehicle is not an option just make sure to closely follow the packing and labeling instructions listed above.  When items are being loaded onto the truck ensure that the computer is not being packed first or under anything heavy. It should be one of the last items to load and should be placed in a place where it is protected with cushions and/or blankets and not able to be jostled around.

What are your tips and tricks for packing and moving your computer and equipment? Drop us a note in our comments and we will be sure to add them to our list!

California Moving & Storage Association: Press Release

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San Diego Chapter President RaeDeane VanMeter (middle) of Republic Moving & Storage poses with 2013–2014 CMSA Chairman PJ Welch (left) and CMSA President Steve Weitekamp (right) after receiving the Chapter of the Year award.

May 5, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CMSA San Diego Chapter DECLARED CHAPTER OF THE YEAR

(CMSA, Cerritos, CA) – The California Moving & Storage Association (CMSA) gave its Chapter of the Year award to the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter during its 96th Annual Convention at the Big Sur Awards Luncheon on Saturday, May 3.  San Diego Chapter President RaeDeane VanMeter of Republic Moving & Storage, an agent of North American Van Lines, in Chula Vista accepted the award on the chapter’s behalf.

VanMeter, executive vice president of Republic Moving & Storage, thanked the associate members and mover members who made the 2013–2014 year a success.  VanMeter said that the chapter had a great year: well-attended meetings, a lot of raffle prize donations that contributed to fundraising and more participation behind the scenes for the chapter’s annual golf tournament. All these factors made the chapter’s accomplishments possible, she said. The annual golf tournament was coordinated by Thomas McCarthy of McCarthy Transfer & Storage Inc. and Gary Bell of Republic Moving & Storage.

The San Diego Chapter raises funds throughout the year from their regular chapter meetings and through their annual golf tournament every March. This year, the chapter successfully raised $20,000 for the CMSA Scholarship Fund and $500 for the Special Olympics. The chapter’s annual golf tournament hosted more than 100 golfers at the event.

The California Moving & Storage Association (CMSA) is a nonprofit trade association representing more than 385 licensed and insured movers operating in California. The CMSA also includes more than 135 associate member companies.  Established in 1916, the CMSA is comprised of 12 chapters strategically located throughout California.

Contact:        Stephen J. Weitekamp
                        President
                        California Moving & Storage Association
                        Phone:  562-865-2900; 800-672-1415 (within CA)
                        FAX:  562-865-2944
                       E-Mail:  sweitekamp@thecmsa.org

Top 5 Moving Mistakes

Moving MistakesPreparing for a move, the actual move and then settling in after the move is a major project that may not always go as planned. Find out how to avoid the most common moving mistakes so you can enjoy a stress-free move.

1.       Mistake #1: How Hard Can It Be?

Whether you are moving across town, across the country or around the world moving can be very complicated, and takes extensive advance planning.  Before you jump the gun and think you are going to execute the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Move on your own there are a number of things to consider including but not limited to the wear and tear on your poor body, damage to your household goods, and unexpected fuel and moving costs. In the end, a DIY move may not be as “cheap” or as fun as you may have anticipated so explore your options with a reputable moving company before you take on the task of the DIY Mover.

2.       Mistake #2: High Season

As with most industries there is a busy season and for the moving industry this time lands in the spring and summer.  An estimated 40+ million people will move in 2014 and that number is rising so make sure to give yourself at least 4 months head start to deal with: moving estimates, referrals, house cleaning, yard sales, packing and everything else in-between.  When making your moving reservation be sure to ask if they over-book their reservations. If this is the case you want to ensure that you are prepared if it ends up being you who is dropped the day before you move.

3.       Mistake #3: You Didn’t Do Your Homework

When you get an estimate-make sure it is in writing, make sure you understand it and that there are no hidden fees or fine print that you are unaware. Ask lots of questions when contracting movers. Is it a binding or non-binding contact? Are they insured? Do you need insurance? Fuel charges? Special Circumstances? By leaving no stone unturned in the interview process you will ensure yourself a moving experience free from unexpected surprises (not the good kind) and unnecessary stress.

4.       Mistake #4: You Didn’t Do Your Homework….Again

When hiring movers you need to verify with the company what they cannot or will not move. Firearms, chemicals, propane, gasoline, high-end jewelry and alcohol are all items that most likely will not be moved by your movers so remember to double check what you can and cannot give to the movers to move.

5.       Mistake #5: You Forgot About Fido and Fluffy

OK… so maybe ‘forgot’ isn’t the right word when referring to your pets but perhaps you didn’t take into consideration all of the steps you need to take to ensure a safe move for your furry family member. A month before travel you will want to make sure that the pet’s vaccinations, records and certificates are all up to date.  If you are traveling long-distance via car or plane make sure you have the proper carrier, supplies and current paperwork on hand.  When you reach your new home make sure that you are ready to provide extra love and attention and reinstate your pet’s original schedule to ensure that the transition into the new home goes smoothly.

Avoid these common moving mistakes and learn moving tips and tricks when you contact the moving professionals at Republic Moving & Storage.  Our highly trained experts will walk you through the process, answer all of your questions and most importantly provide you with the direction and hand-holding you need to get through a successful, stress-free move.

Downsizing for a Move

downsizing homeThinking of ‘downsizing’ to a smaller home? There are a lot of reasons to plan a move that require moving into a smaller abode and whatever the reason may be why a smaller space is what you are leaning towards the realities are the same: downsizing requires tough decisions on: what stays, what goes, what sells, what donates and what is left behind.

Republic Moving & Storage’s Top Tips for Preparing for Downsizing:

  1. Measure Up:  Find out the exact size and dimensions of each room at your new, smaller abode. This simple step will quickly eliminate what you can or cannot take with you on the move.
  2. List Time:  Make a list of all the items that you will not be taking with you. Once you have this list you can start deciding what will be donated, sold or given away to family and friends. We recommend that you eliminate these items as soon as the decision has been made so you have a clearer picture of what remains.
  3. Organization is Key:  Make boxes that are labeled: Keep, donate, sell or toss. Schedule packing and sorting times and start a minimum of 6 weeks out from your move. Stick to your schedule.  By doing a little each day you will avoid being overwhelmed with the packing process and will be able to stay ahead of your organized move.
  4. Pack by Seasons:  If it is winter time when you plan to move start packing up the summer clothes and seasonal items that you will not need. Getting unneeded items out of the way now will save you time and energy later.
  5. Be Practical:  Admit it. We’ve all done it; moved boxes and belongings that we still haven’t opened or used since our last move. If you haven’t used it, worn it or thought about it in 6 months it’s time to consider if you really need these items. Haven’t skied in a couple of years? Get rid of the skis. Still waiting to fit into those clothes that are collecting dust in your closet? Time to consider donating or selling them.
  6.  True Friends:  Have your true friends hold your hand through the discarding process. Having a friend’s support or someone close to tell you that you will never ever use the box of old trophies nor will you ever wear your wedding dress again will make it easier to let go.
  7. Keep Your Eye on the Prize:  There is a reason why you decided to downsize. When things get overwhelming or too sentimental remember all the reasons why this move is the right choice for you and your living needs.
  8. Talk to Republic:   Your Republic Moving & Storage moving expert is happy to assist you in making good moving decisions.  Talk to your moving expert, let them know your situation and ask lots of questions. Your moving expert is a great resource and also someone that can estimate the transportation cost of each item and your entire move which will help keep things in perspective through the downsizing process and will keep you on schedule.

Moving Tips: Packing Your “First Night” Box

Moving Day TipsCreate a “first-night” box containing essentials you will need immediately. These items, will be the items that you use in the morning in your old house and the first night in your new home.  Load the ‘first-night” box/items on the moving truck last if you don’t have room to take it in your car. Make sure to label all boxes appropriately so that they will also be the first boxes off.  Remember that you should always carry valuables, jewelry, medicine and important paperwork with you in your car and not on the moving truck.

 

  • Basic Tools: hammer, flat-head screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, drill and wrench should do the trick!  Remember that all of your furniture that you took apart should have the hardware taped in a small baggie directly onto the furniture.  However, having a small baggie of nails and screws is recommended just in case. 
  • Bed Linens: you’ve had a long day so make sure that you get the restful night you deserve in your new home. Don’t forget blankets and pillowcases!
  • Change of Clothes: we recommend that you pack an ‘overnight” sized back for each family member/person as if you were packing for a trip. Change of clothes, sleeping attire, toiletries etc.
  • Cleaning Supplies: no matter how much the previous person cleans there is always the need to do a wipe-down of all surfaces and a mopping of the floors. Don’t forget the broom, dustpan and plenty of trash bags in addition to your regular cleaning supplies.
  • Disposable Dishes:  plates, glasses, and cutlery should be on hand for the first few days as you unpack. As much time as you took carefully packing your valuables take the same amount of time when unpacking. You want to enjoy your new house so making sure everything is in their perfect place takes time and patience! (Plus who wants to do dishes?)
  • Flashlight: The only time a person ever seems to need a flashlight is when they don’t have a flashlight. Take one just in case!
  • Light Bulbs:  It certainly is nice when there are lighting fixtures with bulbs in them but it is not required for the previous tenant to leave them so make sure that you are not stuck in the dark on your first night in in your new home.  
  • Medicine: This goes without saying that you should have any and all medications on hand if needed. Also putting together a small first aid kit is recommended with some band aids, antiseptic and bandages. Always better safe than sorry!
  • Napkins & Paper Towels: For cleaning and romantic dinners over your boxes!
  • Nonperishable Snacks and Water and/Juices: Ordering pizza when moving is common but man cannot live on pizza alone. Having some non-perishable snacks on hand will help keep you fueled and ready to tackle the unpacking. Make sure to always stay hydrated with water and juices during the entire move.
  • Telephone: Always, always, always have your cell phone on hand and not packed away in case of emergencies.
  • Toilet Paper: you’d be amazed how many people forget this. Toss a couple of rolls in your overnight back so you are not digging for it later.
  • Towels: cleaning towels and bathing towels are a must!
  • Toys for Children & Pets: keep children and pets entertained, out from under foot and out of harm’s way is crucial during moving day. Make sure to not pack away favorite toys, blankets, pet bowls and leashes but rather have them on hand to make them feel comfortable during the moving process.

 Have some items you think that are a ‘must-have’ in the “First Night” Box? Add them in the comments below and we will add them to our list.  For all your moving, packing and storage needs visit us online for tips, tricks and/or your free moving quote or call a Republic Moving Expert today!

Moving into Your First Apartment

Moving Into Your First ApartmentMoving into your first apartment can be an exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience…especially if you don’t have a plan. For first-time renters the moving process doesn’t stop when you sign your new lease; in fact the fun is just beginning.  Before you start running out of your childhood home make sure to review Republic Moving & Storage’s mini-check-off list which is guaranteed to turn your first-time move into a successful moving experience.

1.  Hire Professional Movers: the investment of professional movers may seem a bit daunting but many first-time movers don’t factor in the costs of a DIY move. Moving and packing supplies, renting a truck, insurance, gas, tolls, parking fees, time, muscle and feeding your slew of friends you beg to help with the move is a big expense.  When you add it all up the prospect of professional movers is more appealing to your muscles, your pocketbook and your friends. Still not convinced? Get a free quote from a reputable moving company that will tailor your move to your budget and needs.

2.  Update: For only $1 you can change your address online with the USPS to ensure that you don’t miss any important mail at your new place.

3. Call: schedule appointments for the cable, internet, gas, electricity and water utilities at least one month prior to moving so you can insure that there is no lag in timing and that you aren’t sitting in the dark on your first night at your new place.

4. Peace of Mind:  When you are first starting out on your own budgets are likely tight so it is important that you safeguard your valuables. At an average cost of $12/month renter’s insurance is well worth the investment and should be factored into your budget so you can protect your most prized and personal possessions from fire, theft and vandalism.

5. Speaking of Budgets: Make a budget. It may seem that you have the finances all under control but especially when you are new to the living-independently game it’s important that you don’t get in over your head.  After you budget for: rent, utilities, auto/transportation, insurance, food, household goods and personal /entertainment expenses you may discover that Ramen noodles are more in-tune with your budget than Filet Mignon or that Basic Cable is more feasible than Movie Channels. Whatever your financial situation it is important that you know your budget going into the moving experience to avoid potential debt down the line.

6. Stock Up: Before you move in to your first apartment start stocking up on household items such as cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, appliances, housewares and furniture.  When you move for the first time you will discover that there are a lot of items that you take for granted and even more so the cost of these items can add-up quickly. Hand-me-down dishes, second-hand furniture, donations, bargains and bulk deals are now your best friend and giving yourself enough time to ready these items before your move will make the transition into your first apartment that much easier giving your more time to enjoy your new digs.

Wherever you are or want to be in life Republic Moving and Storage can get you there. Stay tuned here for all of your moving, packing and storage needs. Have something to add to the list? Drop us a line in the comments, we love to hear from the hundreds of thousands of people that have helped make us America’s Finest Moving Company.

 

The Quilt Writing is on the Wall

Republic Moving and storage QuiltThis soon-to-be, renown Republic Moving & Storage Quilt was made with love by Republic President Bill Lovejoy’s cousin Connie Chaney.  Carrying on the Lovejoy’s traditions of quilting, down-home family values, hard work and dedication we are proud to announce that Cousin Connie’s art is now proudly displayed in the Republic headquarters as an example of what the Lovejoy heritage is all about.

“I love my heritage and appreciate the rugged life my family endured in the past.” said Republic President Bill Lovejoy.  “Many of my family still “can” their own food, make their own clothes, and can cook terrific food. (especially deserts)!  These folks are ‘can do” people who do not let life’s issues stand in their way of doing for others.  Connie recently had knee surgery before her visit to California.  Even though she had trouble walking, she still fixed a tasty batch of fudge for my family!  Nothing seems to stop them!  I’m proud of my family!”

And there you have it. The quilt writing is on the wall. The entire Republic Moving & Storage company was built on family values, hard work, dedication and treating each and every client like they are part of the family. This quilt is just another reminder of how we got to where we are today and how we will continue to provide the top-of-the-line moving services that have made us America’s Finest Movers.

Cleaning Tips: Cleaning Mold

mold free homesWhether you are moving out or you are moving in there is one person you don’t want to invite to the housewarming party and that is Mr. Mold.

We will start by painting a scenario:….a local woman just recently moved into a new home. The previous tenants “cleaned” the home but they failed to hang the towels, wipe up the excess water after they mopped and when done then they sealed up the house in the blazing summer for over a week. The landlord saw the towels when they sealed up the house and didn’t think it necessary to remove them from the house at that time. So when the woman who was moving in showed up on moving day a week or so later she was welcomed by the awful smell of mold and thought if she just “cracked the windows” that the problem would go away. Little did she know that the ‘minor mold problem’ would quickly turn into a ‘major mold problem’ that, had she cleaned it properly in the beginning, she could have saved time, money and months of feeling ill.

CAUSE

Water, moisture and/or poor ventilation are always the cause of mold. While no one is a fan of the smell that mold gives off, the health hazards caused by mold are very serious and ‘cracking a window’ does not eliminate the mold it just lessens the smell. From allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints there is nothing good that can come from mold in your home so it is very important to take the proper steps to eliminate mold from your home.

PREVENTION

To prevent mold from becoming a problem in your home make sure that you have adequate ventilation in moist places such as the bathroom and basement. When mopping floors do not leave excess water on the floor that can seep into cracks and floor boards. Cleaning towels, bathing towels or any towels you use that would involve moisture should be stored properly on a towel rack to dry out and should never be left in piles for long periods of time without thoroughly laundering. Those boxes that you stored in the basement in preparation for your move? Make double sure that the boxes and the items are free from mold when you unpack.

CLEAN UP

For clean-up of mold a solution of one part bleach and 10 parts water is recommended while wearing protective gloves. Always make sure you are allowing enough ventilation in the area you are cleaning. If you are concerned about pets or children allow the solution to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse and thoroughly dry the infected area. If there is no concern for pets or children in your home you can leave the solution to dry thus inhibiting future growth.

DON’T GET IN OVER YOUR HEAD

As with any home project if you are unsure of how to handle the situation or you don’t know how to clean specific items we recommend that you call an expert.  Mold specialists are listed in the local directories and we recommend that you look for specialists with credentials and references.

For all of your home-moving needs stay tuned here and as always if you have anything to add to our list of moving, storage and cleaning tips please feel free to drop a note in the comments. Happy Moving !

Beware: Rogue Movers

avoid rogue moversThink that Rogue Movers are an Urban Legend? Think again! Check out one family’s move-turned-nightmare that recently aired on ABC’s Nightline and find out the steps you can take in securing a an honest and reputable moving company.

For all your moving news, tips and questions stay tuned to Republic Moving & Storage…America’s Finest Movers! Happy Moving

Moving Tips: Kitchen Cleaning

how to clean a dishwasherWhether you are moving out of your old place or moving in to your new home there is nothing more enjoyable than a clean abode. One of the most overlooked cleaning projects is cleaning the cleaning aids. Follow these few steps to clean your dishwasher and it will be sparkly clean in no time…

First, place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with plain white vinegar on the top rack of an empty dishwasher. Set the water temperature on hot and run the dishwasher through a cycle. The vinegar will help to wash away the loose, greasy grime, sanitizes, and helps remove the musty odor.  After the cycle completes, sprinkle one cup of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher’s tub and then run it through a short cycle on hot. The baking soda will freshen and remove any stubborn stains. Wipe down inside of cooled dishwasher after cycle has completed and watch your dishwasher sparkle! The best part, you can repeat this every six months if necessary making the move out cleaning process that much easier come moving day!

For more moving tips stay tuned here or on any of our social media sites. Happy (Squeaky Clean) Moving!

 

Moving Tip: Hire a Babysitter

Moving Tips for Animals and KidsFor local or short distance moves we recommend that you hire a babysitter or caretaker for all the young family members (both human and furry) the day of the move. If possible, having the children and pets off location will lessen the stress level of your children and animals that may not understand what is happening. Less distractions and keeping them out from underfoot will help the moving process run on time and smoothly.

For more moving and storage tips stay tuned to the Republic Moving and Storage website and social sites. Happy Moving!

A Night To Remember Prom

a night to remember promRepublic Moving & Storage was a recent, proud sponsor of “A Night to Remember”, which was a local prom for students with special needs.  This first-class Prom is a night of over-the top celebrations where students with special needs are honored as the stars of the night.  What makes this event unique is that each Honored Guest is hosted by a high school student who is by their side for the night – to dance with them, eat with them and party with them.  Their night includes a free prom dress  or tuxedo, costume jewelry, hair and make-up, corsage/boutonnière,  professional photos, a limo ride, a walk down the Red Carpet (complete with paparazzi) and a swag bag.  Wanting to show our community support of this amazing event Republic Moving & Storage donated the best possible thing that we could think of: our amazing team members.  After this awesome event took place Republic’s team members carefully packed up all the beautiful donated gowns, tuxedos and miscellaneous prom items and stored them in our storage facility free of charge so they can be used again for future “A Night to Remember” events. We couldn’t be more proud to be part of this amazing Southern California event and look forward to many more wonderful  proms!

To find out more about this amazing organization and to see pictures of their most recent events visit A Night To Remember’s Facebook Page.

Repubic Moving & Storage: Organizing Tips

organizing with tension rodsspray bottle organizationThe key to any successful move is staying organized before and after you plan to move.  Having everything organized and visible in your closets and cupboards will save you time, money and your sanity.

 

Organizing Tip: Tension Rods

For a few dollars you can organize your cupboards and closets with a simple tension rod. Use the rod to organize baking pans, platters, cookie sheets or even use it to hang bottles underneath the sink or in the utility closet. There are endless options to using the tension rod and the best part is that you can adjust the rod to custom-fit your needs!

Have some household tips and tricks that you are dying to share? Drop us a line or two in the comments below. And in the meantime, remember to stay tuned for more organizing and moving tips from Republic Moving & Storage…America’s Finest Movers!

 

 

 

Republic Moving & Storage: Kitchen Organizing Tip

organizing pans

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

The key to any successful move is organization before and after the move. Staying organized all year round will save you your sanity as well as save you time when it is time to move!

Kitchen Organizing Tip:

Use a vertical bake ware organizer on it’s end and secure it to your cabinet with cable clips. This organizing rack can be used for bake ware as well as frying pans! No more taking out every single pan just to get the one you need!

Do you have any tips to add to the Republic Moving and Storage list? Drop us a line in the comments and we will showcase you and your tip! For all of your moving and organization needs visit us at www.RepublicMoving.com.

Happy Moving!

Republic Moving & Storage: Organizing Tip

soda can tab usesSometimes we have to be creative with our living spaces and finding the perfect amount of room for your clothes most likely ranks at the top of the creative list. That being said this is one of our absolute favorite storage tips for hanging clothes.

SODA POP CAN TAB:  Simply save your canned soda pop tabs, slip the  hanger top through the part of the soda pop tab that was on the side you detached from the can. Add an extra layer of hangers on the lower hole of the soda tab. Voila!  You just doubled your hanging space!

Stay tuned here for more moving, packing and organizing tips. If you have your own tips feel free to add them in the comments and we will add them to the list! Happy Moving!

Republic Moving & Storage: Packing Tips

press and sealSome of the hardest items to organize and store in a household are the loose items .

Exhibit A: Wrapping Paper.

Get a leg up on pesky wrapping paper by using some press and seal by simply wrapping around the middle of the roll. No more wasted paper! Genius!
Stay tuned for more Organizing Tips or if  you have some of your own just drop us a note in the comments! Happy Moving!

Republic Moving & Storage Organizing Tip

cereal box organizersThe key to any successful move is being organized before AND after a move. This organizational tip is one of our favorites and saves you money. Instead of spending money on fancy drawer organizers simply use left over wrapping paper, glue and cereal box tops or dry-food box tops to make your own. Your organization will be brought to a new stylish level and your items are super easy to transport when it’s time to move!
For more organizing and moving tips stay tuned here…and if you have your own organizing tips to add to the mix drop us a line in the comments and we will add them to our list!

Organizing for a Move Tip

moving tipsThe key to any successful move is in the organization before and after the move. Being organized year round will make your life and when the time comes… your move will be easier too. If you are getting ready to move in the next six months you might want to plan ahead and start filtering out some of the items that should be donated or given away. One of the most time consuming items is sorting through your closets to decide what to move or what to donate.
DONATING TIP: Approximately 6 months before you move turn all of your hangers the wrong direction. After 6 months the items that are faced the wrong can automatically go in the donate pile.  No more rationalizing items that you simply won’t wear again!
Stay tuned for more moving and organizing tips here or call us today for your free moving quote: 619.591.0070

Happy Anniversary Republic!

noise makersThis month marks Republic Moving and Storage’s first year anniversary for our Temecula, California location and our five year anniversary for our Republic Headquarters located in Chula Vista, San Diego!

In five short years Republic Moving and Storage has received the 2010 Moving and Storage Agent of the Year Service Excellence Award, the top honor of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) and in turn has earned the prestigious title of America’s Finest Movers. In 2008 Republic Moving and Storage, on the verge of bankruptcy, was purchased by the Lovejoy family.  RMS President, Bill Lovejoy explained, “My wife Carol and I purchased Republic with our life savings; we had one driver, and were barely doing one move a day.

In the past five years Republic has come a long way from just one move a day with sales going from virtually zero to 13 million since its purchase… officially making this San Diego based company one of California’s  largest moving companies.  Republic’s dynamic success is really a tribute to Republic’s wonderful staff, and terrific service providers that work very hard to please our customers. Humbled by the amazing success that Republic has had in a relatively short amount of time our entire team remains true to our mission to continue to provide our customers around the world with friendly, safe and cost effective:  family-household moves, professional relocation, military moves, office moves, laboratory moves and  commercial and industrial moves.

To all of our faithful customers and top-of-the-line service members we raise a glass and thank you for your tireless support and dedication which has transformed us into who we are today. Most importantly we eagerly look forward to many more amazing milestones to come.

Happy Anniversary Republic!

 

A Step Above The Rest

There are a lot of moving companies to choose from but what truly sets Republic Moving and Storage aside from their competitors are the extra touches and the constant mission to provide our clients with a moving experience that cannot be found anywhere else.

Enter Greg Shadoan.greg shadoan

Greg is the Director of Quality Control and it is a title that he does not take lightly. Greg goes out and thoroughly inspects each job site to ensure that Republic Moving and Storage’s high standards are being met.  Traveling to each in-home inspections he then follows up his inspection by sending a copy of his findings to the entire staff and reviewing with the crew leader.  By doing so he is ensuring that every last Republic team member is being held accountable for their work and that in turn we are effectively executing each move to the highest standards. Prepared for anything and everything Greg travels around in his infamous Republic Van that is stocked with extra moving supplies the crew may unexpectedly need as well as coloring books for our client’s children and drinks and snacks for the client’s and crew.

Director of Quality ControlProviding cost effective, quality services and providing the extra touches that make your move an enjoyable experience–it’s the Greg Shadoan and Republic Moving and Storage way.

Moving Tips for Newlyweds

Newlyweds MovingCongratulations! You just tied the knot!  Now you are ready to start your new life together in a new home.  Finding a new home, essentially combining two homes into one and executing the actual move are  major tasks. The key to any successful move is organization and planning…as a team. So get ready to work together and with qualified moving professionals and make your new move exciting and stress-free.

Have a Plan

Plan well in advance on how things will be moved with the help of qualified, professional movers. Procrastinating or postponing tasks will only lead to stress down the road.  Allow yourself enough time to schedule movers, set up utilities and alert all the pertinent companies, family and friends of your new address.

Be a Team

Cooperate and assist each other in packing and unloading items. Distribute tasks as per convenience and always remember to be willing to make compromises. The tacky beer memorabilia that he has had since his early college days? Before you head for the trash see if there is a common ground you can meet on such as making an area for the ‘man cave’….hopefully you can come to an agreement of hanging these items in the garage and not the living room.  Your compromising ways will most definitely be in your favor when it is time to negotiate your own hard-to-part-with items.

Inventory

The moment you decide to relocate, make a list of all your belongings and ask your spouse to to do the same. Most likely you will have a lot of the same items such as housewares, furniture and household items. Making a list will give you a realistic idea of how much needs to be actually moved and what items you can give away, sell or donate to your charity of choice.

Don’t Forget The Wedding Gifts

When taking inventory don’t forget to factor in all of your new wedding gifts.  If you haven’t used the items yet, leave them in the gift boxes so that they are easier to move. When possible have items shipped directly to the new place to avoid having to move them yourself. Also remember the gifts that you received that are ‘newer’ or ‘nicer’ items than what you already have…having three toasters is nice but highly unnecessary.

Downsize

Make a separate list of unwanted items and ask your spouse to do the same. Compare lists to decide what items you will donate, sell and or giveaway. You will be surprised how many items you can eliminate from the move thus saving you money on the amount of items you have to move on moving day. Packing light will save you time and money when using professional movers.  Once you have all the items in lists for donations and selling factor in the scheduling of garage sale and/or when you will be bringing the items for donation.

For more moving tips and tricks stay tuned to the Republic Moving and Storage channel and when you are ready to move remember to rely on the professionals that will help give you the stress-free move that you deserve.

 

Moving Kids to College

moving to college

Soon enough it will be that time again when high school kids are graduating and ready to begin a new chapter in their lives.  It can be exciting for both kids and parents but of course it can also be an anxious time as well.   Although you’ve had 18 years to prepare, there are certainly things that can help make the move easier and comfort nerves.   Some students will choose to attend a nearby college while others may move half way across the country.  In either scenario it will be necessary to move most, if not all, their items to the new location. The right moving company can certainly help you feel confident that all the items get there securely, on time and help reduce waste after the big move.

Summer Sifting

You can start in the summer previous to the move by sifting through, with your child, items of what he/she will need and what to leave behind.  Be prepared by making a list of fundamental items and add or delete things as necessary.  This will certainly be dependent on the type of building in where your child will be living.  Will it be a dorm or apartment/ house?  By visiting the potential location ahead of time you can get a better idea of space limitations and help make decisions easier.  Be ready and willing to take a back-seat roll during the process and permit him/her to make the final decisions.  After all, your child will be making important life decisions all on his/her own during the college years.  You can always send care packages for items that they have forgotten or need after they have moved.

Going Green at College

The college years are a perfect time to start practicing earth-friendly lifestyles.  So you can bet you’ll be packing up that bicycle or skateboard as an environmentally friendly form of transportation to and from campus.  College is a great time to pick up new ideas and many of these will be the framework for habits your child will use throughout his/her life.

If you have questions about moving to college, moving your residence or business—we would love to help get you where you need to be safely and securely… 619.600.0559.

Happy Moving!  

Tips on Green Moving

Green Moving

Over time, we tend to accumulate a lot of things in our offices and homes.  Soon enough that day will come when you will need to move to a new place and you will need to come to terms with all the items that you have accumulated over the years.  Sifting through it can be a daunting task and deciding what to do with it can be even tougher.  Getting ready to move? If you are then it is the perfect time to implement some green-moving tips that will help you and the environment.

To first get the green moving project underway consider holding a garage sale, recycling or donating it to a local charity.  Once you’ve decided on what to keep it’s time to decide your packing plan.  Whether you’re moving your home’s belongings or office equipment locally or internationally your new location marks a new future.  So why not consider “future friendly” products and services such as Republic’s Eco-Friendly moving bins when you relocate? This will not only help save you money but will help save the environment….it’s a win-win! moving green bins

Keep in mind that green moving is not only applicable to the traditional recycling papers, cans and bottles but also to the reusable containers and cleaning products you use to pack and clean your home or commercial property.  The recycled plastic containers that we use at Republic Moving and Storage are pre-assembled, stackable, sturdy and above all waste free after your move is complete.  Cardboard boxes can produce up to 90% waste after the completion of your move.  Let’s face it, many of us simply break down the boxes and throw them away in the trash.  This is not only like throwing money away but does not help the environment.  Using the Republic recycled plastic containers is the wave of the future and eliminates the need to spend on additional materials such as tape, bubble wrap, packing papers, markers and scissors.

Feeling good about your new found green movement? If you want to take your green efforts to the next level after you arrive at the new neighborhood of your home or office you can further contribute the green movement by using public transportation.

For all your green moving home or office needs let the moving and storage experts show you the way!

Happy Moving!

Are You Moving to a Safe Neighborhood?

Moving to new home

There are many factors to take into consideration when moving to another city or state.  Perhaps one of the most important is finding a safe location for you and your family.  Feeling comfortable and secure in your new place can surely help you integrate into your new community.  You can begin by checking out crime rates and see if a specific type of crime, if any, is prevalent in the area.  This can help you reduce the risk of becoming victimized by being cognizant of the environment before your move.  Also, we recommend you call the local police, non-emergency number, and ask for crime statistics.  After all, they are there to serve and protect you and your family.

Of course, when moving with children you must take additional safety measure to ensure their security not only at home but at school as well.  It will be important to know about sex offenders in the area to help protect your children from harm.  Education and prevention will help keep children safe and give you piece of mind.  Many people ask real estate agents about the safety of an area but, by law, they are not allowed to state, among other things, whether a specific neighborhood is safe or not.  Research your prospective area ahead of time to ensure a safe move for your entire family.

No matter where you are moving to, utilize all the top resources and experts that will help the transition run smoothly for all family members.

Happy Moving!

Moving Tips: Public Transportation

Trolley San Diego

Many factors come into play when moving to another city or state and some may consider public transportation as important as any other factor.  People look to public transportation to get them to and from work, appointments, grocery shopping, healthcare facilities and possibly their children to school so we recognize the importance of this factor in moving to a new neighborhood.  Further, with the big move towards “going green” and today’s high gas prices many have voluntarily looked to public transportation as doing their part for the environment and their wallets.  Of course, there are some cities in the U.S. that have better transportations systems than others.  We recommend checking out online resources available to research public transportation services before you move.  This will give you a better idea of the proximity and effectiveness of the system prior to your change of address.  In the event you have the time to visit your prospective neighborhood, stop by your local public transportation office and pick up train, trolley and/or bus schedules to see how they will benefit you and/or your family.

Still others will consider carpooling services as an alternative to helping the environment and save some money and/or meet new people in the community. If you are unfamiliar with your new area it is a good time to ask questions about good restaurants, parks or other points of interest.  Possibly, your employer will already have something set up but if not, do you part to reduce carbon footprints and start your own carpool!  With today’s high-traffic lifestyle, prospective buyers would be smart to consider public transportation and/ or carpooling as viable factors when moving to a new home.

What factors are most important to you when choosing a new place to live?

Happy Moving!

 

How to Choose a School for your Child before You Move

First Day of School

Moving your belongings can certainly be a daunting enough task all in its own.  But when you have a family there certainly takes more pre-planning on your part.  When you move to another city or state one of the most important things is choosing a school for your children and making sure it is the best fit.  We suggest that your first step, time permitting, is taking a tour of the prospective school.  This is the best way to know first-hand how the school functions on any given day and a chance to get to know teachers and other important staff.  Most schools are cautious, and for a good reason, of who takes a tour of the school and so we recommend calling ahead to make an appointment.  This will give you a first impression about how visitors are handled.  If possible, bring your child along for the tour to see how he/she reacts to potential new surroundings.  It may help him/her transition better after the move if he/she is already familiar with the new staff and children.  Plan ahead and prepare questions and/or checklist for your tour.

If time and travel does not permit, start your research on-line using a variety of resources.  Check schools in the new area to see how they are performing in all areas of education. We also recommend checking out the user reviews to see actual comments from parents whose children already attend the school.  This can help you match your child’s strengths and weaknesses to help him/her perform better in school before making the big move.

No matter where you are moving to, utilize all the top resources and experts that will help the transition run smoothly for all family members.

Happy moving!

To Pack or Not to Pack?

Unsure of what to pack when moving? Here is a list of Republic Moving & Storage’s top items that you should avoid, as well as items that you should keep accessible when moving your home:

Questions on items you aren’t sure about? For your safety always check with your moving specialist beforehand to ensure you have a safe and smooth moving experience. From local moves to moves around the world; call today to get started on your stress-free moving experience: 619.600.0559

How to Clean Your Kitchen when Moving

For some, the most dreaded part of moving is in the cleaning of your old place. With the help of America’s Finest Movers, Republic Moving & Storage you can now put your days of dread behind you with our quick and easy steps for cleaning your house for your move.

Stay tuned for more moving tips from America’s Finest Mover, Republic Moving & Storage and if you have some tips you would like to add–drop us a line in the comments! Happy Moving!

Keep it Together

Home OrganizationWe’ve all had to move at one point in our life and the process can be daunting if you don’t stay organized. That being said we can’t think of one single person who wouldn’t love a good moving tip!

Our newest Moving Tip: Stay organized! Staying organized during your move will not only help keep the order it will help you keep your sanity. When packing up to move to your new home, Republic Moving & Storage recommends that you  keep items together.  For example, keeping items like bookends with books and light bulbs with lamps will make the unpacking easier.   Items such as picture hangers or furniture that you have to take apart, tape the smaller hardware directly onto the items.  For larger items such as TV and computer cords place these items in resealable zip-lock bags and tape the entire bag to the back of the appliances/furniture.

Whether you need help moving or just need some more helpful moving tips, look to Republic Moving & Storage for all of your moving needs.

Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger

Moving? Let us help you with your move and help us feed San Diego!

We’ve all done it before. In the midst of a move we have thrown out items that we think don’t matter. The hassle of moving even one more box becomes daunting and as Moving Day grows closer you start throwing away anything and everything in your path. Unfortunately, we have seen first-hand that some of the most common items thrown away are food items that could benefit a local family in need.

Fact: There are more than 444,000 people living in the San Diego area that are in need of food and of this number more than 40%  are children.

Precisely for this reason Republic Moving & Storage has partnered with Move for Hunger to help support our local Santee Food Bank. With your help we can fight local hunger by providing food for hungry San Diego families in need.

It’s easy. Simply set aside any unwanted, non-perishable food items before you move and Republic Moving and Storage will personally pick up and deliver the food to the Santee Food Bank.  Helping reduce your moving stress and helping local families in need of food; it’s a win-win!

To learn more about how Republic Moving & Storage can help you with all your moving needs contact your local representative today….and remember to check back and see our progress in the Move for Hunger to see first-hand how your generosity directly impacts San Diego families.

 

 

Best Moving Picture Contest!

Moving Photo ContestGet ready to hit us with your best shot….best photo shot that is!

Announcing the Official Republic Moving and Storage’s BEST MOVING PICTURE CONTEST!

Republic Moving & Storage has hit the big time with record moving sales this year and we want to celebrate by giving back to our supporters by showing the world how much we love the moving and storage world…..

Best Moving Picture Contest:  with weekly prizes, a runner up prize and a grand prize to be had, there are LOTS of opportunities to win. So start snapping away and hit us with your best shot and you could be the winner of a shiny new: Apple Nano, Apple iTouch or Apple iPad!

Picture categories can include but are not limited to:

Funniest Moving Picture, Moving Fails or How not to Move, Unique Moving Pictures, Packing, Unpacking, New Homes, Old homes, Moving Tips, Funny Faces with Movers or whatever you think best represents a moving experience in pictures….we want them all!

 

Grand Prize: 16 GB Apple iPad

Runner Up: 32 GB Apple iTouch

Weekly Prizes: 16 GB Apple Nano

Fine Print:

No purchase necessary. Participants must by 18 years or older. There will be weekly winners, a runner up winner and a  grand prize winner selected for best moving pictures.  All weekly winners will be announced every week via social media platforms and winners will be required to provide shipping contact information accordingly. Runner up winner and Grand Prize winner will be announced via social media platforms the after August 31, 2012.  Photos can be color or black and white and must be in .JPG format and submitted via direct message to www.facebook.com/republicmovingandstorage . Posting on Republic social pages without prior consent may result in disqualification. No more than 40 characters can be included as text when submitting. Amateur photographers living in the U.S. who do not gain the largest portion of their annual income from the sale of photographs are eligible. Employees of Republic Moving and Storage, their children and legal dependents, are not eligible.  All entries must be original photographs or submitters must have obtained necessary third-party releases.  Submitters are responsible for ensuring that their submissions are in compliance with all the legal and copyright requirements.  Every participant can submit up to 5 photos and agrees that Republic Moving and Storage is allowed to reproduce the photo through social posts with proper accreditation. Regardless of who is in the photo, only the submitting person will receive the prize.  Contest begins July 18 and ends at 11:59pm PST August 31, 2012. All questions or inquiries should be directed to info@lmsagency.com

Republic Moving & Storage’s Green Movement!

republic recycling truck

Did you know that cardboard boxes can produce up to 90% waste after the completion of your move?  Let us help you reduce your carbon footprint and feel good about moving. Republic Moving & Storage is the only- yes, only – moving company that will whisk away your used boxes after your move with our recycling truck to dispose of properly.  Of course we do offer eco-friendly moving bins if you initially choose to use green moving practices but we’re here to offer a solution in case you would rather use cardboard boxes.

We are Republic Moving & Storage – doing our part to save the environment one box at a time!  Happy Moving!

May is National Moving Month!

National Moving Month

May is National Moving Month and it marks the beginning of a busy moving season that lasts through September.  During this time an estimated 40 million Americans will be moving and more than half of these moves will happen between May and September.  So before you start packing up your belongings remember the single most important thing to consider when moving to another community, state or abroad—finding the right movers to help you with the major event will help make this an easier transition.  Moving is a daunting task especially when you are going at it alone. So when considering which moving companies to team up with, keep these helpful tips in mind:

Trusted Experience:  You plan on trusting these movers with your valuable possessions so why would you settle for anything less than the best?  Long standing, family-owned businesses, and businesses that employ Certified Moving Consultants who have completed the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) certification program and passed the final exam are all stellar choices when selecting moving companies.  We also encourage you to call and speak to a representative and freely ask any questions that you may have.  Don’t be afraid to ask for references; experienced and trusted companies will happily answer your questions and readily provide you with all the requested information.

Look to the Masses: With today’s instant access technology you’re only a couple of clicks away from finding online reviews on just about any professional service. What are people saying about the company? Finding a company that has above average reviews (but not perfect!) is usually your best bet.  An abundance of flawless reviews generally throws up warning flags.  Also be aware of fabricated, unfavorable posts which can usually be spotted if that is the user’s only review, they have no profile set-up and their post seems unreasonable.  Instead, look to the consumers that genuinely provide useful information and tips. If you do find a quality review where the customer had a complaint look to the company and see how it handled the issue. Was it timely in its response? Did it strive to bring 100% satisfaction to the consumer?

Love the Earth:  If you haven’t heard, there is a green movement going on. Environmentally focused companies from all over the world are finding intuitive ways to help save and give back to the earth and the moving industry is no different.  When looking for quality moving companies ask what, if any, green efforts they are implementing. If you are doing the packing yourself and are just looking for a company to move the items ask if they have any green tips for packing. Forward-thinking companies will be happy to give you tips, tricks and even help execute a green move with recyclable, reusable moving bins.

Be Kind to your Wallet:  Be cautious of pitches that sound too good to be true; chances are that they are.  This is not to say that good deals on moving and storage facilities are not available (there are) but be wary if a company is offering services that are hundreds or thousands of dollars less….as the saying goes “you get what you pay for”. As with any professional service, thoroughly read contracts, ask questions and make sure there is an agreement on the services you are getting for which you have paid. Honest companies will not overwhelm you with hidden fees or small print but in fact will walk you through the process to ensure you understand everything every step of the way.

We are Republic Moving & Storage, proud of our reputation as an elite global mover and we look forward to working for you on your upcoming move! 619.600.0559

Happy Birthday Republic Moving & Storage!

birthday cake candles

In 2008 Republic Moving and Storage, on the verge of bankruptcy, was purchased by the Lovejoy family.  The president, Bill Lovejoy explained, “My wife Carol and I purchased Republic with our life savings from the verge of Bankruptcy; we had one driver, and were barely doing one move a day.” In four short years Republic has gone from a reported $795K in revenue their first year to a projected $8.2 million this year– officially making this San Diego based company one of California’s  largest moving companies.  Their dynamic success is really a tribute to Republic’s wonderful staff, and terrific service providers that work very hard to please our customers!

Their hard work and commitment to the industry has not gone unnoticed, named the 2010 Moving and Storage Agent of the Year Service Excellence Award, the top honor of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), Republic Moving and Storage Republic’s rise to the top can be accredited to their efforts in staying ahead of the industry trends through competitive pricing, green moving efforts and exemplary customer service.

So what does the birthday company have to say for itself?  “We are extremely grateful for our success” said owner Bill Lovejoy, “and we look forward to many more years of being San Diego’s leader in moving and storage”.

 

Help Feed the Republic Social Media–Win $250!

Moving ContestHelp feed the Republic Moving & Storage’s social media!

From now until May 31st Republic Moving and Storage will be giving away TWO $250  Restaurant.com gift certificates!

It’s easy…simply follow any of our social media pages and you will be automatically qualified to win a $250 Restaurant.com gift certificate to use at your restaurant of choice.

Your chances are even greater since we are giving away not one but TWO $250 Restaurant.com gift certificates….and all you have to do is follow to get the chance to a win one!

Simply follow these easy steps:

1.         Like any or all of our pages: Facebook, Twitter, Google+

2.         Post “Republic, I want a Restaurant.com gift certificate!

3.         Tell your family and friends to increase your chance of winning!

4.         Check back the first week of June to see if you are the proud owner of a $250    Restaurant.com gift certificate to be used at your restaurant of choice!

Easy!

You better get moving—start liking those pages to increase your chances!

-Republic Moving & Storage

Announcing the 2011 Service Provider of the Year!

Republic Moving and Storage Service Provider of the Year

We at Republic Moving & Storage are proud to announce Carlos Pena as the 2011 Service Providers of the Year winner!  This is Carlos Pena’s second consecutive year of winning this prestigious and sought after award making us extremely proud to have Carlos on our team. The Service Provider of the Year award is based on: online scoring via customer surveys, quality of work, low claims, teamwork and dependability.

Runners up to the award, Enrique Pimienta, Rolando De la Vega, Terry Sartain and Cesar Puga, ran a close race against Carlos and are also being recognized for their stellar customer service and dependability. With the power team in place we look forward to yet another year of being the industry leaders in moving, storage and exemplary customer service.

Congratulations to all Service Provider Nominees and winner Carlos Pena!

Republic Moving and Storage Nominees for Service Provider of the Year 2011

Congratulations are in Order!

Congratulations

Republic Moving and Storage is proud to announce that for the third year in a row our Military Carrier Evaluation has received a perfect score for our Military Local Contract!

This is not an easy feat and we could not have done it without our amazing Republic team. From our amazing Military customer service team, to operations, moving crews and our stellar accounting department…the entire Republic Moving Team has proven once again to be at the top of the moving industry game.

Join us in giving a great big congratulations to the entire Republic Moving & Storage Team!

American Moving & Storage Association Appoints Their Newest Board Member

bill lovejoy

 

We are proud to announce that American Moving & Storage Association’s (AMSA) has elected owner of San Diego based Republic Moving & Storage, Bill Lovejoy to the AMSA Board of Directors for a two year term.  As a member of the Board of Directors Lovejoy’s duties will involve oversight and leadership in the moving and storage industry.

AMSA a non-profit trade association established in 1936, are the industry leaders that represent members of the professional moving industry based primarily in the United States. Its 3,500+ members consist of van lines, their agents, independent movers, industry suppliers, and industry specific individuals and organizations.  AMSA offers a complete range of services including but not limited to: state and federal government representation, legal and tax assistance, professional education and certification programs, financial and statistical reporting, loss and damage claim dispute arbitration and publications designed to keep you well informed about the latest news and trends affecting your industry related business.

Republic Moving & Storage, a family owned and operated business, is one of the fastest growing Domestic and International relocation companies in the United States. Lovejoy attributes Republic’s success to their excellent Service Providers and Office Team dedicated to being the absolute best in the industry. Their dedication to uphold the highest industry standards has not gone unnoticed; in 2010 Republic Moving & Storage was proudly awarded the prestigious AMSA Agent of the Year for Quality Service.

Housewarming Party Menu Ideas

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After you have executed a successful move it may take a little time to get 100% settled in but there is no reason why you can’t invite some friends and family over for a visit to show off your new abode. When selecting a party food menu there are a few things to take into consideration such as: the overall tastes/likes/dislikes of your guests, if you want to host a sit-down dinner or a mix-and-mingle type of party, your budget and of course how much time you want to devote to preparing for the masses.

The Menu

Appetizers and finger foods can be the main course or they can be the first course to a sit-down dinner. Once you decide the style and theme of event you want to select a variety options to serve. If you decide to solely serve appetizers and finger foods consider choosing anywhere from 5-8 small items to serve up so your guests do not feel limited.

Think of Your Guests Needs

Considering dietary preferences when planning your menu will ensure everything runs smoothly the day of your party. Make sure to offer at least two vegetarian options and take into consideration if there are any known food allergies of your guests. Nuts and sesame seeds are very common (and extremely lethal) food allergies so keep clear of these items when possible.

Wine & Cheese

Are you already overwhelmed with the menu planning?  An easy and popular choice for any party is a wine and cheese party.  Compliment the cheese, crackers and breads with some fruit, vegetables and spreads. Select a couple bottles of red wine, white wine and even mix in some champagne or mixed cocktails to toast to the new digs.

Food & Beverage Options

Food options are endless and are completely dependent on your budget, the amount of you time you want to devote to cooking and of course your cooking skill level.  Some appetizer crowd pleasers such as flatbreads or focaccia bread can be made a variety of different ways and can be easily cut into small slices. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus; stuffed mushrooms; shrimp cocktail and a variety of dips and salsas are all easy options and will satisfy your foodie friends as well as your down-home eaters. If you want a more casual spread but want to provide more than just appetizers and finger foods break out the BBQ and throw on some meat, fish or veggie burgers. Compliment the main course with grilled corn on the cob or grilled fruit such as pineapple or peaches.  Have a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, water, wine, beer and or mixed drinks and ice will ensure that your guests are all taken care of accordingly. If you are working on a tighter budget don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring something when you send out the invites.  Your friends and family will most likely be happy to bring an appetizer of choice or their favorite beverage thus helping add to the mix of the menu.  Remember whatever menu you decide on for your event keep in mind the tastes of your guests and how much actual time you want to spend during the actual party cooking; you want to enjoy the time with your friends and family and not be preoccupied with cooking the entire time!

REPUBLIC MOVING AND STORAGE PURCHASES GLOBAL MOVING SYSTEMS

republic Moving and storageRepublic Moving and Storage, one of the fastest growing Domestic and International relocation companies in the United States, has purchased the assets of Global Moving Systems located in San Diego, Ca.

Bill Lovejoy, President of Republic Moving and Storage, states that Republic’s strategy will be to relocate the newly acquired business to a new location at 42374 Avenida Alvarado Suite B, Temecula, Ca. 92590.  This facility will service both military and private party re-locations.

Republic Moving and Storage was purchased in May of 2008 by Bill Lovejoy and was named 2010 AMSA (American Moving and Storage Association) Agent of Year for Service Excellence.  Mr. Lovejoy attributes Republic’s success to their excellent Service Providers and Office Team dedicated to being the absolute best in the industry!

 

Moving with Four Legged Family Members

Moving with PetsWhen moving with four-legged family members here are some of Republic Moving & Storage’s tips that will make your move into the new home an easy and safe transition for all.

1. Paperwork

If you are embarking on a long-distance move it is recommended that you have copies of all of your animal’s vet records and latest vaccinations.  Having readily available documents that aren’t packed away will make it easy for you provide the new veterinarian the documentation and safeguard you if for some reason need the records during the course of your travels.

2. Update IDs

Update your pet’s identification tags with the new home information as well as your cell phone number in case you get separated from your pet during the move.  If your animal is microchipped make sure that the company has the updated information on file as well.

3. Buckle Up!

Investing in a safe carrier and/or pet restraint device is highly recommended to keep yourself and your animal safe.  Pets can get jittery or become a distraction so keep them safeguarded.  If you are moving with cats it is imperative that you have a carrier to avoid them trying to curl up by your feet or crawl around the car. For your safety and your pet’s safety make sure all animals are buckled up or in safe carriers.

4. Light Diets

Some animals can be prone to motion sickness in the car or may become uneasy due to all the added commotion. Keep their diets to a minimum when moving but remember to keep them hydrated with a with a fresh, clean water bowl.

5. Moving Day

The day of the move make sure that animals are placed securely in a room that has already been moved so they are not underfoot. If possible ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch them when the actual move is occurring. Animals can become jittery and uneasy when they see their house being loaded up and may be more prone to get out so keep a close eye on their behavior and make sure that they have a favorite blanket or toy to make them feel secure.

6. Car Moves

It should go without saying that you should never put an animal in a moving truck. Your four-legged family members should be moved in your car or another family member’s car to keep them safe.

7. Plan for Stops Along the Way

Many dogs will just curl up and sleep when in the car but remember on long distance moves to plan to stop every few hours to let your pooch stretch it’s legs and have a bathroom break.

8. Know the Rules

Some states have regulations about transporting animals across the state line such as Hawaii that requires a 6 month quarantine.  Different areas may require different neighborhood licenses so make sure to check with your state, local and neighborhood regulations before you set off on your move.

9. Pet Photos

The last thing that we ever want to hear is that you have a problem when moving with your pets.  In case of an unfortunate event of being separated from your pet have on hand recent photos of your pet in case it gets lost when you are traveling.

10: Pet Suitcase

Just like you packed a moving bag of neccesities plan to pack one for your animal too. A favorite toy and blanket, leash, plastic bags for bathroom breaks, food and water, pet dishes and any necessary medicine and documentation should be placed all in one bag or suitcase for your furry family member.

11. Lots of Love

Just like anyone else that is going through a move pets need constant reassurance. Make sure to give your pets lots of reassurance, love and belly rubs to make them feel comfortable and at ease through the entire move and when they eventually get settled into their new home.

Have you moved with a pet before? What pet tips helped you make it a successful move?

Welcome to the Neighborhood Cocktail Party!

Housewarming partyYou just completed a successful move and are unpacked and settled into your new home.  What’s the next step? Getting to know your neighbors! Putting together a neighborhood party is a great way to introduce yourself and learn more about your new neighborhood.   What’s one of the most important ingredients in throwing a housewarming party? Cocktails! While the old standbys of wine and beer are great choices… if you really want to get the party started and wow your new neighbors serve them up some of these New Neighbor Libations:

Sunny Delight!

For summer get-togethers what better way to show them the sunny side of life than with a refreshing summer drink?  This refreshing cocktail is sure to please your guests:

1 shot triple sec

3 shots lemon vodka

1 shot club soda

1 lemon

Fill with Sunny Delight® orange juice

Using a jar or cannery style mason jar is a fun way to style this drink.  First pour the vodka and the triple sec together. Squeeze the lemon lightly, and place it on the rim. Fill the glass with sunny delight, then add a shot of club soda. Serve as a shot or over ice.

Tokyo Tea

Whether you are going with a themed party or just a quaint get-together show your new neighbors your international mixologist side with this twist on a Long Island Iced Tea.

1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz rum

1/2 oz gin

1/2 oz tequila

1/2 oz triple sec

1 oz Midori® melon liqueur

 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain into a small highball glass filled with ice, and serve.

Sidecar

Serving up drinks to a more sophisticated crowd?  This drink was named after a motorcycle sidecar in Paris during World War I and was a drink that was designed after the people that lived the fabulous life.

¾ oz Cointreau

1 ¾ Cognac

¼ lemon juice

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake, strain into martini glass and serve

 Italian Apple Martini

The Apple Martini was born in the none other than the Big Apple, New York City.  This flirty drink will give you a slice of the big city life at your neighborhood party.

3/4 oz Amaretto Di Saronno® liqueur

1 1/2 oz DeKuyper® Sour Apple Pucker schnapps

3/4 oz Stoli® Vanil vodka

1 splash Rose’s® lime juice

1 splash cranberry juice

Pour all into iced shaker tin, shake until tin is cold to the touch and strain into martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel, and serve.

As always Republic Moving & Storage is here for all of your moving needs. Remember to celebrate your successful move and new neighborhood responsibly! Happy Moving!

Packing Check Off List

Moving and Packing SuppliesGetting ready for your next move can be daunting. Make sure that you have everything you need with this handy Republic Moving & Storage check off list and get on track for a successful move!

Packing Supplies

Boxes:  Durable cardboard boxes of all different sizes: Don’t forget dish barrels and specialty wardrobe boxes. Although we always encourage getting your quality boxes and supplies from an expert moving company, getting used, sturdy boxes from liquor stores or grocery stores can help save you money.

Packing Materials:  Old newspapers, biodegradable peanuts and/or bubble wrap. Keep a couple of bath towels out to use to fill in extra space around fragile items.

Markers:  Thick, black Sharpie markers work the best. Buy a pack of at least three so you have them for different rooms.

Pad of paper and pen:  (for your box-by-box inventory list)

Packing Tape: both for sealing boxes and affixing hardware to disassembled furniture

Plastic Baggies:  Utilize both quart and gallon sized baggies that zip closed.  Collect screws and small parts that go with furniture, place these items in a plastic bag then tape it onto the furniture. Baggies should also be used for items such as cleaners or shampoos that may leak in the moving process.

Heavy-duty garbage bags:  use garbage bags for donations, garbage, and for moving clothing.

Plastic Wrap:  wrapping furniture, mirrors and artwork in plastic wrap is a great way to keep you valuables from being nicked or scratched.

Tools:  there are a lot of things that need to be taken apart and put back together during a move. Make sure you have a hammer, screwdriver (flat-head and Phillips), Drill (make sure it is charged!), Allen wrench, regular wrenches, scissors, and box cutter.

Moving may seem to be an overwhelming process but it doesn’t have to be. Being prepared and relying on the experts to help you through the move will be rewarding and most importantly allow you to focus on enjoying your next home adventure.

Happy Moving!

Everything To Remember About Changing Your Address–From A-Z

A-to-ZThere is a lot to remember when moving. To avoid overlooking any address change notifications to your friends, family or businesses here is Republic Moving & Storage’s Changing Your Address Check Off List. Have any to add? Let us know and we will add it to our list!

  1. Accountant/tax preparer
  2. Alumni associations
  3. Attorneys
  4. Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, home equity, IRA’s, mortgage, safe deposit box, savings account)
  5. Broker
  6. Business cards (order new ones if necessary)
  7. Cell phone provider
  8. Child care/ daycare
  9. Chiropractor
  10. Courts, especially for traffic tickets or local disputes
  11. Credit bureaus
  12. Credit card issuers
  13. Dentist
  14. Department of Motor Vehicles
  15. Doctor
  16. Dry cleaning pick-up and/or delivery
  17. Family members and friends
  18. Health clubs
  19. House cleaning service
  20. House of worship
  21. Insurance providers (auto, health, life, other vehicles);
  22. IRS (form 8822)
  23. Lawn care
  24. Luggage tags (replace existing ones)
  25. Magazine subscriptions
  26. New employer
  27. Newspaper subscriptions
  28. Old employer
  29. Parent-teacher association
  30. Passport
  31. Pet sitter/ dog walker/ pet day care
  32. Pharmacy
  33. Post office
  34. Retirement plan holders
  35. Return address labels (order new ones)
  36. Schools
  37. Social Security Administration
  38. Veterinarian (get vet records and recommendations if moving out of area)
  39. Water delivery services

From all of us at Republic Moving and Storage we wish you the happiest of moves!


How to Throw a Housewarming Party

Once you are all settled into your new home what better way to celebrate the move than having a housewarming party? Where do you start? These ideas will help you throw a memorable housewarming party.

Housewarming Ideas

Save the Date

You most likely didn’t rush into moving into a new place so don’t rush into throwing your housewarming party.  A successful move is one that is carefully scheduled and planned out; celebrating the new house should be no different. Plan the event and choose a date that will allow you time to move in without rushing but be careful to not push it out so far out that too much time passes.

Make a Plan

Themed parties can be fun or a simple get-together with a few family members and friends may be more your style.   Whether you are looking to invite a few select people over or the masses think about the theme ahead of time so you can start putting together a plan.  Summer BBQ, Wine Party, Game Night or something seasonal are few options to choose from.  Whichever you decide choose something that both you and your guests will enjoy.

Guest List

Whether you are on a conservative budget or ready to blow out a big bash remember that what truly makes a house a home is surrounding yourself with the family and friends in your life who matter the most.  Republic Moving and Storage recommends using your housewarming party as an chance to invite your closest friends and family as well as using it as an opportunity to meet your new neighbors.

Invitations

There are plenty of ways to invite the troops to your housewarming party and they don’t have to cost you your pocket book. Create a free Evite, pick up the phone or break out the construction paper and make some homemade invitations. For the new neighbor’s invitations personally hand delivering the invitations is also a great way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood and start getting to know your new neighbors ahead of time.  Remember that there is nothing worse than an invitation that doesn’t cover all the pertinent information. When constructing your invitations don’t forget to include all necessary information:  Who, What, Where, Why, RSVP information and also detail if you need guest to bring anything such a beverage or appetizer to contribute.

Party Time

On the date of your housewarming party remember the most important ingredient when hosting a party…enjoy yourself!  Your house may not be exactly put together how you want it but your guests will understand. Remember that the single most important part of making a house a home is being able to enjoy it with your family and friends. So kick up your feet, relax and enjoy your place with the ones you love.

Happy Housewarming!

Housewarming Gift Ideas

Know someone that just moved into a new place? Remember to never show up to your friends and families new digs empty handed! No matter what budget you are working with here are some of Republic Moving and Storage’s great housewarming gifts or day-of-the-move perks that will be sure to be hit.

Tasty Treats: A simple bottle of wine, spirits or homemade desserts are all great gifts for a housewarming party or even the day of the move…best part is that you can participate in the enjoyment! If bringing food or drink the day of the move make sure to take in account that utensils and tableware may not be easily accessible.  Want to add even more special touches to your special treats? Wine openers, BBQ tools or even serving platters are great additions to any home culinary gift.

housewarming wine gift

lucky bamboo for housewarmingPlants & Flowers:  A simple plant or a bouquet of flowers are always well received by hostesses and are great additions to any new home. Picking smaller potted plants such as jade or decorative pots with herbs will ensure that the recipient will be able to find the perfect place for the addition. If you are looking for a more personalized touch Feng Shui tradition states that three stalks of bamboo with a red ribbon are said to bring good luck to any home…it’s a win-win!

Personalized Items:  What makes a home a home are all the extra touches so why not give a personalized gift that speaks from the heart? Gifts such as personalized doormats, coffee mugs, candles and monogrammed towels, cutting boards or even a simple key holder are more economical than you think and will be used and appreciated for years to come. Welcome Door Mat

 

Moving Housewarming GiftsFor the Person that Has it All:  If you are having a hard time thinking of that perfect gift what recently moved person wouldn’t love a project gift card? Gift cards to places such as Home Depot, Lowes and Target are great ways for the recipients to get what they want and when they want it.  If giving a gift card is not personal enough for your taste consider making your own Do-It-Yourself Home Bucket for potential home projects.

What are your favorite housewarming gifts to give and receive?

Cleaning + Moving

woman cleaning new homeIn an ideal world when you move into your new home the previous owners have been kind enough to leave everything in the place sparkling clean; unfortunately this is not always the case. The good news is that house cleaning in your new home will be a piece of cake compared to the old place where you have furniture and items to move yet.  Follow these Republic Moving & Storage’s moving cleaning tips and get your new place sparkling and ready for move in:

How to Clean Your New House

The most dreaded room in the house seems to be the kitchen so why not get this room out of the way first?   Between the stove, refrigerator and all the nooks and crannies this room sometimes need a little bit more cleaning love.  After you are done with the kitchen clean one room at a time and finish each room of with the cleaning of the floors. If you are looking to save money and be environmentally conscious consider cleaning with the King and Queen of Cleaning House: Vinegar and Baking Soda.  If you are going to use cleaners that contain chemicals make sure that there is plenty of ventilation and that you don’t overuse these products!

Quick tips to get you on track to a spic-and-span house:

Kitchen

Oven: Remove oven racks and place them in the sink filled with soapy water. If you’re using an oven cleaner, spray it first and let it sit while you clean the rest of the kitchen. Follow the directions accordingly and scrub the oven down well when ready. It is safe to clean the racks with steel wool. You can also use a paste of baking soda and vinegar to get your oven clean without using chemicals.

Sink: It is safe to use steel wool on stubborn stains in a stainless steel sink, or use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. After you’ve removed stains, an equal part solution of water and lemon juice will really bring out the sink’s shine.

Cabinets: Dust and wipe down cabinets with a soft cloth all surfaces, inside and out. Don’t forget the tops of cabinet doors!

Countertops: Use a solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar to get counter tops (except marble) squeaky clean.

Refrigerator: Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and clean out behind it with a broom and/vacuum. Pull out all removable racks and drawers and place in warm soapy water. Clean the refrigerator inside and out: top, back and sides. Scrub down drawers, rinse thoroughly, dry and replace all racks and drawers.

Bathroom

A number of chemical cleaners are available to clean your bathroom but are certainly not good for you or the environment. Using a paste of baking soda and vinegar also works amazing and even dissolves soap scum and can be used on both the tub and sink. To clean glass shower doors use 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Use undiluted vinegar in the toilet and scrub with a scrub brush.

Bedrooms and Family Areas

These rooms are usually easier to clean comparatively to the bathroom and kitchen areas. Focus on walls, closet shelves, built in book cases and corners in each of these rooms. Remember to finish off each room with the cleaning of the floors.

Floors

Consider investing in, renting, purchasing a steam cleaner or hiring a professional to steam clean for you to get out any tough stains and/or odors. There is also equipment and professionals that can be rented or hired to steam clean your sealed hardwood floors.  If you just want to mop down the wood floors yourself Murphy’s Oil Soap is a great product to get the job done.  Remember to do the floors only after you have done the cleaning in each room to save on having to clean them more than once.

Walls

When is the last time you wiped down your walls?  Unless you have kids washing down the walls is not always at the top of list for cleaning projects.  Wash walls with a solution of water and vinegar, which is safe on most surfaces. Pay close attention to corners and higher trafficked areas/touched areas (about waist level).  Remove tough stains or crayon marks with a Magic Eraser-type product.

Have any cleaning or moving tips you would like to add? Let us know…we would love to add them to the list!

Happy Moving!

Republic of San Diego Prepares for the Busiest Moving Season

Republic of San Diego has been getting prepared for the moving industries busiest season of the year. Just by the increase in business we have had in the last month, we’ve needed to add twice as much memory to our servers and computers. There has been an increase in productivity by using dual monitors at every desk. We felt that it is important to stay on top of our technology and to keep everything moving as smooth as possible. Also by doing all of these updates it allows us to have a quicker response to our customers’ needs and wants. Keep us in mind when looking for help with your next move or storage needs. Our team strives to make your moving experience the best you’ve ever had.

Owners of San Diego Moving Company Turn Top Van Lines in United States

In May of 2008, Bill and Carol Lovejoy purchased the assets of the struggling Republic Van Lines of San Diego.  The company had little or no business, but had been in San Diego since 1952 and enjoyed a distinguished history.

The new Republic Moving and Storage had a vision that all of the service providers would be trained to care more about customer satisfaction than company profit.  Republic spends much time and energy in training their service providers to be excellent in their work.  Every Driver, Packer, and helper is required to be AMSA certified as a CPL (Certified Packer Loader) before they can work for San Diego Movers. Although the company has consistent, detailed training that covers the basics or furniture handling, a lot of time is invested in teaching the soft skills of customer communications.  During these training meetings, the crew leaders practice skills such as “introducing themselves and their team to the customers” and “how to handle negative situations with customers” in front of the entire service provider group.

This training and role playing has turned out to be “magical” The service providers have become more comfortable in interacting with customers.  It has been great to see these folks grow in confidence and stature.  They see themselves as true “professionals” and are treated that way by Republic’s staff and more importantly, by their customers.

San Diego Moving Company expects a great deal from their service providers and works very hard to show their appreciation.  There are monthly awards, annual awards, trophies, and a whole lot of praise.  The sales team and staff, occasionally show up at 5:00 am to cook a wonderful bacon and egg breakfast to show their appreciation for the Service Providers hard work.

The office and sales folks are equally exceptional!  Republic has a seasoned team of managers who are relentless in their pursuit of excellence.  The rest of the team works for the common goal of being the best service provider we can be for our customers, carriers, and TSP’s.  The atmosphere in the office is very light hearted, so don’t be surprised if the phone is answered “it’s a Groovy day at Republic”.

In September 2010, after outgrowing their first warehouse, Republic moved into their current 55,000 sq ft location complete with full training facility, laundry room, shower, and drivers lounge for their service providers.   Operating on the belief that “We’re only as good as the crew that arrives at the front door”, Republic is a company that has truly been blessed with wonderful men and women doing a great job for our customers.

Republic Moving & Storage recognizes that there are hundreds of fantastic movers across this great country, and is humbled to have been Chosen AMSA’s 2010 Agent of the year for Service Excellence.

In Remarkable Turnaround, San Diego’s Republic Moving & Storage Wins Top Industry Association Award from AMSA

San Diego, CA – February 14, 2011 – Republic Moving & Storage, a San Diego County business for nearly 60 years, has received the 2010 Moving and Storage Agent of the Year Service Excellence Award, the top honor of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). It’s a remarkable turnaround for Republic, an agent of North American Van Lines.

This honor is a testament to the men and women who work very hard to please our customers.,” said Republic president/owner Bill Lovejoy. “Less than three years ago, my wife Carol and I purchased Republic with our life savings from the verge of Bankruptcy; we had one driver, and were barely doing one move a day.”

Today, he said, Republic’s sales volume is over $5 million and has an average of 30 to 40 moves per day. The business specializes in domestic and international relocations for both individuals and military customers. They specialize in office and industrial moving as well.

Republic, which has 70 office employees and service providers, traces its history in Southern California to 1952 and has remained an independent company. The firm, nominated by North American Van Lines, received its national trade association’s top honor for customer surveys and van line experiences which were reviewed by AMSA, as well as innovation and efforts to upgrade and modernize to best industry practices.

Lovejoy traces winning the top AMSA award to the wonderful men and woman that serve our customers at a very high level daily. Their smiling faces and dedication to excellence make the company what it is today.

The office staff is equally terrific. They watch over each move to ensure its success and work hard to set high standards for Republic.

About Republic Moving & Storage:
For nearly 60 years, this family-owned and operated moving business has handled all relocation needs to and from San Diego County. Republic’s special services include warehousing and distribution, and the moving service is approved for both domestic and international military relocations.

Contact: Bill Lovejoy
Website: https://www.Republicmoving.com
Phone: 619-600-0559

San Diego Moving Company First to Participate in Friends of Heroes Program

Republic Moving and Storage a San Diego based moving company, is proud to become one of the first companies in San Diego to participate in the Friends of Heroes program. The program is part of the Homes for Heroes Real Estate Savings initiative which expanded last December to include San Diego as the first location in Southern California. The Friends of Heroes program was designed to offer substantial discounts to the heroes that serve our nation and the local heroes who inspire and protect our community.

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As a part of the Homes for Heroes program, local teachers, military personnel, police officers and firefighters they will receive a 25% savings on their closings costs and be eligible for discounted lending fees. It was important to extend this financial assistance even further, which is why the Friends of Heroes program offers additional discounts for home related services and products. The Foundation was created by Ruth Johnson of Minnesota in response to the 9/11 attacks as a way of saying “Thank you” to the men and women who have given so much to our country.

Republic Moving & Storage, a San Diego moving company is thrilled to take part in a program that gives back so much to the community. We are proud to support our local Heroes and as a way of showing our thanks, we would like to offer 10% off of our moving and storage services to anyone who is a part of the Homes for Heroes program. We understand how difficult times are and especially how costly it can be to purchase and maintain a home.

Owner and President of Republic, Bill Lovejoy states, “When my wife Carol and I purchased Republic Moving and Storage in 2008, we wanted to be a family business that focused on providing the highest quality moving services in the greater San Diego area. Our business has been blessed and it’s our desire to give back to programs that would assist the community.”

Republic Moving and Storage was purchased in May of 2008 by Bill Lovejoy a 30 year veteran of the moving and storage industry. His mission was to build a strong, customer service oriented company capable of handling a large volume of moves while still maintaining its reputation as a quality company. The headquarters for Republic feature a 55,000 square foot military approved storage facilities with 24/7 video surveillance. The service crews are given a thorough background check and obtain all relevant certifications before they start working.

Republic Moving and Storage is proud, after much hard work to be retaining and attracting market share in the San Diego area. In spite of a faltering economy, and with a humble start, Republic Moving & Storage has increased their revenues to almost $5 million annually in their first three years in business.

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