You have a child off to college in the fall. It is time when you have to start accumulating the things that your child may need for their college dorm or apartment. Here is a list of ideas that we at Columbine Moving & Storage have learned for packing and moving a college student.
When you start packing for your upcoming move, if you do the packing yourself or have Columbine Moving & Storage do the packing, here are a list of things that should not be packed for various reasons.
- These items are not safe in a moving truck. Batteries, fertilizer, or cleaning fluids are items to leave behind. Other dangerous items include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. These items are illegal to move and any reputable moving company will not move them. Samples of these items are nail polish remover, paint, paint thinners, lighter fluid, gasoline, matches, and propane cylinders.
- Food and live plants will require special handling and it will save you money if you take these items in your own vehicle or give them away to your relatives or friends. Other items that you should give a second thought to not moving are exercise equipment, washing machines, dryers and old playground sets. These add lots of weight to the shipment and can add additional handling costs.
- Other items not recommended to move by the moving company are firearms, family pictures, beverages and food in glass jars, perishable foods, and prescriptions drugs. These items you may want to have access too immediately at arriving at your new home so it is best to take them with you in your vehicle. Perishable foods if left in the moving load will rot and smell up the rest of the load. Beverages are apt to break and seep onto other boxes or furniture which could cause damage.
- Your refrigerator and freezer should be emptied out at least twenty-four hours in advance. Dry these appliances completely so mold will not start to grow.
- On moving day have all the oil and fuel drained from garden tools and machinery, disconnect any battery-operated equipment from its battery, disconnect propane tanks and return them to collection centers.
- Jewelry and legal documents such as passports, birth certificates, financial statements, medical records, coin collections are best moved by you, the customer, or sent via a secure courier service.
If you have any other items that have not been mentioned above that you have a question on whether they are safe to move, give Columbine Moving & Storage in the Aspen or Eagle, Colorado office a call to answer your question.
We aren’t always moving people from home to home. Some days we help commercial and governmental organizations move equipment, offices and merchandise. On July 8th, Columbine Moving & Storage moved the first of nine Ticket Vending Machines (TVM) to Roaring Fork Transit Authority’s (RFTA) Rubey Park bus stop in Aspen, CO.
“Shuttle” per the dictionary means “to travel back & forth frequently”. In the moving and storage business a shuttle occurs when the over the road truck, which is typically 70 to 80 feet long, cannot park within a reasonable distance of the loading/delivery address. This distance is 75 feet or less. When a shuttle is required at origin, the booking agent will include it in the cost of the move. When a shuttle is required at destination, there is no charge for this service depending on the moving contract. At origin, the over the road driver will park his truck as close to the pickup address that is a reasonable distance and safe. The origin agent typically furnishes the smaller truck and a two man crew to help load the items out of the origin residence onto the smaller truck. The smaller truck will than transport the goods to the over the road van. The driver and his crew of the over the road van will than transfer the household goods from the smaller truck to the over the road van. Depending upon the size of the shipment, this process could take several trips with the small truck. At destination, the process is reversed if there is a need for a shuttle.
What’s going on with Aspen and Snowmass fire trucks and emergency vehicles? They have been covered in colorful flowers. Portraits of Hope is here to spread the word in a giant way throughout our valley. In 1995, Ed & Bernie Massey founded Portraits of Hope. This is not the first time Ed Massey, a sculptor, painter, and installation artist, has displayed art to the entire world to see, he has been doing these kinds of things since his college days. With his brother’s help, Portraits of Hope organization has involved 90,000 youth and adults in high profile art projects that have transformed blimps, airplanes, buildings, New York City taxi fleet & tugboats, racecars, lifeguard towers in Los Angeles and now for the first time Aspen and Snowmass fire trucks and emergency vehicles. The flower design which is used for this and other Portrait of Hope projects is their symbol of joy, life, youth, beauty, renewal and the environment. A geometric design is also used in some projects symbolizing the “Shaping of the Future.”