When To Use Pallet Top Sheeting

If you are a business who consistently ships large orders on pallets, you are very well aware of how often and easily shipments can get damaged. That is why you take all of the necessary precautions in order to keep your palettes safe. Yes, within your palettes you probably have individually packaged cardboard boxes or some other type of packaging supplies. Yet, you know that sometimes a cardboard box isn’t enough to completely keep your shipment safe from dust, moisture, or UV rays. This is why pellet top sheeting was invented.

Pallets top sheeting is a polyethylene plastic material that normal comes in pre-perforated sheets. These sheets are flat and can be easily torn and placed on top of your pallet shipments and products.  Thickness and the sheets will vary, but one of the most common thicknesses is about 1.5 mil thick. As far as cost goes, these sheets tend to fairly inexpensive, with each sheet costing only $0.50 on average. The benefits to using these sheets are numerous, and can often times save you loads of money in the end.

By using pallet top sheeting, you can further guarantee the safety of a shipment against different environmental aspects such as dust, moisture, and UV rays. However, a shipment is not the only time and place these sheets are appropriate. For instance, if you need to store items long term, these sheets can help protect your valuables against the same elements as you would in shipping. These sheets can be especially beneficial when it comes to keeping products unsoiled, like clothing, that otherwise might need to be washed and cleaned before being able to actually sell said product. Or, let’s say you need to store electronics long-term, pallet top sheeting can literally be the difference in whether or not your electronic devices survive. This is because electronics are susceptible to dust, and can damaged over time if too much dust collects.

Another instance in which pallet top sheeting can be helpful is in a wet and humid environment. Like with dust. Condensation, humidity, and moisture can be extremely damaging to a vast number of products. And if you are shipping products all around the country, or world, you’re going to need something that will help protect your products through the changing climates. It’s important to note that if the environment your product will encounter is one of high humidity and low moisture, top sheeting is the perfect option. However, in a high moisture environments pallet covers or pallet shrink bags will tend to be a better option.

Finally, pallet top seeding is also very beneficial when it comes to protecting your products against UV rays. In fact, by combining opaque sheeting with opaque stretch film you can block out about 99% of all harmful UV rays. This will help keep your products and being damaged or prevent them from fading. It’s interesting how many people don’t realize how damaging UV rays can be. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your products/investment is protected.

Pallet top sheeting is a packaging option that is definitely worth the investment. It’s easy to manage, inexpensive, and will protect your cardboard boxes and pallets from damage during shipment or storage. Believe us when we say, you won’t regret it.

How To Organize Your Moving Boxes

The time has arrived. It’s time to pack up your entire house into a million different shipping boxes, and make the move to your new home. But, now you have to figure out how you’re going to stay organized during this process. After all, the worst thing that could probably happen is that you lose some of your items along the way do to disorganization. And as you can probably guess, trying to keep a bunch of different shipping boxes that look exactly alike organized can be a mission in itself. So, in this article we will give you some tips and tricks on how to better organize your moving boxes so that you can better keep track of your items, and make sure they all arrive safely into your new home.

The first thing that we recommend is to pack your items by room. Not only is this one of the most efficient ways, but it also allows you to group your items that belong together in the same boxes. This will make it 100 times easier on the other end when you start to unpack, because, you already have items that belong in the same room, together.

The next, you need to make sure that you label every box. For instance, if you’ve just finished packing up the kitchen, make sure you label all your boxes of kitchen. The same would go for your bedroom, pantry, or garage. If you have more than one box, which you probably will, for each room. Then you can label them as kitchen #1, bedroom #3, bathroom #2, etc. You can also color coordinate if you think that the visual help you even further be able to keep track of your boxes.

We also recommend that you set up in inventory list that will help keep track of all your different items in your different boxes. For instance, let’s say that you have just finished packing up kitchen box #3. Have a master list and write down everything that belongs in that particular box. This will be able to help you when you get to your new home to better know what’s inside each box. Thus allowing you to know which box is priority to unpack, and which ones can take extra time.

Also, make sure that you set aside any items that are vital for when you first move into your new home. Put these particular items into their own shipping boxes, and label them as “Vital” or “Need ASAP”. This will be able to allow you to easily identify which boxes that you will need the first night or day you move in. Also, we recommend packing these boxes last, that way they are the first to come out of the truck.

If you have any valuable items, or breakable items, make sure that they are carefully wrapped with the proper shipping supplies, and are placed in an appropriate shipping box. Be diligent to notes at that box is fragile and be sure to designate which end needs to stay up. Also, make sure that if your items are valuable, you don’t label what they are. This unfortunately will just scream, “steal me”, and make them more susceptible to be stolen.

Moving is definitely not fun. But, it doesn’t have to be stressful. You just need to make sure that you have a plan in place and that you’re carefully marking your moving boxes so you know exactly what they are and where they need to go when you get to your new location. If you do this, you will eliminate a majority of your stress, and allow you to better enjoy this new adventure that you are about to embark upon. Happy moving!

How To Find, Compare, & Hire The Best Movers Near You

Moving is often a wearisome endeavor. It takes time, energy, effort, and a whole lot of money. This is all the more escalated when you don’t have the proper help, or you underestimate the job itself and don’t hire the proper help you need to realistically carry out the moving process. Now, you’re probably telling yourself that moving companies are far too expensive and surely it isn’t worth paying a company to do something you think you can honestly yourself. Well, you could do it yourself. But, how stressed and overworked you honestly want to be? If the answer is you don’t want to be stressed, than this article is for you. In this article we will do our best to help you decide if weather or not a moving company is the right decision for you and your family.

The first thing you need to look at when trying to decide if you should hire movers is how far you are actually moving. If the answer is just across town, then no, you probably don’t need to hire any sort of moving service. And could save the money and use it elsewhere. On the other hand, if you’re moving several cities or states away, then hiring a reputable moving company may just be a must, especially if you’re going to be shipping a lot valuables and expensive items across the country. Really what it’s going to come down to is if whether or not you truly can manage the task of moving you, your family, and all your valuables across a great distance without any professional help.

If you do end up coming to the conclusion that you need movers, then the next phase is to actually find movers near you. Now, this can be tricky within itself. This is because while there are a lot of great moving companies out there, there are also a lot of scam artists. So, this is where you need to do your research and find a reputable moving company that can be trusted and is reliable. The best place to start in finding decent moving company is to get recommendations from people that you trust. Ask friends, coworkers, and colleagues if any of them know of a great moving company. Also you can check customer reviews online. These will be unbiased opinions of different types of moving companies that will give you a good indicator of whether or not one can be trusted.

Once you have narrowed your list down, now you need to focus on price. You need to make sure that when hiring a moving company that they gave you the full details of the move in black and white and have a set price. If they are refusing to give you a set price, or are hesitant then this could be cause for concern. Make sure that before you sign any contract everything is completely spelled out, and there is no hidden fees or costs that will incur along the way. Also, it’s important to discuss if they will be providing your packaging supplies, or if you need to provide your own packaging supplies. Sometimes moving companies will want you to use a certain type of packaging supplies, depending on the item, so make sure this is discussed in full detail long before they come to pick up your items.

Once you have narrowed your search down and have chosen your moving company, now is the time to make sure you give yourself plenty of time and schedule everything out in advance. The worst thing you could do is schedule a moving date with your moving company, and then switch that day at the last minute. This can incur all sorts of fees and costs that you definitely don’t want to have to pay. So, have a plan and know exactly what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. If you can follow these things, you will be able to make you and your family’s move a breeze. Happy moving!

 

How To Budget For An International Move

If you ever get the chance to move abroad, it could potentially be one of the most exciting, yet terrifying experiences of your life. There is so much that goes into moving overseas, that it can often times get overwhelming. Plus, once you count in the fact of how expensive it can get, it’s easy to start freaking out a little. However, there really is no reason too. With the proper planning, and a thought out budget, you can make even the most overwhelming move a breeze. And in this article, we will give you some tips on how to properly plan, so the only surprises you will have are the ones your friends will be throwing for you before you leave.

The first thing that you want to do in planning, especially when planning your budget, is to make a spreadsheet. You know that little program on your computer called Excel? Well, it’s time to get acquainted with it if you haven’t already. One of the best ways to create a budget and to stick with it is to provide yourself with a clear picture of the different expenses that you will incur. Go ahead and create a chart within Excel, and add any and all of the categories that you know will incur expenses along the way. Then, start filling in the actual cost amounts as you become aware of them. This process will help you clearly define how much you’ll actually have to spend to make your move, and therefore will be able to help you better budget and plan accordingly.

One important expense that you want to be aware of is a moving company expense. Often times, this will be your greatest expense so it’s important to make sure that you take your time and find a reputable moving company that will be the perfect fit for you. Be aware though, that there are several different moving companies out there that will try to take advantage of you. Avoid any companies that refuse to give you a solid price. If there are unwilling to give you a solid moving quote or price, it’s often times because there will be hidden fees or expenses that will accumulate along the way. So, make sure that before you sign a contract with the moving company you have the exact price of what they will charge in black-and-white.

Also, there are a few other moving expenses that you’ll need to be aware of when it comes to your moving company. For instance, you will have your moving company fee, but you also will want to purchase extra moving insurance to help cover the cost of your items if they are damaged or lost during shipment. This may not seem important now, but we promise you if anything were to happen you’d wish you had it. You also have to budget for tips to give to the movers on both ends of the move. Plus, don’t forget that you’ll need to purchase shipping supplies that will hold all of your items. Your best option is to find cheap moving boxes, if you can. Cheap moving boxes can be found almost anywhere, but make sure that you check with your shipping company in case they have any restrictions on the type of cheap moving boxes that you can use. Also, you may need to budget for storage unit in the country of origin for the things you may have to leave behind.

Other expenses that you may incur along the way will be your travel costs. This will include your flights, transportation to and from the airport, potential hotels if your new home isn’t ready, food along the way, travel documents that you may need to update, customs fees that you may have to pay upon arrival to your new country, and even vaccines that you may need to enter into the country are moving to. Just make sure that you are aware of all of the different types of rules and regulations that your new country will require of you, before even going.

Moving internationally doesn’t have to be stressful. Just make sure that you take your time, plan, be prepared, and expect the unexpected. If you can do these things, you will be able to help make your moving process a breeze. Good luck!

DIY Cardboard Box Ideas

If there’s one thing you always seem to have a plethora of, it’s cardboard boxes. Normally, you’ll just fold them up and either burn them or recycle them. But, what if we told you that you’re missing out on opportunities to transform them into some pretty cool DIY projects. In this article we will share with you some ideas of converting cardboard boxes into functional and useful items you didn’t even know you wanted or needed.

Cardboard Playhouse

if you have a little girl, more than likely at some point she’ll be asking you for a playhouse. Unfortunately, playhouse’s can get expensive. So, create a playhouse by coming up your cardboard box into different pieces and taping them together in the shape of a house. This is easy and inexpensive to make, plus it folds up easily making storage a breeze.

Cardboard Tray

You can create cute and functional trays by taking the lid from a cardboard box and either gluing fabric or scrapbook paper onto its surface. This is a quick, cheap, and easy way to make cute trays that will leave your guests wondering where they can get one, themselves.

Cardboard Cathouse

Help make your feline friend happy by creating a cardboard cathouse. All you have to do is take a couple different cardboard boxes and stack them on top of each other. The, glue the surfaces together and cut out doors and little windows. Also, so they can climb through, cut out holes on the inside of where you glued the boxes together. Then, if you want to make it aesthetically appealing you can glue on fabric or scrapbook paper to help create a finished and sophisticated look.

Picture Frame

You can make adorable picture frames by simply using some cutout cardboard in the shape of the frame. You then can glue onto its surface any fabric or scrapbook paper of your choice. Or, you can paint the cardboard add a design to make it the especially unique. Then, fill it in with your most treasured memories.

Cardboard Clock

This project perhaps will take a little bit of extra time, but you could create a unique & fun cardboard clock simply by taking a cardboard box and cutting out a large circle. Then, attach on its surface a fabric color of your choice. Once that is completed you can then attach matching numbers. To help give the clock a more finished look, glue rope around the edges to hide any cardboard that may be showing. Then, drill a small hole in the center and attach the batter operated clock unit.

Gift Tags

You can always use gift tags, but you don’t have to pay ridiculous prices to get them. All you have to do is cut out different shapes from cardboard, and then take each piece and punch out a small hole at the top. Then, put in a rope or string of your choice to help tie them to any present or package.

There are literally dozens of different projects that you can make from cardboard boxes. The trick is to get creative and utilize things you already have to create interesting, fun and useful items that you can incorporate into your home. These projects are great to do on a rainy day, or you can even involve your kids to make it a family affair. Whatever you decide to do, we wish you happy creating!