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How to Avoid Common Moving Mistakes

How to Avoid Common Moving Mistakes

Making mistakes is part of life. When you make a mistake while doing something, you can use it as a learning experience for the next time you have to do that thing. But for an important, stressful, time-consuming task such as moving, why not try to do as much as possible right the first time? Here are some of the most common moving mistakes so that you can avoid them on your next move!

Not Enough Planning

Any project becomes much easier with the right preparation and planning. Make a checklist several weeks (or even months) before your move. Include the time frame when you need to perform each task, especially when it comes to setting up arrangements with movers or other professionals. A good list will help keep you focused on the small tasks that need to be done in order to complete the larger one. Proper planning will also help keep you from forgetting anything important and reduce your stress overall.

Overlooking Insurance

Getting proper insurance for your belongings will give you peace of mind. Moving insurance will cover you for accidents that occur during the process. Some moving companies offer insurance when you sign up for their services to cover any problems that arise in transit. Make sure that your belongings are protected, especially during the times when they are not in your direct control.

Not Shopping Around

If you are going to use a moving service, it’s important to look into your options. By shopping around, you can find a trusted, established moving company. Look at online reviews and testimonials. Talk to customer service representatives to see how they interact with you. Check companies out with resources like the Better Business Bureau. It’s also important to get quotes from several companies in order to find the best deal. Keep in mind that the cheapest quote might not necessarily be your best option if it’s from an unreliable company.

Over Packing

Moving is one of the best times to go through your belongings and get rid of the stuff you don’t need. Give yourself time to really pick through each area of the house. Organize everything into keep, donate, and trash piles. If you rush through the packing process, you might end up moving around boxes full of stuff that you don’t actually need. This will leave you with lots of unnecessary boxes to move and stuff to wade through when settling into your new home.

Packing Boxes Too Heavy

When putting your things into containers, be aware of how heavy that box will be when full. It’s easy to not realize how heavy a box will be when you’re putting one relatively small and light item into the container at a time. Save your back and knees by using several smaller boxes of heavy items instead of one medium/large one. Some larger items might need to be wrapped instead of packed into a box at all.

Spending Too Much on Packing Materials

Many moving materials can be found cheap or even for free. It’s usually easy to find free boxes if you ask around your local businesses like grocery stores and liquor stores. You can similarly find sources of old newspapers to use as packing material.

Forgetting to Measure

When moving furniture and other large items, it’s important to know for sure that each piece will fit through every doorway and hallway along the way. You also need to make sure that they will fit in the location you’re moving them into. The size of couches, mattresses, and dressers are common problems to keep in mind.

Not Labeling

Label every box as you pack. A simple note such as “dishes fragile” or “master bedroom” will make sure that each box gets where it needs to go on the first try. It will also help you and the movers know which boxes to handle with more extreme care or keep upright.

Forgetting to Change Address

Don’t forget to change your address after you move! Losing bills or other important letters in the mail will lead to a lot of unnecessary stress. You can change your address through the United States Post Office. Also make sure to notify your bank, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, organizations and clubs, and friends and family members.

Keep these common moving mistakes in mind next time your family has to change locations. If you want to take matters into your own hands, consider renting a Porta-Stor container. We will send it straight to your current home, let you pack everything yourself over a period of time, and then transport it to your new house when it’s ready to go. We can also keep your items safe and secure over time in storage until you’re ready to retrieve them. If you want more moving tips, check out our other blogs such as this one that goes over tips on how to pack and move clothing.

How to Maximize Dishwasher Efficiency and Cleaning Power

How to Maximize Dishwasher Efficiency and Cleaning Power

Starting a load of dishes super easy: pile in the dishes, add some soap, and turn it on. However, sometimes you might find yourself with dishes that still have grime on them after a wash cycle. Or maybe you just want to save money on water bills. Either way, here are some tips for how to maximize your dishwasher efficiency. How you load the machine, what kind of soap you use, which cleaning cycle you use, and other factors determine how clean your dishes end up at the end of a wash. They also determine how much water (and money) you end up using in the long run. Having to re-clean your dishes wastes you both time and water.

How to Load the Dishwasher

Many appliances in your home work best when you run them at full capacity, and the dishwasher is no different. Dishwashers are designed to run with a full load. You get the most energy and water efficiency out of your machine by only running it when you have enough dirty dishes. Although you need to make sure that you don’t run the dishwasher when it’s too empty, you also need to not over-fill it. If you cram too much into the space, the water won’t be able to flow between the dishes. Just make sure that there’s some room between each piece.

Fill from Bottom to Top

When filling your dishwasher, start with the bottom rack. Make sure that larger, taller items are placed to the sides and back of the machine. This makes sure that they don’t block the flow of water from reaching the middle dishes. The top rack of the dishwasher is made to fit glassware. You should always put mugs and glasses on the top rack, not the bottom. This keeps the breakables from being too close to the harshest streams of water.

Spacing and Placement

Don’t overfill any of the racks. Make sure that there is a bit of space between glasses. This both ensures that water reaches between them and also keeps them from rattling around and possibly breaking during a wash cycle.

If you want to put plastic containers in the dishwasher, first make sure that they are dishwasher safe. Then keep the plastic as far away from the heating element as possible. Place them on the top rack or to the sides of the bottom rack.

Optimal Layout

Before you start a load, take a glance at the placement of your dishes. On the bottom rack, dishwasher-safe pots and pans should line the outside layer along with baking sheets and other large dishes. Moving towards the center, fill in the rack with dinner plates and then smaller dishes, saucers, and bowls.

When placing cutlery, make sure to place each piece with the handle facing down. Be especially careful when handling knives and other sharp implements. If a utensil is so large that it blocks the flow of water or doesn’t allow you to push in the rack properly, lay it down on its side on the top rack instead.

Picking a Detergent

The best detergent to use depends on your particular dishwasher. The most important step is to read the instructions on both your machine and on the detergent. You want to be sure to use the right kind and amount of soap. Overfilling the soap receptacle will not make your dishes cleaner. Instead, you’ll probably end up with a layer of hard-to-remove soap scum on your dishes and on the walls of the dishwasher. Don’t assume that a full cap of detergent is the right amount. Oftentimes a half or quarter of a cap is sufficient.

If your machine requires high efficiency detergent, don’t use a regular kind. Most stores will carry high efficiency dishwasher detergent. They’re easy to spot by the “HE” symbol on the bottle.

Spots on Glassware

If you find yourself with water spots on your glassware, vinegar is your best bet. When running a load of dishes that is particularly full of glass, fill your rinse agent reservoir with pure white vinegar. You can also use commercial rinse agents, but most people will already have some vinegar handy. You don’t necessarily need to add vinegar to every load: just when you need your glassware to come out nice and shiny.

Choose the Correct Cycle

It’s important to learn about the different cycles available to you with your particular dishwashing machine so that you can choose the right one for every occasion. A lot of the settings will be pretty easy to figure out. If you’re doing a light load with dishes that aren’t very dirty, don’t use a “heavy wash” cycle. Only use a “pots and pans” setting if you are washing several pots and pans.

If you don’t need your dishes to be dry quickly, use an “air dry” setting. This works especially well if you start up a load of dishes to run overnight. Using this setting will save you from using (and paying for) a lot of energy.

By choosing the right setting for each load of dishes, you will save water and energy in the long run. You won’t save water by using a light setting for particularly dirty dishes, since you’ll probably end up having to re-wash them again later!

Clean the Dishwasher

It might seem that the inside of a dishwasher shouldn’t get dirty since it’s being used to clean all the time. However, the inside of the dishwasher will acquire a buildup of soap scum and grime over time. The machine isn’t made to keep itself perfectly clean. It’s just made to keep your dishes clean. Keep an eye on the walls, door, and seals. Give the machine a good scrub when a buildup develops.

You can make this job easier by doing a hot wash cycle while empty. Use a mild abrasive to break down the buildup. For example, you can sprinkle some baking soda around the inside of the machine before running the hot cycle. Adding some plain white vinegar to the rinse agent dispenser during this cycle will also help.

By keeping your dishwasher clean and properly placing the dishes, you’ll make sure that the water runs through the machine better and your dishes get cleaner. By choosing the right detergent and wash cycle, you’ll ensure that you don’t have to re-wash the dishes after you run the machine. Save yourself time and money by learning how to maximize your dishwasher efficiency. If you want more information about dishwasher preventative maintenance, check out Complete Protection’s blog here.

Waukegan Home Warranty

Waukegan Home Warranty

Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Waukegan Home Warranty. Does your monthly budget allow for expensive home repairs? If not, a home warranty plan is right for you. Perhaps you have an elderly parent on a fixed income, or are a landlord with a rental property? Our plans are a perfect solution when extra help is needed for home repairs. Whether you are a young family just starting out, or simply want to have peace of mind when it comes to your appliances, there is a CP™ home warranty plan right for all households.

A home warranty plan is a valuable tool for all homeowners. Having an extended warranty in place for your home appliances protects you and your family budget from expensive, unexpected repair costs. Our plans protect items such as your heating and cooling system, water heater, kitchen and laundry appliances, pool equipment, and much more.

For starters, none of our plans have a deductible or service call charge! We also offer diverse monthly and annual plans for home buyers as well as homeowners. CP™ protects every part inside the appliance, so you never have to wonder which parts will be covered. We encourage you to check out our unrivaled reputation through the BBB, where we have an A+ rating. When selecting your home warranty plan, choose a company you can trust to deliver what is promised! Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Waukegan Home Warranty.

Waukegan is a city and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2013 census estimate, the city had a population of 88,826, making it the ninth-largest city in Illinois by population. It is the fifth-largest city on the western shore of Lake Michigan, after Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Kenosha. The site of present-day Waukegan was recorded as Riviere du Vieux Fort (“Old Fort River”) and Wakaygagh on a 1778 map by Thomas Hutchins. By the 1820s, the French name had become “Small Fort River” in English, and the settlement was known as “Little Fort.” The name “Waukegance” and then “Waukegan” (meaning “little fort”) was created by John H. Kinzie and Solomon Juneau, and the new name was adopted in 1849.

Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in the central and northern regions, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes. For decades, O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Although today the state’s largest population center is around Chicago, the state’s European population grew first in the west with French Canadians who settled along the Mississippi River. These settlers gave the area the name, Illinois. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.

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Springfield Home Warranty

Springfield Home Warranty

Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Springfield Home Warranty. Does your monthly budget allow for expensive home repairs? If not, a home warranty plan is right for you. Perhaps you have an elderly parent on a fixed income, or are a landlord with a rental property? Our plans are a perfect solution when extra help is needed for home repairs. Whether you are a young family just starting out, or simply want to have peace of mind when it comes to your appliances, there is a CP™ home warranty plan right for all households.
A home warranty plan is a valuable tool for all homeowners. Having an extended warranty in place for your home appliances protects you and your family budget from expensive, unexpected repair costs. Our plans protect items such as your heating and cooling system, water heater, kitchen and laundry appliances, pool equipment, and much more.
For starters, none of our plans have a deductible or service call charge! We also offer diverse monthly and annual plans for home buyers as well as homeowners. CP™ protects every part inside the appliance, so you never have to wonder which parts will be covered. We encourage you to check out our unrivaled reputation through the BBB, where we have an A+ rating. When selecting your home warranty plan, choose a company you can trust to deliver what is promised! Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Springfield Home Warranty.
Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County. The city had a population of 116,250 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, making it the sixth most populated city in the state. Present-day Springfield was first settled by European Americans in the late 1810s, around the time Illinois became a state. The most famous historic resident was Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President. Major tourist attractions include a multitude of historic sites connected with Abraham Lincoln, including his presidential museum, his home from 1837 to 1861, his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery, and the historical town of New Salem, within a short drive from the city. State government entities located in the city include the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Office of theGovernor of Illinois. The economy of Springfield is marked by government and medical jobs, which both account for a large percentage of the city’s workforce.
Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in the central and northern regions, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes. For decades, O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Although today the state’s largest population center is around Chicago, the state’s European population grew first in the west with French Canadians who settled along the Mississippi River. These settlers gave the area the name, Illinois. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.
Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Springfield Home Warranty.
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Rockford Home Warranty

Rockford Home Warranty

Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Rockford Home Warranty. Does your monthly budget allow for expensive home repairs? If not, a home warranty plan is right for you. Perhaps you have an elderly parent on a fixed income, or are a landlord with a rental property? Our plans are a perfect solution when extra help is needed for home repairs. Whether you are a young family just starting out, or simply want to have peace of mind when it comes to your appliances, there is a CP™ home warranty plan right for all households.

A home warranty plan is a valuable tool for all homeowners. Having an extended warranty in place for your home appliances protects you and your family budget from expensive, unexpected repair costs. Our plans protect items such as your heating and cooling system, water heater, kitchen and laundry appliances, pool equipment, and much more.

For starters, none of our plans have a deductible or service call charge! We also offer diverse monthly and annual plans for home buyers as well as homeowners. CP™ protects every part inside the appliance, so you never have to wonder which parts will be covered. We encourage you to check out our unrivaled reputation through the BBB, where we have an A+ rating. When selecting your home warranty plan, choose a company you can trust to deliver what is promised! Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Rockford Home Warranty.

Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, the 171st most populous city in the United States, and the largest city in Illinois not in the Chicago metropolitan area. It is the county seat of Winnebago County and is located on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois. According to 2010 census data, the City of Rockford had a population of 152,871. Settled between 1834 and 1835, Rockford was strategically positioned between Chicago and Galena and thus became suitable for industrial development. Rockford was notable for its output of heavy machinery and tools; by the twentieth century, it was the second leading center of furniture manufacturing in the nation and the 94th largest city. Its decline, emblematic of other cities in the Rust Belt, led to economic diversification into automotive, aerospace, and healthcare industries, as well as the undertaking of various tourism and downtown revitalization efforts.

Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in the central and northern regions, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes. For decades, O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Although today the state’s largest population center is around Chicago, the state’s European population grew first in the west with French Canadians who settled along the Mississippi River. These settlers gave the area the name, Illinois. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.

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Peoria Home Warranty

Peoria Home Warranty

Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Peoria Home Warranty. Does your monthly budget allow for expensive home repairs? If not, a home warranty plan is right for you. Perhaps you have an elderly parent on a fixed income, or are a landlord with a rental property? Our plans are a perfect solution when extra help is needed for home repairs. Whether you are a young family just starting out, or simply want to have peace of mind when it comes to your appliances, there is a CP™ home warranty plan right for all households.

A home warranty plan is a valuable tool for all homeowners. Having an extended warranty in place for your home appliances protects you and your family budget from expensive, unexpected repair costs. Our plans protect items such as your heating and cooling system, water heater, kitchen and laundry appliances, pool equipment, and much more.

For starters, none of our plans have a deductible or service call charge! We also offer diverse monthly and annual plans for home buyers as well as homeowners. CP™ protects every part inside the appliance, so you never have to wonder which parts will be covered. We encourage you to check out our unrivaled reputation through the BBB, where we have an A+ rating. When selecting your home warranty plan, choose a company you can trust to deliver what is promised! Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Peoria Home Warranty.

Peoria is a city in and the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, United States and the largest city on the Illinois River. Established in 1691 by the French explorer Henri de Tonti, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois and is named after the Peoria tribe. As of the 2010 census, the city was the seventh-most populated in Illinois (and the third largest outside of the Chicago metropolitan area), with a population of 115,007. Peoria is the headquarters for Caterpillar Inc., one of the 30 companies composing the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Peoria is one of the oldest settlements in Illinois, as explorers first ventured up the Illinois River from the Mississippi. The lands that eventually would become Peoria were first settled in 1680, when French explorers René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle and Henri de Tonti constructed Fort Crevecoeur. This fort would later burn to the ground, and in 1813, Fort Clark, Illinois was built. When the County of Peoria was organized in 1825, Fort Clark was officially named Peoria.

Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in the central and northern regions, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes. For decades, O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Although today the state’s largest population center is around Chicago, the state’s European population grew first in the west with French Canadians who settled along the Mississippi River. These settlers gave the area the name, Illinois. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.

Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Peoria Home Warranty.

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Naperville Home Warranty

Naperville Home Warranty

Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Naperville Home Warranty. Does your monthly budget allow for expensive home repairs? If not, a home warranty plan is right for you. Perhaps you have an elderly parent on a fixed income, or are a landlord with a rental property? Our plans are a perfect solution when extra help is needed for home repairs. Whether you are a young family just starting out, or simply want to have peace of mind when it comes to your appliances, there is a CP™ home warranty plan right for all households.

A home warranty plan is a valuable tool for all homeowners. Having an extended warranty in place for your home appliances protects you and your family budget from expensive, unexpected repair costs. Our plans protect items such as your heating and cooling system, water heater, kitchen and laundry appliances, pool equipment, and much more.

For starters, none of our plans have a deductible or service call charge! We also offer diverse monthly and annual plans for home buyers as well as homeowners. CP™ protects every part inside the appliance, so you never have to wonder which parts will be covered. We encourage you to check out our unrivaled reputation through the BBB, where we have an A+ rating. When selecting your home warranty plan, choose a company you can trust to deliver what is promised! Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Naperville Home Warranty.

Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois and a suburb of Chicago. Naperville was voted the second-best place to live in the United States by Money magazine in 2006 and was rated 1st on the list of best cities for early retirement in 2013 by Kiplinger. In a 2010 study, Naperville was named the wealthiest city in the Midwest and eleventh in the nation. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 141,853, which was estimated to have increased to 144,864 by July 2013. It is the fifth-largest city in Illinois. In July 1831, Joseph Naper arrived at the west bank of the DuPage River with his family and friends to found what would be known as Naper’s Settlement. By 1832, over one hundred settlers had arrived at Naper’s Settlement.

Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in the central and northern regions, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes. For decades, O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Although today the state’s largest population center is around Chicago, the state’s European population grew first in the west with French Canadians who settled along the Mississippi River. These settlers gave the area the name, Illinois. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.

Call 1-800-978-2022 for more info – Naperville Home Warranty.

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