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Funeral Photography and Death Masks

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Funerals are a chance to reflect on a loved one that we’ve recently lost. It’s a chance for friends and family to come together and reminiscence on a loved one’s life, acknowledge contributions that person made, and extend condolences to the surviving kin.

Basics of Funeral Photography 

Photographing a funeral in a sensitive, discrete way can offer families a chance to stay in touch with a loved one who’s recently left us.

Photos taken on the day of the funeral can be assembled and put into a photo album to send to family and friends who couldn’t make it to the funeral itself. Copies of the photo album can also be sent to close family to keep the loved one’s memory alive.

A camera without a flash is a tactful way for a funeral photographer to capture family members consoling one another as well as the ceremony of the funeral itself.

A professional funeral photographer can take high-resolution pictures of the coffin and the pallbearers in order to cement the day in a hardcover photo album or password-protected digital archive.

The photos that make it onto the website’s online catalog can be vetted and approved by each family member. The process is kept respectful and inclusive of everyone’s wishes.

Although the techniques and technologies associated with funeral photography are relatively new, previous generations had similar ways of remembering lost loved ones.

For centuries, death masks, or plaster molds of a person’s face, were taken to remember loved ones by. The same underlying motive pervades today’s funeral photography.

Is Funeral Photography Difficult? 

From a photographer’s standpoint, it can be. If this is a professional photographer’s first stint at photographing a hearse and funeral proceeding, then capturing a funeral on camera can be emotionally challenging. This, though, might be the exception.

Many funeral photographers talk about how easy photographing a funeral is compared to photographing a wedding.

At a wedding, everyone has a camera, and they know how to use it! Professional wedding photographers have to jostle for position, and the sheer act of taking professional-quality pictures in that chaotic an environment can be both challenging and stressful.

Taking photographs at a funeral, by contrast, is more discrete, and funerals can often be more uplifting affairs than you might at first imagine. If someone has lived a long and rewarding life, a funeral is more often than not an opportunity to share stories about that person’s personal triumphs and joys.

When you think about it, of course a funeral would be easier to work with compared to a wedding. A funeral is dedicated to remembering all of the positive attributes about someone whereas a wedding is bogged down by concerns about what everyone is wearing and who spent the most on wedding gifts.

Purposes Served by Funeral Photography 

Oftentimes, grieving friends and family are unable to take photos of a funeral themselves, but would be open to the idea of a professional photographer discretely compiling a photo album for memory’s sake or for those who couldn’t attend the funeral in person.

Another impetus for close family hiring a funeral photographer is for posterity. Discretely taken funeral photographs are a way for those not yet born to experience past aspects of their own family’s history. The surviving family, moreover, usually frames their departed loved one in the light that he or she would have wanted.

Funerals are often a relaxed environment in which everyone is themselves and enjoying each other’s company. Photo albums documenting the day, therefore, showcase a whole section of the family tree for future generations to experience.

This post was brought to you by Greer Family Mortuary.

January 21, 2015 |

Using LED Lights This Holiday

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using-led-lights-this-holidayLED lighting can be used anywhere and everywhere this holiday season and throughout the year. LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode, the technical description of the energy-saving lighting products.

LED lights emit very low heat and carbon dioxide and they can be recycled. This reduces the risk of fire and keeps the air inside and out much cleaner.

They use up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and they last for years. A 50-light string of incandescent tree lights uses an average of 250 watts while a 70-light string of LED lights uses about three watts.

New technology

The light bulb’s color is in the LED’s semiconductor chip. The light’s outside case can be clear or colored. In contrast, the incandescent lights are all clear white or yellow with the casing carrying the color. Those colors can fade over time while the LED colors do not change.

LED lights come in all sizes and shapes. This includes round bulbs and the standard C5, C6, C7 and C9 pointed bulb strings normally found on holiday lights. LEDs are available on the 5mm mini icicle strings.

The shapes include pointed “strawberry” and round “raspberry” lights as well as long icicle bulbs. Lights can work on timer switches and they can alternate for that twinkling affect.

Consider the iTwinkle Light app that lets you create a light show or turn lights on and off using your smart phone. The Red Green Blue (RGB) controller allows you to mix LED lights of any size to different colors and intensities. Advanced microchip technology is taking holiday lighting to a new level.

The color selection ranges from white to bright blues, greens, yellow, orange and reds. Try a green sphere or a battery powered light of yellow microdots. The larger G12, G25, G30 to G50 size LED bulbs also come in holiday colors.

String and rope colors include the standard white and dark green. All bulbs are sealed and waterproofed one-piece units.

How to use LED lights

LED lights plug into outlets the same way as conventional incandescent lights. You can connect up to 48 LED strings together to plug into one socket.

Do not mix LED strings with your old conventional lights. Follow directions on the LED packages and use EnergyStar certified lights that come with a three-year warranty. Make sure the electrical strings are suitable for outdoor use in cold, wet weather.

LED strings and ropes can be used along pathways and under steps to illuminate the area where people walk. You may decide to use stick strips of simple white LED lights under steps to illuminate the entrance to your home all year.

Special LED strings and ropes are available for wrapping around trees, lamp posts, gates and terraces. Hang icicle lights from your roof line or fence. LED lights are also available in special nets that can be placed over bushes or small trees. Outdoor LED light use is limited only to your imagination.

Indoor use

This is also based on your imagination and personal preferences. The lights can be placed anywhere. LED lights come in a string of one color or varied colors.

Many homes have strips of white or yellow LED lights placed under cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms for better illumination at night. Place colorful light strips around windows, walls, bookshelves and door frames. You can decorate wreaths and holiday tables safely with LED lights since there is no excessive heat.

Enjoy the holidays with clean, energy-efficient LED lights in your favorite colors.

December 11, 2014 |

Is it Possible to Reverse Tooth Decay?

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Tooth decay is the number one cause of dental visits. Tooth decay is a major issue because, for many people, there are no signs until a cavity appears in one or more teeth. While a cavity must be filled, and it can not be reversed, there are ways to reverse tooth decay, or prevent the problem from becoming worse and causing more cavities. We’ve collected five tips that will help you reverse tooth decay.

1. Change What You Drink 

Drinking coffee, sodas, and other sugar-laden beverages are bad for the teeth. The acid in coffee can breakdown the protective coating on teeth, and sugar-based drinks combine with plaque to create a film over the tooth that will wear away at the enamel and cause cavities. Dentists suggest sticking to water for beverages. When you aren’t drinking water, consider using a straw. A straw will help the liquid bypass the surface of the teeth, where it does the most damage.

2. Check with Your Primary Care Doctor

Speaking to your primary care doctor about any problems you are experiencing may help to reduce tooth decay. For example, if you have acid reflux disease that is untreated, the acid may rise into the mouth and can erode the teeth quickly. Getting acid reflux under control, whether by way of medication or over-the-counter antacids can he helpful in reversing tooth decay.

3. Brush Often and Correctly

Brushing is the easiest way to prevent and reverse tooth decay. By brushing two to three times a day, for two to three minutes at a time, you’ll keep your teeth clean and remove the plaque that currently resides on your teeth. To do this properly, ask your dentist how you should be brushing, and remember to change out your tooth brush every six weeks to three months, or when it becomes worn.

4. Don’t Forget Professional Cleaning

See your doctor every six months for a professional, deep cleaning. Professional tooth cleaning utilizes special tools and techniques to remove the plaque that causes tooth decay. This is plaque that your ordinary toothbrush may miss, so having a professional cleaning can make a huge difference in tooth decay. Neglecting regular cleanings and checkups is one way that tooth decay can evolve into significant tooth problems, so be mindful and keep your appointments.

5. Keep Hydrated and Chew Sugarless Gum

Staying hydrated, and chewing sugarless gum can help reverse tooth decay, by creating more saliva. Saliva is a natural wash for the mouth. When you have more saliva, it keeps the acid at bay in your mouth, it can also help to wash away any food particles that are on your teeth between brushes. Sugarless gum also has a natural sweetener that may help to breakdown plaque. Chew on sugarless gum after meals were brushing isn’t a possibility, such as a lunch, and remember to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Both can help to reverse tooth decay.

Before attempting to deal with a dental issue on your own, remember, it is important to see your dentists to discuss your oral health. A dental professionals can help you figure out how severe the problem is, what needs to be done, and the time scale for which it should be done. Most importantly, only a dental professional can tell you the level of tooth decay that is apparent, which will alter the treatment and course of action you should take at home.

December 2, 2014 |

How to Improve Your Dog’s Fitness

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Maintaining your dog’s fitness is an important responsibility of being a pet owner. Like humans, dogs that overeat and have very little exercise can become obese, making them vulnerable to health problems. Fortunately, keeping your dog fit is easy because all dogs welcome a good run when given the opportunity! All you have to do as the owner is provide that opportunity! Here are some tips on how to improve your dog’s fitness.

Daily Walks

Obviously, daily walks are important – dogs have a natural instinct for walking and will have no problem walking for 30 minutes each day. Larger, high-energy breeds might require at least one hour of solid walks or even alternating between walks and runs. Make sure to check your dog’s breed to find out the typical amount of exercise required to keep the pooch fit. Note that although letting the dog play in an enclosed area counts as exercise, leashed walks helps reinforce the bond between you and the pooch.

Play Fetch and Mental Games

Fitness isn’t all physical – dog’s can be very intelligent but like humans, their mental health must be practiced consistently. Fetch may seem like a primarily physical game, but it actually helps your dog’s mental health as it teaches coordination, attention, and even obedience. The “fetch and reward” system also works wonderfully as groundwork for future teachings. Practice typical obedience exercises such as “sit”, “lie down”, “heel”, “stay”, and so much more.

Food is a Priority

Keep in mind that fitness isn’t just about daily exercises. Your dog should also get a steady supply of protein-rich food and as much water as he can drink. Ideally, the water bowl should be kept filled and fresh all the time with the dog able to access it the whole day. As for food, opt for dog food with high protein content, preferably coming from either beef or chicken. Feeding the pooch meat once a week is encouraged because this offers a natural protein source. Treats should be kept at a minimum and NEVER provide your dog with table food!

Fleas and Ticks

A dog with excessive fleas and ticks is at risk because these pests feed on the dog’s blood. They can also cause skin allergies which is obviously uncomfortable for the dog. Routine checks must be made, making sure that the pooch has zero or moderate amounts of pests in the body. You’ll find that there are currently lots of commercial products designed for this. Routine grooming involving dental, haircut, nail clippings, ear cleaning, etc are also crucial.

Vet Checks

Lastly, don’t forget to check with your vet on schedule! Vaccinations are typically far apart after the dog’s first year so this shouldn’t be a problem. Deworming is something you can do yourself every 3 months. Should you notice any irregularities, make an unscheduled visit to the vet! For the most part, techniques on how to improve your dog’s fitness are low-maintenance and worth it. The result is your canine companion lives a longer and fuller life!

For more on keeping a healthy pooch, consult the help of Bark Stix, pet shop and manufacturer of healthy and holistic dog treats.

November 25, 2014 |

How Lighting Affects a Person’s Mood

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Lighting has more of an effect on your mood than you might initially think. It’s actually been shown in study after study that brighter lighting improves your mood while dimmer lighting (or lack of light altogether) results in a drop-off in mood or even depression.

Mood Lighting: It’s All in Your Head 

The intensity of light has such a powerful effect on our moods since light alters our hormones and limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls emotions.

Brain chemicals like melatonin and serotonin are affected by dim lighting. Your brain is essentially gauging the amount of light in the environment minute-to-minute and deciding whether its nearing bedtime – as your brain detects less light, melatonin shoots up and your circadian rhythm gets your body ready for bed by making you tired.

This whole process can definitely be a problem if you’re in a dimly-lit environment during the morning, or a brightly-lit environment during nighttime. Although you’re more alert and perky when around brighter lights, staring at a laptop or being around bright lights at night can actually alter your circadian rhythm and worsen your mood long term.

Sometimes just the presence of bright lights in the morning can restore peoples’ moods and circadian rhythms. This is because your brain is churning out more serotonin and improving your mood when you’re exposed to bright lights.

The flip side is that low lighting, shorter days and wintertime have been linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder and higher rates of depression.

The trick is to understand that bright lights are associated with more alertness and improved mood while “mood lighting” or dimmer lighting is associated with relaxation. Just knowing that could help you make informed choices about when to use indoor LED lights with warmer color temperatures versus brighter lights to illuminate your home.

Color Temperature and Mood 

Dimmer LED lights or LED lights with a lower color temperature are recommended for use in the evening or whenever you’re looking to relax. Why? These kinds of LED lights are telling your brain that it’s about time to go to sleep and take it easy; your brain responds by increasing the amount of melatonin and getting your circadian rhythm moving towards sleep.

Essentially, during the evenings you want to exposure yourself to LED lights with warmer color temperatures and dimmer lighting. LED lights with a color temperature of around 3000 kelvin are perfect for slowing down your mind, grabbing a pillow, and letting go of the day’s worries.

It’s important not to use too many electronic devices near bedtime since these are equally bright or brighter than natural light and could trick your brain into releasing more serotonin and giving your more alertness than you need before bed.

Outdoor daylight is around 5500 kelvin, and color temperatures that bright would not be ideal for getting ready for bed.

Ideal Lighting for Mood Improvement 

Cooler color temperatures on the higher end of the color-temperature spectrum might be more suited for early in the day. LED lights around 5000 kelvin are good facsimiles for natural lighting and can cause your brain to release more serotonin and literally (pardon the upcoming pun) brighten your day.

If you’ve ever considered the term “mood lighting” and felt its effects, then you can probably appreciate how warmer color temperatures and dimmer lighting has a calming effect on your mood.

These warmer color temperatures are conditioning your brain to relax and wind down as opposed to cooler color temperatures and brighter lighting that revs up your brain for the challenges in the day ahead.

November 5, 2014 |

Caring for Your Teeth When Wearing Braces

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Braces are an awkward part of life for many kids, but in the long run, braces help to make your teeth straighter and stronger. Braces, along with wires and rubber bands, attract food and plaque buildup. This can cause staining of the teeth if not properly brushed away after each meal. If you do in fact brush after every meal, you can ensure adequate removal of any food which may have gotten caught in your braces while eating. Using mouthwash and floss after brushing will help to ensure an even better cleaning.

Flossing & Brushing Tips For Teeth With Braces

Flossing may seem a little more difficult while wearing braces, but it is actually quite easy. Begin by feeding the short end of the floss in between the upper portion of your tooth and the main arch wire of the brace space. Once you wriggle it in there, use a gentle back and forth “sawing” motion on each side of the tooth, being careful not to pull too hard around the arch wire.

When brushing, you will want to use a softer bristled toothbrush. Brush down on each tooth from the top and then come up from the bottom for each tooth with braces. Using a “Christmas tree” motion comes in handy for cleaning between the braces. You will want to use several strokes in each direction for one space before moving on to the next space, repeating this process until all of your teeth have been cleaned.

Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces

Most foods can still be eaten while wearing braces. Some may need to be cut down into smaller pieces for easier chewing, but you don’t need to cut out a lot from your diet. Certain types of food, however, can loosen or even break your braces and you should avoid these at all costs. They include:

• Apples, carrots, pears, and other tough to bite down on foods
• Corn on the cob (it’s easy to cut it off the cob!)
• Bubble gum, caramels, taffy, or other sticky chewy foods
• Ice cubes
• Bagels, nuts, and even popcorn can harm your braces

Playing Sports While Wearing Braces

Just because you have braces doesn’t mean you need to cut out all athletic activities in your life. Participating in sports is absolutely fine, as long as you take certain measures to protect your braces. There are specially designed mouth guards for people with braces that are made of durable plastic and fit comfortably over your braces.

Having braces doesn’t mean you can’t still do what you enjoy. You will just need to take extra precautions when it comes to doing certain things that you like to participate in. Protecting your teeth and braces now, will ensure a much healthier mouth for years to come. And if they could, your teeth would thank you.

Want more advice about general oral health? Talk to RegurlarLink members Smile Matters!

November 3, 2014 |

10 Ways to Use LED Lighting to Make Your Garden Glow

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Light emitting diode (LED) lights are changing the way homeowners illuminate their back yards. These compact, affordable and energy-efficient lights are so versatile, they can be used for everything from fixed patio lighting to whimsical hanging lights. How you use LED lighting in your yard is really only limited by your imagination.

10 ways LED lights can enhance your outdoor spaces

1. To illuminate a patio or deck. One of the most useful things you can do with LED lights outdoors is to light up your patio or deck. Use these lights underneath the railing, atop the posts or wrapped around the individual rails to add a little sparkle and a lot of romance to your back yard.

2. To lead the way to a secret garden. Do you have a portion of your garden that’s tucked away in a corner of your property, a space where you go to get away from household stress? LED lights can be used to mark the way.

3. To highlight your landscaping. Wrapping LED lights around the trunks and limbs of your trees can create an after dark wonderland in your back yard. Such lights can also be used to highlight your favorite flowers or shrubs.

4. To create whimsical overhead lighting. LED lights can be strung overhead, inserted into mason jars or wine bottles or hung inside of paper lanterns for fun and exotic overhead lighting.

5. To keep your pathways safe in the dark. Relaxing outdoor after dark is peaceful and romantic. However, you still want to be able to see the pathways that wind through your garden. LED lights can mark the path without ruining the evening solace.

6. To light up steps. Downward shining LED lights can help illuminate your outdoor steps and keep them safe without marring the charm of the evening darkness.

7. To decorate your trees for the holidays. LED lights can transform your evergreen trees into outdoor Christmas trees. Use small white lights or multi-colored globes.

8. To back-light your house numbers. Help your guests find your house easily by installing LED lights behind your (raised) house numbers. The low-wattage, subtle lights will not only make it easier for your visitors to find you, but they will also add to your curb appeal.

9. To make your pool sparkle. Some LED lights can also go underwater to create a magical soft-lighted swimming pool.

10. To get a little crazy with your design. No one said that all outdoor lighting has to be white. In fact, LED lights come in a variety of hues, from neon blue to sea green to hot pink. If you’ve always wanted your back yard entertainment area to look like a cruise ship or a dance club, these lights can give you that effect.

LED lighting offers many benefits. These lights can adapt to most any space, are affordable and are energy efficient. If you haven’t worked a few LED lights into your yard, take a minute to find a place to tuck in a few of these lights.

October 20, 2014 |

LED Light vs Incandescent Light

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The development of the incandescent light bulb was one of the most revolutionary inventions of the 19th Century. And yet, in the present, this lighting source does not hold up to modern competition. Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are the newcomers to the industry. And, though LED lights are still more expensive than the traditional incandescent lights, in nearly every way, they prove the superior choice.

Construction

Although LED light bulbs and incandescent light bulbs fulfill essentially the same purpose, their construction is significantly different. Incandescent light bulbs rely on old technology. A metal piece attaches to a filament. The glass bulb surrounds this apparatus, and encases either a vacuum or gas. Electricity (or turning on the light) causes the filament to glow. Incandescent light bulbs produce more light if they command more electricity. By comparison, LED light bulbs use a semiconductor to release that electricity as light.

Efficiency

When it comes to energy usage, LED light bulbs are far more efficient than the old incandescent bulbs. A good portion of this energy difference relates to heat. Incandescent and even Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) expend more energy producing heat than they do actual light. Since LED lights do not produce heat, they use less energy to create a similar amount of light. Where an incandescent bulb might require 100 watts or more to sufficiently illuminate a room, LED lights may be able to do the same using only 10 watts.

Safety

When you think about how hot light bulbs can get, you realize the benefit of the LED technology. Hot glass bulbs are a burn hazard, and they increase your risk of a house fire. LED lights do expend heat, but in infinitesimal quantities. This makes LED lights far preferable in several venues, including:

  • closets
  • wall sconces
  • outdoor environments

Without worrying that you will burn your skin on a hot bulb, you can feel more comfortable providing your home with a wide variety of lighting options.

Longevity

The energy efficiency of LED lights translates into saving you a lot of hassle in the long run. Incandescent bulbs count their hours in the hundreds or low thousands, meaning you must replace them every year or so. LED lights measure output in the tens of thousands. As a result, you may use an LED bulb for many years before you need to buy a new one.

Expense

It is true that LED lights are generally more expensive than incandescent bulbs. LED is relatively new technology, so the initial outset costs will be higher as lighting companies produce new bulbs and fixtures to meet demand. But, even though incandescent bulbs are cheap, they are on their way out. Many manufacturers no longer produce the less-efficient bulbs, which makes replacements harder to find. With the variety of LED options and the efficient energy usage, LED lights and fixtures make for a wise long-term investment.

Incandescent bulbs were the best way to light a home for well over a century. But now, there is an option that saves money and time, reduces your risk of fire or burns, decreases your energy usage and increases the longevity of your purchases. With these benefits, LED lights may prove to be an invention that will remain the gold standard of lighting for decades to come.

October 20, 2014 |

5 Worst Foods for Your Teeth

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If prevention is the best medicine, then why not do your best in attempting to prevent cavities, plaque, and tooth enamel loss? Well, if you really want to continue eating sugary or acidic foods, then you certainly can brush your teeth 2-3 times per day with that special enamel strengthening toothpaste that is out now. Or you can even use Oral B electronic toothbrushes such as Vitality, Black, or Deep Sweep.

Maybe you already do all of the above anyhow, along with not eating sugary and acidic foods that destroy your teeth from the inside out. Either way, if you want great teeth, it’s vital that you floss everyday, use mouthwash, and brush with the right kind of toothpaste according to your particular needs at the moment.

If you really want white teeth because you are conducting some extra grooming on yourself this month, use whitening toothpaste and mouthwash.

If you are attempting to get rid of extra plaque, then you may decide to floss twice a day instead of just once.

And, if you really want a healthy mouth for the long run, then you won’t eat the following foods ever again:

  1. Fruit in Heavy Syrup – The heavy syrup that is added into canned fruit is packed with sugar and calories. There is absolutely no point in adding so much sugar to fruit when it already contains plenty of natural sugar! Eating canned fruit with light syrup, or even trying the new frozen fruit are both great alternative options!
  2. Sweet Tea – Tea is good for you if you don’t add sugar to it. It may taste great and be a fabulous thirst quencher during the summer, but once you add all the sugar it quickly becomes un-fabulous.
  3. Pickles – If you didn’t know it, pickles are coated and soaked in vinegar. Vinegar is great to balance out pH levels – but only if using it mixed with water. The acid in the vinegar will cause your tooth enamel to self-destruct.
  4. Hard Candy – This is no surprise. Bacteria is easily created by the sugary acid that leaks from the candy as it dissolves in your mouth.
  5. Bread and Crackers – When you chew either of these foods, they get stuck between your teeth, and if you cannot floss right away, will create a direct path for bacteria to make cavities.

It’s not easy avoiding carbohydrates, but it has been done successfully by many a health nut. Always remember to take good care of your teeth and you will prevent a lot of painful problems down the road. Maybe you could stop eating altogether, but that’s not healthy either.

Want more dental advice? Keep watching our blog, or call on Fremont Dentist Smile Matters.

October 16, 2014 |

Relocating for Employment

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Good organization is the key to any successful house move and becomes even more important when children or animals are involved, or when relocating for employment. There is rarely, if ever, much time between leaving one house, moving into the new one and starting the job. Finding work attire, personal paperwork and lunch box are just as important as leaving the kettle unpacked until last. By considering the following tips, individuals and families can ensure that they have the smoothest possible transition between homes and jobs.

Be Prepared.  Individuals who are applying for positions that require relocation need to begin preparing for a potential move as soon as the decision is made. Preparation needs to include making decisions about the following:

  • How will they search for a new home?
  • How will viewings be arranged / managed?
  • What type of property will they be moving into?
  • What will happen to their furniture if the property is temporary / already furnished?
  • Will the partner with the new job move first or will the entire family move together?

Be Organized.  Many decisions cannot be finalized until the job offer has been made. However, it is possible to organize a timetable of events on the assumption of a positive outcome. Important dates and activities that need to be included are:

  • Application for job deadline
  • Interview date
  • Confirmation of offer / acceptance of job date
  • Length of notice period for current job
  • Start date for the new position
  • Notice period required for booking storage units / removal firms
  • When and where will packing boxes / crates be sourced

Be Strict.  Once the deadlines are set and the decisions have been made, it is time to start thinking about packing up. Moving is the ideal time to get rid of anything that is no long relevant to a person’s life. This does not mean that the individuals moving should get rid of everything, but if an item has sat in a drawer for two years, it will probably never be used. Don’t forget to check the attic, basement, garage, and other places where long forgotten treasures and trash could be hiding. Being organized means that the family or individual will have time to donate, sell or auction items that they no longer want, as well as to do the many trips to the tip that are likely to be needed.

Be Logical.  Invest in colored pens and post-its to label boxes and crates. This is particularly important if some things are going into storage. Different colors can be used to indicate different rooms, or mark the things that need to be unpacked first. They can also be used to mark heavy or fragile items.

It is also a good idea to leave one box aside that will travel with the family or individual. This box should store everything that will be needed for at least the first few days of work, including:

  • Any personal paperwork and IDs that are required
  • Work clothes and shoes
  • Any tools or equipment required to start the job
  • Phone charger

Be Choosy.  No matter how well the previous steps have been completed, it could all fall apart if the wrong removal company is chosen. Take the time to talk to the firm of choice and explain the details of the move. Ensure that the company is aware of the reasons for the move and the timetable that needs to be kept. The right service provider will put the needs of the customer first and ensure they fulfill their needs.

Ready to move? Check out Jay’s Small Moves serving the San Francisco Bay Area with moves all over California.

October 14, 2014 |
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