- Get Started Early & Hire a Pro: Hire a certified (like Crown) as early as possible and avoid driving an unfamiliar truck in icy conditions.
- Keep your Walkways Free of Snow and Ice
- Keep Warm: Dress in layers and a warm drink handy.
- Make Sure Your Car is Ready for a Winter Trip
- Keep Your Winter Supplies in the Car
- Keep an Eye on the Weather
- Protect Your Possessions and Home from the Elements
(HuffPost by Andrey Grehov)
If you are moving and have pets we can help. We have over 40 years of experience helping people relocate with their pets. For more information on moving with pets click here.
This week at Crown we celebrated our love of canines with a Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Having dogs at work has proven to create happier and more productive work environments.
For more information on the benefits of dogs in the work place click here.
Hurricanes Michael and Florence have impacted the U.S. supply chain by shutting down ports for days and damaging infrastructure. While most of the impact is currently being felt in Florida its neighboring states, especially Georgia and North Carolina, have been impacted as well.
(Supply Chain Dive)
KITCHEN: Cleaning supplies, hand soap and paper towels, paper plates, cups, napkins can & bottle opener, plastic cutlery, plastic wrap, zip-lock bags, aluminum foil, trash bags, ready-to-eat foods.
BATH: Toiletries, towels, facial and toilet tissue, medicines, first-aid kit.
BEDROOMS: Bed linens, pillows, change of clothing, children’s books and toys.
OTHER ROOMS: Hardware to assemble furniture, remote controls, light bulbs, portable radio or television, hand tools, reading material, flashlight.
The nearly two-week closure (due to Hurricane Florence) of the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina has ended. There is some lingering damage to be addressed, but ships have been arriving and most of the port is back to normal.
(The Maritime Executive)
Category 4 Hurricane Florence is headed for the middle of the United States’ East Coast. A “State of Emergency” has already been declared in many East Coast States. It is likely to make landfall between South Carolina and North Carolina as a Category 3 on Thursday.
All commercial ports will to be closed in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina after the gates close this evening.
The Coast Guard Designation “X-Ray” (gale force winds are expected within 48 hours):
Port of Wilmington and North Carolina
Port of Charleston in North and South Carolina
The Coast Guard Designation “Whiskey” (gale force winds are expected within 72 hours):
Port of Norfolk
Port of Savannah
TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF YOUR ANTIQUES
Your collectibles are prized and often irreplaceable.
Naturally, you want to protect them from any possible damage during your move. Follow these steps to help guard fragile items against harm and properly prepare them for packing and loading on a moving van.
Step 1: Get an Appraisal
Any item you own that is of extraordinary value should be appraised by a qualified person; you might even want to get more than one appraisal. Obtaining an appraisal also may be necessary to verify the value of your personal property for the transferal of your homeowner’s insurance policy.
The best way to locate an appraiser is through a recommendation by an insurance agent, attorney or bank official. In the United States, membership in the American Society of Appraisers can be a sign of an appraiser’s reputation. Look in the Yellow Pages under appraisers. Or you can request the “Directory of Certified Professional Personal Property Appraisers,” which is a state-by-state referral list. To receive the most current issue, contact the American Society of Appraisers by mail at P.O. Box 17625, Washington, D.C. 20041, by telephone at 800-ASA-VALU (800-272-8258) or visit www.appraisers.org.
Most appraisers either charge a flat fee or an hourly rate for services performed. Ask in advance.
In addition to obtaining an appraisal, make sure you have clear photographs of your antiques. You might also want to use a video camera to inventory the contents of each room.
At the time of the moving cost estimate, be sure to point out to the Relocation Consultant all high-value or fragile items such as grandfather clocks, silver or china sets so advance arrangements for crating and special packing can be made. Crates can be specially built to protect items with ornate trimming or a high risk of breakage.
Step 2: Review Your Moving Protection Plan
When meeting with a Relocation Consultant, you’ll want to discuss valuation of your antiques. We offer several protection plans in the event of loss or damage.
Be sure that your articles of extraordinary value (items worth more than $100 per pound) are listed on the High-Value Inventory Form and make sure to document any signatures, serial numbers or manufacturer marks on your possessions.
It is recommended you use a video camera to fully document the condition of your antiques and high-value items prior to your move in case you need to verify a claim. When doing so, however, make sure that you are able to get clear, high quality footage of your items so that it is usable.
Step 3: Prepare for Packing
Before your belongings are packed, you may want to check antique items for any special cleaning that might be required.
Check your local hardware, furniture store or antiques dealer for cleaning products for fine furniture.
Avoid the use of any type of oil or wax product on wood furniture immediately before you move especially if these items will be going into storage. Some products might soften the finish, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
If you are uncertain about the care of a particular antique piece, a local historical society or library might have books on the subject. An antiques dealer may have helpful hints as well.
Step 4: Pack, Wrap and Protect on Moving Day
It is very important that you or an appointed representative be present on packing and moving days to identify items needing special handling. It is also helpful so packers and van operators can ask questions along the way.
Most large, heavy pieces of furniture will be wrapped in thick pads to help protect them while in transit.
Step 5: Unloading and Delivery
When you reach your destination, carefully check the inventory of your household goods and antiques before signing for receipt. If any servicing or reassembly is required after you reach your new home, notify your Crown Coordinator who can make any necessary arrangements.
Be sure to consult your Crown Coordinator if you have special questions or concerns. Proper preparation prior to a move can help you enjoy your antiques for many years to come.
For more tips on packing click here.
(source: United Van Lines)
On June 15 construction began at the Port of Amsterdam for a Bin2Barrel factory designed to convert unrecyclable plastic into fuel for ships. In addition to decreasing landfill waste, this type of processing is expected to cut CO₂ emissions by 57,000 tons per year.
(World Maritime News)
On October 1, 2018, the Panama Canal plans to lift restrictions on LNG (liquefied natural gas) vessels. Currently, they are only allowing transit during daylight hours and only one vessel at a time. Panama Canal Authority’s Deputy Administrator Manuel E. Benitez said “Together, these changes will provide more flexibility and time during the day to transit LNG vessels, and result in an opportunity for LNG shippers to compete for a second booking slot.”
(World Maritime News)