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Liberty Moving & Storage Honored with the 2017 United Van Lines Presidents Quality Award

Liberty Moving & Storage – Honored with The 2017 Presidents Quality Award by United Van Lines

Liberty Moving and Storage, a full-service relocation company focused on creating a seamless and stress-free moving experience for both individuals and businesses throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area has been honored with the coveted United Van Lines Presidents Quality Award. Liberty Moving, Owner and CEO Michael Federico, Sr. made the announcement. Each year United Van Lines recognizes the top performing Agents within their given size categories. This year Liberty Moving was the recipient for the largest size category.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our hard work and dedication to service excellence with this prestigious award,” said Federico. “This awards solidifies our employee’s dedication to creating a customer focused, memorable moving experience. Our teams of operations experts, customer service specialists, move consultants, drivers and crews all strive to improve our operations and client relations process on a daily basis to continually provide unmatched quality.”

United Van Lines, America’s #1 Mover, recognizes the highest performing agent out of its 400+ nationwide agents based primarily on Quality Measurement Customer Surveys, a third party facilitated survey system, in addition to sales volume and loss prevention.

As a family owned and operated moving and storage company based in Long Island, New York, Liberty Moving & Storage has been serving customers for nearly 80 years. On each and every move the company and their personnel live by the moto “Strive for Five”, the goal, 5 star scores whether it is within the United Van Lines survey system, online reviews or word of mouth referrals. Every customer receives a dedicated move coordinator to ensure their service levels are not only met, but exceeded.

With over 300 employees and four locations, it is truly a team effort to deliver quality service for 8 decades.

About Liberty Moving & Storage: Founded in 1939, Liberty Moving and Storage is a full-service relocation company focused on moving and logistic partnerships on a local and global reach. With a vast suite of relocation services Liberty Moving & Storage serves both residential and commercial customers in the United States and beyond. As an agent for United Van Lines, Liberty has access to the largest integrated network of trucks, warehouses and talented relocation experts. For more information, call us today at 800.640.4487


Creative Gift Ideas That Will Wow Your New Neighbors

You did it.

You have moved.

It may have been stressful, but you did it.

The movers have unpacked your stuff, and you’re starting to feel better.

Until…

You realize you don’t know a single soul within 10 miles of you.

Time to meet the new neighbors. Do you feel excited? Nervous? You probably feel both.

So, if you’ve just moved and you find that you are now the new family in the neighborhood, don’t forget to make a good first impression! Check out these creative gift ideas for neighbors that will help you break the ice.

Creative Gift Ideas for Neighbors

A new neighborhood means a lot of new unknowns.

What will the neighbors be like? Any kids? Any pets that could potentially keep you up at night? Will they be your new friends? Will they want to come over and BBQ? Will they invite your kids to their birthday parties?

When you are new in a neighborhood, these questions may be swirling around your head. The only way to feel comfortable again is to reach out and meet those who live around you.

One of the easiest gift ideas for neighbors is themed gift baskets. Themed baskets make the gift look very well put together. (Even if you don’t feel put together, and haven’t had time to think since you started packing.)

Family Gift Baskets

Start with a small wire basket or decorative tin and fill with any of these fun and easy ideas.

  1. Coffee themed gift basket. Everyone needs something to wake them up in the mornings. This is why we love coffee.

Go to the nearest Starbucks and get a variety of coffee blends. Complete with some fun coffee mugs and creamer.

  1. Movie night gift basket. Most people now either download movies or watch them on Netflix.

But, you could provide the popcorn and treats. Fill the gift basket with your favorite brand of popcorn, some fun popcorn bowls for the family, and a new soft blanket to cuddle up in. And don’t forget the Junior Mints.

  1. Cookie themed gift basket. Everyone loves homemade cookies, but not everyone always has the ingredients to make them.

Make it easy and provide all the ingredients for your favorite cookies, along with your favorite recipe.

  1. Favorite things gift basket. This is a great way to introduce your family.

Let each family member pick our their favorite thing. It could be a treat, a chapstick, a drink, or even a little toy. Anything goes.

Then write a note for each item telling your new neighbors who picked it. Your neighbors will get a good idea of who is in your family and what they like.

Seasonal Gift Baskets

Seasonal gift baskets are a fun way to keep things fresh.

  1. Summer gift basket. If you move-in during the Summer months, consider a pitcher filled with fresh lemons and some new drinking glasses.

You could even throw in some sunscreen and fun sunglasses for the kids.

  1. Winter gift basket. If you happen to move closer to the winter holidays, maybe some hot chocolate mix along with marshmallows and holiday mugs would do the trick.

Once you fill your gift basket with whatever themed objects you choose, finish the look by wrapping cellophane around it and tying the top with a bow.

Simple Thoughtful Gifts

Don’t want to seem over the top? Here are some simple gift ideas for neighbors that will still help start the conversation when you knock on their door.

  1. Favorite famous recipe. Were you known in your last neighborhood for something special? Maybe it was your famous fudge brownies or your grandmother’s chicken soup.

Whatever is your specialty, make up a batch and share it with the neighbors. In all likelihood, you’ll be famous for it again in no time.

  1. Pancake mix in a jar. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

You can find easy examples of pancake mix in a jar all over the internet. So, help make their breakfast run a little smoother by giving some ready-made pancakes.

Because everyone loves pancakes for breakfast, but let’s be honest, no one has time to make them.

  1. Oven mitt with cooking utensils. This is such an easy gift idea that takes no time or overthinking.

Go to the nearest store and buy an oven mitt and some new cooking utensils such as a large mixing spoon, slotted spoon, spatula, and whisks. Place the utensils in the oven mitt.

It may seem too practical, but these items are used every day and rarely get replaced.

Non-food Gifts

Ever feel like gifts revolve around food? Want to try something different? Here are two thoughtful gifts that can’t be eaten. (Well, at least we wouldn’t recommend it.)

  1. Bath bombs. Give the ultimate gift of relaxation.

Giving a gift meant just for the parents of the house shows you know what they really want: a few minutes alone.

When you give a gift that shows you understand how hard it is to run a house, and how rare a moment of silence is, you will make an instant bond of friendship and understanding.

All parents need to know they are in the same boat. It’s always nice when you can relate to your neighbors.

  1. Coffee table book from where you moved. Where did you live before? Did you love it? Are there aspects of your previous home that you are proud of?

Share the places you love with your new neighbors by finding a book that showcases your favorite things from your previous location.

A book highlighting your previous location will help them understand you and your family.

And everyone loves learning about new places, especially from a pretty book on their coffee table.

Meeting the Neighbors

Meeting the new neighbors can be nerve-wracking and intimidating. But be brave and take the first step. You’ll look prepared and on top of things when you show up armed with one of these gift ideas for neighbors.

No matter how big or small your move is, no matter what questions you may have, or how big of a mess you need to clean up, we’re here to help.

We can make any move less stressful and easier for you. Contact us today!


The Perfect Opportunity to Purge: How a Big Move Can Help You Declutter Your Life

Are you getting ready for your big out of state move?

Moving out of your home state can be both intimidating and exhilarating. This is especially the case if you haven’t moved around a bunch or have stayed in your home state for years.

While you’re preparing to move out of state, focus on the positive.

For one thing, big moves give you a chance to declutter your life and lighten your load. Decluttering plays an essential role in the mental well-being and can lead to a more relaxed and happier move.

Read on to learn more about our tips for lightening your load as you start preparing to move out of state!

1. Start Now When Preparing To Move Out Of State

The first thing to do to declutter before your big move is to begin now. Your move might be a couple of months in the future, but don’t put off packing and purging now.

Start by taking an initial “purge pass” through your home. Go through each room one by one and start compiling things that you just don’t want anymore, are falling apart, or won’t be feasible to move.

This initial purge may include furniture, home decor, trinkets, and kitchen items. Gather all of these initial purge items into several containers you can carry easily. Either donate these items to your local Salvation Army or sell them in a yard sale, on eBay, or through Craigslist.

2. Write Lists

Writing lists can be incredibly helpful in preparing to move out of state. Lists help you stay organized and can be essential in identifying what to get rid of and what to keep.

Start by writing down a generic list of things you will need in your new place. Do this before even looking at the items you possess. Divide this list into categories based off of rooms: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, laundry room, etc.

Next, start with one room and survey the items you possess in that room. If you have time, write down an inventory of the belongings in each room.

Now you have two lists: the list of what you need and the list of what you have. We’ll be comparing these two lists in the following step.

3. Categorize Your Belongings

Now that you have a list of your “needs” and your “haves,” it’s time to categorize.

When you find a match between the two lists–i.e., something that you have which you will definitely need–place those items in a pile to “keep.”

Separate the items that you need from the items that aren’t on the list of necessities.

This will eventually lead to two rough piles of belongings. Now take a look at the pile of non-necessities. Some of these will be sentimental, valuable, or otherwise important items. Pull these out and put them in the “keep” pile.

Next, scrutinize what is left and ask yourself the following about each item:

  • Will I need this in the future?
  • Can I replace this with a better quality item?
  • Would I rather take this with me or get rid of it?

The last question is especially important and can be the deal breaker for a lot of belongings. If you answer “no” to any of the above, move that item to the “give away” pile.

Your goal for each room should be to separate all belongings into two piles: one to pack and one to give away.

4. Make Donations and Call on Friends

Once you’ve piled up your “giveaways” in each room, it’s time to move them on out. Do this as soon as possible–if you leave items sitting around for a while, you may be tempted to move them to the “keep” pile.

Make a few trips to your local donation center to make tax-deductible donations of the items you don’t want or need anymore. You can also call on friends to come rummage through your “giveaways,” or advertise furniture on Craigslist.

Once you’ve done this big purge, it’s time to pack.

5. Pack and Purge Some More

At this point in the game, it’s time to start the actual packing. As you are packing things that you definitely want to keep, make sure you label the boxes and tape them securely. Group like items in the same boxes.

We recommend numbering them so that you can always keep track of your belongings during shipment and make the unloading process easier.

As you are packing, however, you still have the option to lighten your load. Putting the items you want to keep in piles will give you a visual of what you’ll actually be moving.

In many cases, these piles are just too big. In this case, do a second round of purging, asking yourself the same questions in the previous step. This time, ask yourself if getting rid of something could save you money.

For example, shipping that bed frame may be more expensive than selling it on Craigslist and buying a new one in your new state.

6. Hire the Right Movers

After your methodical purging, it’s time to hire the right movers. Hiring a moving company is an essential step in preparing to move out of state.

The right movers will handle your belongings carefully and ensure that everything makes it in one piece to your new home.

A moving company will also make your packing process much more efficient, and even give you peace of mind after all of that purging you’ve just done.

Preparing To Move Out of State: Declutter Your Life

As you’re preparing to move out of state or the country, take this opportunity to declutter and purge unneeded things.

The key to a successful purging is to begin now and stay organized through lists and categorization. Call on friends or family members to help and remember that lightening your load may be more cost-effective in the long run.

Also, remember that a big move doesn’t have to be “big.” It may always be cheaper to start fresh and buy new belongings in your new home than shipping your existing ones.

Hiring the right movers can help make your big out of state move pleasant rather than a headache.

At Liberty Moving and Storage, we are the long distance moving experts. We offer professional and experienced moving services so that your out of state move can be exciting rather than worrisome.

Reach out today for a free quote!


Classic Long Island Fairs and Festivals the Whole Family Will Love

There’s no better way to get settled in a new city like interacting with the local community.

Some families ease into this as their kids start school or join sports leagues. But, getting to know your neighbors can be as easy as meeting people at local events.

Luckily, if you’re planning a move to Long Island, there are many community fairs and festivals to choose from.

Here are the top seven Long Island fairs to plan for in 2018.

1. SingStrong International A Cappella Music Festival

This arts-based festival is one of the newest Long Island fairs, but already a big hit.

Coming back in February 2018 for its third year, SingStrong takes center stage for two days.

The festival hosts a wide range of musical talents singing in all kinds of genres. Enjoy a mix of contemporary pop, jazz, classic doo-wop, barbershop songs, and even beatboxers!

No matter the music, every act gets the job done with vocals alone. Listen to this special art made by professional a cappella groups as well as college and high school students.

Encourage your kids to join the fun with the open group!

Or, get on stage yourself and show them your own singing skills.

Whether you’re watching or performing, don’t forget to try your luck bidding on the silent auction. All proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s research and support.

2. The Long Island Pet Expo

If you haven’t gotten around to getting your kids the pet you promised after you all moved, take them to this festival.

The Long Island Pet Expo is where you are free to interact with many kinds of furry friends (and ones with scales!).

Watch a K9 service demonstration, dancing dog shows, and other cool trick demonstrations. There is also a rainforest reptile show, some bunny-focused events, and parrots to pose with for pictures.

Hosted for two days in March 2018, this is a memorable event you don’t want to miss.

3. Huntington Tulip Festival

Excited to get out of the city and in-tune with the outdoors with your Long Island move?

Show your kids the beauty of nature with over 20,000 tulips at the Huntington Tulip Festival. Hosted on the first Sunday of May, this event has a little bit of everything you would expect from Long Island fairs.

Your kids can take part in hands-on activity booths while you listen to live music or grab a drink. Walk around together and look at handmade crafts, exhibitions, and drop in on lectures and discussions.

The best part? You can enjoy it all for free!

4. The Sayville Summerfest

The Sayville Summerfest has been a popular favorite among Long Island fairs for almost forty years.

This is a classic carnival with an adult twist.

Enjoy the beer and wine tent or take on all the rides. Or, if you have little ones, walk around and enjoy the games and arts and crafts.

Don’t forget to catch the live music performances and stop by the car show, too.

Worried you’ll miss this awesome event? It happens every weekend in August! One is sure to have some room on your calendar to join the fun.

5. The Holbrook Carnival and Craft Festival

Another fair happening throughout August is the annual Holbrook Carnival and Craft Festival.

This event brightens up the town every year with vendors, crafts, and even fireworks!

Buy each child a wristband to ride all the rides they want when you go.

Check the schedule for 2018 to see which events you don’t want to miss. Many contests and performances happen each weekend.

6. Harbes Orchard Apple Festival

You’re not a Long Island resident until you’ve gone apple picking.

Try out this tradition with the whole family during the Harbes Family Farm’s Annual Apple Festival. For one weekend in September, the 15-acre farm is open for all.

Pick your own fresh apples to make pie and cider at home, just in time for the cold weather to really kick in.

Can’t wait to get back in your kitchen? Try the apple cider donuts or drink regular apple cider.

Other treats are available as you walk around the pumpkin patch, look at what local vendors have to offer, or go on a hayride. There are also wine tastings available for the grown-ups in the group.

Most of this is open to you and yours for free and accompanied by live music.

But, bring some money for apple-picking admission, and to take a few goodies home!

7. The County Fair

The most classic event of all Long Island fairs is the annual County Fair.

This weekend of old-fashioned fun has been going on for 37 years, and it will be happening again for one weekend in September 2018.

Hosted at the Hallockville Museum Farm, guests can enjoy live music and children’s games as they discover all the farm has to offer.

There are tractor pulls and craft demonstrations. The crafts focus on old-time talents like:

  • rug hooking
  • basket weaving
  • quilting
  • woodcarving and woodworking
  • decoy carving

After watching a few of these done by volunteers in traditional character, you can shop for some things to take home. Over 50 vendors will welcome you to indulge in local jams and jellies, knitwear, bath and body products, and more!

You might even fall in love with a fine art piece you just have to hang in your new home.

Take your time as you enjoy all the activities and grab some food to relax a while. There’s always an abundance of delicious baked goods and classic apple cider.

Don’t leave without hanging out with the farm animals and taking a tour of the sites. Guided tours are available throughout the fair of all the top attractions at Hallockville Museum Farm.

Celebrate Your Move at the Best Long Island Fairs

Ready to start making fun family memories at Long Island fairs?

Great — but you have to move in first!

Moving doesn’t have to be as much of a hassle as you think. Whether you’re moving a small family or a large household, we can help.

Contact us today to discuss your options!


10 Surprising Moving Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew About Sooner

While moving can be a fun, exciting adventure, it can also be messy, stressful, and highly disorganized. If you’ve ever wondered why a box was leaking, which boxes went to which room, and where those stupid screws went, you know how true this is.

There may never be a completely smooth and stress-free move, but there are ways to make things a lot easier on yourself. The next time you move, try these ten surprising moving hacks, and you’ll wonder why you ever moved without them.

Wrangle Pesky Cords

It’s entirely okay to hate dealing with cords when you move. They’re unwieldy, difficult to keep contained, and can get tangled easily. It can also be easy to forget which precise cord goes with what device or appliance.

One solution to the cord problem is to tape the cord to the appliance or device if you can. Even if the cord doesn’t detach, this will help protect the cord from the damage it might receive by dangling and catching on things.

Another solution is to save old tubes from paper products. They make perfect sleeves that can protect cords and keep them coiled up. They’re also easy to write on, which makes it a lot easier to know which cord goes where.

Color-Code Everything

This trick can be handy for both professional movers and people doing it themselves. By creating a color-coded system, you’ll be able to take boxes and furniture straight to where they belong, the first time.

Color-coding saves you time, reduces the need for questions, and makes your unpacking process so much easier. The time and energy you save by not lugging things from room to room will allow you to settle in quicker and start enjoying your new home faster.

Plastic Bags Are Your Friends

Plastic bags are one of those surprising moving hacks that have many little handy purposes.

Plastic garbage bags, for example, can make moving your closet a snap. Simply cluster your hanging clothes into bunches, then slip the bag up over them and tie it shut near the top of the hanger. You can also slide the bags down from the top, but you’ll have to poke a hole in the bag to fit the hanger tops through.

Plastic bags are also a great way to transport your liquids safely, without worries about leaking or spilling. Just tie them up tightly in grocery bags, or place them in zipper bags and seal them closed. You can now pack them with your other stuff while keeping things leak-free!

Also, sandwich bags make the perfect storage solution for tiny items you don’t want getting lost or rolling around loose in your boxes.

Make A Moving Supply Caddy

If you’re tired of losing the tape, scissors, or Sharpies, this is one of the surprising moving hacks that you’ll love.

The great thing about this is you don’t have to use any specific container, anything you have will work fine. A small box, a shower caddy, a tiny toolbox, or even a small storage bin will work.

As long as you can fit all of your most used moving supplies in it, you just need to mark it, fill it, and go baby go! It’s portable, it’s organized, and the only way you’ll lose anything is if you don’t put it back when you’re done.

Pack Two Birds With One Stone

This is one of those hacks that will save you time, money, and packing space. It’s also environmentally friendly, and much easier to clean up. What is it? Using your towels, bedding, and clothing to pack your fragile items!

You’re going to need to pack your linens anyway, so this is the perfect way to protect your breakables during the move. You won’t have to use as many boxes, pay for packing materials, or deal with a lengthy clean-up.

Leave Your Clothing Drawers As-Is

Packing clothes can be a hassle. They’re heavy, which means you can only put so much in a packing container before it becomes a struggle to move. This also takes up extra containers, while you probably need all you can spare.

If you think about it, your clothes are packed in the perfect containers already, so go ahead and leave them in the drawers. A lot of movers will just wrap the dressers and use a dolly, so you should be fine. Be sure to ask, just in case.

If you’re moving them yourself, just pull the drawers out and move them separately if you don’t have a dolly. Even without clothes in them, removing the drawers makes moving a dresser much easier by hand.

Get Handle-Happy

If any of these surprising moving hacks is a must-have, this is it. Boxes are great for packing, but they’re often just flat-out awkward to carry. While some boxes will already have a handle cut in them, most will not.

You can solve this problem easily, with just a box cutter. Simply cut a square or triangle in the box on two opposing sides, just a little above the middle of the box. Any higher and the box could rip, especially if it were heavy. Any lower would just be awkward to handle.

Purge The Stragglers

Moving is already a laborious process, so why would you want to move around more than you have to?

You’ll be surprised at the things that find their way to the back of the cabinet or closet, and they often end up there for a reason. Now is the perfect time to purge that ugly shirt, those dubious cookies, and that shampoo bottle with just a little bit left in it.

If you’re not going to use it right then or in the immediate future, it’s time to toss it. There’s no need to take it with you since it will just take up room at your new place. Let’s face it, if it’s been there this long and you haven’t missed it, you’re not going to in the future either.

Use Your Wheels

Wheeled luggage is a great thing when you’re traveling. It’s even greater when you’re moving. Have you ever picked up a box full of books? It’s probably not something you’ll want to do repeatedly.

Instead, use your wheeled luggage to move your books and other similar objects that are heavy. Not only will your back thank you, but you won’t have wasted packing space.

Fix Your Door Latch

Trying to turn the doorknob when your arms are full is a pain, but leaving your door wide open isn’t always a good idea. This is especially true if it’s the middle of summer, or the dead of winter when the weather will be playing havoc with your home’s internal temp.

The easy solution is to be able to shut your door but keep it from latching. There are two ways that you can do this. The first is to take some packing tape, depress the latch, and then tape it down so that it won’t catch in the plate. You may need two or three pieces of tape to get it to stay put.

The other way is to take at least a couple of rubber bands, loop them around one doorknob, bring them around and across the latch, and loop them around the other knob. They’ll hold the latch in until you’re done, and there’s no sticky residue like tape.

Which Of These Surprising Moving Hacks Will You Try?

Whether you use just one or you try them all, these hacks will make your next move the fun adventure it should be, instead of a stressful nightmare.

There’s also one more hack that makes your move easier, and that’s having a professional moving company do it for you. Combine that with any of these hacks, and you’ll create a move that’ll be a dream come true.

We know how stressful a move can be, and we want to make sure that your move is a successful one. Whether it’s local or long distance, we’ve got you covered. Call us for a free quote today.


5 Pawsome Tips To Make Moving With Cats Easier

Have you ever wondered why there are so many articles about moving that talk about easing the process? Experts say it’s because we’re inherently territorial creatures. We like familiarity and routine, and any change to that can create uncertainty and stress.

And it’s not just people who aren’t big fans of change.

Our furry friends are not immune to the stresses of moving. If you have cats, you’ll want to know how to make the transition as smooth as possible to avoid house soiling, escape attempts, aggression and so on.

Here we have five tips to make moving with cats a lot easier on you and on them.

1. Preparation is Key

In a previous post, we talked about how you should start sorting through your things early on as part of your moving checklist. While you’re sorting and packing the things you’ll keep in boxes, put them in a place where your cat can frequently see them. This will help your cat get used to their presence.

Another thing you need to prepare is your feline friend’s carrier. He must get used to it before the big move. What you can do is leave it sitting open and of course, make sure there’s a comfy bed inside.

Leave cat treats in the carrier and let your pet find these on his own. You can also start feeding him in the carrier. If he doesn’t want to enter the carrier, don’t worry.

You can take things slowly and place his dish next to the carrier’s opening. After a few days, place the dish inside the carrier (still right next to the opening). Then, after a week or two, gradually move his dish to the back so he’ll have to go all the way in to eat his meal.

2. Minimize Changes in His Routine

Moving with cats is a lot harder if you introduce new routines all at once. You need to keep to your cat’s daily schedule as much as possible. Don’t change his feeding and play times if you can help it.

Now, if you have a cat who’s very nervous or skittish, you can consult your vet about anti-anxiety meds. It’s possible your cat doesn’t really need meds, just behavior modification.

3. During the Move: Points to Remember

It’s going to be a busy day with movers going in and out of your apartment or house. To prevent your cat from dashing out the door, designate a room where you can close him in with food, water, bed, and a litter box. Put a sign on the door so the movers will know to keep it shut.

To prevent stomach upset along the way, don’t give your cat a huge breakfast. While in transit, don’t open your cat’s carrier just because you want to soothe him. Only do this when absolutely needed and make sure it’s in a secure area so your cat won’t try to dash out.

Another thing to bring with you is packing tape. This is in case the carrier breaks or needs repairs while you’re on the road.

4. Establish a Home Base Room for Your Cat

Now that you’re in your new home, you might think that the hard part of moving with cats is over. But you’re just halfway done.

You still have to cat-proof your new place and designate a home base room for your cat.

With cat-proofing, you’ll want to tuck away electrical cords and make sure all windows have secure screens. You also need to get rid of poisonous houseplants, as well as pest-control poison traps that may have been left by previous owners.

After doing this, take your cat to a room that’s relatively quiet. But don’t open his carrier just yet. Set up everything first – his food, water, litter box, and bed.

You’ll also want to place cat treats around the room. This will motivate your cat to explore his home base.

5. Get Your Cat Settled In

For the first several days, it’s best to keep your cat in his home base room. You don’t want him to get overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, and smells of your new home.

You’ll also want to re-introduce his previous routine. Again, this includes his feeding and play schedules. Make sure to spend lots of time with your cat in this room. If he’s reluctant to go exploring, you can offer treats and more playtime.

When you’ve unpacked everything, gradually allow your cat to explore the rest of the house. Do this one room at a time. If limiting his access to rooms isn’t possible, your next best option is to closely supervise him during his short trips.

Ideally, his home base room should be his permanent nook. But if you plan to move him to another area, you just need to follow the same steps we’ve outlined here.

It may take some time but it’s the best way to get your cat settled in your preferred location.

Moving with Cats: Are You Ready?

Moving is stressful. It disrupts routines. And the transition can be hard for both people and pets.

The good news is if you’re moving with cats, there are things you can do to ease the process. If you follow the five tips above, getting your cat settled in your new home will be a lot easier.

If you have other concerns or questions about moving, we suggest you check out our moving tips, as well as residential moving articles. We also offer other moving services including office moving, specialized packing, data and records file moving, to mention a few.

Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-640-4487 if you want to get a free estimate. Or you can leave your name, email, phone number here so we can talk about your move and your specific moving needs.


10 Things To Do In Rockville Centre For New Families

Just moved to Rockville Centre with your family and not sure what to do?

Instead of sitting indoors feeling lost, why not get out there and explore your new area?

There’s plenty for families to do, with activities suitable for everyone from excitable toddlers to moody teenagers. Whether you want an educational experience or a walk in nature, you’ll find it in Rockville.

Keep reading for our top ten things for new families to do in this awesome area.

You’ll soon adjust to your new neighborhood.

1. Rockville Centre Recreation Center

The Rockville Centre Recreation Centre is an essential visit for anyone with young kids.

There’s an awesome park with tons of equipment, plus fun sprinklers – always a hit with the little ones!

Inside the center, you can take part in a range of family-oriented classes. There’s gymnastics, ‘gym and game’, and ‘roll around’, taking place in an amazing indoor playground complete with trampolines, inflatables, and other apparatus.

If you want to let the kids burn off some energy and make new friends, this is the place.

2. Rockville Public Library

Public libraries are a great rainy day option for families, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Younger kids will enjoy attending activities like Lego club and Storytime, while teens can browse the young adult section for some cool new novels.

The whole family can get involved in community events like bake sales, and adults can make new friends by attending book clubs. Visiting libraries has tons of benefits for the whole family.

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!

3. Center for Science Teaching and Learning

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning is a wonderful place to get kids curious about the world around them.

The center is located in the beautiful Tanglewood Preserve, and the live animal exhibit offers a chance to get up close and personal with birds, mammals, reptiles and more.

Regular events like the ‘Creatures of the Night’ hike are an awesome way to get your kids learning and having fun.

There’s even a ‘Sunday Science’ class just for kids – the perfect chance to take a break from childcare duties and get your kids excited about science.

4. Challenge Escape Rooms

If you haven’t heard about escape rooms yet, where have you been?!

These fun, family-friendly challenges see you locked in a room for a set amount of time, attempting to solve clues, find keys and unlock puzzles to escape.

Challenge Escape Rooms offer a variety of themes, including, ‘The Virus’, ‘The Art Gallery’, and ‘The Game Room.’

This is a fun bonding activity that should teach your family the value of working together. Once you’ve completed your first room, you can return to try for the whole set!

Don’t worry if things get too hard, as team members will be on hand to provide clues.

5. Veterans Memorial Park

Want to go for a brisk stroll, or relax with a picnic?

It sounds like a trip to the Veterans Memorial Park is in order.

The park is close to the recreation center, so it’s a nice place to visit before or afterward. You could even enjoy a peaceful walk alone while the kids take part in recreation center activities.

The park is well-kept and peaceful, so it’s a lovely place to enjoy the benefits of nature before you get back to the busy city streets.

6. Pro Soccer Kids

Do your kids love getting active? 

For kids as young as 2 years old and up to 9, they’ll have a blast and you will love watching them play and having fun with Pro Soccer Kids.

More than soccer, they have indoor facilities for other sports like gymnastics, or just running around at the playground. It’s great all year round.

Take your kids here, and they’ll literally love you forever.

7. Rockville Centre Lanes

Who doesn’t love bowling?

This family-run business is the perfect place for a relaxed game with the kids, and they offer plenty of special family offers during holidays and on weekdays.

If you’re looking for a birthday party location, this should definitely be top of your list. Catering is good, and you can enjoy pizzas, soft drinks and more between games.

If you’re looking to hone your skills, there are plenty of well-priced lessons available.

8. ARTrageous!

Creative activities are some of the most fun, and getting crafty at ARTrageous means you don’t have to make a mess at home!

Kids can try their hand at pottery, glass fusing and more, and take their very own creations home with them.

This is an awesome activity for kids who like to learn new skills and use their creativity.

ARTrageous even host parties, so bookmark their site ready for your next birthday.

9. AMC Fantasy 5

Is there anything better than a trip to the cinema?

If you’re feeling stuck for something to do on a rainy day, a visit to AMC Fantasy 5 should definitely be on your list.

You can enjoy all the latest movies on 2D and 3D, splash out on the tastiest refreshments, and keep the kids quiet for an hour or two!

10. Rockville Center Farmers Market

Kids bored stiff at the grocery store?

They’ll have a lot more fun browsing a farmers market.

Plan a new recipe together and pick up the ingredients, teach your kids about where their food comes from, and encourage them to try free samples.

You’d be surprised at how much fun food shopping can be!

How to Keep Your Family Entertained in Rockville Centre

There’s a ton to do in Rockville Centre, so you shouldn’t have much trouble keeping your family happy in their new area.

To make sure that everyone feels involved, write down a list of places you’d each like to visit, then put them in a jar.

Each time you’re free, pick an activity out of the jar – this way everyone gets their choice at some point, and there won’t be any arguments over where to go!

Want more tips for moving with your family? Check out our blog.


8 Facts About Long Island You Should Know Before You Move

Looking to make the move to Long Island?

You’re in luck! Huntington and Oyster Bay in Long Island were recently voted two of the 50 best places to live in the US.

Long Island is the quieter, more sophisticated cousin of the manic, and at times, overwhelming city of New York.

Divided into four counties, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk, Long Island is a treasure trove of things to see and do and famed for its beautiful white sand beaches.

For a few useful facts about Long Island to help make your decision, just keep on reading.

8 Useful Facts About Long Island

The counties of Nassau to the west and Suffolk to the east are usually lumped together when referring to Long Island.

However, there are a number of beautiful towns throughout the Long Island region perfect for a family move.

This beach-fringed island’s most popular towns include:

  • Oyster Bay
  • Huntington
  • Kensington
  • Syosset
  • Jericho
  • Brookville
  • University Gardens
  • Great Neck Estates
  • Stony Brook
  • Garden City

These are just a handful of some of the wonderful neighborhoods to be found on Long Island, ideal for making the long-awaited move to suburbia.

Let’s get into the facts about Long Island and why it is voted as such a great place to settle down!

1. Rated One of the Best Places to Live in America

Oyster Bay and Huntington made it to the top 50 most livable towns in the US, rated by Money Magazine – and for good reason.

Oyster Bay and a number of other towns within Long Island itself are home to a range of excellent schools. Oyster Bay is also within close proximity to Manhattan, making for less of a work commute.

Huntington is characterized by its beautiful setting and vast cultural scene, also known to be in the middle of an economic boom.

2. Year-Round Activities

Despite the huge range in temperatures from summer to winter, Long Island is not without entertainment to suit all seasons!

Go beaching, hiking, sailing, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding in the warmer months.

Winter boasts cross-country skiing, seal-watching cruises, ice-skating and the annual Long

Beach Polar Bear Splash event. On Long Island, you get the best of both worlds.

Additionally, Long Island is home to a plethora of malls, shopping complexes, restaurants and bars for maximum convenience.

3. A Foodie’s Paradise

One of the best facts about Long Island? It’s a food lover’s dream.

Long Island is crammed with cultural diversity, and this makes for a taste sensation when it comes to food culture.

Thanks to the Italian, Russian, Polish, Indian and Asian residents of Long Island, you can find a restaurant or cafe to suit any taste.

Long Island is home to a number of fine dining establishments, as well as hidden gem burger joints and cafes.

It also boats Cafe Enrique, the first Mexican restaurant to receive a Michelin star in Long Island City.

Take a Queens Food Tour and discover all the foodie delights of this island!

4. Welcome to Wine Region

Long Island is home to the perfect climate for wine cultivation and as such, wine country stretches from the Hamptons to the southern end of Long Island.

The region is host to 56 different wineries and a number of different vineyards.

The Jamesport Vineyard is a Long Island staple, serving world-famous lobster rolls and responsibly produced wines.

The region also hosts Winterfest: a month-long wine and art festival!

Now, there is no region throughout the US that is without its flaws. A few of these cold hard facts about Long Island are worth considering too:

5. High Property Taxes

While shopping for the perfect home within your budget is a top priority, the property taxes on Long Island are something for careful consideration.

High property taxes in certain towns can dramatically raise your housing expenses.

Generally, property taxes tend to increase where there is a higher demand for amenities i.e. good schools and close proximity to the city.

6. Traffic Is a Daily Reality

Long Island traffic is a factor to take into consideration when looking to move to this region of Manhattan.

The Long Island Expressway is well-known as a major contributor to slowing a commute into the city.

It’s highly advisable that you try out a work commute into and out of Long Island in peak hour traffic.

This way you can assess whether the traffic is a daily reality you’re willing to accept!

7. Cold Winters & Hot Summers

It’s worth knowing that Long Island winters are extremely cold and summers are extremely warm.

Owing to the fact that Nassau and Suffolk counties border the ocean, the winters can be frigid due to offshore winds, while the summers can be extra humid.

Long Island is also frequently exposed to snowstorms in the winter months. This can have a dire effect on work commutes and the maintenance of your property.

8. Consider Community Noise Levels

This may seem like a given for most new communities you move to, but noise levels in the Long Island county you move to are important.

Depending on the town you choose to move to on Long Island, it’s worth assessing the noise level of the local community surrounding your new home.

While Long Island is characterized by its peaceful expanses of parks and beach fronts, there are areas which can be more disruptive than others.

It’s highly recommended that you visit your potential new home during the week and on weekends to assess noise levels of the community.

You may find that high traffic areas, close proximity to a school, restaurant or bar complex can pose very real disruption for your family.

Make Your Move With Liberty Moving & Storage

It takes time and energy to pack up your entire life and move homes.

With Liberty Moving & Storage, you can be guaranteed that no one understands this more than us!

We pride ourselves on being one of the best long-distance moving companies in New York, assisting you every step of the way.

As a fully licensed, bonded and insured moving company, we will help with the planning, packing, moving, transporting and unpacking of your home.

Take a look at our local moving services and get in touch on 1-800-640-4487 for a free quote!

 


10 Tips to Make Winter Moving Easier

In a perfect world, your move will fall on a warm, dry summer day.

But the world isn’t perfect, and we don’t always get to choose the time of year we move.

Whether it’s a new job, a major life change, or other reasons, you might be facing the daunting task of a wintertime move. Unless you live in Hawaii or Florida, chances are you could encounter cold weather, snow, or ice.

Winter moving is not without challenges, but it’s not impossible either. There’s no reason you can’t experience a successful move, even if the weather is less than ideal.

It just takes some forethought and planning to make it happen.

In this post, we’ll reveal our ten best tips to make winter moving easier. Read on!

1. Check the Weather

Our first winter moving tip may also be the most obvious–check the weather forecast!

There’s not much you can do about Mother Nature, but you should definitely keep an eye on her activity. If there’s a storm approaching, check for regular updates, as storm tracks and snow forecasts often change.

If it looks like your move might coincide with a major weather event, consider adjusting your moving date. Better to experience a little inconvenience than get stuck in a blizzard!

2. Don’t Pack Winter Necessities

Even if you think you won’t need them, keep all your winter supplies in an easily accessible location.

These might include:

  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Wintertime washer fluid
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Blankets
  • Salt (for roads and walkways)

Even if the roads are clear where you are, there could be a foot of snow waiting for you at your destination. Keep your winter supplies handy so you don’t have to dig them out when you arrive.

3. Enlist Moving Help

If you’ve hired professional movers, confirm your moving date with them a week or two in advance.

Winter is the off-season for most movers, so it doesn’t hurt to double-check everything. Professional movers will make your day much easier by doing the heavy lifting and driving for you.

If you can’t hire movers, round up as many friends and family members as possible. Once the move is complete, order some pizzas to thank them for their hard work.

4. Regulate Your Body Temperature

Winter moving is a strenuous activity.

Although the temperature may be below freezing outside, you’re likely to work up a sweat carrying those heavy boxes.

Dress in layers so you can remove some outerwear if you feel overheated. But keep those jackets and gloves nearby so you don’t get a chill when you take a break.

5. Keep Everything Clean

If there’s snow or mud outside, you need to ensure you’re not carrying it into the home you’re vacating (or the one you’re moving into).

Use plastic tarps, cardboard, or floor mats to protect your flooring and carpets. You should do this in both your old and your new residence.

Keep towels handy to wipe down any items that get wet or dirty. This is especially important if it’s raining or snowing outside.

6. Create a Safe Path

Winter moving poses a series of hazards. Icy stairs, driveways, or walkways can spell disaster if you step in the right place.

Before you start your move, create a safe path from your home to the moving truck. Throw salt down to break up any ice on the walkways.

You should also shovel or plow any snow, even if it’s only a few inches. If you misjudge the height of a step or a curb, you (or one of your movers) could get hurt.

7. Turn Down the Heat

Winter moving means your home’s doors will constantly be opening and closing. This will strain your heating system and can result in pricey energy bills, especially during freezing weather.

Bundle up in warm layers during the move so you can turn down the heat inside your home. If you want to keep one room warm for a little relief from the cold, make it the bathroom.

One important note: Make sure it’s warm enough inside to prevent the home’s pipes from freezing. Anything above 55F should be sufficient.

8. Stay Hydrated

Even if it’s freezing outside, you’ll sweat a lot during the move.

Warm beverages like coffee or tea are fine to keep you going, but make sure to drink plenty of water also. It’s easy to get dehydrated during the winter without realizing it.

Make sure to keep your movers, friends, and family hydrated too. Fill a Crockpot or a few Thermoses with warm beverages to keep everybody motivated.

9. Consider Boarding Your Pets

The last thing you need on moving day is for your dog or cat to escape through an open doorway.

If you turn off your heat, though, you’ll need somewhere to keep your pets safe and warm during the move.

Consider boarding your pets at a nearby facility that offers heated floors and runs. Drop them off the day before you move to give yourself one less thing to worry about.

10. Check the Utilities

In the chaos of planning a move, this is one item that’s easy to overlook.

If possible, visit your new home or call someone in the area to turn on the heat before you arrive. That way your house is nice and warm when you’re moving in.

At the very least, make sure that the utilities (furnace, water, electric) are all up and running before moving day. Nothing spoils a winter move faster than arriving at a cold, dark house.

Help with Winter Moving

Even if it’s freezing cold or snowy outside, there’s no reason your wintertime move can’t be a success story.

Of course, enlisting the help of professional movers is one sure way to make winter moving easier.

If you need help with your upcoming move–at any time of year–don’t hesitate to contact us.

With over 75 years of moving experience, we at Liberty Moving & Storage will ensure your moving day goes smoothly!


5 Tips on How to Control the Costs of Moving House

Ah, the dreaded move.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that at least 1 in 10 Americans will move in the coming year.

It’s always a chore, but it doesn’t have to be an awful one.

If you prepare ahead of time and follow a few simple recommendations the costs of moving can be cheaper than you would ever believe.

Check out the tips we’ve gathered below to learn how to take the stress out of your move.

Cutting The Costs of Moving

It’s important to understand exactly what you’re getting into with a move. Let’s be honest, moving can be very expensive.

Even if you’re just going across town you’ll have to pack your stuff in something. Boxes aren’t that expensive individually, but when you need 50 of them they start to add up.

The list just gets longer. Packing tape, moving blankets, clothing bags and trailers are all expenses that have to be covered.

Once you factor in the cost of gas, food, and lost work you can lay out a pretty penny to move.

There are several ways to cut the monetary costs of moving supplies. It’s possible to find free boxes but you’ll need to start asking around grocery and other stores early. Definitely, don’t show up the night before a move expecting to grab 20 or 30 boxes.

Have a Plan

There’s nothing worse than trying to make a major change like moving at the last minute. Let’s be honest, things will get lost, tempers will fail and everyone involved will be stressed and upset.

Sometimes you don’t have a choice. A new job, family emergency and other factors can force a quick move no one could plan for.

When you have the chance though, it’s always better to sit down and make your plans as early as possible. Making a checklist is a great way to make sure everything gets done as efficiently as possible and can reduce the costs of moving.

By starting your plans as far out as you can it’s easy to find the best rates on the things you need. It’s always cheaper to plan ahead and shop around than it is to call the first number in the book and hope they don’t break the china.

Even if you’re self-moving making a plan saves you money. You can reserve the right truck, find the best place to get boxes and call around to all your friends and family to find the ones who will hate you the least after helping you move.

Hire Professionals

But wait, that’s just one more payment, isn’t it?

Hiring professional movers can be expensive, but when you actually total up the costs of moving yourself it’s very competitive.

Self-moving always seems like it will be cheaper than getting a pro. The hidden costs quickly add up though. Self-moving expenses include:

  • Rental fees and gas
  • Food costs
  • Damaged goods
  • Equipment
  • Time
  • Relationships

Right off the bat, there’s the cost of physically moving things between your old home and the new one. Even if you use your own vehicle or borrow one from a friend you’re looking at a lot of gas money.

Renting a truck just compounds the cost, you’ve got the rental fee, insurance, and the aforementioned gas. Add in the boxes, straps, dollies and hand trucks and you can end up dropping more ‘moving cheaply’ than if you just hired movers.

Then there’s the time it takes. A small rental truck will probably take at least two trips to move a house. If you’re using your car or even a friends borrowed truck you’re looking at way more trips.

That’s all time you could be working, equalling lost wages, or relaxing with friends and family, equalling stress.

Know Where Everything is Going

Movers are generally paid by the hour. Having a basic idea of where you want everything to go can really lower the costs of moving. This holds true even if moving yourself.

There are several ways to do this that make it easier for you and your movers. One of the best ways is to color code all your boxes and furniture.

You can get small packs of colored stickers very cheaply at office supply stores. Assign a color to each room in your new home and put a sticker on everything going there.

The best way to do it is while packing. Just put a small sticker dot on each box as you seal it up and you’re ready to go.

Always be sure to let your friends or movers know what you’re doing. A quick walkthrough of the new place before unpacking can cut down on a lot of the confusion of moving.

Take Care of Any Outside Costs

Many of the costs of moving aren’t related to the actual moving process. Once you’re in your new home you’ll still need water, power, cable and especially internet access. Believe me, kids without internet access can be dangerous.

There are often fees associated with turning on or shutting off utilities. If you schedule well ahead of time you can avoid paying rush fees as well.

You also need to inform all your credit card companies, banks, doctors offices, and other highly important service providers of your new address. Submitting a change of address form is a good temporary measure but doesn’t last forever.

The best time to start switching everything over is as soon as you know where you’re going. Most companies will let you set up a cutoff and activation date based on when you’re moving.

This can be especially important if you’re moving from an apartment or other rental property. Some unscrupulous landlords wait to change utilities over to their name and stick their former tenant with several days or weeks of electricity and water costs.

The sooner you take care of these the better.

Costs of Moving: The Takeaway

All of this advice really comes down to one thing. Make a plan early, communicate it to everyone involved and make it work. When that isn’t possible, maybe think about bringing in some professionals.

If you want to learn more about how professional movers work or get an estimate, check us out online.