The Top 5 Moving Tips from National Moving Month 2017

National Moving Month may be ending next week, but peak moving season has just begun! Nearly half of the 43 million Americans who move every year move during the summer. That is almost 21 million Americans moving in just a matter of 3 months! Therefore, the summer months are extremely busy for moving companies. Get ahead of your move by following our top 5 moving tips from 2017 below!

 

  1. It is recommended that all live plants be transported with you. If a mover does transport a live plant, they are not responsible for the condition of the plant upon delivery. 
  2. Create your move plan by mapping out a different task to do each day before your move, so you are well prepared. https://pixabay.com/en/diary-pen-teacup-writing-calendar-2116244/
  3. Plan a yard sale before your move to help declutter and make some extra cash.
  4. Plan ahead! Establish dates and location. Call moving companies and get quotes for your move. Check out all our Dos and Don’ts of summer moving here.
  5. Don’t leave questions unanswered! Make sure you understand your move process completely. If you have more questions, check out the helpful FAQ video below.

 

Fry-Wagner is here to help with all your moving needs all year long! We have vast amounts of moving info on our website. Click here to view more helpful moving tips, so you can be prepared for your upcoming move. You can also contact us at any time to schedule a free in-home estimate!

Out of the Box: Target Golf Game

Summer is coming, which means that kids everywhere are going to be in need of something to keep them busy while they are at home. This month’s Out of the Box project is fun and easy! Follow the steps below to create this entertaining game for the whole family!

Supplies:

1 Medium Sized Box

Box Cutter/Scissors

Ruler

Pen/Pencil

Colored/Construction Paper

Glue

Decorating Material of your Choice

Step 1:

Using your ruler, measure out the 5 different sized slots you would like on your golf game, there is no specific size each slot should be.

Step 2:

Using your box cutter or scissors, cut each slot out.

Step 3:

Using your scissors and construction paper, cut out a border to go around each slot. Label the slot with the amount of points you choose. Typically, the wider the slot is, the easier it is to score; therefore, the wider slots should earn fewer points.

Step 4:

Decorate your box to your liking.

Step 5:

Grab a putter, a golf ball, and enjoy!

If your family loves golf then take the time to check out Fry-Wagner’s upcoming golf tournament, The 7th Annual Wendy Knop Memorial Golf Tournament. This year our golf tournament will be in support of Reese Werner, a 4 year-old battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia & Chemotherapy. You can join our cause by supporting Reese on her journey to wellness by donations, participation in the tournament, or tournament sponsorship. For more information on how you can become a part of our tournament this summer please see the information below.

#TeamReese_Golf Registration Form 2017

#TeamReese_Golf Sponsorship Form

7th Annual Golf Tournament – #TeamReese

10 Simple Ways to Maximize a Small Space

Simplicity is the newest trending lifestyle. Families all over the country are moving out of large homes into smaller ones with the hopes of living a life filled with more adventures rather than slaving away to keep up with the Jones’. Although downsizing saves many Americans a lot of money, it does not necessarily save them space. If you are new to the simpler lifestyle, it can be hard to figure out how to make your new space work best for you and your family. Below, you will find 10 simple ways to maximize a small space!

  1. Paint the room white. White makes a room look brighter and larger.
  2. Use full size furniture. Although, this may seem a bit odd, small furniture can actually make a room appear smaller!
  3. Buy multifunctional furniture. Furniture that has more than one purpose is a definite must. An example of multifunctional furniture would be ottomans with storage, pullout couches, and an entertainment center with built-in shelving.
  4. Use a pop of color. Colorful furniture or accents will distinguish each space.
  5. All art should be at eye level. If you choose to hang art, picture frames, or posters, it is best to display them at eye level. This will make your ceilings appear taller.
  6. Trick the eye. Use floor to ceiling window accents, display mirrors around the room, and hang transparent curtains to let in more light.
  7. Customize and organize. Built in bookshelves and storage options will make it easier to stay organized and keep clutter contained.
  8. Think vertical. Taller cabinets, bookcases, and lighting elements, all draw the eye upward, making the space appear larger. 
  9. Create Sight Lines. Get rid of unnecessary walls to make your space appear more open. Use glass doors to give rooms an open view and avoid bulky furniture.
  10. Less is more. Although it is suggested to use normal size furniture, fewer furnishings will make the room feel more open.

For more helpful tips on how to maximize your space, or for helpful moving tips check out Fry-Wagner online.

The Dos and Don’ts of Summer Moving

Summer is just a few weeks away, which means that peak season is quickly approaching for moving companies! Summer is the busiest time of the year for moving companies all across America, with the two busiest months for moving being June and August. Typically, the most popular dates for moving are June 30, July 31, and August 1. If you are planning a summer move, it is important to know the dos and don’ts of summer moving in order to ensure your relocation process will go smoothly.

Do:

  • Plan ahead. Establish dates, location, items being moved, and what moving company you would like to move your belongings.
  • Schedule an in-home estimate! Call a handful of local, reputable moving companies in your area to schedule an in-home estimate.
  • Book your move at least 14 days before your move date. With summer being extremely busy, it is important to get on the mover’s schedule as early as possible to ensure your goods will be moved out and delivered on time.
  • Ask questions! Moving can get confusing, so it is important to share any questions, thoughts or concerns with your moving company.
  • Plan your travel. Determine whether you are flying, driving, taking a train, etc. to your new location.
  • Have patience. This will be a busy time for not only you as a customer but also your moving company. There is always a possibility of a setback either on your end or your moving company’s end, so try your best to be patient!

Don’t:

  • Wait until the last minute. Don’t start planning your move the week or even the day before your move. Chances are, those who wait until the last minute to book their move will not be able to find a moving company with availability in their schedule.
  • Get a quote online or over the phone. So many companies are not legitimate moving companies. Do your research and find a reputable moving company that does estimates in-person. There can often be unforeseen costs and problems when a survey is done online or over the phone.
  • Travel the day of your move. Your move date should be completely reserved just for your move specifically. You must be present at your home during the entire move out and move in process, so it is important that you do not have other travel plans.
  • Leave questions unanswered. If something is concerning you, do not ignore it. Always ask your moving company questions and express your concerns. This is an important life change for you as the customer, make sure you are comfortable and confident in your move process.

If you are planning a summer move and unsure about how to begin your move process, contact your friends at Fry-Wagner today to assist you with your move process! Fry-Wagner has been moving families all over the country for over 100 years. We are experts in summer moving, and will be able to help every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule for a free no obligation in-home estimate today!

Out of the Box: DIY Cardboard Planter

Earth Day is just a few days away, which means it is time to celebrate all the great things that Mother Earth has to offer! At Fry-Wagner, we are committed to sustainability and going green to improve our environment. This month, we wanted to share with you another great way to reuse your moving boxes by converting them into something good for the environment! Check out how to make this DIY cardboard planter.

Supplies:

Cardboard Box (any size)

Ruler

Writing Utensil

Box cutter/scissors

Tape

Yarn

Decorative Options (paint, glitter, etc.)

Step 1:

Select a large piece of cardboard to draw the geometric shape of the planter on. Using your ruler, draw a triangle that is 10 cm in length and width. Repeat this step accordingly until you complete the pattern. You can find the template for reference of the pattern that we used here.

 

Step 2:

Once the geometric shape is drawn onto your cardboard, cut out the shape, following the lines on the outer edge. Do not cut any of the internal triangles.

Step 3:

Using your box cutter, or the tip of your scissors, score the inner triangles so they are foldable. Do not cut all the way through.

Step 4:

You will notice there are five corners where a triangle is missing. Fold the sides of the missing triangles in to join them to an actual triangle. Using your tape, tape the seal shut on the inside. Repeat this step until the geometric shape is formed.

Step 5:

Decorate as you please. For this planter we chose to paint and fill the folded cracks with the same yarn that will be used to hang it.

Step 6:

Punch holes in the front left and right sides, and the back left and right sides. Using the yarn, cut two long pieces. String the first piece through the front two holes. Secure the yarn by tying the loose ends of the yarn together. Repeat this step for the back two holes.

Step 7:

Insert your plant of choice. For this planter we used small Marigolds that can be found at any local nursery or store that sells plants. Place the flowers either in a can with some potting soil, or use the container they already come in. Remember to remove the plant from the cardboard planter when watering to prevent the cardboard from getting wet.

If you choose to plant an outdoor plant in your planter, remember to hang your planter in a dry space outside, possibly under an awning to prevent damage to the planter from rain.

We encourage everyone to get out and do something outdoors this weekend to celebrate Earth Day! For more DIY projects or information on how we are keeping our environment clean with our sustainability efforts, visit us today!

 

5 Tips for Downsizing

As self-sufficient living gains more popularity, homeowners and first-time home buyers look into downsizing from their current lifestyles by moving into smaller homes.  Moving can be challenging for just about anyone, but when you are downsizing, it can become even more difficult. Seniors, empty nesters, or those who are in search of a simpler lifestyle often struggle with downsizing before they make their move to the new home. It is important to be prepared and to know how to begin the process. Learn more about how to properly downsize before your move with these 5 helpful tips.

  1. Brainstorm a Game Plan

If you are ready to tackle this process head on, the first step is to plan ahead in order to make the transition as easy as possible. It is important to make educated decisions, make a schedule of when things need to be completed, and inform everyone that will be involved in your move.

  1. Take Inventory

To begin the downsizing process, it is important to take inventory of all the items in your home. After you complete the inventory, prioritize the items that are most important to you and those that can be donated, sold, and/or disposed.  As you begin to get rid of items, be sure to cross them off your inventory list. Make a note if you think an item needs to be replaced.

  1. Understand your Needs

While you may be downsizing to a smaller space, you still have needs as a family. It is important to establish your lifestyle needs and to find a home that suits all of your family members. During the move process, be sure to keep the items that you feel will fit your needs the best.

  1. De-Clutter

The de-cluttering process is the most important step in downsizing. Once your needs have been established, you can purge all the items in your home that will not fit into your new lifestyle. Consider having a garage sale or donating unwanted items.  Research smart storage options that will fit in your new space, so the new home stays organized and your everyday items will be easy to find.

  1. Quality Over Quantity

During the de-cluttering process, it can be difficult to part with certain items. It is important to remember that when it comes to downsizing, quality is more important than quantity. Keep items that have meaning and will be useful to you in your new lifestyle.

At Fry-Wagner, we encounter many customers who are looking to downsize to a smaller home. It is important to be prepared, know your needs, and keep the items that will be most useful to you in your new home. For more information on moving, or to schedule a free in-home estimate, contact us today!

Fry-Wagner, Winner of the AMSA Fleet Safety Award 2017

Fry-Wagner was recently awarded the AMSA Fleet Safety Award of 2017! Our amazing team of drivers proved that they are truly committed to safety! AMSA’s Intrastate Fleet Safety award is awarded to the Intrastate carrier that has the best safety performance over the previous calendar year.

The performance rating is based on the Department of Transportation’s CSA ranking system, which measures a carrier’s Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). The 7 categories are: Unsafe Driving, Crash Indicator, Hours-of-Service, Compliance Vehicle Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance, Controlled Substances/Alcohol, Hazardous Materials Compliance, Driver Fitness.

Compliance with these 7-categories are typically measured during roadside inspections by DOT officers who are trained to identify violations of these categories. Fry-Wagner’s drivers consistently passed these roadside inspections with no violations. We are so proud of all our drivers for continuing to follow AMSA’s guidelines for safety, and for all the hard work they do every day.

You can learn more about Fry-Wagner, and how to become a member of our award winning team! We are currently in the process of hiring for our peak season, to learn more, contact us today!

 

5 Organization Tips for Spring

Spring has sprung! The first day of spring has officially arrived, and we are all thankful that those cold dark, days are behind us. As the sunlight emerges and illuminates your home with its lovely spring warmth, you may notice that your house is in disarray. Winter can often bring out the worst in us, meaning we become lazy, tired, and isolated. This tends to reflect in our living space, as it is often neglected during this time. Now is the time to begin all your spring-cleaning, so you can get organized and prepared for the warmer weather. Check out our list of 5 organization tips for spring below!

  1. Make a List:

Before you even begin the organization process, make a list of all the things that need to be done around the house. Start with the small tasks first, then move on to the bigger tasks. It may be easier to break up the cleaning process into multiple days, rather than trying to fit it all into one day. Don’t forget to check things off as you complete them!

  1. Take Inventory of your Cleaning Supplies:

It is important to be prepared! Make sure you have all the necessary supplies to help you complete your tasks. Some popular cleaning items include disinfecting wipes/spray, glass cleaner, dusters, magic erasers, carpet and floor cleaners, etc.

  1. Purge all Unwanted Items:

Get rid of anything you don’t want or use anymore. This will help you reduce your clutter. Consider donating some of those items to those in need.

  1. Purchase Storage Containers:

Storage containers are very helpful when it comes to getting organized! You can easily put away all items that you are not using and stack them, so they are neat, tidy, and easy to find. Consider labeling each container, so you know exactly what is in them when it comes time to access the container.

  1. Get Creative:

The internet is full of so many creative (and inexpensive) ways to help you organize every room of the house. Whether you need to organize your kitchen, bathroom, living spaces, or bedroom there are endless resources with great organizations tips available to you.

Don’t forget to keep all the helpful tips listed above in mind as you begin spring cleaning. If you are facing the task of getting organized before your upcoming summer move, contact your friends at Fry-Wagner today to see how we can assist you! We provide our customers with boxes to help keep track of items. We also offer portable storage options for those who may be looking to do some home staging or are in need of temporary storage. Fry-Wagner’s efficient and secure storage containers will keep your items safe and allow you to tackle your clutter and get organized without the stress. Call us today to learn more!

Out of the Box: DIY Pretend Washing Machine

       With spring just around the corner there may be some rainy days ahead, which means the kids might be stuck inside and you’ll be faced with the daunting cry of “there’s nothing to do”! This DIY project is perfect for the little ones who may need to release some creative energy. Check out how we re-purposed a few of our leftover moving boxes to make this fun DIY make-believe washing machine!

Supplies:

2 medium size boxes

1 small laundry basket

2 Styrofoam cups

1 marker

Scissors or box cutter

Glue

Decorations of your choice

Step 1:

Place the laundry basket upside down on top of the box, and trace the outer edge of the basket.

Step 2:

Using your box cutter, cut along the line you have traced. If you would like your laundry basket to be removable, cut on the inside of the line so the basket will fit snug in the box.

Step 3:

Tape down the edges of the laundry basket to secure it in the box (if you choose).

Step 4:

Using your other box, cut two rectangular cardboard pieces, one to fit the length of the box, and the other to fit the width. Tape the longer piece to the back of the box, and the wider piece to the top of the box (this will be the lid).

Step 5:

Take the two Styrofoam cups and cut them in half. Trim the jagged edges, only the bottom of the cup should be left. Glue the two pieces to the longer piece of cardboard that you taped to the back of the box (these will be the knobs).

Step 6:

Decorate the box as you please to make it visually appealing!

      This fun and simple craft will not only help you get rid of your leftover boxes, but it will also keep the kids busy and teach them invaluable laundry skills! Do not forget, not only will Fry-Wagner come to do a debris pickup and remove all your leftover moving boxes, but we also move washing machines! In fact, we move all appliances! Contact us today for more details.

Now Hiring: Talented Individuals to Join our Award Winning Team

Summer is just around the corner, which means that Fry-Wagner is searching for talented individuals to join our team during this busy season!  As a Top Workplace, Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage offers its employees an opportunity to gain valuable experience while learning the ins and outs of the relocation industry. With available positions as movers, packers and even drivers, now is your chance to become a member of one of the top moving companies in the Midwest, today!

As a fourth generation family-owned and operated relocation and logistics company, Fry-Wagner has been moving families and businesses since 1908! With a commitment to quality, Fry-Wagner delivers first-class service as one of the largest and fastest-growing United Van Lines agents in the Midwest. Located in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield MO, Fry-Wagner has three locations with available summer positions.

Fry-Wagner is looking for team-oriented and hard-working individuals who enjoy meeting new people and taking care of customers in a fast-paced work environment. No matter what your skill level may be, Fry-Wagner offers paid training, so you can learn the business from the best moving experts. If you are juggling multiple responsibilities such as summer sports, college classes, or anything that requires flexibility, Fry-Wagner has positions available for both part-time and full-time jobs to accommodate most schedules.

With the opportunity to earn $5,000 – $7,000 in one summer, Fry-Wagner offers competitive pay and the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Fry-Wagner takes a professional interest in each and every one of our employees and strongly promotes growth from within the organization. Many summer crew members have shown incredible work ethic and now serve in management and key roles for Operations, Sales, Customer Service, Accounting and many other departments.

A summer spent working for Fry-Wagner is never boring. You will meet incredible people both co-workers and customers. Not only will you make new friends, but you will also make lifelong network connections that will mentor you throughout your new career. Fry-Wagner is an organization that believes in the potential of all our employees and finding the perfect role for them. Everyone has the opportunity to be the best version of themselves!

Let Fry-Wagner move your career in the right direction and join us this summer for an incredible experience in helping our customers through the journey of moving.  We are a customer-focused, quality-driven company that is always on the lookout for exceptional individuals to join our team. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Fry-Wagner summer crew, apply today!