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Tips from Carmack Moving and Storage – Moving Children and the Elderly

In Automotive on January 11, 2013 at 9:46 am
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Presentations Solutions recently sat down with Carmack Moving and Storage to talk about the delicate process of moving with young children, teens, or older family members. Each group poses special challenges, says the team at Carmack Moving and Storage but have one not-so surprising thing in common. Read on for tips and advice from Carmack Moving and Storage.

Presentations Solutions: Thank you for offering to speak with us today; we appreciate your time.

Carmack Moving and Storage: Not a problem, we love to talk about the things we love the best at Carmack Moving and Storage.

Presentations Solutions: Let’s talk about moving in general. Is it a difficult process?

Carmack Moving and Storage: It can be without the right help. It gets particularly tough when there are special circumstances, such as moving with kids, pets, and seniors.

Presentations Solutions: How so?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Each of these groups adds their own obstacle to the moving process.

Presentations Solutions: We understand pets, but what about children?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Children, especially smaller children, need help coping with the process. They might not understand what is actually happening.

Presentations Solutions: And really small children could possibly get injured with all of that furniture moving around.

Carmack Moving and Storage: Exactly… When really small kids are involved, we suggest having an extra adult around to give a helping hand.

Presentations Solutions: Is there a particular age group of children that handle moves best?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Physically and mentally, teens are the most capable but they are often the ones who take it hardest emotionally.

Presentations Solutions: Why is that?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Many teens, when faced with being uprooted, rebel…at least a little. They might feel like they are being torn from everything they know–and in a way they are.

Presentations Solutions: How do you help them get through the situation?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Be as honest as possible about why you are moving, when, and where. And, make sure they know that we are still in the communication era…they can talk on the phone, text, and even video chat with their friends.

Presentations Solutions: What about helping an aging parent move… I would assume there would be unique difficulties there as well?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Yes, there are many concerns when relocating with an elderly family member such as distance to and from health care, pharmacies, transportation, etc.

Presentations Solutions: Being in close proximity to relatives is important, too.

Carmack Moving and Storage: That’s very true.

Presentations Solutions: What are some reasons people in this age group move?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Retirement, the need to downsize, wanting to be closer to grandchildren, and even health concerns.

Presentations Solutions: Health concerns?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Many retirees move to states like Arizona for the dryer air which is better for their respiratory systems than, say, living in Louisiana or Alabama where the humidity in the summer makes it difficult to breath.

Presentations Solutions: Is it hard to talk to a senior about moving?

Carmack Moving and Storage: That depends on the individual. Many are perfectly ready to start a new chapter in their lives. Others are more hesitant to change.

Presentations Solutions: I can guess why there would be a resistance…

Carmack Moving and Storage: Yes, like kids and teenagers, many older folks just don’t want to have to re-learn a new way of life.

Presentations Solutions: In other words, they don’t want to do things differently?

Carmack Moving and Storage: That about sums it up. The difference is that younger people are scared of change whereas seniors are just plain set in their ways and reluctant to alter their schedules.

Presentations Solutions: We appreciate your time today and look forward to speaking with you again. Do you have any final thoughts we can close with?

Carmack Moving and Storage: Regardless of who you are moving the most important thing is to prepare…and to call a great moving company!

Carmack Moving and Storage has been moving families and commercial offices in the Northern Virginia area for nearly 28 years. A small, family owned and operated company, Carmack Moving and Storage offers many benefits that big brand movers don’t, including a staff of “lifers” in the industry. Carmack Moving and Storage is available for local and interstate moves and can help with out of country relocations as well.

Founded in the mid-1980s, Carmack Moving and Storage has grown – primarily through word of mouth – to be the area’s premiere moving and storage services provider. For additional information about Carmack Moving and Storage including free moving and storage tips, visit says “Don’t hit a sour note when moving a piano”

In Home and Family on July 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm


by Robert Carmack,

There are many funny cartoons and movies that feature situations involving people trying to move a big heavy piano. Pianos can be very difficult to move, especially if they’re heavy antiques and heirlooms passed on from generations and you don’t utilize professionals like Here are some ways for you to move your piano to another room, or if you want to bring your piano with you as you move residences.

The grand piano is the first thing that comes to mind when people say “piano.” The strings of a grand piano are laid out horizontally along a specially-shaped case. Most grand pianos are used for ballrooms, auditoriums, music halls, and are often rented out for recitals and other formal functions. reminds you that he strings, keys, and hammer mechanisms of a grand piano are quite sensitive; you may accidentally cause the strings to go out of tune if you move the grand piano the wrong way. The lacquered case of a grand piano may also get pitted, chipped, or scratched.

If you do not use a professional service such as you will need at least three people to move a grand piano. To move a grand piano, follow these steps:

  1. Secure the lid of the piano with elastic bands or nylon straps.
  2. Lift the piano from the front left leg, and carefully prop it on a jack.
  3. Remove the front left leg, and carefully position the corner on the piano skid.
  4. Remove the rear left leg, and lower the piano to its flat side on the skid.
  5. Lift the piano up, using the edge of the piano as a lever. Once the piano is propped up on its flat side, remove the front right leg of the piano.
  6. Protect the piano on the skid with blankets or other padding, and secure the instrument with cables or rope.
  7. Move the piano very carefully while it’s secured on the skid.

It is always best to spend the money and hire a professional such as Long after you have saved a little money the scratches in the lacquer remain.

Robert Carmack is the owner of located in Chantilly, Virginia. With more than thirty years of experience in light hauling, local moving, regional moving and long haul national moving operations Mr. Carmack shares his insights from years of experience and overseeing thousands of moves through may be reached at 703-378-1616.

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In Home and Family on June 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm


By Robert Carmack, Carmack Moving and Storage

School is out and families across America are preparing to pack up and move. Whether you are moving across the street or across the country moving can be especially stressful for children. Younger kids often become confused when their daily routine is disrupted, while teenagers fear the loss of old friends and dread the thought of making new ones in a strange school or neighborhood. There are steps you can take to help alleviate their fears and get them involved at the same time.

It’s important for parents to provide children with as much information as possible and allow them to participate in discussions. This will give them a sense of control and help relieve anxiety. Talk about all of the positive aspects of their new home, school and neighborhood and explain that the new home, if given a fair chance, can be even better than the old one.

Exciting Adventure
For younger children, the move can be made into an exciting adventure. Suggest that your child to pack his or her own things, make sure to leave favorite toys out until the very end. You might even practice moving day ahead of time. A conversation could go something like this: “On Friday when we wake up, there will be a big truck in the driveway. We will have breakfast, then go into your room and show the movers which things to put on the truck. Then, after the truck is filled we will get in our car and go to our new home. Then we will tell the movers exactly where to put your things in your new room….” If your children are really young, consider hiring a baby-sitter while you pack, and also on moving day. But otherwise resist the temptation to send children away during the move. Participating will help them understand what’s happening and adjust more easily to their new surroundings.

Make it Fun
For older children, a move that involves leaving friends, sports teams and favorite hangouts behind can be hard. Help them say good-bye to friends by having a good-bye party. Emphasize how easy it is to keep in touch through e-mail, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, video chats and the telephone. Technology has made the world a smaller place and those moving can really benefit from these new tools.

Get Back to “Normal”
Once you are unpacked and settled in your new home, get back to familiar routines as soon as possible. If it is a tradition in your family to eat pizza on Friday nights or watch cartoons on Saturday mornings, continue the practice as soon as possible in your new home. Normal looks like different things to different people. What’s important is that your family embraces all of the good from the new surroundings while keeping up with the things that make your family unique.

After the Move
Finally, don’t take it personally if your kids blame you for the difficulty of a move. No matter how well you prepare them, expect them to be a little upset and give them some time to grieve. They will almost certainly grow to love their new home just as much as the old one.

Robert Carmack is the owner of Carmack Moving and Storage located in Chantilly, Virginia. With more than thirty years of experience in local and long haul national moving operations, Carmack Moving and Storage shares their insights from overseeing thousands of moves. Carmack Moving and Storage may be reached at 703-378-1616.

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In Home and Family on May 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm


by Robert Carmack, Carmack Moving

Some of life’s simplest problems can end up being the biggest bother to solve. When it comes to moving, think simple. While professional movers such as Carmack Moving offer direction on how to plan for a move, it is still best to also think things through yourself. Once everything is packed up and ready to load, make sure the things you will need least are loaded on to the truck first. Simple common sense is needed when loading the truck. Place the box containing things like your best dishes on top of the box of books and not vice versa.

Think about the things you’ll need the first night in your new home. Pack items that serve your basic needs in a separate bag and carry it with you. Think about eating. Will your appliances be hooked up right away? Will there be a place to store food when you get there? You may even want to prepare a simple meal that you can heat and serve on your first night.

Remember to set aside items for each night you are in transition like clothes, a towel, prescription drugs, a toothbrush, and other personal items. Pack these in your car or somewhere that you can access them easily. And don’t forget plastic utensils, paper plates, paper towels, plastic cups, toilet paper, toiletries, trash bags, hand tools, a flashlight, first aid kit including pain relievers, pencil and paper, snacks, beverages, and re-closeable plastic bags.

Keep the stress level down. Take thirty minutes in the beginning of your move and address the simple issues. Thinking the basics through can avoid all of the oops! moments that can occur.

Robert Carmack is the owner of Carmack Moving located in Chantilly, Virginia. With more then thirty years of experience in light hauling, local moving, regional moving and long haul national moving operations Carmack Moving shares their insights from years of experience and overseeing thousands of moves. Carmack Moving may be reached at 703-378-1616.