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  • 9 Tips for Smoother Office Moves

    Posted on March 18, 2016 by Todd

     

    When it comes to planning to relocate your office and your employees, you can never be too prepared. This will make a difference between a hectic move and a seamless transition. If you are planning to move your office these tips and tricks can help you move on time, within your budget and with less stress.

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    1. Start planning your move as soon as possible. For large commercial moves, start planning 6 months ahead of time. Some large relocations take a year of planning!
    2.Hire an experienced location specialist, mover and box rental company. Make sure they all have proper insurance and resources to accommodate your move.
    3. For office relations, move over the weekend. This is least impactful to the daily workflow of all the employees.
    4. Plan the move with your employees, keep them informed.
    5. Make sure you check with state laws about the amount of time you need to notify your employees about your move.
    6. Don’t forget to order new business cards and change your address in you're mail signature!
    7. You may need assistance with packing. Hire a professional packer!
    8. Make sure you move your IT equipment first so you can get up and running quicker in your new space.
    9. Make sure you count all of your employees and rent enough moving boxes for everyone.
    10. Make sure you forward all of your mail.


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  • How to chose a mover

    Posted on August 17, 2015 by Todd

    Choosing a reliable mover can be just as stressful as the entire moving process itself. You can end up with a huge bill, damaged furniture, lost goods or even worse, your belongings are held hostage. Consumers can avoid these fatal missteps by doing their do diligence.
    This is how us at PiggyBoxes tells all of our clients how to chose a mover.

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    1. You pay for what you get. If a moving company is quoting you a price that sounds too good to be true. It probably is. Chances are, they aren't a reliable, insured moving company. You don't want them touching your belongings or even stepping foot in your home.

    2. Go on Yelp! Yelp is a reliable source for reading past clients reviews. On Yelp, you’ll find the good, the bad and the ugly about any company. Make sure you chose a mover with minimally 4 stars.

    3. Good movers will offer to come to your home and give you a professional quote. No legitimate mover will give you a quote over the phone. How can they even see how much stuff is in your home over the phone?

    4. Make sure they are fully bonded and licensed. For out of state moves go to Motor Carrier Safety Administration (you can double-check a mover’s license at www.protectyourmove.gov). You can also search for interstate movers and complaints from the Better Business Bureau.

    5. Look at their trucks and website. If it seems like they threw their site together it 5 minutes and don’t have a professional vehicle with some type of branding or a wrap. I would steer clear!

    6. Ask questions like do they have a minimum? How many movers will be present on moving day? What types of payments do they accept (never pay a mover in cash)? Ask about all the fees upfront like is there a stair fee or do they charge you for the supplies they used?

    7. Get multiple bids and get all the quotes in writing!

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    The final bit of advice, use your judgement. If it doesn't feel right, then find another mover who you are 100% comfortable with.

    For a list of our recommended movers check out our partners page!


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  • Recycle, Reuse, Reduce!

    Posted on August 11, 2015 by Todd

    It’s no secret that cardboard consumes our landfills. But did you know how much of it sits in our landfills, 41 percent! That’s close to half of the garbage generated in the Unites States! With Piggyboxes, our totes can be used hundreds of times before we need to get rid of them. Can you imagine all of the trees we would save if everyone used PiggyBoxes for their move?

    So why is recycling so important?

    -Cardboard is everywhere you look. If it isn’t cardboard boxes, walk into your pantry and look at all snacks put into cardboard packaging. Nearly 90 percent of all products sold are packaged in cardboard.
    -There is a large concern about the number and locations of landfills in the U.S. Rain creates runoff which goes through the landfills right into communities. With a reduction of cardboard comes a reduction of toxins.

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    -It takes a whole lotta energy to make cardboard. Thats less emissions for everyone and reduces greenhouse gases that are harming the environment.
    -We need to save the trees!! The tree population is depleting rapidly due to our lack recycling. Recycling will help keep the trees and fresh carbon dioxide that they produce.

    Remember - Recycle, reuse, reduce!


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  • A toast to the coast - Catch a bite with the best views in Orange County

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by Todd

    By: Jamie Lohr

    Having lived in Orange County for the past decade, I know a thing or two about dining with a view. It is definitely one way to enhance a meal! From Laguna Beach to HB, the options for meals with views are almost endless. Whether you're dressed in a suit, or board shorts; casual or elegant, there is a place for you!

    Here are my top 5:

    #5 Dukes - Huntington Beach
    Walking into Duke’s feels like stepping into a tropical party on the beach or a Tommy Bahama catalog! A charming Hawaiian girl offers leis to everyone as they are headed to their tables. This place often has an unique mix, from older folks to young kinds who just walked in from Main St. Make sure you plan your dinner around sunset to really experience it's full potential!

    #4 Las Brisas - Laguna Beach
    First of all, let me say that the Wyland Margarita is amazing! The fact that the view is of the Laguna coastline just tops it off. Las Brisas is situated just off The Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, Ca. It is high above the Pacific Ocean and there are excellent views from the outside patio as well as from windows inside the restaurant.

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    #3 The Beach Comber - Crystal Cove
    Dining here is an experience to say the least. You have to park across the street and get shuttled over. Then you have to make a trek down a steep hill to get to this gem literally on the sand. Even with the miles of shore lining Orange County, there are precious few restaurants that reside on the sand. The waiting area is the Pacific Ocean guarded by cliffs dotted with colorful historic cottages that you can rent. The view is so nice you might just give up your table to enjoy the view a little longer.

    #2 The Coliseum Pool and Grill at Pelican Hill Resort - Newport Coast
    The Coliseum provides an amazing view of not only the ocean but a world class golf course and pool. A little fact about this pool- one of the most strikingly unique pools found anywhere, Coliseum Pool was designed with more than one million glass mosaic tiles, laid by hand to form the pool’s perfect circle, 136 feet in diameter. It is gorgeous! When it’s time to leave, your only thought will be planning your return.
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    #1 The Cliff - Laguna Beach
    The views at The Cliff could not be any better. Featuring panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, The Cliff provides a 150-foot high perch to watch the ever-changing landscape of Laguna Beach. I could literally sit at a table for hours. Make sure you make reservations and ask for a seat next to the glass for the best view in the house!


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  • Fourth fun: Fireworks, fairs and Fests in O.C.!

    Posted on June 30, 2015 by Todd

    By: Jamie Lohr

    July 4th marks the 239th anniversary of the U.S., and the Americans among us mark Independence Day with parades and elaborate fireworks displays, picnics, barbecues, and, where possible, hammocks.

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    From fireworks, to festivals, here a few of the best firework shows and parades in Orange County:

    Anaheim Hills:
    Canyon Hills Community Council's Annual Fourth of July Celebration 
July 4
    LOCATION:
Canyon High School & Peralta Park in Anaheim Hills, California

    Balboa Island OUR PERSONAL FAVORITE!!!!

    Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay July 4 Fireworks & Parade Cruises 
July 4
    Cruise in the July 4 boat parade at 1 pm or 4 pm. Or choose the fireworks extravaganza departing at 7 pm which tours the bay and provides one of a kind fireworks experience.
    INFORMATION: 
Davey's Locker

    Brea:

    Annual Brea Country Fair 
July 4, 2015 
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Day-long festivities begin with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 -11 a.m., followed by the Brea Ministerial Association morning service. The fair officially opens at 10 a.m. and free entertainment continues until 4 p.m.

    LOCATION:
City Hall Park
401 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

    Dana Point:

    July 4th All American BBQ Buffet at Laguna Cliffs
    LOCATION:
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
Vue Lawn and OverVue Deck
25135 Park Lantern

    Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
    Visitors from all over Southern California flock to Dana Point each year for this summer tradition. Local residents are encouraged to bike or walk to their favorite viewing spot to avoid the annual parking difficulties. FREE shuttle buses will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm (last shuttle leaves the harbor at 11:00 pm)
    LOCATION:
    Dana Point Harbor
    INFORMATION:
For additional information, call (949) 248-3530

     
    Fullerton:

    Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival 
July 4
    Food, entertainment and fireworks!
    There will be live music (by Soundbytes) and additional entertainment. NOMINAL FEES MAY APPLY for SOME activities (Approximately $2 to $4). Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and last for approximately 20 minutes.
    All food is reasonably priced, and is being offered by local charity organizations. No alcohol is served or allowed in the area. All coolers will be checked. No glass containers, no smoking, no umbrellas, and no pets.
    LOCATION:
Fullerton High School Stadium 
S/E Corner, Berkeley and Lemon
    INFORMATION:
714-738-3167

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    Huntington Beach:

    4th of July Parade & Pier Festival
    Three days of fun with live entertainment, exhibitors, food vendors and family activities.

    Irvine:
    Celebrate the 4th of July at Pretend City!

    Celebrate our nation's birthday the child's way! Before the fireworks light up the sky, visit Pretend City Children's Museum a day early on July 3rd for Independence Day festivities that celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of fun!
    Special events and activities of the day will include: Independence Day Parade; Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty Culture Kiosk; Sparkling Fireworks Smart Art; Up, Up, and Away Science.
    LOCATION:
    Pretend City Children's Museum 
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
    Concert On The Green and Firework Festival

    Featuring a Pyro Musical Sky Concert & Fireworks Extravaganza! Food Court, Live Music by the Derek Bordeaux Group, Games, Prizes, Bounce Houses for the kids and a Color Guard Presentation of the Colors presented by the Irvine Police Department.
    LOCATION:
    Irvine High School Stadium

    From all of us at PiggyBoxes have fun and most importantly be safe!


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  • 30 Tips for an Easier Move

    Posted on June 26, 2015 by Todd

    By Jamie Lohr

    1. Order your PiggyBoxes about 2 weeks prior to your move. That way we can schedule a delivery that is most convenient for you so you can begin packing! Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 7.11.07 PM

    2. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. After a long weekend of packing, your going to want to feel right at home as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure that your essentials and clothes for the next day are easily accessible. Try putting those items in a large tote and put it in the bathroom so it’s easy to get to.

    3.  Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. You should include items like trash bags, toilet paper, chargers, etc. This way, those items will set themselves apart so your not searching through dozens of boxes for toilet paper. That could be bad!

    4. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap. Or use recycled packing paper. Its cheap and re-usable!

    5. Use clean socks for extra padding for stemware or glasses!

    6. Come up with a labeling system to you or your movers know what boxes are going into what room. A color coding system works great! When labeling, make sure to label all sides of the boxes so you can see where they go when the boxes are stacked.

    7. When you arrive at your new home, unpack by room. This way, you will not only make your move feel more manageable but more accomplished when one room is finished!

    8.  If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. If not, consider hiring someone to clean it for you.

    9. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.

    10. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on. This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.

    11. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. When ordering Piggyboxes, make sure to ask for dish dividers for our boxes.

    12. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.

    13. Buy a roll of stretch wrap. It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.

    14. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs. Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to. Before removing any cords or screws be sure to take pictures of them so you know exactly how they go back!

    15. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you. Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.

    16. The fastest way to pack a closet: Get wardrobe boxes!6-RdHNOoaJP8qdKqf079HfZScSG4ktTIETMI9-Xb0TI

    17. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing. Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.

    18. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate. Your friends will love you even more! Let’s be honest, you weren't planning on paying them anyway!

    19. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move. Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.

    20. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself. Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you.

    Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.

    21. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules. Also check all of their reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List.

    22. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in. This could save you money and major headaches if you ever want to get your deposit back!

    23. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.

    24. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.

    This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.

    25. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.

    26. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.

    27. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.

    The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out. Moving food is such a pain!!

    28. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.

    The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.

    29. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.

    Else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.

    30. Call PiggyBoxes when your done with your boxes. We will come pick all of them up!


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Uncategorized and was tagged with orange county, moving tips, Newport Beach, moving, cardboard boxes, packing supplies, rent moving boxes, boxes, cardboard, pink, packing

  • Moving Tips!

    Posted on March 26, 2014 by Todd

    Successful Tips in Moving To Your New House

    Having your own place gives you total privacy and complete freedom. Either you are planning to move to a new place or move with family, it is still great to own an apartment or house to live your life independently and freely.
    Apart from it, it further allows you of painting the walls with bright and surprising colors that complement the furniture in the living room and fit your comfort and style. It also gives you complete freedom in anything that you pursue like an activity or hobby. Nevertheless, moving from one place to another is as complicated and difficult as it could be. It may be exhausting from the place to move, to a house that meets your needs and to settling down in the new place.

    Are you interested in moving to the next city? Are you longing to live near to your own office? Do you also feel that it is the right time to live your life independently? If yes, then it is the right time for you to move.

    Below are some of the successful tips in moving to your new house:

    1. Being Positive About Moving
    Either you want to move and live your life away from your parents, it is important to make up your mind. There is no turning back in moving along with packing things. Make certain that all things are secured and made up.

    2. Requesting for Referrals from Family and Friends
    On newspapers or even in the internet, it may be possible to look for new homes to move to. However, it is still best to request for referrals from family and friends. They often make this thing a lot easier. Allow your friends to do this and get to know more about the area. Their opinions matter in moving or in renting or buying a house to live in.

    3. Getting to know the Neighborhood
    As you are serious in moving into the new city or state, it is best to know more about the neighborhood and other places. Be more aware of the regulations and laws in the city and then learn how they affect your own lifestyle.

    4. Hiring Helpers or Movers from a Reliable and Trustworthy Moving Company
    Hiring helpers or movers is necessary in the fast process of moving to your new house. The good news is that there is a reliable and trustworthy moving company that provides the services such as moving, moving boxes, moving supplies, unloading, packing, planning, loading, tracking, contingency planning, relocation planning, installation, re-assembly and a whole lot more. A moving company is ready to inform you about the many processes that are involved in moving.
    A moving company understands and takes initiative in meeting the moving needs of its clients. As for you, it caters the necessary requirements and communicates to effectively handle the process of moving.
    There may be one moving company to find that is credible for its safety records, liability insurance, licensing, customer satisfaction and service packages. By means of reading some reviews about a certain company, it helps and is worth of your time.

    5. Rent Moving Boxes and Supplies
    PiggyBoxes make your move easier by renting moving boxes and supplies. Instead of wasting time and money buying cardboard boxes, plastic rental boxes will make your move easier and eco-friendly. Before your next move make sure to check out our moving box rental packages!

    Overall, look for a moving company that is willing and determined to provide the best service in moving. There are plenty out there, don't settle for mediocre reviews!


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Moving Boxes, moving supplies, orange county, green moving, moving tips, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap

  • 5 Ways On How To Reduce Paper Usage

    Posted on August 13, 2013 by Todd

    5 Ways On How To Reduce Paper Usage
    By: Mylene Dela Cena

    Our current customers are mostly aware that our moving company had been going on paperless transactions for quite some time now. Instead of having our usual cool pink clipboard and pink pen when our customers sign paper contracts during deliveries and pick up, we had come up with some cool iPad app that allows our customers to sign their documents electronically! So now we are very proud that our company is not just doing good services to our clients but to Mother Earth as well!

    It is true that many people nowadays are also giving much concern to our environment and as an act of kindness to Mother Earth, many individuals are starting to make simple steps by recycling paper instead of throwing them in to landfills after use. But come to think of it. Would it be far better if we could reduce paper usage instead of recycling them? Of course, recycling is another great way to save the environment but you see, recycling itself could entail much energy and effort. Why deal with that kind of dilemma when it could be skipped in the first place by actually reducing our paper consumption?

    Just like how we came up with the idea of going paperless, we formulated some tips on how you could do the same- to reduce your paper usage. Take note of the following.

    1. Cut down the amount of unsolicited mails that land to your mailbox.
    While this may seem to be not in your full discretion, you could do something to at least let those senders know that you are not interested and that you are practicing the no paper rules. You can eliminate those pre-screened credit card offers, catalogs, circulars, and coupons by looking for the appropriate sites that could permanently opt out those paper materials.

    2. Go for alternative paper products.
    If you have been living in a world of papers before, try to alternate it with non-paper products like paper napkins-- cloth ones are better. Special set of towels would be a great option than using boring paper towels. Go back to the basics and bring out those satin and cloth handkerchief rather than patronizing paper tissues. And we know you can think of more alternatives than what we mentioned.

    3. Opt for online banking.
    Aside from the convenience of banking online, you are also spared from using paper bills and bank statements.

    4. Be resourceful.
    Whenever you have printed documents sprawled around your offices or homes, be imaginative. Instead of buying note pads or post-it, use those resources. Cut out the blank sections of the printed document, file them, and voila! Instant notepad at your service.

    5. Take advantage of the technology.
    Why buy books when you can either download them for free or for a minimal fee? With the latest gadget we have now like iPad and other devices, going paperless is a lot easier.

    Just as how we made our vows to do business without hurting our environment, we also want others to have the same objective as well not just for all of us but more for the future of the next generation.


    This post was posted in Green Things, Uncategorized and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Green, Moving Boxes, orange county, reusable, reduce, reuse, recycle

  • Pictures from the HUGE surf at Wedge in Newport Beach!

    Posted on June 17, 2013 by Todd

    Check out these pictures we took from the huge waves in Newport Beach last week! wedge_newport_beach_5
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    This post was posted in Orange County, Uncategorized and was tagged with orange county, Newport Beach, surf, waves

  • Looking for something to do in Orange County?

    Posted on June 5, 2013 by Todd

    Over the next few days Orange County is going to be slammed by a large south swell. That means breaks like the Wedge in Newport Beach will have waves at least 15 feet high! If you've never been there it's an amazing sight as the waves break very close to shore giving you the ultimate viewing experience! The swell should last through Saturday so you have a few days to travel down there.

    How to get there: from PCH turn onto Balboa Blvd (Jack in the Box on the corner), and drive all the way until that street ends. Park wherever you can find a spot, and walk towards the beach. You will hear the waves and see all the people.

    A few tips if you are going to make your way down there:

    - Be prepared for crowds. They don't call it a circus for no reason. There will be hundreds of people there.
    - Take a camera.
    - Be prepared to walk. Parking is tight at the end of the Balboa Peninsula.
    - Go after 5:00pm for the best show. During the day no boards are allowed into the water so you will only see bodysurfers/swimmers. At 5:00pm anyone can ride so you will see tons of surfers and bodyboarders in the water.
    - PAY ATTENTION! If a big set comes, either back up or prepare to get wet.
    - Have fun and enjoy the show!

    Here are a few pictures of what the Wedge looks like:
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    Wedge Newport Beach


    This post was posted in Orange County, Uncategorized and was tagged with things to do in Orange County, Newport Beach, The Wedge, Huge Waves

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