Need long distance movers? Choose Atmosphere.

At Atmosphere Movers, we understand that moving from your house is a big deal. Choose us and you’ll be on your way in no time at all.

Long distance movers that go the distance

Moving out of state? No problem. We’ve got the equipment, the expertise and the dedication to make it stress-free. If you need reliable long distance movers who can really ease the pressure of your move, contact us today.

Got family members that need special attention? Check out our online hints and tips for keeping the kids entertained along the way.

The best value long distance movers

Some long distance movers charge a flat rate for their services. At Atmosphere Movers, we don’t think that’s fair, so we price your move according to the distance traveled and the weight of your shipment. You can get a competitive estimate using our Online Moving Quote system, or arrange a free in-home consultation if you’d prefer.

Can’t face the packing? Once again, Atmosphere Movers can save the day. We offer a range of services and specialize in moving pianos, fine arts and antiques. What’s more, if you’ve got a scheduling conflict, we can store your stuff safely until you’re ready to get going.

Top 10 Things To Do Before You List Your House

From curbside to the inside, show your home at its best

When you’re ready to sell your home, make sure potential buyers see it at its best. Here are the top ways to fix up the appearance of your home without investing a lot of money. A little time and effort now will pay big dividends at closing.

1) Landscaping

Trim the grass and make sure all flowerbeds are freshly mulched and free of weeds. Prune overgrown shrubs, especially if they’re hiding windows or blocking the entryway.

2) Gutters and Fences

Reinforce sagging gutters and straighten crooked fences. Make sure the gutters are cleared of obstructions and the soil isn’t washed out around downspouts. A quick power washing will brighten fences.

3) Driveway and Walkways

Clear away clutter like bikes, tools and toys. Use weed killer on grass and weeds that sprout in pavement cracks. Keep edges neat with a weed eater or edger.

4) Front Door

Freshen the door and trim with a new coat of paint. Tighten loose doorknobs, oil squeaky hinges and make sure the doorbell works. Clean any furniture or outside decorations. Add a colorful potted plant or a new doormat.

5) Inside Entry

Shampoo the rug or scrub and wax the floor. Add a fresh area rug and make sure it has a nonskid surface for safety. Hang a mirror to make your entry look larger and brighter.

6) Kitchen

Set a warm, inviting mood by keeping countertops free of clutter and adding decorative canisters or a scented candle. Clean out the refrigerator, degrease the oven, wipe down cabinet doors and keep the sink shining.

7) Bathrooms

Make sure your bathrooms sparkle. Clear countertops of unnecessary clutter. Replace discolored or damaged caulking. Fix dripping faucets and leaky toilets.

8) Closets

Organize the contents to make your closets appear larger. Donate unwanted items to charity and store what’s left in stackable plastic totes to maintain a neat, tidy appearance.

9) Garage, Basement and Attic

This is the time to sort through all the junk and decide what to keep and what to give away. Use easy-to-assemble storage shelves to stow tools and sporting goods; wall hangers for garden hose, blowers and other equipment.

10) Lighting

Replace burned out bulbs and clean fixtures, inside and out, to get rid of dead bugs and cobwebs. Consider replacing dated fixtures in the most visible locations. Install indoor track lighting to highlight artwork and open drapes and blinds to let in natural light. Outside use landscape lighting to accentuate architectural features.

Most of these great fix-up items and helpful do-it-yourself advice can be found at your local home improvement center.

 

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

Take your interior from drab to fab with help from an expert.

By Barbara Jacobs

1) Start Small

If you’re not sure where to begin with color, experiment in a powder room or bathroom, a small hall or area between rooms, or an accent wall. If you’re doing your own painting, pick an area that’s quick to do so you can see your results sooner, and be happy with it or change it. Look at the process as an adventure.

To get started, select a favorite color drawn from artwork, a rug, dishes and an accessory or furniture piece as a main color or accent.

2) Think About Your Mood

When selecting a color, consider the mood of a room. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama.

Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.

Do you want kid’s rooms to create an active and exciting energy or an orderly and restful feeling? Be careful not to over stimulate your children with intensely bright hues. You may not know it, but some brighter colors can lead to unrest and irritability.

3) Pay Attention to Lighting

The reason why paint stores have light boxes for you to test paint chips:

  • Natural daylight shows the truest color;
  • Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows;
  • Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.

So, a strong color might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

4) Learn the Color Terms

It helps to understand the terminology used to describe color.

  • Hue is what we call a color. Red is the hue; blue is the hue.
  • The value of the hue is how light or dark it is.
  • Saturation refers to how dominant the hue is. As we go from red to pink, the red hue becomes less dominant.
  • Intensity is the brilliance of the color. The pure colors such as red are more intense than the combined colors such as yellow-green. A stronger intense color usually has a more dominant hue.

If you want a more active space, consider introducing stronger, more intense color. Even if you want a light-colored room, choose colors that are slightly more saturated than off-white or light pastel. Very light color can feel bright and stark when it appears on all surfaces in a room. However, two or more medium-light, closely related pastel colors can create a luminous effect when used in the same room.

5) Test Your Color Choice

Boost your confidence by testing colors on poster board or large areas of a wall. Don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone: Consider strong, vivid colors or soft, deep neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors. Or add drama with a stronger color on the ceiling. Tinted ceilings can dramatically change the whole look of a room.

6) Add Depth With Decorative Finishes 

Transform flat, dull walls into interesting and personal spaces with subtle or dramatic visual texture and broken color. Burnished mineral/metal finishes and layered colored glazes add depth. Some examples of softly reflective metals are mica, copper, pewter, bronze and, of course, antiqued silver and gold.

7) Walk Into Another Room

Consider walls as planes of color, and see how they interact when viewing one next to the other in adjacent rooms. Approach it like a composition: You’re in one room, but you’re going to see a piece of another room through it. So as you’re choosing colors, consider how they will flow from room to room to create your picture.

8) Follow the Color Wheel

A small color wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colors. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colors, are most intense when used together. You may be surprised at how many combinations function beautifully together, and you may even become attracted to entirely new color palettes. The color wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a color. Draw a line from the yellow-green mark on the color wheel all the way down to the red-violet; you’ll see that all the colors on the left are warm and the colors on the right are cool.

9) Play Up Monochromatic Schemes

Think one color is boring? Create bold or subtle variations within one color group with contrasting paint finishes. For example, use closely related colors, or try a single color in different finishes, for walls and trim in one space.

For an accent color, select a warmer (more toward reds) or cooler (more toward blues) color to complement your main color group. For a quieter ambience, make sure your colors are not extremely bright. White or an off-white tint can be a striking accent when used as trim with a monochromatic color group.

10) Choose Different Paint Finishes

A single color used on walls and trim takes on new significance when applied in different finishes. For example, wall and trim colors can remain the same hue, but use an eggshell (matte and less reflective) finish on walls and a satin or semi gloss on trim. The color will appear slightly different on each surface. It’s a good way to create a cohesive look in rooms with many windows and doors, and relatively little wall area.

A Before and After Checklist

A Checklist for Before and After You’ve Moved

We at Atmosphere Movers understand the stress and confusion that moving can cause so we have put together a list to help you prepare and stay focused as your move approaches!  Print this page and carry it with you before and after the move. Moving tips that may seem obvious can be easily over looked.

  • Take Notes
    Make a note of your shipment registration number and keep it with you in case you need to call your mover with questions about your shipment.
  • Get the Bed Ready
    Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won’t have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.
  • Don’t forget about the Fridge
    After you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh.
  • Give out your Number
    Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence; give him a phone number where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to provide him with an alternate contact in case you can’t be reached. It is also a good idea to mail out post cards to friends and family with your new address and any other contact info that may have changed.
  • Protect Your Memories
    If it’s irreplaceable; take it with you in the car (you don’t want regrets later). But if you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place sheets or blankets between them for added protection.
  • Remember the Bare Necessities
    Toilet paper, toiletries, snacks, coffee (and pot), soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need upon arrival at your new home. Pack a box with these types of items and ask your van foreman to load it last so that it will be unloaded first. If you are traveling a long distance it is a good idea to pack an overnight bag with a weeks worth of medications and necessities in case there are any delays.
  • Unscrew Bulbs
    Remove bulbs before packing your lamps. It is always a good idea to pack your lamp shades separately to protect them.
  • Give the Kids an Exercise
    Have children write their names and new address on the boxes from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new street and town. You may also have them back a box or two of their own special things to make them feel like they are a part of the move keeping a favorite stuffed animal to carry with them.
  • Help your Pet Relax
    Keep your pets calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch them or board them at a local veterinarian office.
  • Be Nice to Your Plants
    When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.
  • Enjoy the Help
    Leave the rest to the professionals at Atmosphere Movers, sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, friends and experiences that are part of any move. Be sure to get a good night’s rest before the pickup and delivery days!