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Tips for Packing Books for a Move

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While much of the Millennial generation has jettisoned the conventional book for electronic tablet readers, many of us remain loyal to the old school way of taking in a great novel. If your next move will require packing and bringing your beloved books with you to a new home, McKendree Moving & Storage offers a few tips.

The first is to remember just how heavy a stack of books can be and that lifting one can prove harmful. Just ask any chiropractor. Virtually every one of them has treated a patient whose back pain can be blamed on lifting a box of books. Plus, the weight of your belongings can be a factor in the fees your moving company charges. Because of their relative density, books tend to cost more per square foot to pack and move than other types of possessions.

To help make things easier on yourself and your movers, cut the weight. Go through your collection and keep only the titles that you love the most. Donate the rest to your local public library or youth organization.

If you’ll pack them yourself, make sure the boxes you choose are extra sturdy and no bigger than medium-sized. Large boxes will prove difficult and potentially unsafe to manage. Pack books of the same general size together to better distribute the weight. And stack them with the spine touching the bottom of the carton rather than facing upward, as weight from boxes stacked atop can cause bindings to break and pages to buckle.

Some books require a little extra TLC. These include older books that have become more fragile over the years, expensively bound volumes, or any book that has sentimental value to you. It’s highly recommended that you wrap these in bubble wrap before packing them and place sheets of cardboard between them to help ensure the spines remain straight throughout the move. This is important because side-to-side friction can damage covers.  You may also want to place silica gel packets inside boxes to help protect books from moisture.

To best ensure your beloved books and other belongings will safely make the journey to your new home, leave the packing to a professional mover. Call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.

The 20 Best Cities to Land a New Job in 2016

If a new job is among your New Year’s resolutions for 2016, we’ve got you covered. Results of a recent report by WalletHub, an online personal finance resource launched in 2013 reveal the top 20 cities where you’re most likely to land a great new gig.

To narrow down the list, researchers compared the nation’s most populous cities, ranking them based on 17 various metrics including the number of job opportunities, employment growth and monthly median salary. Safety, recreational opportunities, affordable housing and family-friendliness also were factors.

And the winners, along with the median annual income and percentage employment growth over the past year, are:

  1. Plano, Texas: Median annual income, $83,697; employment growth, 3.51 percent
  2. Overland Park, Kansas: Median annual income, $72,231; employment growth, 0.77 percent
  3. Austin, Texas: Median annual income, $58,368; employment growth, 0.80 percent
  4. Irving, Texas: Median annual income, $52,275; employment growth, 1.03 percent
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah: Median annual income, $48,552; employment growth, -1.21 percent
  6. Des Moines, Iowa: Median annual income, $50,467; employment growth, 4.38 percent
  7. Irvine, California: Median annual income, $62,372; employment growth, 1.81 percent
  8. Madison, Wisconsin: Median annual income, $50,405; employment growth, 3.18 percent
  9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Median annual income, $44,965; employment growth, -0.84 percent
  10. Omaha, Nebraska: Median annual income, $55,211; employment growth, -1.48 percent
  11. Boise, Idaho: Median annual income, $51,963; employment growth, 4.57 percent
  12. Denver, Colorado: Median annual income, $48,186; employment growth, 1.68 percent
  13. Amarillo, Texas: Median annual income, $53,960; employment growth, 0.49 percent
  14. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Median annual income, $53,960; employment growth, -0.15 percent
  15. San Francisco, California: Median annual income, $46,793; employment growth, 2.38 percent
  16. Scottsdale, Arizona: Median annual income, $75,317; employment growth, -0.12 percent
  17. Freemont, California: Median annual income, $63,376, employment growth, 0.81 percent
  18. Lincoln, Nebraska: Median annual income, $54,960; employment growth, -0.38 percent
  19. Seattle, Washington: Median annual income, $53,085; employment growth, 0.74 percent
  20. Chandler, Arizona: Median annual income, $74,919; employment growth, 0.39 percent

If a move to or from the Washington, DC metropolitan area for a new job is in your future, call McKendree Moving & Storage at 800-530-2626.