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Activities to do in Philadelphia

Moving to the Philadelphia area? Here 10 great ways to get to know your new city better.

1. Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is the home of the historic Liberty Bell. Experience part of America’s history first hand by stopping by the exhibit.

2. Catch a Game

Philadelphia is home to the Phillies, the Eagles, and the Flyers. Depending on what season you are in, go catch a game!

3. Barnes Foundation

Go explore their great collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings.

4. Eat a cheesesteak

Go see what all the hype about cheesesteaks in Philly is at Pat’s King of Steaks.

5. Philadelphia Zoo

No matter what age you are, visiting all the animals at the Philadelphia zoo never gets old.

6. King of Prussia Mall

This is the second largest mall in the United States. You are sure to find what you are looking for here with over 400 stores!

7. Barcade

Come enjoy vintage arcade games and meet new people at one of Philadelphia’s most popular bars.

8. Concerts

Philadelphia is home to many concert venues, don’t miss out when your favorite band comes to town.

9. Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps”

Snap a picture in front of the statue as well as run up the steps that Sylvester Stallone ran up in the movie “Rocky.”

10. Independence Hall

Tour the birthplace of the United States, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.

Looking for Moving Help? Zippy Shell of Greater Philadelphia is here to help!

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How to Load a Moving Truck

Whether you choose to have our moving professionals pack up your belongings, or you choose to pack them into the shell yourself, it is important to know the best way to do it.

Preparation

Start doing all your laundry ahead of time so that you do not have to wash your clothes on moving day before packing them up. Take the same measures with your fridge. Use or donate your leftover food and frozen items so that nothing will go bad before the move.

Valuables

It is a good idea to keep your important papers like birth certificates and passports with you personally instead of packing them into the moving truck, in case of an emergency.

Heavy Objects

Just like when you are packing a box, load your heaviest items first and on the bottom. From there, you can load the smaller items on top.

Mattress

Take exceptional care when loading your mattress. You sleep on it every night and you want to keep it in the best condition possible. Lay the mattress flat instead of standing it up or leaning it. This will prevent the cushion inside of it from being moved around. Also make sure to wrap your mattress in a mattress cover to prevent further damage.

Tables/Desks

Place your tables or desks in the moving truck their normal way of standing. You can then slide boxes and other items in underneath and on top of them.

Dresser

Pack your dresser right into the truck, but make sure to wrap it in moving blankets. Fill your drawers up with your clothes to save space. This can be done with smaller nightstands and desk drawers too. Be sure to secure your drawers with straps so that they don’t go flying open when the truck turns.

Empty Space

Fill in open space with little items and boxes. Pack everything in tight so nothing moves around while the truck is in motion. Rolling up small rugs and carefully placing them in small openings is a great way to cushion your items.

Blankets/Towels

Use blankets or towels to wrap up fragile items. This saves space, as well as the time and money it takes to use bubble wrap to wrap up your items.

The Best Tips for Moving From an Apartment into a House

Prepare for maintenance

At your apartment, the landlord would take care of the maintenance of the building. When you move to a new home make sure to buy shovels to remove snow, extra furnace filters, yard and gardening tools, and other items to help take care of them home.

Watch your energy and water usage

If your apartment charged you a flat rate for your utilities before, start paying attention to what lights you have on and how long you shower to reduce your bills.

Furniture

You have a brand new empty home, so fill it with furniture! Plan ahead before you make any big furniture purchases to make sure you will still qualify to buy the home you have your heart set on.

Tool kit

Things are going to break.  Accept it and just be prepared. Make sure to have the basics like a screwdriver, hammer, and tape measure.

Appliances

Pay attention to what appliances will be included with your new house. Apartments have all the appliances you need, but a new home may not! You’ll have to purchase these appliances yourself.

Accessorize

Decorate your new home! Start by painting the walls or adding wallpaper. Hang up your favorite pictures, posters, and anything else you like. You can even make your own DIY decorations.

Housewarming Party

When you finally get settled in your new home, throw a housewarming party! This is a huge milestone and you deserve to celebrate!