Learning About Packing, Loading and Unloading For A Move

How to Decide What to Put in Your Self-Storage Unit

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Decide What to Put in Your Self-Storage Unit

Whether you are downsizing to a smaller home or you simply want to clear out some of the clutter in your home, it’s easy to go a bit overboard with what you put in your new self-storage unit. Use this guide to help you determine what should go into storage and what should stay in your home.   How Often Do You Use the Items? As you begin to organize items to put them into storage, ask yourself how often you use the items. You may find that some items get used less then you thought, while others get used more often. For example, you may find that some of your kitchen gadgets, such as waffle makers or sandwich presses, get used rarely. These items may be good candidates for storage. On the other hand, you may find that you wear your fall jackets throughout the spring and even part of the winter, so you may want to keep these items in your home. Where Do You Store Heirlooms and Family Photos? Precious heirlooms and family photos are not replaceable, so consider where they are currently stored in your home and whether or not they are at risk for damage. If you store these items in a basement they could be vulnerable to flooding, and items stored in the attic could become damaged during a storm. Consider placing these items in secure plastic totes and place them on shelves in your self-storage unit for added protection. A climate-controlled unit in an enclosed storage facility can provide the security your items need to stay safe from damage. Do You Have Too Much Furniture? It is possible to have too much furniture in your home. You can make your home feel more open and spacious by removing a few pieces of furniture. If you haven’t gotten rid of the furnishings in your home because they are antiques or they hold special meaning, consider keeping them in your storage unit instead. They can remain there until you decide to redecorate your home or until they are ready to be passed down to future generations. Take an inventory of the items you plan to store, and be sure that your self-storage unit is big enough to accommodate your items. Once you’ve rented your unit and you are ready to move in, store your items in the order they will be used in. For example, boxes of seasonal clothing should be stored toward the front for easy access, while old furniture can be placed at the back of the unit. With a little preparation and smart packing, you can have a space to store all your items. Talk to a facility like South Town Storage for more...

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How To Effectively Organize Your Rented Storage Units

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Effectively Organize Your Rented Storage Units

Whether you want to de-clutter your home or you need to find a place for all of your belongings while you are in transition from one home to the next, you need to make sure that you are organizing the self storage unit in the most effective manner. If you do not do this, you may find that you are not able to store as much in it, that you can hardly ever find what you need, and that some of your things could become broken because of improper stacking and organization. Work From The Sides Inward Start by lining the walls of the storage unit with tall and sturdy shelving units. You need to know that most storage unit rental companies will not allow you to secure your shelving units to the wall. Therefore, you have to be extra cautious so you will not have to experience the shelves toppling over on you. To give you the best shot of keeping these shelves upright, you will want to place the heaviest objects on the bottom shelves. Once you have filled all of the shelves, you will want to place all of your larger furniture and appliances against all of those shelves. This is not only going to give you the most amount of room to work with, but also the added weight from the furniture and appliances can help keep the shelves pushed securely against the walls.  Use Spaces Not Normally Used For Storage Depending on just what it is that you are storing in your rented storage unit, you might have a lot of hidden spaces that you will be able to make use of. For examples, a great place to store some of your smaller, more fragile items, would be inside of dressers, chests, refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, empty tool boxes, and anything else you can find like that. For an added amount of protection, you will want to make sure that you are wrapping your most fragile items in bubble wrap. This way, even if the item that they are stored in gets bumped around, the smaller fragile items will be well protected. Just make sure that you are only making use of rented storage units from companies that you can trust. This way, you know that you are keeping your items at a facility that takes pride in their business, which means that your stuff should be better protected. For more information, see a website such...

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Schedule Your Moving Service in This Manner When Booking Late

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Schedule Your Moving Service in This Manner When Booking Late

When you have an upcoming move, you might initially think of doing the work yourself — that is, until you take an honest look at the amount of your possessions and feel daunted by the job. In this scenario, hiring a professional moving service is a better option. But, if you were previously thinking about moving yourself, you may find that most moving services you contact don’t have any available crews on your chosen moving day. Don’t be discouraged. By taking the following approach to booking a moving service, you may be able to find a crew that can help you on your big day. Move During the Week You’ll commonly find that moving services get booked well in advance for weekend moves. This may leave you short on help if you plan to move on an upcoming Saturday or Sunday. Consider moving during the workweek instead. Moving during the week isn’t nearly as common, which means that you may be able to book a moving service to help you on a day between Monday and Friday, even if you don’t provide the service with much notice. Stay Away from the First Renters and homeowners alike often move on the first of the month. Rental leases commonly expire on the last day of the month, while people who sell their home will often select the last day of the month as a closing date. This means that moving services are commonly booked up for the first of the month, which may especially be problematic if you’re calling to book a crew at the last minute. Whether you’re renting or buying/selling a home, you can often move out on a different date. For example, if your landlord wants you out on the last day of the month, plan to move out three days earlier — doing so may be the difference in booking a moving crew. Get Help During a Small Window of Time People often book moving services for full days or half days. However, if you’re struggling to get a crew for one of these blocks of time, consider getting help for a shorter duration. Each moving service has a different minimal booking window, which means that you may be able to find a service that can provide a crew for two hours, for example. The moving service’s scheduler could then have the crew help you for this short amount of time before heading to another job for the remainder of the day. For more tips on hiring movers on short notice, talk to a company like Gardner...

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A Few Tips For Using A Storage Unit

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Tips For Using A Storage Unit

Self-storage facilities can be extremely convenient ways of freeing space in your home while keeping your possessions safe. Unfortunately, making oversights when putting items into the unit can leave them exposed to a number of potential hazards. You will be able to minimize these risks by using these storage tips. Put Padding On The Floor It can be common for individuals to simply place their possessions on the floor of the storage unit. While this may seem harmless, it can actually expose these items to a greater risk of moisture damage. This occurs because humidity can form condensation on the cool flooring of storage units, which can be absorbed by your possessions. Placing padding on the floor will absorb this moisture before it is able to damage your possessions. Be Descriptive When Labeling Finding items that are in your storage unit can be a difficult task if you did not take the time to properly organize and label your possessions. For this reason, you will need to ensure that you take a few minutes to be descriptive about the contents of each box. In particular, this should include a brief list of the items in the box. By take the time to write this on the exterior of the box, you will be able to quickly glance at your boxes to determine what they contain. This will likely increase the time you need to pack, but it can make future trips to the storage unit more efficient. Invest In An Insurance Policy From The Storage Provider It is unfortunate fact that unavoidable problems can strike your storage unit. For example, a powerful storm can cause extensive damage to these units, criminals can break into these units to rob them and fire can move through the storage facility. Luckily, it is possible for you to purchase an insurance policy from the storage provider that will protect you in the event that these problems strike. When choosing a policy, make sure that you opt for one that will approximately cover the full value of your stored possessions. Otherwise, you may find that you are unable to replace these items in the event the entire contents of the unit are lost to disaster. Placing your items in a storage unit can be a more complicated task that many people may expect. Luckily, it is possible to avoid some of the more common hazards and risks that accompany long-term storage by making sure to keep padding on the floor, descriptively labeling any boxes and investing in an insurance policy. While these steps may increase the costs and labor involved with using a rental storage unit, this inconvenience can be more than worth it to avoid having your possessions unprotected against these threats. Contact a facility, like Carolina Self Storage, for more...

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Creative Ways to Store Your Garden Tools in Small Spaces

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creative Ways to Store Your Garden Tools in Small Spaces

You’ve found your perfect tiny home, and it has the perfect tiny yard. You have dreams of intensive gardening and vertical walls of lettuce, but you have one problem. All that work takes tools, and you have nowhere to store your rakes, shovels, hoes, and pruners—unless you get creative.   Make a Tool Bouquet Buy a shiny metal garbage can and dress it up with lovely magnetic flowers. If you can’t find magnets you like, buy a sheet of magnet material from the craft store, gather some pictures from your favorite magazines, glue the pictures on the magnets, and cut the magnets out. Voila! Custom pretties for your trash can. Once you have dressed up your trash can, remove the lid and place your long tools inside, business side up, as if you are arranging flowers. This is a perfect accent piece for the corner of your living room, bedroom, or some other area where they won’t be exposed to the weather. One advantage of this arrangement is that it forces you to keep your tools clean, since you don’t want muddy tools in your house for all your friends to see. Plus, the magnets can be removed easily if you ever have to use the trash can for its intended purpose. Turn Your Tools into Art If you have country decor, garden tools make amazing art pieces. For example, hang long tools above your curtains or hang a lovely large poster of sunflowers on your wall and then hang the tools around it like a makeshift frame. For hand tools, hang some five-by-seven-inch framed garden photos on your wall and then hang your tools between and around them when they are not needed. Alternatively, you can just place your hand tools casually on furniture or bookshelves as display objects. A cute idea is to use an old 16- or 20-inch bicycle wheel to hang garden tools from the ceiling like a giant wind chime. Hide Them Away in Unusual Places If you don’t like the idea of having your garden tools out in the open, you can find spots to hide them, even in the smallest spaces. If the space under your furniture is all taken, there are alternatives. Put handy plastic removable hooks on the inside of your closet doors and hang them there. Use a metal magazine holder mounted inside your kitchen cabinet doors to stash hand tools. An over-the-door hanger rack on the back of your bedroom door can hold all your long tools and a bag full of hand tools, and the tools can be covered handily with a pretty curtain hung on a cafe rod. The space between your refrigerator and cabinets can be utilized with a custom-built rollout pegboard wall to hold all your tools, and toe-kick drawers under your kitchen cabinets are another possible solution for smaller tools. Of course, if you have enough space, a simple solution is to buy a lovely, sturdy outdoor garden cabinet or benches for stashing your tools. Whatever your space limitations, there are creative and fun ways to store all those garden essentials. Call your local carpenter, contractor, or interior designer to find out what creative solutions they may be able to provide, or call a company that provides storage, such as Palmisano Ralph Movers, if...

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Moving To A New Office? Here’s How To Make The Process More Convenient

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving To A New Office? Here’s How To Make The Process More Convenient

While setting up shop in a new office will likely provide you and your staff with more space and comfort, the process of moving isn’t always convenient when it comes to managing employees and client accounts. Between packing everything up while maintaining optimal productivity levels and ensuring the safety of your employees when the movers come in to do their jobs, the process of moving can put stress on your business. Following are a couple of things you can do to make your move to a new office more convenient for everyone involved: Color Code Your Boxes An excellent way to make sure that all of your office items are packed moved, and unpacked in an organized fashion is to color code all of your packing boxes. This process will keep similar items together during the move, so they’re easier to find at the new office. Office supplies such as staples, tape, and pens can be packed in boxes coded with green tape or markers. Important client paperwork can be packed in boxes marked with red tape or markers. And accessories like mouse pads and paper cutters can be packed in boxes that are coded with blue marks. Provide a printed chart to each employee upon the move that lists each color you used to code the boxes and the corresponding items that can be found in boxes with those colors on them. Employees can then easily find supplies, accessories, contracts, and other important tools to do their jobs while the new office is still being unpacked. Move Employees in Stages To minimize downtime among employees, it’s a good idea to move them to your new office in stages. Split your group of employees in half and move the first half over one week while the other half stays behind to keep working. The first group of employees that moves to the new office can get settled and should be ready to perform at optimal levels by the following week when the second group of employees moves over. This should significantly cut down on lost work hours and will give your employees an opportunity to ease into their new environment without missing important deadlines or falling behind on daily tasks. With the help of these techniques and methods, you should be able to provide your employees and clients with the support they need to keep production levels high throughout your move. To learn more, contact a commercial moving...

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4 Common Mistakes To Avoid On A Long-Distance Move

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Common Mistakes To Avoid On A Long-Distance Move

If you and your family are planning to move to the other side of the country or just a few states over, you will need to do a little more preparation than if you were moving 10 miles away. It is important that you take everything into consideration, from the size and floor plan of the new living room, to what really needs to be brought with you. Here are some common mistakes to avoid before your long-distance move begins. Not Downsizing Enough When you are moving long-distance, it might not be necessary to bring absolutely everything with you. This not only requires a larger moving truck, but more time spent packing and unpacking, more furniture to disassemble, and more setting up in the new home. Go around your home before moving and really think about what you need to keep and what can be purchased when you get to your new home. If you have a general idea of the size of the rooms, bring some main furniture pieces, but sell or donate the rest. Try to only bring necessary items and items that are valuable or you have an emotional attachment to. Failing to Consider the Layout of the New Home Many people will look at the square footage of the new home and its different rooms, but don’t think about the floor plan and layout. This is a big mistake when you have a lot of furniture and items to pack into a single room. For example, a large U-shaped sectional might have worked great in your current living room, but even if the new living room is about the same size, that doesn’t mean the layout calls for the same sectional. You might find that based on where the television needs to be placed and where the sliding glass doors are, you need to have a smaller sofa and loveseat or some easy chairs. You now have to get rid of your sectional and buy new furniture because you weren’t prepared. Protecting Items Incorrectly If you were just moving 30 minutes from your current home, the way you protect your items doesn’t make as big of a difference. The furniture and appliances won’t be sitting in the truck very long, so it isn’t something you really think much about. However, long-distance moves take hours, but most often days. This makes a big difference in how much your items are at risk if you are using the wrong packing materials. For example, you may use some extra clothing items to cover appliances since you ran out of foam padding, and find that a few days later when retrieving those appliances, the dye from the clothing has transferred to them due to the humidity or heat in the back of the moving truck. This could have been avoided had you protected those appliances with the right materials. Failing to Hire Professionals Long-distance moves require a little more help than what you might have for a local move. Professionals from companies like http://www.wheatonworldwide.com not only move all your boxes and furniture to the new location, but they can help pack and unpack boxes, along with disassembling and reassembling furniture. When you are planning on such a big move, this can be a huge relief. It also helps give...

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4 Ways To Stay Organized When Renting A Storage Unit

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Stay Organized When Renting A Storage Unit

If you plan to rent a storage unit, you may be relieved that you’ll have somewhere to store your belongings when you don’t need them. However, rummaging through a storage unit when you want something can be frustrating. Here are some tips you can use to help your storage unit remain organized. Color Code Your Boxes Your boxes are may get mixed together when you move them from your home to the storage unit. When putting your boxes into the unit, having them color coded can help you save time. For instance, if you put blue colored tape on all the boxes from the kitchen, you can put all them all in one spot inside the unit to maintain order. Whenever you return, you won’t have to look all over the unit for your coffeemaker, as the colored tape will help; a quick look at the color will let you know whether you are in the right area of the unit or not. Make a Walkway When you return later to retrieve something from your storage unit, it may be a challenge to get to it if all the boxes have just been stacked next to each other. To make things easier for yourself, leave a walkway that snakes throughout the unit. That way, when you need an item, you can get to the right box without having to move other boxes or trip over them. Draw a Map While you have the information fresh in your mind, sketch out a map of where everything is located in the unit. You are unlikely to remember exactly where your towels are after a few months, and making a map will help you know where to look. Leave the map in the unit with your belongings near the door, so when you need something you can refer to the map and head to the right area. Keep Important Things Near the Door In addition to any map you create, it’s a good idea to keep some things in the front of the unit. If you know you’ll be back often to get files from your office, for instance, keep those near the door so you can reach them immediately. Use the suggestions in this article to help you keep your belongings in order when you’re renting a storage unit. Find out whether the rental company has more tips you can use to keep your things organized. To learn more about storage units, visit a company like Oakland Ave...

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Four Tips For Moving On A Hot Day

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips For Moving On A Hot Day

Moving is a pretty physical task. Add some heat into the mix, and you have a pretty sweaty day ahead of you! In order to make sure you and your things stay safe on moving, day, follow these tips for moving in the heat. Tip #1: Start early, and take breaks. Even if your moving helpers cannot get there until later in the morning, get up early and get started yourself. Starting early accomplishes two things. First, it ensures that you get at least some of the work done before the sun gets too high in the sky. Second, it increases the time you have throughout the day, so you can take some breaks when you get too hot and exhausted. If you start to feel woozy, dizzy, or overheated, do take a break. You can’t move if you’re being rushed to the hospital for heat exhaustion. Tip 2: Pack a cooler with ice and cold drinks. Usually when you’re moving, you’ll have emptied the fridge and freezer and turned them off. To ensure you have something cool to drink throughout the day, head to a local store. Purchase a bag of ice and some cold beverages, and pack them in a cooler. Make sure that all of your moving helpers from places like an Aloha International Moving Service know where the cooler is and that they’re welcome to have a beverage.  A cold beer might be tempting, but stick with soft drinks – beer dehydrates you and might make matters worse in the heat. Tip #3: Set “heat-sensitive” items aside. There are probably items in your home that should not be shipped to you new place in the 110-degree back of a moving truck. This includes electronics (many will malfunction if overheated and then cooled too quickly – condensation builds up inside of them), cosmetic items, medications, and pet foods.  Set these items aside in a separate room or corner of the room so that your moving helpers know not to pack them. When you’re ready to officially head out, turn the air conditioning on in your personal vehicle and take these items with you. Tip #4: Rotate your indoor and outdoor helpers. Usually, it makes sense for the strongest people to load the truck and for weaker people to help out packing inside. On really hot days, however, you might want to consider throwing this strategy to the wind and having everyone rotate positions. Have two people work loading the truck for 20 minutes, and the others work inside. Then, designate 2 more people to take the place of the truck loaders. This ensures nobody spends too much time outside in the heat. Moving when the temperature is soaring is never fun, but with the tips above, you and your things should survive the experience in one...

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Extend Garage Sale Season To Your Storage Unit

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Extend Garage Sale Season To Your Storage Unit

Summer is a perfect time for garage sales, but you can think beyond what you have in your actual home to gather a number of seldom-used possessions to turn into cash. If you keep some of your items in a storage unit, garage sale season is the ideal opportunity to wade through the space and see what items might be able to give you some money in your pocket. Want to hold a garage sale at your unit? Here’s how to proceed. Seek Permission Storage units are located on private property, which means it’s important to obtain permission before you begin advertising and inviting the public to visit the facility and browse through your possessions. Many self-storage businesses invite customers to hold sales, and some businesses even schedule large-scale sale days to allow several customers to open up their units to the public. If the business doesn’t allow you to hold a sale, it might be because of a fear of blocking access to other customers’ units. Ask if you can set up some tables in a wide-open area of the facility as a compromise. Organize Your Items Unlike what you might see on reality TV shows, the average customer isn’t interested in walking into your storage unit and pilfering through your possessions in the hopes of finding something of value. Just as you don’t open your home to customers during a garage sale, it’s important to organize your items properly for your storage unit sale. Set up tables in front of your unit to display your items, or depending on the size of the available space within your unit, set up your goods on tables around the perimeter. You have the choice of affixing price stickers to everything or inviting customers to make you an offer. The approach you take depends on your enjoyment of bartering back and forth. Be Realistic Although it’s fine to use a storage unit to hold your family heirlooms and miscellaneous trinkets with sentimental value, remember that many of these items will have little commercial value. Be realistic about what you think might appeal to customers, and display these items prominently. It’s helpful to group everything you don’t foresee selling into one corner of the unit and cover it with a blanket taped to the walls or ceiling. This approach ensures not only that customers won’t get confused, but also keeps any valuable items away from the public eye.  Once garage sales are over, you may want to move some of your unsold items into a new storage unit next year. Contact a storage company, like Koch St Mini Storage, to ask about renting...

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