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3 Tips To Help Reduce Moving Stress

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Help Reduce Moving Stress

Planning and implementing a move, even locally, can be a time-consuming and majorly stressful event in your life. Fortunately, there are ways to cut down the stress and make your move go much more smoothly. The following tips can get you started. Tip #1: Start with a list Sit down with pad and pen as soon as you know you are moving. Your task is to make a list of necessary moving tasks and assign a work window to each one. For example, you may have tasks like transferring utilities, scheduling the movers, or renting and picking up the moving truck. Start with the tasks that have to be outsourced, such as movers and utility transfers. Then, assign yourself the tasks you will need to complete, such as getting boxes and packing. What this means is that six weeks out from the move your week’s tasks simply revolve around packing the items in the basement and getting mover quotes, while one week before the move your tasks are only packing the kitchen and transferring utilities. This method ensures you don’t become overloaded with tasks at the last minute. Tip #2: Color Code Coding your boxes is one of the simplest ways to make the entire process on moving day – and after – less stressful. Stop by an office supply store and pick up a packet of multi-colored dot stickers. Then, assign one color to each room of your new home. As you fill boxes, place a sticker on each side for the room it goes into. This takes much less time than writing out the room on the boxes, and it is also much easier to spot a sticker color than to read messy handwriting. Now, give your room and sticker key to the movers. Every box will end up in the right room, making it much easier to find and unpack in an organized manner. Tip #3: Know the Schedule One stressful thing for many people is being unaware of the mover’s schedule. If you are the only job scheduled for the day, your movers may not be in as big of a rush to finish quickly. When the movers arrive in the morning, go over their schedule with them. Know when they expect to take a lunch break or if there will be other breaks throughout the day. Write down these times so you can make sure your breaks coincide with theirs. This way, everyone enjoys a relaxed lunch at the same time, instead of having a lunch interrupted because the movers are working and need your attention to a matter. For more info, speak with a moving...

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Four Ways A Moving Company Can Help A Parent Clear Out A Home After Losing A Spouse

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Ways A Moving Company Can Help A Parent Clear Out A Home After Losing A Spouse

When a loved one passes away of old age, their spouse may be left choosing if he or she wants to stay in their home or if they want to move in with a loved one instead. If you have a mother or father that wants to move in with you, but first must decide what they are going to do with all of their belongings, consider hiring a moving company to make the process easier. The following guide walks you through a few tips for helping your mother or father clean out their house to prepare it to be sold. Help With Organization of the Items Over many years, there are many elderly individuals who find themselves with lots and lots of belongings. Many of the items more than likely cannot fit in your home and thus will need to be deposed of, sold or donated in order to get rid of them. Organizing all of the items may be very difficult for your loved one to do, depending on their age. Instead, hire a moving company to send a team to the residence to help your parent see what items they have and decide what they want to do with them. The items can be separated into piles or labeled with tags so all of the movers know where each item needs to go when things start to be taken out of the home. Help With Packing Breakables Packing breakable items can often be very difficult for elderly individuals to do because it requires a lot of dexterity. Those suffering from arthritis may not be able to handle delicate items with ease and could end up damaging the things that they are trying to protect. Many moving companies have packers that can pack all of the items for your parent to ensure they are handled with the most care possible. Help With Transporting Donations Moving companies will often take donations to thrift shops or charity centers for a fee. This allows your loved one to give away any items still in usable condition but not worth selling. The movers will load the items onto the moving truck and unload them when they get to the donation location. Help With Delivery and Set Up of Furniture When you hire a moving company to move your parent’s belongings, they will transport the furniture supposed to come to your residence and may even set it up for your loved one so that they can start using it right away. If they are not able to set it up, they will at least take it to whatever room it is supposed to be in so that no one in your family has to worry about moving the items once they arrive to your home. Separating, packing, and moving an entire house full of belongings takes time. Be sure you let the moving company, like Able Moving & Storage Inc, know what your intentions are before they actually come to help your parent. This will ensure they send enough people and know what to expect when they...

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Three Considerations When Renting a Self Storage Unit

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Considerations When Renting a Self Storage Unit

In making sure that you are able to get the self storage unit that you need and become a good steward of it, you should learn and employ some quality tips. This article will teach you how to find the best storage unit for your needs and peace of mind, while imparting some advice on how to use it to your advantage. With that in mind, read on and use these tips, so that your belongings are well kept.  Learn to Pinpoint the Right Self-Storage Unit When looking for a self storage unit, the first thing you need to gauge is exactly how you will be using it. This means taking inventory of the types of items you will store and how they might be affected by your storage facility. For instance, are you storing clothes that might be subject to moth damage? Are you setting aside documents or electronics that might be adversely affected by temperature changes? Regardless of what sort of items you are storing, it is important to come to grips with this first before finding the right storage facility. Next, you should begin to figure out how the owners of the facility will keep your items safe and sound from damage and potential intruders. This means keeping office hours, having gated entry and exit, installing security cameras, and other such important measures. Never rent with a storage facility without having an in-person consultation, and make sure you walk through an available unit, get an idea of payment structures and contracts, and compare with other self storage facilities in the area. Learn How Much Self-Storage Will Cost Once you are ready to rent a self storage unit, it is important that you consider the price factors. Seek out discounts whenever possible to save you some money on your contract. These storage facilities range greatly in size and type, so you might pay as little as $20 per month or as much as $300 per month depending on the rental that you need. Get these costs in writing and make sure that you read through your contract to know what it will entail to renew your agreement. Learn How to Pack Your Storage Unit If you are ready to rent out a storage unit, you will also need to figure out the best ways to pack it. Creating an inventory list is the best thing that you can do so that you know exactly what items are stored inside of which boxes and containers. Pack items that you will need the soonest last so that you will not have to move and rearrange items just to get to them. Ask your self storage facility about the availability of rental items like dollies and pallets to make the process as smooth and easy as possible whenever you need to load or unload a storage unit. Keep these tips handy and use them to the best of your ability as you seek out your self-storage options. To begin your search, find a facility near you like Foothills...

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Tips For Safely Storing Your Piano

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Safely Storing Your Piano

A piano can be one of the most expensive items that you own, and if these musical instruments are not properly maintained, they can easily suffer extensive damages. Unfortunately, it may be necessary for you to store the piano for a period of time, and if you are not careful, you could accidentally ruin it. However, following these tips when storing your piano will help you to avoid this type of unfortunate damage.  Take Steps To Prepare The Wood For Storage One of the most important things that you can do before storing the piano is to properly prepare the wood. Even if you opt for a climate controlled storage unit, the humidity and temperature inside the unit can be different from the conditions the piano normally experiences. As a result, this can stress the wood, which can lead to deformities.  Minimizing this type of damage will require you to properly seal and finish the wood before you place the piano in storage. This can be a very labour intensive task because you will have to remove the existing finish and apply a new one over the entire piano, but this may be the only option for ensuring that your piano does not suffer major damage while you are storing it.  Keep The Piano Covered In addition to protecting the piano against moisture and temperature damages, dust is another major concern that you must anticipate. When dust accumulates in a piano, it can severely compromise the quality of the sounds it produces, and the only way to repair this is through a complete cleaning of the instrument. While this will restore the quality of your piano’s sound, these cleanings can be highly expensive because the piano may need to be partially disassembled.  To prevent this problem from striking your piano, you will need to cover the piano in a protective cloth. This will prevent the dust from reaching the piano’s surface, which can eliminate this problem. Avoid using any materials that will trap air and moisture near the piano, such as plastic, or else you may inadvertently cause major damage.  When storing a piano, it is important for you to take proactive steps to prevent this expensive musical instrument from suffering damages. By understanding the importance of preparing the wood for storage and the need to cover it, you should be able to ensure that your piano does not suffer a couple of common forms of damage while it is being stored.  Click on the link for more information or do an online...

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4 Tips For Protecting Your Storage Unit Against Pests

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Protecting Your Storage Unit Against Pests

You typically put your property into a storage unit at a place like Midway Storage when you want to keep it safe, clean, and out of the way. The last thing you want is for a pest invasion to compromise the security you anticipated. It’s best to be proactive in your defense against rodents and insects; here are four simple preventative measures that you can take. Clean Before You Store It doesn’t take much to entice rodents and insects into your unit. Before you move your things into your unit, check your property and storage containers for any crumbs, stains, or other residual food or odors. Clean everything thoroughly before you store it, especially items that might already be hiding pests. Eliminate Food Sources You should avoid keeping any items in your unit that could provide food for pests. Beyond the obvious items from your pantry, plants, fabrics, and cardboard can all be consumed. If possible, wrap items in plastic or store them in bins instead of boxes. Watch for Signs and Address Problems Immediately You should visit your unit regularly to make sure everything is in order. When you do, look closely for possible signs of invasion. This could include tracks, droppings, gnaw marks, and shredded materials. If you have a problem, you need to take care of it immediately before it becomes worse. Start by contacting the manager. Together you can try to identify and seal points of entry into your unit and set traps to clear out the pests. Once you’ve beat back the infestation, you may need to sort through your property to find and clean out the areas where pests were hiding. Clean Your Unit In some ways, a storage unit is an extension of your home and, as such, should not be neglected. Though you don’t necessarily need to be as thorough as you would be in your home, you should clean your unit fairly regularly. This will give you a chance to look around, reorganize your property as needed, and keep things tidy. The cleaner and more organized your unit is, the less welcoming it will be to invaders. In addition to the things you can do yourself, a good storage facility will already have protective measures in place to keep pests away from their units. If you have any concerns about pests, take them to the manager before you sign an agreement. You will be able to work together to keep your property safe and secure....

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Choosing The Right Packing Materials For Self Storage

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing The Right Packing Materials For Self Storage

Not just any box will do when it comes to packing the items in a self storage unit. You need to not only make sure that your items are safe from moisture and pests, but that they are easy to transport and stack without fear of breakage. This guide will help you find the best packing items so you can make the most of your storage unit. Boxing Day Cardboard boxes are the least expensive and most commonly available packing option. You can use cardboard for almost every item you are storing if you aren’t concerned about moisture, such as if you have a climate-controlled storage unit. But if moisture is a concern, save cardboard for those items that are less prone to moisture damage, such as serving ware and kitchen items. The following tips will help you pick the best boxes. New is best. Boxes do break down and weaken with each use. Pests can also live within the corrugation in old cardboard. Opt for boxes that are all the same size for the bulk of your belongings, and pick a size that is easy for a single person to lift. It’s much easier to stack boxes of the same dimension. Use the right box for the job. While most of your boxes will be similar in size, you will need a few specialty boxes. For example, wardrobe boxes with a hanging rod are necessary if you are packing a lot of clothing. You may also need specially padded boxes for certain electronics. Think Outside the Box You can skip cardboard if moisture is a major concern. Either forgo it entirely, or only use it for moisture-safe items. For those items that need a bit more protection, opt for plastic storage tubs with tight-fitting lids. Once again, pick tubs in similar sizes so that they stack easily and are easy to carry. If tubs aren’t an option, you can also line cardboard boxes with heavy-duty black plastic garbage bags. Just make sure the bags are tied or taped shut well enough so moisture can’t get in. It’s a Wrap Not every item is made for a box. In some cases, the right bag is a better choice. If you are storing mattresses, invest in quality mattress bags. These big, heavy duty plastic sacks will protect your mattress from dust, stains, moisture, mildew, and pests while it is in storage. Upholstered furniture doesn’t necessarily need a bag, although you may want to store removable cushions in a bag or tub. Instead, simply drape a sheet over the furnishings. The same goes for wood furniture. The sheet keeps off dust while also allowing any moisture to evaporate. Packing shrink wrap is another useful packing tool. Simply wrap it around dressers to keep the drawers in place, or an appliance to keep the door shut. Once the item is in storage, simply drape a sheet over the exposed top. For more about this topic, talk with sales representatives at moving and storage facilities near...

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Where Can I Park This Truck? Tips For Finding A Spot To Park A Moving Truck

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Where Can I Park This Truck? Tips For Finding A Spot To Park A Moving Truck

Parking a moving truck takes skill and confidence in your driving abilities. If you’ve never parked a moving truck before, these tips can help.  Driveway Parking Watch out for the ramp. Backing the truck into your driveway is often best because it allows you to get as close to your home as possible, which saves time spent walking boxes out of the truck and into the house. Before backing the truck into the driveway and parking it, leave enough room for the truck and the ramp. The length of the moving ramp may vary depending on the size of the truck.  Avoid steep inclines. Your truck’s bumper can get stuck on a driveway with a steep incline, especially after loading takes place, because the truck will sit lower to the ground. If this happens, contact the company that rented you the vehicle. Try to avoid parking on steep inclines when at all possible.  Parking in a Lot Underground lots can be problematic. Underground parking lots have height limits, often have only small parking spaces available, and generally include a steep hill to enter and exit the parking area. Check ahead of time with your apartment owner or condo association before attempting to drive a truck–even a small moving truck–into an underground lot.  Obtain permission from your landlord or condo association. Even if you’re parking above ground, many landlords and condo associations require you to obtain permission in advance of parking a large truck on the lot.   Parking in the Street Check the street cleaning days. If you’re parking on a quiet residential street, you may not have problems finding a parking space, but you could have a conflict with street cleaning days.  Get a permit when needed. Street parking in big cities is often restricted or tightly controlled. Contact your city’s Department of Transportation or look on your city’s website to find out if there are restrictions or permits required for parking a commercial vehicle on city streets. Do this a few weeks ahead of time, just in case the permit has a mandatory approval period.  Working with professional movers will ensure that you don’t have to worry about parking your  moving truck at all. Your movers will take care of the logistics, and if they need anything from you (like a parking permit), they’ll let you know. If you’re on your own parking your moving truck, then these tips can help. For more information about how to park your moving truck, speak with the company that rented you the vehicle....

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How Self-Storage Units Can Help With Inventory Mangement For Seasonal Businesses

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Self-Storage Units Can Help With Inventory Mangement For Seasonal Businesses

When you run a business that is heavily focused on seasonal goods, you’re inevitably going to face inventory turnover. When the season change approaches, you’ll have to figure out how you plan to deal with your excess inventory from the current season’s products. If the inventory you have now will still be relevant for next year’s sales, there’s no reason to liquidate or return it to the supplier. Instead, you can protect your investment and save shelf space by putting your prior season’s inventory into a storage unit. If you’ve ever wondered how a storage unit can help you control your inventory, here are some things that you should know. Advanced Planning is Easier When the company rents a storage unit, you have added space to stock up on inventory months before the season shift actually happens. This gives you the chance to capitalize on pre-season sales to get your inventory at the lowest possible prices. It also makes it easier for you to buy in bulk, because your storage space is more flexible. Managing Your Inventory is More Straightforward When you have the extra space to stock up on the seasonal items at their lowest prices, it also means that you can stock up enough to be prepared for consumer demand. It reduces the risk of facing shortages, because you can pull stock from your storage facility while you wait for new orders to arrive. This will even allow you to retain customers that may otherwise be lost if you had to turn them away due to inventory shortages. Security is Simpler When your overstock inventory is in a storage facility, it’s much easier to keep it secure. You won’t risk losing everything if there’s a break-in at the store. Instead, just keep a lock of your own on the unit for extra protection, and you’ll always have some inventory to fall back on. For a little more protection, consider a storage facility that has onsite security patrolling the facility regularly. When a key part of your business is dependent on impulse purchases and seasonal products, it is essential that you have the stock on hand to respond to increased consumer demands. With the information presented here, you can better understand how an offsite storage unit can help you manage and protect your stock. The better prepared you are before the season changes, the easier it will be for you to meet your customer requests and change out your current offerings. To learn more, contact a company like Benson St...

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Protecting Your Floors On Moving Day

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protecting Your Floors On Moving Day

So you’re all ready for moving day. The movers are hired and scheduled to come out, all of your appliances and furniture are ready to go and your life is packed neatly into boxes. But your “stuff” isn’t the only thing to consider on moving day. You’ll want to take measures to protect your floors — both in your old home and your new one — to prevent damage and excessive dirt from all the people coming in and out. After all, the last thing you’ll want to be doing in your new home is scrubbing floors or cleaning carpets right after you move in. Follow these tips to keep your floors safe and beautiful: Lay down floor runners or heavy duty paper on wooden floors. Most wooden floors can handle high traffic, and professional movers are very cautious when it comes to keeping your property pristine. Accidents can happen, however, especially when moving heavy furniture. Home improvement and moving supply stores carry rubber or neoprene floor runners you can lay down over your wooden floors without damaging them. Heavy-duty paper is a cheaper alternative, but it’s also more labor-intensive because you’ll need to tape it down securely. Keep your carpets clean with carpet masking. Carpet masking is made of a non-slip plastic material that sticks to floors. It’s also tear-resistant, so it should last through moving day, and the cost is much less than the cost of having your carpets professionally cleaned. If you’ve spent your last dime on moving expenses, lay down old towels or bed sheets in high-traffic areas to keep your rugs clean. Put down plywood to protect your floors from heavy appliances. Placing plywood on your kitchen and laundry room floors will make it much easier for your movers to get your large, heavy appliances out of your old home and into your new one. You can also use thick cardboard if you don’t have any plywood available. Just make sure it’s taped down securely so that no one slips. Wrap furniture legs in soft material. Tape small towels around the legs of your sofa, large chairs and bed frames to prevent the legs from scratching your floors. You can also use furniture sliders, which protect floors and make heavy items much easier to move, even on carpeted areas. Ask your movers what protection items they use. Some moving companies already have materials like floor runners and carpet masking that they lay down in every home as a matter of policy. They may also wear protective booties over their shoes to minimize the dirt they’re tracking into your home, so ask them what they already do to avoid buying things you won’t need to protect your floors. For more moving tips, contact a local moving company like Bekins Van Lines...

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How To Make Your Move To A New Home Easier

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Move To A New Home Easier

Moving to a new home definitely brings new emotions. On one hand, you know that you’ll be having new experiences and making new friends. On the other hand, you might be sad about saying goodbye to familiar locations and dear friends and family. On top of that, packing up and moving your belongings can be a very difficult procedure. Here are some ideas that might make the move easier for you. Have A Family Meeting – This is definitely a time when each family member can take part in getting ready for the packers. Think about asking each family member to go through personal belongings. Tell them that there will be a stack for things that are going to charity, another one for items that will be placed in a yard sale, and another one for garbage.  Designate a day when the preparations will be made. Be sure to check your calendar to make sure there won’t be conflicts, or you may lose momentum when you stop to leave the house. Give each of your children his or her own suitcase for things that will be needed before the movers arrive to unpack. Remind them to pack favorite stuffed toys, blankets or other objects they think they can’t live without. Before moving day, consider making two large poster board diagrams of where furniture and other large items go. One of the diagrams will stay with you and the other one will go with the movers. That way, if the movers arrive at your new home before you do, they can just look at the diagram and know where everything goes.  ​Packing Day – Hopefully everybody has cooperated and everything that is not being moved can be placed in a strategic location. Your car would be a perfect place to put those things. It would be great if you could be on hand to give initial directions. This is the time when you give the household movers the chart you created so they’ll put things in the right place when they arrive at your new home. Point out antiques, fragile decorative figurines, and other items that need special attention. Those things will be wrapped and crated in a special way so the danger of damage is minimized. If it’s a rainy day, your furnishings will be protected by special coverings and packing materials. If damage does occur, report it to the moving company as soon as possible. Think about taking pictures and putting in writing everything that needs to be repaired or replaced. When the movers arrive at your new home, you’ll have the options of having them unpack your belongings for you or just moving furniture and boxes to the rooms where they will be unpacked by you and your family...

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