If you are moving to a new place, it is very likely that you will need a storage unit as well. Many people use self-storage units as part of their relocation to keep some of their things in. Storage is not just about finding a place to leave your belongings. When you are moving to a new place, it is not only important to arrange the organization of your relocation, but you should also consider the details when choosing a storage facility. This article will give you 101 tips on moving and storage.
Moving and Storage Tips 101
Here are the most important things to know about moving and storage.
Moving out 101
- When relocating, you should take your time and organize your move well. If you can, start your preparation a month in advance – that would be great.
- Contact only licensed and insured movers. Don’t leave your things in the hands of a random company you know nothing about. Check the mover’s license status with the US Department of Transportation and look for information about the company at the BBB website.
- If you are moving antiques or arts, you’d better ask the movers you are contacting whether they can handle this job for you. Antiques and fine arts are risky to move – they are gentler, fragile and require more attention when packing and carrying. Especially if you are moving cross-country, you should take special care of your valuable belongings. The same goes for fragile items – professional moving companies know how to pack them properly.
- Purchase additional insurance – do not rely on the movers’ basic valuation coverage only that all licensed movers provide by law. One little note here: in the case that you do the packing on your own and not the mover, this insurance is not valid. This is why you should ask the moving company to pack your items.
- Relocating long distance and out of state means higher costs for moving as well, so plan your moving budget well. Ask for at least five moving estimations for your job and compare moving costs and services. Do not be guided by the price only when choosing cross-country movers. It’s a common practice for rogue movers to give low estimates and then double, even triple the final bill.
- Ask questions if you are not sure about something – a trustworthy moving company will answer directly to your questions and will do its best to provide you with excellent moving services.
- Some cross country moving companies provide services like storage, so before hiring movers ask them if they do so. If not, then you will have to look for an additional company to provide you with the storage service that you need.
Moving and Storage Tips
- Start your search for a storage unit by considering what location to choose for storing your items. It will be useful for you to find an unit located nearby your home.
- Consider the size of the unit that you are going to use. In any case, it is better to take a smaller unit and fill it up rather than take a larger one and pay for keeping inside it some empty space.
- Before renting a storage unit, ask what the operation hours are. You should be able to use your unit at any time free, but some facilities have restricted hours – so before renting, make sure you’ll have fast and easy access to your belongings.
- Prepare yourself for the storage. This means that you need to find boxes of similar size so that you can easily arrange them. Fill up the boxes completely and then put the heaviest one at the bottom. If you don’t fill the boxes and you put other things on top of them, they may crumble and collapse. Prepare to leave some space to walk in between the lines of boxes, so you can have an easy access to everything. At the same time, label the boxes to be able to recognize their content quickly.
- Be careful how you pack sharp objects and don’t forget that you are not allowed to store easily flammable items like gas. If you are going to put your mower in a storage unit, empty the tank.
- If you would like to prevent mold and condensation, you can arrange the boxes a little bit further from the walls and stack them on wooden pallets to let the air circulate inside the unit. If you are going to store items like a freezer or refrigerator, you can leave the doors slightly open in order to prevent the possibility of mold developing inside them.
- If you have antiques or other belongings that are sensitive to particular levels of humid and too high or very low temperatures, you should ask for a unit that can maintain the necessary levels of humidity and certain temperature.
- In the end, if you are happy with the movers’ job, remember to tip the movers.
I hope that these moving and storage tips will be useful for you if you are relocating soon. In any case, remember that it is your advanced preparation that will make the relocation smoother and better. Read, ask questions if you don’t understand something and research thoroughly to keep yourself well informed.
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Manuella Irwin is a contributor at My Moving Reviews, engaged to provide people who are about to relocate with helpful tips to ease their transition to their new home. Being acquainted with the Moving Industry, she can provide some beneficial advice on how to make the moving process less stressful.