Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Packing Tips

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Moving can be very stressful. Packing your belongings can be even more stressful; you have to worry about fitting stuff into the containers in an efficient way and be concerned about potential damage to your stuff. You have to form some sort of organizational strategy as well as do a majority of the grunt work putting your stuff into your packing containers. There are a lot of things you have to think about when you pack up for the big move.

First, you need some type of list. This doesn't mean literally going through all of your stuff and writing down every single thing you own (although this would be helpful). A list can be packing one room at a time, that way, you're packing similar things together. I cannot express enough however: label label label! It'll make unpacking so much easier! You don't have to be fancy with your labeling, it can be as simple as "Kitchen, Living Room" etc. You should also have a couple of containers that you label with something along the lines of "Open Me First" these are your necessities for this room. That way, the morning after your big move, you can find your coffee pot to get yourself energized before the big unpack. 

You also need to be very aware of how fragile your belongings are. You should take the extra time and be cautious; carefully wrap your delicate pieces in newspaper or bubble wrap before putting them away. Many people look around for empty boxes, and buy extra rolls of tape for boxes that will contain especially heavy pieces. This isn't recommended. If you haven't noticed, the word "box" hasn't been mentioned, because in most cases, boxes are awful to move with. They aren't very sturdy and require additional adhesives like extra tape to reinforce them.

Think about using storage totes. They may be a little more expensive up front, but they do a better job at the following:

• They do a better job stacking.
• They are more durable.
• They are infinitely reusable.
• They come in many different sizes.
• They come in different colors and designs.
• They don't get ruined if they get wet.
• They have resealable lids.
• They don't wear out as easily.

Packing can be stressful, but it's encouraged to make it a little fun. Listen to some music while you're packing, and think of your storage container as a tetris game, fitting each piece as close to the other pieces as possible, which will help you put more stuff in your containers. 
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Types of Storage Facilities

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There are several different types of storage facilities that offer different incentives to their customers. Not every customer will need the same thing from their storage unit, and some storage companies take advantage of this. They range in price and convenience and some are more popular than others. The different types of storage facilities include:
  • Moving Company Storage
  • Self Storage Units
  • Mobile Storage
  • Climate Controlled Storage
  • Temperature Controlled Storage
Moving Company Storage is generally the most expensive, but it's the most convenient as well. Moving companies are not only safe, but they require practically no work from you on the big day. With company moving, they typically use their own moving truck and store your belongings in their own storage containers. They're not really a cheap moving option, but if you hire the proper moving company, you can be assured that your belongings will be packed correctly, the movers will pick up the stuff in their moving truck and it will be transported to the storage shed. People who don't have a lot of packing supplies, are physically incapable of moving, or are unwilling to spend the time to do everything themselves usually hire professional moving companies. 

Self Storage Units are also a popular option. Self storage facilities are cheap storage options for people living in all types of places. They have different sized storage units to fit personal needs. Self storage companies can be inside a building, or they can be located outside. If the storage unit is located outside, or has a code entry, they allow their customers to visit their storage sheds at anytime, without an appointment. If the storage containers are located inside a building, they still might use a code entry or you may have to enter the storage space during regular business hours.

Mobile Storage involves some type of compartment being sent to wherever you indicated to the storage company. The compartment can be a wooden or steel vault, trailer, or 12-16 foot container. Generally, you pack and move your belongings into the storage container and then the storage container is transported to the storage facility. Moving these containers can be kind of tricky, so if you are the one packing your stuff, you should take packing precautions, and pack your stuff carefully. You should use the proper storage techniques for antiques, electronics, furniture, and especially fragile pieces, like glass.

Each type of storage company may offer options like climate control and temperature control. Now, don't be fooled by what some storage facilities might advertise. There's a difference between climate controlled storage units and temperature controlled storage units. The difference being, climate controlled storage controls the entire climate of the storage container, including obstacles like humidity. They are regulated fairly strictly, and are not allowed to fluctuate by more than one degree. In temperature controlled storage units, the temperature is allowed to fluctuate in a larger range and the temperature can change by a lot. The temperature within the storage unit is normally similar to that of the entire storage facility, which doesn't always mean it's a bad thing. However, if a storage company doesn't have air conditioning, and runs hot and humid in the summer, the storage shed will be the same way.

Each storage unit has a basic level of security, normally it's a padlock or combination lock; usually you'll supply your own lock. On top of that, most storage companies keep a log of who enters and when they leave. Some companies require a personal code to be let in to the facility, and others just have a sign in/sign out sheet. Public self storage companies with containers located within a building typically only allow access during business hours, which decreases the risk for theft and other mischievous activity.

Now that you are more informed as to the different types of storage facilities and furthermore storage units, you are more inclined to make a better, educated decision as to which route you want to take and what type of storage experience you want to have. Now that you know the different names and techniques that storage companies use, you will be able to shop around more efficiently and find a company that will best serve your storage needs. 
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