Moving can often be a stressful process. That is why it’s important to make the process as simple as possible and take away some of the anxiety that you face while trying to uproot you and your family and find somewhere else to live. Whether you’re moving across town for a new school or across the country for a new job, there are things you can do to make the move easier. Here are 5 moving and storage tips everyone needs to know to make moving easier.
1. Hiring a Moving Company
One of the first decisions that people face when preparing to move is whether you should hire a moving company or move yourself. It really becomes a decision of convenience over finances. In most cases, unless your job is paying for your move, it can cost less by doing it yourself. But if you don’t have the manpower or the desire to move yourself, hiring a moving company can make things much easier. If you decide to hire movers, it’s important that you research moving companies and find a company that is reliable and known for honoring their contract. Find out from friends and others how the company responds in replacing or paying for any items that are damaged during the move. For more information about hiring a moving company, research and consider all of your options beforehand.
2. Finding a Storage Unit
Chances are you need to move because you have to be out of your house on a certain date, but your new home isn’t quite ready yet. This means that you’re needing to put your belongings in storage for a short time. How do you know which is the best storage facility to use and what you need to look for? Before getting a storage container, look at size calculators to determine how big a storage unit you will need and what it will cost you. Determine how long you will need the unit in order to find out the total cost.
3. Storing Furnishings
If you’re needing to store your furniture for a time during your move, there are certain tips you should know in order to store the furnishings safely and securely. You can save space in a storage unit by standing couches up on end as well as turning dryers upside down and setting them on top of a washing machine. Use blankets or pads to protect the surface of the appliances and furnishings. You can also save space by putting towels and blankets inside the washer and dryer. “When disassembling bed frames and dressers, put any hardware in a plastic baggy and attach the baggy to the furniture piece,” said Tranzit Moving & Storage. Be careful not to use tape that will remove the furniture finish.
4. Use Appropriate Storage Boxes
Pack the boxes with the appropriate weight. If you’re packing books, use smaller book boxes. Use larger boxes for items like clothing, blankets and lighter weight items. Medium sized boxes should be used for small appliances like toasters, etc. You never want to pack a box so that it is too heavy to carry. This can create stress on you and can cause the box to break. There are special boxes that you can get for moving your wardrobe and other odd items. By packing small items in boxes, you reduce the number of trips you have to make when moving your items.
5. What Not To Store
If you’re needing to put items in storage for a short time or transport items, there are certain things that should not be packed or stored in storage facilities. Never put aerosol or flammable materials in storage where they can heat up and possibly explode. You do not want to store or transport anything can create a fire during transport. Things like propane tanks and other fuel containers should be emptied of their contents. Certain items like special family collections, photos, documents, paintings, expensive furnishings and instruments should be kept in climate control conditions if needed to be stored for a while. This will help protect them from damage.