For anyone who has ever had to move—whether out of state or simply out of your mother’s basement—you know that it can be a major hassle. Between packing up your entire Star Wars action figure collection, disassembling your FJELLSE bed frame from IKEA, and hiring a moving team, not to mention purchasing enough empty cardboard boxes, masking tape, and Styrofoam peanuts, there’s a lot to do.
But what if you have to do all this on a zero budget? (more…)
How much to tip movers is always a sensitive subject: too little and you risk them “accidentally” dropping the porcelain doll collection that you inherited from your Aunt Midge, too much and you risk them not smashing that creepy porcelain doll collection. (more…)
There’s nothing quite as exciting as moving in to a new home. Whether it’s because you got a job in another town, are moving in with the man or woman of your dreams, or “accidentally” burned down your previous house, the idea of a fresh start is full of promise. (Even more so if you were also assigned a new name and passport.) (more…)
Once upon a time you were happy, in love, and co-occupant of a luxurious 2-bedroom home. But with divorce rates at 50% (60% if it’s your second marriage and 110% if you’re silly enough to try again after that), there’s a good chance that you may find yourself with an ex-spouse, an ex-house, and an ex-bank account. (more…)
How often have you been standing in front of the open refrigerator at three in the morning looking for a snack and thought: “Boy, I wish this fridge was in my bedroom?” Never? Oh, uh, me neither. Haha, what a silly thought! But if you were to move the fridge from the kitchen to another location—bedroom, front yard, storage facility—you should know that it’s just as difficult as it looks. You can mash your toes, throw your back out, smash the shelves, damage the cooling tubes, and drop it down the stairs. So I hear.
Here are a few handy tips for moving a fridge without crushing yourself. (more…)
Moving company or moving brokers? Most people don’t understand the difference or know that there is a difference. All that you are looking for is someone whom you can trust to help you move your belongs safely from one location to the next for a reasonable price.
With the online business community now being flooded with new moving brokers, it behooves the public to understand what a broker does and how it differs from the traditional moving company. (more…)
Unless you belong to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, are a skilled amateur handyman, or have watched at least three episodes of Home Improvement, you probably shouldn’t be building your own shelves. But if you are determined to construct a bookcase for your entire collection of Nancy Drew novels (175 books in all) or a floating wall shelf to display your myriad of framed selfies, then you’re going to need a handy guide to help you avoid nailing your hand to the wall. Let me know if you find one. In the meantime, read on to discover some cool ideas for DIY shelving for the manually-challenged. (more…)
Drink an entire bottle of Peach Schnapps. Go sailing in rough waters. Develop hypochromic anemia (or chlorosis if you live in the 19th century). Wear tarnishing silver jewelry. These are all excellent ways to go green, but that’s not what we’re talking about. This article is about making your storage unit more eco-friendly to do your part in saving the planet. Kind of like a superhero. (more…)
We’ve done some research to help you decide which type of storage best suits your needs.
Self Storage Facilities
When renting a storage unit from a self storage facility you will want to visit the storage facility to check out the facility itself, the sizes and prices of each unit. You will pay a monthly fee to rent the amount of space you deem is needed to properly fit all of your belongings you are placing into self storage. Typically the longer rental agreement you sign the cheaper the monthly rent, so keep in mind that self storage facilities are great for long-term storage. You will be responsible for moving your belongings from your home to the storage unit, to save on money most people find it easier to move their belongings by themselves or with help from family or friends. If you plan on moving a large amount into the storage facility you may want to consider renting a moving truck, so the move can be done in a few short hours with only one trip having to be made.
Self storage facilities are equipped with various amenities to keep your belongings safe, such as a secure perimeter, video camera, security guards, lighting and climate controlled units. You can readily access your storage unit during business hours of the facility.
The mobile storage container is delivered to your driveway where you can then begin to fill it up at your own pace. If you have larger items plan on recruiting a few family members or friends to help you move items from the house into the container. Once the container is filled you call the company and they return to pick up the container and transport it back to their warehouse. Your container is then placed into a climate controlled warehouse where it is stored for safe keeping. Contracts usually run on a monthly basis so you can store your belongings for a short term without signing a long contract.
If you want to access your storage container you will have to call to company and request for them to send the container back to your house, where you will have no control over the arrival time. Some neighborhoods do not allow mobile storage containers to be placed outside of houses or if they do they have restrictions or require permits.
Each one of these options has pros and cons so we think it’s best for you to decide which one works for you.
1. When to Move
Picking your moving date may come down to convenience but if you have some wiggle room try picking a date that’s during the off season. Moving company’s peak seasons occur at the end and beginning of the month during the summertime. Since supplies are higher in demand during the peak season expect to pay more for moving supplies, trucks, vans and movers.
Remember that most offices of business are closed on Sunday, such as banks and utility companies, so if you run into a problem you’ll have to wait until Monday morning to address problems that may have occurred over your weekend move.
2. What to Take
We’ve been discussing this topic lately, and the conclusion we’ve come to is that the best place to start is by sorting through all of your items deciding what to keep, what to place in self storage and what to give away.
Check out this Post: Deciding What To Get Rid Of
If you’re taking the route of hiring a professional moving company to help you move don’t forget to tip the movers. The general rule of thumb is to tip between 15%-20% of the total cost of the move. Most moving companies will allow you to add the tip onto your already existing bill with them or you can opt to pay the movers in cash.
If you’ve employed family and friends to help you move, provide lunch for everyone to thank them for helping you out. Keep snacks and water around, allowing for frequent breaks to allow everyone to rest and stay hydrated.
Packing is an extremely important process when moving to a new home. While sorting through your belongings organize the items you are planning to take with you. Sticking like items together such as towels and bedding or organize each box according to the room that the belongings go into. Pack and label each box so when it comes time to move the boxes you or the moving company will be able to identify if the box contains fragile items or which room it should be placed in.
5. Important Changes
If you’re moving to a new home don’t forget to contact your old and new utility providers to set up when utilities need to be turned off and on for each house, and transferring the names on the accounts. Also you will need to fill out the official change of address with the United States Post Office, so you will receive all of your mail at your new address.
Here are a few items that you will need to change over before you make the big move.
When making a big move there are a few important documents that you will need to keep handy. Keeping these important papers in a file that you can locate easily will come in handy.
• Driver’s License/ Insurance
• Birth Certificates
• Mover’s Written Estimates
• Recent Bills
• Bank Records
• Phone Contacts
• Realtor Information
If you are moving with children and they will be changing schools here are a few more documents you’ll want to be able to provide to the new school in order to complete enrollment.
• A Birth Certificate
• A copy of your child’s History of Immunization
• A copy of your child’s physical which should be performed by a doctor