It’s 7am. You’re surrounded by a sea of over-stuffed boxes, the fridge is brimming with soon-to-expire perishables and the dog is causing havoc in the laundry room.
There’s no way around it, moving home causes stress and strain for every family. If moving day is on the horizon, getting a head start on your preparations will help set you up for a smooth and successful moving experience.
1. Assess your current situation
Have you been in your home for many decades? Is the attic overflowing with mementoes and the garage packed with skis, bikes and forgotten gym equipment? Consider the size and scale of your home well ahead of moving day, assessing how many rooms and belongings you’ll need to pack away beforehand.
2. Set a realistic moving house budget
Although one of the most overlooked steps when preparing for moving day, setting a clear budget will help you keep tabs of the big and small expenditures that will arise when preparing to move home.
Sit down and create a spreadsheet that accounts for expenses such as an experienced removalist, packaging supplies (boxes, bubblewrap, tape etc.), moving insurance, and extra rental equipment (such as trollies and loading ramps).
3. Request time off for moving day
Once you’ve locked in a moving date with the removalists, make sure to request leave with your employer to ensure you’ll have full availability for the big day (as well as a few extra days off to unpack and settle into your new home).
4. Create an achievable checklist
With so many things to keep track of, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed in the lead-up to moving day. Write out a list of every task you’ll need to complete with clear deadlines to understand what your top priorities are each week, allowing extra time in case of unexpected delays.
5. Declutter every room
In the words of Marie Kondo, ‘does the item spark joy?’ Simplify the moving process by decluttering every room of your home, selling or donating unwanted items to friends, or putting things in to a safe, secure, storage facility. A good home packing company can also help you declutter as they are packing up and sorting your goods into boxes.
6. Source suitable packing boxes
Consider the shape and weight of each item you’re packing and select a sturdy, well-sized box to pack your belongings. Avoid overstuffing boxes as this can cause breakages and accidents during moving day.
7. Keep things systematic
Think ahead and ensure you pack similar items into the same box, organising items by room to make the unpacking process seamless and straightforward.
8. Label your packing boxes
Once you’ve sealed each box, chances are you’ll have a hard time deciphering the contents! Save time by clearly labeling each box as you go, allowing you to easily place boxes into their appropriate room upon arrival in your new home.
9. Arrange day care for the children
Keep the little ones entertained and away from the chaos of moving day by arranging day care or play dates well in advance. If you have furry friends in your family, ask friends or family to take them off your hands for the day to streamline the moving experience.
10. Hire a professional removals company
Investing in a trained and professional removalist will ensure your belongings arrive safely in your new home, saving you time, stress and money. A removalist will take extra measures to ensure your items are packed and transported safely as they’re trained to pack, transport and deliver your items efficiently to make moving day a breeze.
There are nearly 300,000 items in the average American home, making space a little difficult to come by. Luckily there are 2.3 billion square feet of storage solutions available in the United States.
But no matter if you’re working with a personal storage unit in which you pack your belongings yourself or a full-service storage (or on-demand storage) unit that does the packing for you, you need to prepare for the elements. Right now, for instance, you need to prepare for summer weather.
And here are some tips to keep yourself and your items in the best summer storage conditions:
Protect Your Items From the Heat
You need to make sure that the items you’re packing away can’t be damaged by the heat. In a lot of climates, heat is accompanied by humidity, and that can be the most damaging. This is why it can be a good idea to get a climate controlled storage unit in order to protect them better.
But, if you don’t have a climate controlled option, you should make sure you keep easily damaged items like art and vinyl records out of the storage unit to protect them.
Protect Yourself From the Heat
This is more relevant if you’re moving your items yourself to a personal storage unit with drive-up access. If it’s 100 degrees out and humid, and you’re moving furniture or other heavy things, consider changing the day that you bring your items in. You may want to move your items as early or as late in the day as you can, to avoid the heat from the mid-day sun. You should also bring a lot of water to stay hydrated, and avoid doing physical labor during a heat wave.
Plan For a Vacation
If you have a history of being active during the summer months, don’t let bills add up and risk losing your unit. You should pay your bills ahead of time, at least for a few months, or set up automatic payments online. This will help you avoid stress when you’re on your vacations and will keep your items secure.
Summer storage shouldn’t be a miserable experience because of the heat or a financial burden on vacations. Keep these things in mind so you can relax and enjoy your summer while your belongings are safe and secure in storage.
If you’re looking to get a storage unit for your belongings, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans that have more items than they have space for. There are, on average, 300,000 items in an American home. With all those items, it can be hard to find a place for them all.
Which is why many look to a variety of storage solutions to store, protect, and hold on to items that may be of value, either monetary or sentimental. But no matter if you’re getting personal storage, company storage, on-demand storage (also known as full-service storage), you should make sure to ask the right questions to the property owner.
You want to be informed as to what kind of service you can be expecting, what kind of people will be in charge of watching your possessions, and other factors.
To help you get an idea of what kind of questions to ask the property owner, here is a list of a few that we can think of:
- Ask If You Can See Your Unit
Either the unit you’re getting at the facility, or at least a unit on the same floor or in the same area. Some facilities will show you a clean, 3rd-floor unit, but actually rent you a dirty, bug-infested basement one. These are generally not locations you want to be renting space from.
Be assertive if you have to, you deserve to know what you’re paying for.
- Are There Discounts or Specials?
Some storage companies will offer you the first month free or for cheap, which makes the transition can make the transition from an old facility or unit to a new one easier. And less harsh on your wallet. Even if the company doesn’t offer these services, asking never hurts.
- What Happens On Late Payments?
Storage units aren’t treated like apartments, at least not in many locations. Generally speaking, if you haven’t paid by the first day of the month? You’re late. The grace periods will vary by company, or by state, and some cases mean that being late by even a few days means your contents can be auctioned off.
Make sure you know what the units and companies policies are about late fees before you get stuck attempting a money transfer at the last minute. You don’t want to deal with the worrying that comes with that situation.
In general, you won’t have these situations too often, especially the last one. And with services like Full-Service Storage, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get access to see the unit. But, it doesn’t hurt to try asking ahead of time.
What are you doing!?
But seriously, congrats! Sounds like you have an awesome relationship with your significant other and are ready to take the bold next step of sharing the same house or apartment.
I’m sure you’ve already thought through everything, but just in case you haven’t we made this handy checklist for you.
Um, make sure you’re making the right choice (obviously)
Too often people move in together for financial reasons before they actually know that they can live together. While the amount you save in rent may be great, make sure it’s worth it!
If you haven’t already, go on a long trip with your significant other to test your ability to be around each other for an extended period of time. Or, have your boyfriend or girlfriend sleep over at your place for a week to make sure your living habits are compatible (it’s been how long since you did laundry?).
Does your significant other have any pets coming with them? Pets need a lot of attention so be sure you’re prepared to spread the love.
What is Actually Going to Fit in Your New Place?
People always underestimate just how much “stuff” they have. Multiply that by two and yea… you see the issue. Trying to get all of that into a shared house or apartment is going to be a nightmare.
Decide what you really need to keep and donate those clothes that you’re never going to wear.
How many TVs do you need? If you have four, that’s probably too many. Sell some of them on Ebay or Craigslist and put some extra cash in your pocket.
Still have too much? Call MyPorter and they’ll bring you boxes so store all of those miscellaneous items you don’t really need, but can’t let go of. They’ll only be a click away with your online photo inventory.
Whose Furniture Stays, Whose Furniture Goes?
Honestly guys you should already know the answer to this one. I know, I know that sofa you’ve had since college is basically a member of the family and your Crimson Tide rug really “ties the room together,” but it’s time to move on.
The good news is that you can have MyPorter store those precious heirlooms in our climate-controlled storage facility so that you can have them delivered back on demand just in time for a weekend during football season when your girlfriend is out of town (we’ll even pick it back up before she gets back… like it never happened).
MyPorter was founded in Atlanta, GA to simplify the self-storage industry. Not self-storage, on-demand storage. We cut out the truck rentals, movers, and self-storage facilities that consumers have to juggle and instead combine all of those services into a single seamless storage experience. Our storage facilities are climate-controlled and monitored 24/7 so you can rest easy knowing your stored items are always secure. The best part is knowing that your items are only a click away through our online photo inventory. Whether it’s a single item or your entire storage unit, we’ll get it back to you within 24 hours (even on Saturdays and Sundays). No storage job is too big or too small for the MyPorter team!
Give the MyPorter storage experience a try today. Call us at 844.976.7837 to learn more.
The MyPorter team is excited to announce that Robert Crump has joined MyPorter as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to MyPorter, Robert worked for Investcorp International’s private equity group, specializing in the B2C essential services sector. During his tenure, he focused on helping companies implement growth strategies, drive operational process improvements, and optimize their financial structuring
Robert is a Mississippi Delta native and an alumnus of Vanderbilt University. When not working on MyPorter, he likes to spend time traveling, mountain biking, shooting sporting clays, and riding motorcycles. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MyPorter was founded in Atlanta, GA to simplify the self-storage industry. Not self-storage, on-demand storage. We cut out the truck rentals, movers, and self-storage facilities that consumers have to juggle and instead combine all of those services into a single seamless storage experience. Our Atlanta storage facilities are climate-controlled and monitored 24/7 so you can rest easy knowing your stored items are always secure. The best part is knowing that your items are only a click away through our online photo inventory. Whether it’s a single item or your entire storage unit, we’ll get it back to you within 24 hours (even on Saturdays and Sundays). No Atlanta storage job is too big or too small for the MyPorter team!
Atlanta, give the MyPorter storage experience a try today. Call us at 844.976.7837 to learn more.