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We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
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My man and I used City Express Movers almost exactly one year ago, moving from our two separate apartments in Queens to our new house in Brooklyn, NY. We still talk about how the move was, by far, the easiest part of our house buying adventure. Frankly, it was almost fun. NICE GUYS: It's been long enough (shame on me!) that I don't remember the names of our movers. But they started out with 5 young men for the load in, and reduced to 3 for the load out. (Just one of the smart and cost effective things they did during this move.) They showed up early, ate their breakfast in their truck (how's that for making sure you're on time!) and didn't start charging us until they started moving us. They all introduced themselves, and were just really nice guys. They even complimented us on our furniture, my man's art, and our new house. During the load-in at the house, they admitted to having broken something. From the look on the guy's face, I was worried. Turns out, it was a $2 citronella candle that I'd forgotten was still stored away inside my gas grill. They actually offered to credit us the value!! FORWARD THINKING: My apartment was up one skinny interior flight of stairs that contains a hairpin turn at the bottom. They were very smart about how to package and turn the furniture so it would fit around the bend. In one case, they realized a bookshelf I had (one I'd constructed inside the house) wouldn't fit around the turn. So they measured it, looked at the picture window in the front of my apartment, and asked if they could give it a try. It fit wonderfully, right out the window and into the truck! Now, that's some smart thinking. In the new house, we instructed them to move all of the boxes to the first floor only. We never had to repeat those instructions. In the two rooms that we filled with boxes, they stacked and sorted them in such a way that we could still walk through the rooms, and also get to every box. Nothing was buried. It was kind of amazing, because we had A LOT of boxes. One of them must have been a physics or geometry major! SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE: They treated even my crappiest furniture like it was priceless. Everything was wrapped in blankets and/or plastic. I had to stop them wrapping some things that just didn't warrant the extra attention. And they checked in with each other when carrying things, making sure that they had enough hands on the heaviest stuff. (I was actually pretty surprised at how strong these skinny kids were!) At the new house, they again planned around a skinny internal stairway with TWO sharp turns...and two 105-year-old stained glass windows. Watching them work so carefully and responsibly, I didn't even worry. BEST QUOTE OF THE MOVE: As they were carrying our unwieldy, plastic-wrapped, Queen sized Tempurpedic mattress up the stairs, one of them laughingly called out, "I can't hold it! It's conforming to my hands!" But even Swedish engineering couldn't phase these guys: they got the mattress upstairs just fine. :)
Binding Price Moving, I have to say that after reading the previous review I was a bit skeptical but I don't judge by just one review and so happy I did not. I have moved several times in the past with other companies and have had both good and bad moves but this one was by far the best! I had an in-home visual done by a Mr. Eric Wolf in New City, NY (an estimator for Binding Price Moving), he was very polite and very helpful in addressing all questions and my many concerns. An in-home visual is a great option their company has where their estimator comes to your house (for free) and gives you a guaranteed price for your move. After having on-sites done by several companies I decided to go with Binding Price because they were easy to work with in being able to do my move at a reasonable price that fit my budget. Move day was a bit hectic (should be expected) I decided to go with their full pack service so the sound of boxes taping seemed to never end :( . The team of movers that showed up were very polite, well dressed in uniform and extremely helpful regardless of what I asked them to do. The foreman on the job was excellent in coordinating his team and getting me packed up in the most efficient way. Once half the house was packed up he had half his team begin the loading while the other half continued packing the rest. The men went room by room packing and wrapping all of my furniture in their moving pads. Great job doing that btw, it felt like sitting in a house full of presents once its all done. We had a bit of a hiccup when one of the guys accidentally dropped one of my glass ornaments but the claims department took care of that issue in no more than 2 weeks after my move. I suggest buying the guys sandwiches and drinks like I did. Their like energizer bunny's on steroids and literally wont stop until you stop them! Customer service was good with coordinating my delivery date and Kevin was especially positive :D. I got delivered on time and offloading was a breeze in comparison to being picked up. Every single item was tagged with a lot number and inventoried on the pick up, so after checking off all the items on this list while offloading, gave me an extra piece of mind that all my belongings made it. These guy were amazing at setting up my new home, I already had an idea of what I wanted it to look like but these guys having the experience of being inside of so many homes were like my own personal interior decorators! They re-assembled all of my beds, cabinets and basically anything they took apart on the pick up. We were missing a few screws for the bed but the movers were resourceful in using some parts from their toolbox to complete the assembly (I strongly suggest securing all the hardware in one box). At the end of the job I gave each of the guys a well deserved tip and drinks to go. All in all I have to say that Binding Price Moving went above and far beyond all my expectations, definitely raising the standard for what a professional move should be like
My wife and I recently relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, from New York City. Like everyone else, we were faced with the problem of finding a mover. We interviewed many of them and were absolutely amazed at how dishonest movers can be. We were just about to go with a mover when we got a call from All City Van Lines. Jen asked us to allow her to speak with us before we made our final decision. Having nothing to lose, we met with them the following day. The owner of the company, Andre Quinones, came to our apartment, and we were immediately impressed with him. The first thing he did was to give us two booklets about moving that were prepared by the federal government. While one mover had mentioned these booklets, Andre was the only one who actually gave them to us. They were very enlightening, and you should not make a move without reading them. All of the other movers we had spoken with told us that there was a three-week window to deliver our stuff. This is an outright lie. The fact is that a mover faces penalties dictated by you if he agrees to a delivery date and is late. If there is no delivery date specified, then there is a three-week window. All of this information is in the booklets. By this point, we had decided that we wanted our stuff as quickly as possible and were willing to pay for a dedicated move in which the truck would only be used to pick up our stuff and deliver our stuff without any other pickups or deliveries in between. We also wanted Andre and his team to completely pack up all of our stuff. Andre told us that he could deliver our stuff to New Orleans within 24 hours after packing and that he would be on the truck himself to make the delivery! We paid less for a dedicated move complete with packing than we had been quoted by some of the other companies for a move with a three-week window without their packing our stuff. Andre was in communication the entire ride down to New Orleans. He arrived at the specified time and was an absolute pleasure to deal with. His team unloaded our stuff and not a single item was damaged. It was truly an amazing experience! We all had lunch after they finished unloading, and my wife and I enjoyed getting to know Andre better. He is such a nice man! We have invited Andre to contact us anytime he is in New Orleans again. We look forward to having dinner with him! We can't recommend him highly enough!
Self-storage facilities are areas where you can rent lockers, rooms, containers and, sometimes, outdoor spaces on a short-term and long-term basis.
The Self-Storage Association reported the U.S. is home to approximately 48,500 mini-storage facilities. When put together, this space is equal to 2.3 billion square feet. All told, you have plenty of options if you're looking for a storage facility.
When you want to store extra materials, you can typically find a self-storage facility and lease space on a month-to-month basis. Such areas are just the right size to store household items, office supplies and even furniture. Storage facilities are ideal if you have a lot of personal items you want to keep but don't have enough space in your house or apartment.
Items you store are not insured by the facility. Instead, you will need to talk with an insurance representative about covering your items if they are stored off-premise. A few facilities offer insurance, so you'll want to call and ask around to find which option best meets your needs.
Advantages of Self Storage
When you're looking for storage options, do not confuse self storage with full service. You will have limited access to your belongings if you choose the full-service option. Self storage gives you full control over what's in your unit and how you arrange everything, said SpareFoot Blog.
Another advantage of storing your personal items is the flexibility afforded to you. You don't have to wait for anyone to come to your unit and unlock it, nor do you have to receive permission to add items or take them away.
With self-storage facilities, you can put as many items in the unit as you want, provided everything fits and you keep the space organized. If you feel like taking an early morning or evening trip to your storage space, you can do so at your pleasure.
Reasons to Use Self Storage
Whether you're a single individual or have a growing family, self storage is a viable option to store your personal items in a safe, secure location without sacrificing space in your home. Specific reasons why you might also need to lease storage space include:
Even college students can take advantage of self storage, especially if they attend school out of state. Instead of lugging apartment furniture and winter clothes back and forth, they can store everything for the few months they're home and then retrieve them when school starts back up.
When searching for a self-storage facility, you'll first want to look for options close to where you live. The size of the space you plan to rent is also an important factor to consider, and will depend on what you plan to store.
Spaces range from the size of a small closet to a car garage, said Extra Space Storage. The following are common storage sizes, along with examples of what they can hold:
Creating a checklist before leasing storage space will help you make an informed decision about the unit size you need to rent. You don't want to pay for more than you need, while you also don't want too small of a space. You should also consider your future needs, because it is not out of the question you may decide to store more personal items.
Location Affects Price
The size of the storage space will have an effect on the amount you pay. Additionally, where the storage unit is located also has an influence. Expect to pay more in monthly fees if the storage space is in a city where real estate is more expensive. High costs might be unavoidable, but if you look around at various options, you'll eventually find the best price.
If you've found self-storage facilities that are nearby, you'll then want to compare prices from at least three options. After doing so, look up the facilities through the Better Business Bureau. Some areas to keep an eye out for include any complaints against the storage facility and whether insurance policies are offered.
For the average homeowner, self-storage facilities are the most popular option for storing personal items, but other types of storage facilities exist. Most people don't think about the type of storage available until they absolutely need it, and it's best to understand your options ahead of time.
Likewise, various names exist for self-storage facilities. In all, expect to come across five general types of storage facilities.
Typically found in large buildings that used to be factories, indoor units require you to go through security to enter. You can expect to find unit sizes ranging from 5 feet by 5 feet to 5 feet by 10 feet.
Outdoor units are not located in a warehouse but in an area where security is still required. Outdoor storage units are typically large, and should only be used for boats, cars, recreational vehicles and tractors. Since units are outside, they are subject to weather conditions, meaning it's not the best idea to store your valuables in them.
Climate-controlled storage units are located indoors and have temperature and humidity controls. If you have items that may become damaged by atmospheric conditions, controlling the temperature and humidity is essential.
You will end up paying more for a climate-controlled storage space. However, in the grand scheme of things, a slightly higher cost doesn't compare to the costs associated with losing or replacing valuable or rare items.
Consider climate-controlled self storage if you are housing some of the following items:
Outside of city areas, drive-up storage units are some of the most common options. Drive-up units are arranged in long lines and resemble garages, led to by roads so you can easily drive to your specific unit.
Realistically, mobile storage is only an option if you're moving or renovating your house. Mobile storage units are not part of an existing facility. Mobile units are typically stationed outside your home after they are delivered by the storage company.
Once you fill up the unit, the company will either hold it at their facility or transport it to your desired destination.
Mobile storage is a viable self-storage option if you plan to move across the country but are worried about space in a moving truck.
The price of using a self-storage facility will vary, with one of biggest factors being where you live. You may find it beneficial to rent storage in a nearby suburb if facilities are too expensive in your city. Also, some facilities offer introductory rates for the first month, and similar deals are worth exploring.
Keep in mind, however, costs will increase depending on the size of unit you're renting and whether or not it's climate controlled.
Seeking Lower Costs
To get the most bang for your buck and avoid breaking the bank, shop around for the best prices and only rent storage space you know you will need. The larger the item, the more space required.
Likewise, only opt for climate-controlled space if the personal items you are storing are susceptible to becoming damaged from humidity and temperature. There is no reason to get an air-conditioned unit if you're locking away old baseball equipment and tools.
When it comes to taking full advantage of your self-storage facility, you have to know what you can and cannot store. Some items are not suitable for storage.
Flammables like gasoline, propane tanks and kerosene, as well as certain types of paint are not allowed to be stored by any means, said Extra Space Storage. Other items, such as perishable food, are not allowed either because of the tendency to attract pests and rodents when the food starts to expire.
Knowing what you can store will help you better organize your storage space and clear out any clutter.
An art form exists when it comes to packing - you don't want to throw whatever you get your hands on in a box. To be more efficient, fill the boxes with similar items. For example, don't mix glassware with utensils. Always try to fill the box to capacity, and remember, anything left unpacked will become dusty. If you're storing fragile items, consider packing them in a separate box filled with foam peanuts for extra protection.
From there, you can create a label system to help locate specific boxes within the unit. Markers tend to wear out after time. Label makers are a smart, inexpensive option to help you identify a box's contents.
Some items require specific packing quirks. For instance, you should ensure books are packed flat to avoid damaging their spines. You also don't want to put too many books in a single box because it then becomes too heavy to carry.
Glassware and valuable china should all be individually wrapped and placed in reinforced or separate boxes. You can then use the label maker to ensure the word "fragile" is somewhere on the box.
Different pieces of furniture require certain methods of storage. Special bags will protect any couches and chairs you're storing. When you bring these items to the unit, be sure to stand them up to maximize space.
Bed frames should ideally be taken apart before being put into a storage unit, while mattresses can be wrapped in a protective seal and stood against a wall. If you're unable to take apart the bed frame, do not store any materials nearby that may taint the color of the bedding.
For smaller tables, try to take them apart. If that's not possible, place a moving blanket on the floor and then place the table on top with its legs facing upward, and then wrap them in a protective material. For chairs, place them upside down on a table also covered in protective material.
Dressers can be placed against the wall and also used as a space to store boxes. Additionally, the drawers can house small fragile items. Just be sure to use stretch wrap to prevent the drawers from opening.
Lamps should be disassembled, wrapped in protective material and placed in boxes specifically designed to store lamps. When it comes to televisions, protect them as much as possible. If you're storing a TV, you'll likely want to rent a climate-controlled storage unit because extreme temperatures may cause some issues with liquid crystal displays.
In general, furniture should be stored with care and covered in protective material whenever possible. Ensure your storage space can hold multiple large furniture sets as well.
Most storage facilities have security measures in place. They are generally accessible for a certain number of hours and have a manager on site, in addition to security cameras. They also require you to submit a special code to enter. You should also make sure the property is adequately lit for visits in the evening.
You will need to have your own lock for your storage unit. Keyless locks, padlocks and disc locks are all viable options, said Moove In Self Storage.
Self-storage units come in many sizes, types and costs. If you're looking to clear out space from your house, consider renting a storage unit to keep your personal items safe. You can store just about anything, from furniture to old vinyl collections and clothes. By choosing the right storage unit, you can store your items in a secure location while gaining back some much needed space in your house.