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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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US Van Line is fantastic. We had a wonderful experience with them. No wonder they get 5 stars from every reviewer here . We would give them 10 stars if we could. I am very particular of what companies I hire when it comes to my personal belonging and life at that. I hear many stories and can relate to bad experiences I've come across in the past. In order to secure my decision I choose requested individual quotes from all 3 well rated companies i had selected. After reviewing and comparing estimates, US Van Line stood out and impressed me the most, their structure was well formatted and the way they presented me with recent references I could refer to created that comfort I needed. You should never be too comfortable without looking into company. I have many valuable and delicate things I had them handle and they were able to honor their agreement and ensure everything would be delivered the way it came. To sum up my wonderful experience I want to say with no doubt I would recommend and continue using this company. They are worth every dollar and can assure to do the best job whether it be a little close move to a large long distance move. They have the knowledge, experience, and crew it takes to take it on. I gave them five stars but I would without hesitation double that rating to ten stars if I had the ability to, they did everything right from the very moment they walked in.My biggest concern throughout the entire move was precisely how we would be able to get all of our belongings from one place to another without damage. And without a sign of distrust they were able to provide me reassurance that our stuff was in good hands and these movers truly knew what they were doing. Everything arrived in perfect condition. Thank you guys so very much for all the help you guys have provided to us and the assistance you gave to make our family's stress about a new city and a new place just a little easier!
GREAT SERVICE I usually don't write reviews for moving companies because they are usually the same , unfriendly, unprofessional. I move every year and each time the move ends, we get charged some unknown charge. US Van Line is different. I am writing this review for Mike’s team and Nicole my coordinator. Exemplary. From the get-go, the coordinator called and followed up with me making sure I understood what to expect and working with me to ensure my moving experience was stress-free. She helped me make an informed decisions, meaning, I was given several options so I can decide what was best for me. She always called me back promptly whenever I needed to talk to her. She was exceptionally detailed and was HONEST. They WON'T MISLEAD YOU WITH ANY HIDDEN COSTS. And they tell you what you "may be' charged so you know what you are getting yourself into. Thanks for your honesty Nicole !!!!!Mike’s team was superb. They were exceptionally polite, and PROFESSIONAL. They called me before they arrived, walked through my order, helped me understand what to expect, then proceeded to wrap my paintings and lamps with such speed and care, it was fascinating to watch such skills. After the move was completed and we walked through the pick-up list, Mike asked me if I needed anything else and walked through the paperwork. His office called me to double check on my experience with the team too! Mike's team left my home clean, and with a handshake. Usually I am panicking up after the movers and running after them to tell them to be careful, but not this time. Thanks Mike for all your advice and assistance in this really great experience. You and your team have reduced my stress in this move tremendously. I will call you in a year!
Hello Nicole, I am sending this letter to you and your staff on behalf of me and my family. If you remember, I was nervous about making my move to D.C.. You assure me that your company would take care of everything. You proved to be a woman of your word. Every aspect of the move was handled professionally and courteously. I appreciate your patience and understanding of my time line of relocating for my new job. It was extremely time consuming negotiating the time line for my new position. I am not sure how your company allow me to move 4 days earlier but you made it happen and with that said I am not sure how we would of done it. My Son got to enroll for summer classes with Georgetown University while I got an extra 2 weeks to get my new home in order before starting my new position with the Children's National Health System. Truly a blessing for me and my family to have these opportunities and with the help of you and your staff you have all made this happen as a team. I can't say enough for the professionalism and I must emphasize what a great team of guys you had move us, they were hard working, efficient, careful, and barely stopped for a minute. Thanks to your expert packing and help with moving all the heavy items and the hard work it took to pack my 4200 SQ FT house. Your business office made the financial end a breeze and the price of the entire packing, and moving was very reasonable. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to others. You are THE BEST MOVING COMPANY !Warn Regards, Lucinda Cormier
My family used king david movers for our move to Ft Lauderdale. The sales rep (John) asked me to give them a review and grade so here it is. First he answered all my questions when we did the phone inventory. The other companies I was talking to didnt ask about stairs or other potential upcharges. I like that they gave us an estimate based on cubic feet instead of weight (nobody came to our house with a scale to weigh our furniture so how would they have a clue as to the weight of our load??) I wasnt excited about paying a deposit, but it was a lot less than most of the companies were asking and John said it was refundable for any reason (and he put that on the contract). The day of the move was ok, but a little stressful. The driver called to say they were running late but they got there about an hour later. The 3 guys that came out were what I expected from any moving company...gruffy but polite and they got the job done in a decent amount of time. The move itself took a little longer than expected (about 15 days) but at least john did his best to keep us updated as well as their customer service people. The delivery crew was different that the ones that picked us up but they were ok as well. They put our stuff in the rooms that they were supposed to and even put our beds back together. There were a few things that got scratched or scuffed but nothing major. Overall it was not a bad experience
What a great crew. Three men came to pack us up in Galveston Texas. The crew were hard working and conscientious. They were careful to show me everything they found dinged, broken, or bent on every piece of furniture before wrapping. They wrapped the HECK out of every piece, nice or not. They made a crate for our two large screen televisions on site. They wrapped stacks of boxes to keep them secure. They brought lots and lots of packing material (included in the cost) and used it all. We had NOT ONE BIT of furniture damage. They had the truck loaded completely in 4 hours, ready to drive to the scales.Lisa , at the office, was always in constant contact, checking in with me on how things were going, eta, etc. Easy to reach and helpful. Cost was a bit high, but that was due to the fact we have more stuff than we thought! (Including a piano, and an addition sectional sofa that we just purchased which they moved so very well.)The delivery was exceptional -This time, only two guys were there—Mark again-- and they were amazing. Moved everything in, assembled all furniture, stacked all the boxes exactly where I asked, and were so careful. They wrapped all of the wooden railings and newels and other woodwork in the house for protection. They packed and cleaned out all of their trash.Hardest working guys I've ever met. HIRE this company.
This company is great! The moving team was awesome! Young, hardworking, professional and efficient! From the very beginning, I was not sure which company to hire. I wondered what the best choice for me would be since there were so many companies, but somehow going through all comments and reviews I decided to hire King David Movers and when I phoned the company, a very professional salesman answered all my questions. I was even too curious about every single thing regarding service and conditions, but he was more than patient with me! The movers came a bit earlier and helped me pack the rest of my things. They were really energetic, enthusiastic and fast. I have never seen such a positive attitude towards work and a customer! They did a perfect job and I did not paid much at all! Actually, I paid much less than I expected and it made me extremely happy. I was thrilled with their service. Thank you so much King David Movers for the great job you did!
I have a hard time trusting people, especially with things that matter to me. So when I had to move, I was dreading the idea of having to hire a moving company. I have heard terrible things about them from my friends. But it was impossible for me and my family to make the move on our own. I asked around and many people suggested that I hire Global Movers. When I talked to them, I felt a little at ease. The man on the phone, Ted, was very friendly and assured me that they would take good care of my things. He did sound quite sincere and so I hired them on a very reasonable quote. Their men turned out to be just amazing. They worked tirelessly in my old house packing everything very carefully. They carried everything out with great caution. My trust started building when I saw them at work. They seemed very sincere and honest. When everything arrived at my new house, they were all there and nothing was damaged. I really couldn’t be happier.
We worked with global movers last month and had a really great experience with them. I had a short period of time so I wasn’t getting a good company to move me. A friend of mine recommended global movers and thank god I listened to her. They came out to my house the next day and explained how the process will go. Four guys came early in the morning and started packing all my things. They brought all the necessary equipment and which was a big help for me. They loaded everything so smoothly. They place pillows in between mirror so that the big mirror won’t get damaged. They did it all nicely. On the other side, they unloaded everything and placed all the furniture in the rooms I wanted it to be. I thought they would have trouble carrying the furniture but damn they are like superheroes. I’m really happy with their service and hopefully will use them again when I need to move. So thanks again guys for making my move a pleasant one.
Let’s be honest: a single girl aged only 24 is totally gullible in the hands of the moving companies. Luckily, I put my trust in a company who does the job brilliantly without trying to rip you off. My friend had hired All united moving & storage months before my move and he suggested that I talk to them. They gave me a very reasonable quote to relocate my stuffs from KS to TX. I was well aware that the initial quote was only estimation. Anyways, their movers all arrived in time equipped with so much packing materials. I had some left over boxes and tapes. I asked if they could use those and they were happy to comply. I didn’t want my relocation ending up costing me a fortune. My belongings arrived in my new apartment in Austin, TX and the movers helped me unpack. They even offered to assemble my bed for me. Then the foreman handed me the final bill. The amount was 3 dollars over the original estimate. I was just blown away.
After working in the city for 23 years, my wife and I were retired and decided to move to where we grew up. Of course we were downsizing from a 5-bedroom house to a 2-bedroom apartment. So, a lot of our furniture and other stuffs just had to go. My daughter lives in Colorado and my youngest son lives in Utah; they were both very keen on giving our old furniture a new lease on life. When we hired Global movers, we mentioned that they would have to deliver some of our things to our children before making the final delivery. They were very helpful. The crew efficiently packed all our stuffs. While loading them onto the vans, they put our things in the back while putting the stuffs that would go to the other stops in the front. This ensured no shuffling of things at the multiple stops. All the stops received their goods on scheduled dates and everything was in tip-top condition. The final bill was very attractive as well.
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.