prepare your belongings for storage

Prepare Your Belongings For Storage

Storage is a great solution for a variety of needs

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Prepare Your Belongings For Storage

How to protect it

If your items are going into storage for any period of time, knowing how to protect them is an important part of the preparation process. Whether they’ll be in storage for a short period of time, or for a longer amount of time, you’ll be at ease knowing that while your belongings are in storage, they’ll be protected against potential damage, moisture, dust and dirt.

You will need to have all the right packing supplies and tools. Each item needs to be prepared separately, and might require different packing materials. One thing is common: make sure each item is clean and thoroughly dried prior to being packed and put in storage.

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Furniture – remember, each piece of furniture is different. For example, antiques will require a higher level of care. For long-term storage, covering furniture is recommended. Moving blankets, or specialized fabric covers can be used.

Mattresses – It is very important before packing a mattress into a specialized bag or box, that it is checked thoroughly for bug infestation.

Appliances –large appliances must be clean and dry before being stored. A fridge and freezer must be defrosted prior to being stored.

Clothing – Packing an insect repellent, such as mothballs with your clothing is recommended.

Books – Ensure books are dry and dusted before being packed.

Important Questions to Ask Your Estimator

Once you have made the decision to hire a moving company to transport your belongings, chances are that you will have a lot of questions. It’s always advised to receive at least three estimates from different moving companies. Asking the same important questions to each of the potential companies will help you to find the best movers for your relocation.

Do you provide in home estimates? Depending on what you’ll be moving, most reputable moving companies will provide an in home estimate, also referred to as an on-site.

What kinds of estimates do you provide? Depending if you have an in home estimate, or a phone estimate, the type of quote you receive will be different. There are three types of estimates

Non-Binding, Binding, Binding Not to Exceed. Make sure you know what estimate you are receiving.

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Do you provide insurance? Having insurance for your move depends on what is being moved. However, having insurance is highly recommended

How long does the move take? Delivery time frames between moving companies can differ. A standard long distance move takes between 1-2 weeks. Be cautious of any company that promises to deliver in an unrealistic time.

What is your payment method? Common methods of payment are credit cards and wire transfer. Some moving companies accept cash, however, be careful of movers that only accept cash payments.

When is the Best Time of Year to Move to College or University?

Deciding on the best time to move to college or university can alleviate unnecessary stress. Typically, it's advisable to plan the move during the summer months when academic institutions have breaks. This ensures a smoother transition and allows students to settle in before classes begin. By carefully considering the best time to move, students can make their college or university experience more enjoyable and successful.

Making the Move to College or University

Is moving to college or university your next step? If you have already been accepted and know where you’ll be living, you can determine what items to move, and how to transport them. If you have a small load with only a handful of items, you might consider packing up your car and driving all your belongings. Alternatively, you could hire a professional moving company to transport your items. Most moving companies have a minimum fee. If you will be moving less than the minimum, consider finding a moving company that specializes in moving small loads. There is also the option of renting a truck and doing a DIY move. fresh student in front on her car Before scheduling your move date, it’s recommended to visit the campus, familiarize yourself with the surroundings and find out where trucks and cars can be parked for unloading. If you’re moving into a dorm room on campus, visiting prior to moving day will give you an opportunity to see the size of residential lodgings, ensuring that you will only move what can fit.

Pack properly

During the packing process, remember to allow plenty of time to go through your belongings. If you’re moving out of your family home, you might experience some of the common emotions that occur when moving. If you feel that you need any help during this time, be sure to connect with friends, or others who might be going through the same experience.

- How can the internet help in planning a stress-free move?

Planning a stress-free move? Plan your move online! The internet offers a plethora of resources to streamline your relocation process. From researching moving companies to booking services, you can compare prices, read reviews, and even schedule appointments online. Additionally, you can find tips, checklists, and helpful articles to ensure a smooth transition to your new home. Embrace the convenience and efficiency of planning your move online.

What Questions Should I Ask My Landlord Before Signing a Lease?

Before signing a lease, it's crucial to ask your landlord several essential lease signing questions. Seek clarity on lease duration, terms for rent increase, penalties for breaking the lease, and maintenance responsibilities. Inquire about utility costs, pet policies, and rules regarding subletting or roommates. Understanding these details will ensure a smooth renting experience.

Plan right

Having a stressless move can be accomplished using some simple tips. Moving means change, and being relaxed and organized is key to a successful and stressless moving experience. Allow yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare for the lead up to moving day, and moving into your new home. Another great tool is to have a moving checklist, which provides a clear list of tasks to be completed. If your move will take place in a short period of time, having a checklist is sure to keep you on track. Decluttering is a great way to lighten your load and move only what is necessary. It can also lower the cost of your move as many moving companies charge for what is being moved. Start arranging your belongings as early as you can. If you will be getting rid of any items, decide whether they will be kept, discarded, or donated. As you sort through your stuff, you can begin packing things that are not used regularly. This will also speed up the packing process and continue to keep you organized.

Hire the pros

If you plan to hire a professional moving company to transport your belongings, it’s important to spend time doing some research and reading reviews. Once you have narrowed your search, start contacting and collecting estimates from at least three reputable moving companies. A very important thing to remember, if at any time you feel you need help, ask for it!

What Steps Can I Take to Ensure a Pest-Free Move?

Moving to a new home often brings excitement, but it's vital to ensure a pest-free transition. Prioritize pest control during moving by inspecting boxes, furniture, and appliances before packing. Seal any cracks and crevices in your new home, ensuring pests have no entry points. Consider hiring professional pest control services for preventative measures, safeguarding your move from unwanted visitors.

Getting ready for a move

It’s not uncommon for insects to inhabit our homes. When it’s time to pack for your move, you might start to notice pests or infestations in and around your home. In order to have a pest free move, it’s important to determine what insects they are and have them removed. The more common insects that tend to live in our homes are: cockroaches, gypsy moth, bedbugs and fleas. Bedbugs and fleas are the most problematic when it comes too moving. If they are not controlled before everything is packed and moved, it’s likely they will travel with you to your new home.

Preparing the boxes

Before you start wrapping and placing any of your items into boxes, inspect them thoroughly. If you see any sign of infestation make sure to eliminate the pests before packing your belongings. Items that tend to attract insects are: mattresses, linens, toys, clothing, some furniture items, and surprisingly, some insects infest electronics. It’s also a good idea to check the garage for any insect infestations, especially if this is an area that has been used as storage. Some insects also hide in houseplants. Even if you won’t be moving the plants with you, removing the pests will help to have a pest free move. One other area to pay attention to, is packing materials. If you’re thinking of using recycled boxes, check for insects. Bedbugs and other pests can be found living beneath the surface.
Shannon L.
Shannon L.
Jan 5, 2024

Movers who packed my things up in NY were great. I was also very impressed with how clear everything was, how fast the move coordinator Eric was with getting back to me. Read more testimonials

Danielle Francisco
Feb 11, 2024

Terrific experience with Andres and his team. They were quick, efficient and very knowledgeable. Read more testimonials

Ria B.
Ria B.
Jan 10, 2024

Everything went smoothly with CA-NY Express Movers. They packed up my apt in NYC in no time, put it into storage for me while we found our new house. Read more testimonials

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