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Moving Made Easy: Tips & Tricks for Moving Day

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By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Storage.com is your number one ally when moving to a new home. We’re here to provide you with useful moving tips and hacks, or additional storage whenever necessary.

Whether you’ve had months or weeks to plan, moving day can be stressful. Boxes can get misplaced, fragile items can break, and things can definitely go wrong—but even if they don’t, you’re likely to be tense with so many to-do’s and details to coordinate. Rather than sweat it out, here are some helpful hints you can follow on moving day to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

couple planning their move1. Before moving day arrives, make sure you have a playbook in mind. This may mean walking through your new house or apartment and mentally planning out what boxes and items need to go in each room. Also, for those who are renting, this is a good time to take photos of the new place before moving for proof of any pre-existing damage or issues to protect your security deposit.

moving boxes labeled with contents and room2. Have all of your clothes and loose items packed before professional movers or your friends and family show up. Not only is this the decent thing to do, packing ahead of time reduces any last-minute shuffles that result in lost or broken items. When packing your boxes, use different colored duct tape for each room of the house, and clearly mark what’s inside the box and what room it belongs in. For inventory purposes, you should number off your boxes as well to make sure you have all your things once you’re moved in. Pro tip: you can pack all your hanging clothes by easily fitting them in a garbage bag with the hangers poking out of the top.

essential items in a bag by the front door3. Have a separate survival box and bag set aside either in your car or near the door of your moving truck. The box should have items you’ll need or want right away, including cooking and eating utensils, toiletry items, pajamas, and a couple of outfits to get you through the unpacking process. Also, you’ll want to make sure you have your laptop or tablet and your phone charger packed in there so they’re easy to access. A couple of things many people don’t think about is placing trash bags and a box cutter in this pack to help clean up the unpacking process as you go.

healthy snacks for moving day4. Be considerate of those helping you. If you’ve hired movers, make sure you or a family member are overseeing the move in case any accidents or last-minute changes occur. If friends are helping you out, make sure you have drinks available and are aware of any specials going on at nearby pizza places—pizza is relatively cheap and feeds a lot of people. During the move, designate an area as a snack station with fuel-foods such as bottled water, trail mix, veggies, or even protein bars. Lastly, you can really go above and beyond in appreciation by giving them first dibs on anything you may be looking to sell or donate during the move.

portable speaker for music while moving5. Keep a boom box or portable speaker unpacked to provide music to motivate your moving day efforts. You can even make a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs to keep you “moving” through the day.

empty room cleared of furniture6. Set some milestones and reward yourself and your helpers when you reach each goal. For example, after each room is cleared out and clean, treat yourself to a snack, piece of candy, or a drink.

moving boxes and cat7. If you’re moving with kids and/or pets, it’s best to find a sitter for moving day. It’s not that you don’t love the little tikes, but they may get in the way or, worse, get hurt in the shuffle. For those little ones who love to help, pack a small shoebox with some of their toys to send along with them, letting them know it’s an important job to move their things into their new home later on.

couple relaxing after moving8. Once all your boxes, furniture, and other items are safely moved into your new home and all your help has left, close the door, sit on the floor, and take a deep breath. In the quiet, enjoy this moment. You did it. Welcome to your new home!​

Home Moving Moving Tips, Tricks, & Resources Moving? Self Storage Can Help

Moving? Self Storage Can Help

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By Patrick Galvan, Storage.com

Storage.com is your number one ally when moving to a new home. We’re here to provide you with useful moving tips and hacks, or additional storage whenever necessary.

Whether you’re moving across town or to another state, relocation can be a time-consuming and strenuous process. Did you know that self storage can help make the process of moving easier, even before the big day?

Here are some tips and tricks to make moving day a more comfortable experience.

Moving Trucks and Packing Supplies

Some storage facilities provide moving services to make relocation easier. Before you hire a moving company to transport all of your belongings to your new home, ask if your storage provider is able to give you use of a moving truck.

Some storage facilities offer a free truck rental with a unit rental. Others offer truck rentals at discounted rates for tenants. Thanks to these perks, renting a storage unit and moving at your own pace can be an affordable alternative to hiring a moving team to haul everything for you on moving day.

If you’re using a storage facility’s moving truck, ask if it comes supplied with moving blankets and straps to protect your furniture during transit. For heavier items, such as furniture and refrigerators, ask your storage operator if they have a dolly or cart to loan you.

mother and daughter packing to move

You can often find the packing supplies you need at your storage facility, too, including high-quality, sturdy boxes and cushioning materials to better protect your more delicate belongings. Ask your local self storage operator if they can help you out. Some facilities sell packing supplies to clients at a discounted price when you rent from their facility including:

  • Boxes
  • Tape
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Packing Paper

Organize Your Move

A storage unit can help you before, during, and even after your move. Use your storage unit to stockpile your belongings between homes, give yourself extra time and space for cleaning before moving day, and move your items into your new place at your own pace.

Once you have packed all of your belongings and are ready to move them into storage, keep them organized by room. Divide your boxes into groups according to what room they will eventually go in. Label and color-code each box, so all your kitchen supplies will be categorized in one group, and so on. Store your items in room groupings for a quick and organized move.

Also, rent a storage unit with drive-up access to make the process of unloading your truck or other vehicles faster and easier.

couple unloading boxes from a moving truck

Lighten the Load on Moving Day

Self storage can give you a jump on moving your belongings out so you have more time to clean your old place. This is especially helpful if you have to move out by a set day and time. Rent a storage unit a couple of weeks ahead of your move-out date and start to transfer your possessions to your storage unit on your own timeline.

As you transfer everything to your storage unit ahead of moving day, you will have the time and space to clean your former home and other last-minute details. In fact, this approach is very helpful if you plan to show your home or apartment to prospective buyers or renters before your move-out date. Moving non-essential items into storage will get you one step closer to both moving out and selling or renting your old place.

Self storage can be a great resource during the process of moving, including before the move, moving day, and even after the move, as you get settled in your new place. Find a storage facility near you and ask your storage operator what they can do to make relocation easier for you.

 

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  • IsabellaR

    Some storage units offer free moving service as a perk to their tenants. This can be helpful when moving in expensive city like New York and can save tons of money. So keep an eye out for the perks when looking for a storage facility in NYC

  • Laila Keirstead

    Storage makes every moving day a lot easier especially if you take all of the storage boxes and put them in storage. My friends use this method because they only have a mini van and it is really hard for them to move a lot of their stuff at once. They had their appliances put on the moving truck, their storage boxes in the storage unit along with some boxes that were full of clothes, and the items that couldn’t fit in boxes that were shaped weird or made it hard for boxes to be placed in the cars. It was a pretty easy move for them and luckily the storage facility was right down the road. http://www.HubschMoving.com

  • Thomas Mackay

    Very well written article. I totally agree that having a storage facility can definitely help while on the move. Shifting home is a stressful thing as, more often than not, we tend to lose important stuff along the way. My cousin recently moved into his new house. He followed a systematic pattern as he did not want to move all his stuff at once. Hence, he made use of the storage facility( http://www.migsonstorage.com/ )in Toronto and gradually moved everything in due course of time.

  • Stoyan Stoyanov

    A great tool to create home inventory and later use it for your move is the MoveAdvisor app. Generally, it is intuitive and easy to work with, with nice visualizations.

  • Susie

    These two cities have their advantages. Once I had the same choice but decided to opt Seattle, that team http://smile-moving.com/wa/tacoma helped me to move all my possessions fast and easy. This fact was the first improvement I`d made the right choice.

  • Gretchin Anderson

    Great article Gretchen!

  • wintrykiss

    im sorry i ever left to be honest

  • Jose Verschaffel

    And if you for the best place to live in the Bronx, come to Coop City !