- Don’t wait until the last minute to hire a moving company or rent a truck if you want to “do-it-yourself.” In most cases, the end of the month is the hardest time to make a reservation because other people have their apartment lease ending or they’re moving out of a similar rental situation.
- Book your move at least a MONTH ahead (if not more)! If you’re unsure of who to contact, feel free to call us at Climate Storage and we can recommend a mover that other customers have recommended to us. This assures you that someone else has had a good experience with the people we’re recommending to you. We’re NOT in the moving business, but we do see a lot of movers in our line of work and can offer you suggestions if you’ve never booked a moving company before.
- Pack several small boxes rather than just a few large ones.
- Glass or fragile items should be packed in foam peanuts, newspaper, or bubble wrap.
- Pack larger, heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top.
- Use pillows, washcloths, towels or even clothes to fill spaces when packing fragile items. You’ve already got them. Why pay for more packing supplies?
- Tape and LABEL!!! Over-tape to make sure boxes don’t come apart or drop your valuables during the move and clearly label boxes as to what’s inside. Don’t just put “Kitchen” on a box. It’s much better to be more specific like “glasses” or “china” so both you and your movers know what’s inside.
- If you use plastic totes, make sure you use the CLEAR ones…not the colored ones. When you need something and you remember it was in a tote, it’s much easier to find it if you can see what’s inside the tote rather than having to guess.
- DON’T STORE FOOD! You may see value in storing things like boxes of cereal or cans of vegetables, but these items are magnets for insects and rodents. Storing food is like putting a “Welcome” sign on your storage unit door inviting all the bugs and rats to come in and take up residence in your storage unit. This is also prohibited by most lease agreements, so you could be evicted if food is found stored in your unit.
- Wrap your mattresses! There’s no guarantee that the people using the rental moving truck before you weren’t slobs that had bedbugs or other vermin in their stuff. As soon as you take the sheets off, wrap your mattress in a plastic cover and duct tape it closed. At Climate Storage, we sell mattress and furniture covers in our office. Your mattress may have cost you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars. Is it worth the risk of bedbugs or stains for just a few dollars for a mattress cover?
- DON’T STRESS OUT! There’s an old saying about landing in a plane. Any landing you can walk away from is a good one. When you move, things WILL get broken and things WILL be forgotten. Waiting until the last minute is the worst thing you can do, but even when you make plans, some things may not go the way you want. Just remember, have a plan B, a plan C, and more to make sure you don’t end up in the funny farm or in the cardiac unit at your local hospital.
- If you’re not using a moving company to pack your items, you may have trouble finding boxes to put your flat screen television in or large framed artwork.
A simple solution is to make a “sandwich” around your item:
- Wrap your item in towels or blankets
- Place a large, unassembled box that is larger than your item on either side of it
- Use packing tape and wrap the “sandwich” on all sides to make sure it can’t come out