Sometimes it can be difficult to decide how to store certain items securely. Every item deserves to be packed carefully for your move to avoid damage. If you have books or collectibles and are wondering how best to keep them safe, read the following for some tips.
Always use quality boxes. Old, used boxes can have damage or become weakened in the move, increasing the possibility of your items sustaining injury. Your moving company may provide some boxes or you may be able to purchase some heavy-duty choices locally.
Line your moving boxes with bubble wrap or packing paper. To prevent your items from moving around or getting jostled, place them inside then fill any void spaces with packing paper or newspaper. Place another layer of padding on top before closing the boxes and taping them securely shut.
Books should not just be laid flat in the box. Place them inside with the spine facing down to avoid damage. You can also alternate bound edges for good measure.
Do not overfill your boxes. The heavier the box, the more likely it is to be dropped. Packing lighter boxes will also help you prevent back injuries in the folks helping you move the boxes. To prevent injury to the books and your movers, pack lightly.
For collectibles, wrap each one in bubble wrap, newspaper, or packing paper. Lay any decorative plates or dishware on their sides instead of flat in the box. Make sure to fill any empty space with packing paper, to avoid overfilling, and to securely tape the box shut.
Following these tips will help you to keep your treasured items safe and avoid damage to you and injury to your movers. For any additional questions about moving or packing, contact your local movers.
As a business, you probably have quite a few storage needs. Whether that stems from inventory or an excess of clutter, a commercial storage unit can be the solution to your problems. Here are some of the top benefits of using a commercial storage unit.
Having a local storage unit near your workplace gives you and your employees quick and easy access to the unit’s contents. You can stop by the storage unit any time of day for whatever you may need. If you have large items, the storage facility’s handy door-to-door delivery allows them to retrieve your items and deliver them directly to your place of business.
A secondary location to house your belongings can be a big benefit for businesses that have items they use only on occasion or as needed. If you work from home or have a small storefront with limited space, you can quickly run into storage needs. Commercial storage allows you to keep items in storage when you do not need them close at hand.
Workspaces with limited storage also run the risk of having excess content strewn around. This can make your customers or clients view you as untidy and disorganized. This becomes an even bigger issue if you deal with files of confidential information. Keep this stored away to earn your clients’ trust and aid their sense of security.
Commercial storage facilities are monitored around the clock with top-notch security. Businesses that sell products are more than likely concerned with the risk of theft. Storing your items in a commercial unit can give you peace of mind knowing that access is restricted and the facility is an investment in safety.
Storage for Inventory
Some businesses have warehouses of material. If you are a smaller business and need secure space to store your inventory, commercial storage units are the answer. They will give your employees the ability to access inventory as needed while keeping the rest safe.
In an effort to save money, many people will try to move without professional help. To successfully complete a DIY move, you need to take measures to protect your belongings, your safety, and your timeline. Here are a few ways to combat the most common DIY errors.
Planning is Key
The first mistake people make is being too optimistic and creating an unrealistic timeline. The experts suggest planning two months in advance if you have the notice. In that time, you will be able to properly declutter and donate your items, paring down your belongings so you can be more organized and avoid hauling items only to get rid of them later. You will also want plenty of time to rent storage space, hire movers for heavy or hard-to-move items, and properly clean your home after everything is moved out.
Packing unnecessary items is another common folly. Take the time to sort your belongings, choosing whether to keep, sell, or donate them. You can host a garage sale or sell more expensive furniture and antiques through a consignment shop. Anything you do not have the space for in your new location can be placed into storage but taking the time to decide whether you need the items before you move will save time and energy on the back end.
Properly pack your belongings with new packing boxes and shipping materials. Professional movers have the equipment and knowledge to properly contain difficult items, such as your kitchenware. Take the time to separate plates with filler paper to protect them and prevent breakage. For the heavy and expensive items, you may want to hire expert movers. If you attempt to move heavy items yourself, remember to lift with your legs to avoid strain on your back. Enlisting the help of your friends and family may sound like a good idea, but make sure everyone is briefed on items that need extra care and that everyone knows to lift properly to avoid injury.
You do not want to unload your boxes only to discover you cannot find anything. Label every box with what room you want it placed in the new space. Doing so will save you time and frustration later. Even better, you can label the boxes you will need in the first few days with “open first.” These will be things like bathroom essentials, bedding, and table settings.
For a safe and efficient moving experience, declutter and donate unwanted items, use the proper packing equipment, label boxes for ease in sorting, and give yourself enough time to plan the logistics. For help with the heavy and hard-to-move items, consider hiring professional movers.
Planning a moving sale can be a great way to go through your items and sort out things you no longer need. For a successful sale, consider the following.
Where to Start
First, you need to pick a date for the sale to take place. Garage sales do better over the weekend, so it is best to choose a Friday and Saturday. Consider coordinating with your neighbors or asking family and friends if they would like to sell anything at your sale. The larger the sale, the more likely it will attract customers. Settle on a date that works for everyone that plans to host on that day and schedule it to run from morning through the afternoon: around 9 or 10 to 4.
Next, you will need to advertise your sale. It is common practice to place yard signs around your community announcing the sale, address, date, and time. For extra traction, post about your moving sale on social media and ask your friends and family to share it to boost engagement. The more people that know about your sale, the better. There are even garage sale finder apps that direct people to sales around their neighborhood, so consider adding a pin for your location to boost traffic. Local newspapers often report garage sales as well, so you can reach out to your local paper to alert them to your upcoming sale.
Once you have settled on a date and begun to advertise, gather the items that you wish to sell. Sort the items into categories such as clothes, kitchenware, tools, jewelry, etc. This will make it easier to space out your setup and make it easier for your customers to navigate. To differentiate between your items and any that friends or family are selling, use distinct color stickers to display the prices of each item.
Garage sale-goers expect a deal, so price your items accordingly. It can be a good idea to stop by a few garage sales in the weeks before your sale to get a more accurate gauge for prices in your area. Generally, expect a ballpark price of $2 for clothes, $1 for books, and fair prices for electronics and more. Be prepared for haggling over more expensive items, and if you cannot budge on a price, make that clear by noting “firm” on the sticker after the listed price.
Prepare for the weather on the days of the sale. Have tarps ready to cover your items if rain is in the forecast and have beverages for sale on hot, sunny days. If possible, have two people running the sale so you can each take a break for lunch. Bring a pleasant attitude and you will have a successful sale.
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On moving day everyone expects trouble. No moving day ever goes as smoothly as it is expected to; at least one thing is bound to go wrong. Moving house is usually a messy affair; there are so many things to do and so little time to do them, that errors are bound to happen. But like all unpredictable processes, the best way to handle moving houses is to have a system.
Imposing a system on your house move will make it less dangerous; moving houses is dangerous – piles of clutter lying around provide enough opportunities for injuries to happen. A system for moving houses will also ensure that less time is wasted and fewer items are lost. And best of all, as Advantage Realty Services points out, it will make the process of unpacking in the new location less time-consuming.
Most people dread the packing that precedes a house move. And that is why they defer it until the very last week. But this just makes it more difficult. The reason most people hate packing is because they do not know where to start. The tips below will give you a systematic approach for packing your home. This process will almost make moving fun.
The main reason packing is such a pain is because we think of it in terms of wholesale rather than retail. You find yourself thinking “when will I finish packing this whole apartment?” instead of “how long will it take me to pack this drawer.”
Breaking your packing into bite-sized tasks and spreading it over weeks, helps to take the stress out of packing. You are more likely to pack your stuff if you spend just one hour doing it every day and spread it over three to four weeks before moving day.
Pack the least-used items first
There are shoes, clothes, books, and other stuff you are not likely to need in the four to five weeks before moving day. Plan to leave only the basic necessities until the very last days before your move. Everything else should be packed and ready well before moving day. As you sort through your items, you will stumble on stuff you don’t need any more; maybe because they are broken, duplicated, outdated or you have outgrown them. Sell, discard, or donate these items.
Create a packing room
Designate a part of your home for storing the boxes that have been packed already. It is totally maddening to pack boxes, only for someone else to open them up and disorganize your boxes. Avoid this by separating packed items from unpacked ones; doing this step will save you from frustration.
You have a choice between packing one room at a time and packing by categories (books first, clothes second, etc). But you may combine both approaches. You can decide to pack only books first and go room by room packing the books in each room separately. Or you can pack all the books in a room first, and then the next day, pack all the clothes in the same room. The choice is up to you.
Create an inventory of your belongings
Get a large notebook and as you pack each box, create a list with the ID of the box at the top of the page. As you put items into the box, write them in the list under the correct boxes. When you arrive at your new home, reverse the process, and tick off an item as you remove it from the box. This system will help you track your belongings and ensure that nothing is missing.
Color-code your boxes and label on both sides
Color codes work better than written instructions when trying to direct your movers where to deposit your boxes. In the frenzy of moving, people are likely to miss a label that reads “back room.” However, if your rooms are color-coded and box labels correspond with those colors, it will be easier to organize your boxes. Make sure you label boxes on at least two sides.
Other steps that will help you
Do not pack air: Improvise vessels and containers in your home by filling empty pots and bins with small items. Do not pack empty containers.
Enclose small items that can easily get missing in a Ziploc bag and seal the bag to secure them.
Avoid unwieldy boxes. Put the heaviest items at the bottom to make the box stable and do not leave empty spaces on top. Use lighter items like pillows to complete the space.
Pack dresser clothes inside their drawer by wrapping them with tape and packing paper
Use trash bags to pack clothes. Also, put items in sheets and tie up the ends to secure them.
Remember to pad breakable items before packing them and wrap sharp or pointy objects to prevent injury.
Lastly, have a moving essentials bag for everyone in the house. They should contain bathroom necessities, medications, spare clothes, sleeping garments, and chargers for their electronic devices. Also, have a bag to store highly valuable items and important documents. Have it on your person all the time.