The 2016 Year in Moving (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Storage News blog, brought to you by Allstate Self Storage, where we cover all the news that’s fit to move. Last time we started a two part series on moving stats and talked about the busiest days and months for moves, and the types of homes people were moving. This time we’re going to look at some country wide stats.

Where People Are Staying

Last time we mentioned that over 60% of reported people were moving locally. Well here are where those people are staying: California, Florida, Texas and New Jersey are the top four states for people moving about locally. Of those the cities with the most local moves are New York City, Chicago, and Houston, taking the gold, silver, and bronze respectively. Los Angeles and Miami round out the top 5.

Where People Are Going

The top ten cities people are moving to are made up many popular places. Seattle, Washginton has moved up to number one, while Denver dropped to second. Other hotspots include several southern cities: Charlotte, Dallas, Austin, Orlando, Tampa, and Atlanta, as well as San Francisco and Portland, OR.
The states with the most incoming movers are Arizona, Washington, North Carolina, Texas, and at number one… Florida!

Where People Are Leaving

The ten cities with the most population leaving are all over the country. Chicago is number one for 2016, while New York City and Washington DC make the top three. The rest are spread from Cambridge, MA all the way out to San Jose, CA. Many of the cities being the east coast.
The states with the more residents moving out than in are Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, with Michigan taking the number one spot.
That’ll do it for the 2016 Year Snapshot of moving facts. These numbers and info were all compiled by the websites MyMovingReviews and MyMovingLoads and over 100,000 user quotes. We’ll catch you next week back here at the Storage News blog.

The 2016 Year in Moving (Part One)

Welcome back to the Storage News blog here on Allstate Self Storage. This past month and change we’ve been looking for ways to keep you from getting injured or taken out by the heat while you’re moving all your belongings around. We have covered the topic it fairly well at this point, so it’s time to move on. Let’s look at 2016 through the moving lens, using sources from Mymovingreviews.com and mymovingloads.com. This takes user submitted data in regards to moving

Busiest Month

The busiest month for moves this past year was June with a whopping total of just under 14% of moves! July and August are close behind with 12.6% and 11.39% respectively. This is keeping with 2015 numbers.

Moving Day!

The busiest moving day in the entire year was June 30th with August 1st and June 1st coming in a close second and third. The busiest days of the week for moves stuck to the usual trend of Friday/Saturdays at 19.45% and 17.69% respectively. Monday is a close third at 17.61%

Move Sizes

When it comes to home sizes, the number of folks using movers to move their one bedrooms has declined 14% while 2, 3, and 4 bedroom moves have all seen an increase. Everyone’s moving on up! 23% of movers are in 2 bedrooms, 17% are in 3 bedrooms, and 10% in 4 bedrooms.

Keeping it Local

Of all the moving quotes requested on the MyMovingLoads site, 60% were for local moves, the same as the previous year. Folks are, on average, sticking to their current locales.
We will go ahead and put this on pause for the moment as there are loads more stats to pick apart. As you no doubt prepare for your moves (14% in June!), we hope you’ve found these a fun diversion from the stress of planning. After all, it has been about moves; surely that counts as planning. We’ll see you next time on the Storage News blog.

Avoiding Heatstroke

The summer is here and with that comes additional concerns when it comes to moving! Unless you want your move to take twice as long, if not stopped entirely, avoiding injury is key. As we talked about last time, lifting incorrectly can do just that. But improper lifting or dropping something heavy are not the only ways to hurt yourself during the move. Moving around outside, in the confined spaces of metal containers (moving trucks and storage units) can be a recipe for heatstroke if you are not careful. To that end, here are some tips to avoid heatstroke!

Drink Plenty of Water
o Staying well hydrated will keep your body cooling itself correctly via sweat.
Wear Proper Clothing
o Loose fitting and lightweight clothing allow your body to cool properly.
Stop Sunburn
o Sunburns also tamper with your body’s ability to… you guess it, cool itself. Wear sunglasses, wide hat and use sunscreen if you’re outdoors.
Look for Medications
o Some medications have side effects that will worsen or may cause heat related issues. Know what you are taking and its possible effects.
Avoid the Hottest Hours
o While the desire to move everything fast and furious is there, it may be a good idea to take a lunch break or plan all the moving for the morning and late afternoon.
If, despite all attempts to the avoid heatstroke and exhaustion have been in vain then take these steps to recover:
• Rest in a cool place. Air conditioned, shade, so long as you’re out of the heat and sun.
• Drink cool water. The coolness will bring your temperature down while the water replenishes your body.
• Loosen your clothes. The fewer restrictions in the way of your body cooling itself the better.
• Take a cool shower or bath.
• Apply other cooling means (i.e. fans, cold towels, etc.)
We hope this information has been helpful to you in your move and work. Remember it is not just the summer sun that can get to you so be mindful of how you are feeling and take care and preventative measures.

Where to Live? Tips on Finding Your Next Home

Welcome back to the Allstate Self Storage blogs. This month we’ve been covering topics related to moves, specifically how to do so in the safest manner. In the process of researching for it a thought occurred to us, how do you even know where to live? For a lot of us we never really had to make a conscious decision. We moved with our families, grew up, found work, moved out on our own nearby and so the cycle repeats. But what if you have the opportunity to move whether across town or to entirely fresh start, how do you decide? We’re going to go over a few tips to help you decide where the next chapter of your story should begin.

Affordability

o No matter how you slice it, the price to rent/buy a home and the cost of living varies and is one of the biggest considerations. If you can barely afford rent at your swank apartment, you won’t be able to enjoy that location.

Location

o Speaking of, another one of those big considerations: location. Determine what is important to you. Is it access to lots of different restaurants, quick access to the freeway and a grocery? A park? Whatever it is that will make you the happiest day in and day out, narrow your search there.

Commute Time

o Assuming you already have a job, consider the time your commute will take. It might not seem like much, but this is a daily consideration. If a longer commute time works for you, then you’ll have a much larger search radius to choose a place from.

Employment Opportunities

o The last thing you’ll want to do is make a big move only to find there is no need for your field of expertise. Be honest with yourself about how easy (or not!) work will be to find in your potential areas. If you’re relocating across state lines, lining up a job first is the best step, and it can help you in deciding on where to live!

These have been just a few tips on how to search for a place to live. While they may sound obvious to you, we hope they’ve been of some help to folks. We’ll catch you all next time on the blog!

Moving Tips to Avoid Injury

Last time on the All State blog we talked about how to properly lift to avoid injury. Nothing will set your move back quite as fast as a thrown out back. Ok, well maybe other things could be worse, your new place could be flooded or fell into a massive sinkhole or some other unforeseeable act of God. But for the most part, for the majority of people, an injury mid move will shut down the whole operation. This time on the blog we’re going to give you more general tips to avoid injury when you’re shuffling between places.

Don’t-

o Carry more than one item at a time. A leaning tower of junk is a recipe for disaster
o Rush. Especially if you’re heading through an area with tripping hazards. Take your time.
o Carry anything too heavy. If you pick up the object and immediately suspect its too much, it likely is.
o Carry anything on your shoulders or head. We mentioned this in the lifting one, but placing a box on your head while walking is asking for a busted up neck.
o Twist! Remember the proper lifting techniques we went over. Don’t ever twist.

Other Tips

o Get help with larger, awkward items. Even if they’re not heavy, their shape can be a hurdle.
o Wear gloves. There are specialized moving gloves that have grips to prevent slipping.
o Remember how we mentioned areas with tripping hazards? Before you begin moving everything in, why not clear a path to avoid any worries entirely.
o If a box or container appears damaged, don’t attempt to still use it for the move. The last thing anyone wants is to have the bottom of a box fall out and damage your belongings or your toes!

Keep all these and our proper lifting tips in mind and you should have an injury free move! You can get all settled in your new home, and the only thing you’ll need to nurse is the pizza and beer you bribed your friends with.

Do You Even (Know How to) Lift, Bro?

Here’s a topic that’s very much self-storage adjacent. Lifting. You hear it all the time, lift with your legs not with your back, don’t bend, do this not that. The list goes on. Improper lifting technique can shred your back, and not in a good way! Here are the things to keep in mind when you’re in the middle of moving out your mother-in-law!

Wide Base

o Your feet need to be shoulder width apart, with one foot slightly ahead. This allows for a more balance weight distribution.

Face Forward

o Face the load directly, your shoulders, knees, hips, and feet should all be pointing towards the object being lifted. This avoids any unnatural twisting.

Squat

o Squat, don’t bend your back. Using your hips and knees to lower yourself to the height of whatever you are moving.

Slow Lift

o Straighten your hips and knees. This is lifting with your legs, not your back. Don’t twist.

Maintain Posture

o Keep your eyes straight ahead, your back straight, shoulders back and chest out. All of this is to maintain the posture in your upper and lower back.

Hold

o Keep the load as close to your body as possible, about as high as your midsection. The closer it’s held, the better your balance and the distribution of the weight.

Don’t Twist

o For real, this is imperative. The twisting motion under weight is what will destroy your back and lead to further injuries doing even the most simple of motions. If you’ve ever thrown your back out trying to tie your shoe, you know what we’re talking about.

Squat Again

o When setting down the load, carefully squat down, again with knees and hips avoiding bending your back.
Throughout the process, maintain your straight back, never twisting or lifting a heavy object above shoulder level. All of this will ensure you are using your muscles in the most efficient, well supported method. Now get out there and help your family move for the third time this year, and don’t get yourself hurt!

Self Storage Don’ts

Last time we talked about how to prevent the most frequently unwanted guests from finding their way into your unit. Obviously, no one wants to open up their space to discover it has been overrun with pests. But there are other things you or the facility managers won’t want to find in your unit; these, however, would have to be placedd there by you. To avoid making that faux pas, here is a brief, but hardly exhaustive, a list of the things you should (and are not allowed at Allstate) to store in your unit!

Explosives, Ammunition, Flamable Liquid

o D’uh right?

Hazardous Materials

o Hazardous materials include anything like chemicals, corrosive liquids, radioactive materials. Speak with your individual facility management team to verify what exactly falls on this list.

Perishables

o Perish the thought! We talked about this one earlier this month, anything that can decompose in your unit will no doubt do so and cause several problems from attracting pests to causing awful smells for you and your storage neighbors.

Living or Dead Creatures

o This includes animals and people. Again, it seems a no brainer but let’s lay it out there. Putting a pet inside a storage unit is cruel and neglectful. As for humans, aside from the obvious illegal ways that may occur, it is also illegal to live or work from a storage unit. They are not built for such purposes, and anyone found to be using their space for such purposes will handle it with the police.

This has been a small, obvious, and far from exhaustive list of the things not permitted inside a storage unit. If you’re ever wondering, a safe bet is anything that needs more attention than setting in a box and forgetting for months at a time is probably not something to put in your storage unit. That’ll do it for us this week at the Allstate Self Storage News Blog, until next time!

Keeping Pests Out

Last time on the Allstate Storage News blog, we offered the suggestion to extend your Spring Cleaning routine to your storage unit. For a variety of reasons, maintaining the upkeep of all your belongings, not just those in your home, is a good idea. We mentioned that keeping an eye out for pests which may have decided to winter in your belongings would be a smart move. Well if that thought put the fear in you, here are some tips to ensure that your storage stuff doesn’t become the home to pests or vermin.

Plastic Containers

While the classic method of storage is the almighty Cardboard Box, it is hardly the most secure means. Rats and other vermin can easily chew their way through the walls of a cardboard box to find their way inside. That’s where the pinnacle of secure storage steps in. Hard plastic containers. While certainly not as cheap as cardboard, they’re also not nearly as flimsy or easily infiltrated by vermin.

No Perishables

Specifically speaking, don’t store food in your unit. If you want to keep anything from choosing yours ashome, this is the biggest thing to avoid. Leaving food in your unit, or containers or dishes that have lingering food smells is an open invitation for animals to find their next meal. Even if pests don’t come in for the food, the rotting of food in your unit can ruin your other belongings.

A few other quick tips for the prevention of pests. On larger items that can’t fit in a plastic container, stuff like furniture, wrap them tight and secure with plastic sheeting to prevent anything from burrowing in. Place traps to catch anything that may find its way inside. Flypaper, mousetraps, etc. If you’d like to prevent most bugs from even entering your unit (and who wouldn’t?) why layout some cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil, most insects hate the scent.

Your unit is cleaned and now prepped to prevent any infestations, now you can relax with some peace of mind that your things are safe from all sorts of wrong doers.

Spring Cleaning Your Unit

It’s here! March has come and with it the change of seasons from Winter to Spring. And with Spring comes that most hallowed of seasonal traditions, that’s right Spring Cleaning! While you’re busy getting your home cleaned up to snuff it might be the time to take a look in the old self storage unit and make sure it’s not doing poorly.

If you live in an area that experiences inclement weather, there is the change that the facility received heavy rain or snow. While if any severe storm damage occurred you’d know doubt know by now, there is still the possibility, however slight that moisture found its way inside your unit. Take the time to drive down and inspect your unit for any damage, just like you would when you first rented it. If there is anything out of sort tend to it and inform the facility manager so that they know of the situation, it may be affecting others as well. Moisture can lead to mold growth, and you absolutely don’t want that taking root in your belongings.

The other main thing to search for when cleaning up the unit is the possibility for critters. When the temperatures dropped, there is the chance that pests attempted to make their way into the unit for warmth. Same rules apply, look for any signs of trouble, and possible entry points that may have been utilized and if seen, report to your facilities management crew.

Following those two unit specific tasks out of the way, you can proceed with the average cleaning of dusting and sweeping to ensure your belongings aren’t getting too nasty. Obviously, they’ll be getting dusty in there, but you’d rather not have anything worse brewing in the unit. With that taken care of, you might find the clean space a welcome addition to your Spring Cleaning pursuits at home.

Storage Resolutions

We’re now almost three months into the new year, is it still a new you? Sticking to your resolutions and building new, better habits? We talked about some simple steps to help get off on the right foot but if it hasn’t gone the best here are a few things Allstate Self-Storage can help you conquer!

If the big goal was to minimize your life clutter and live a more harmonious existence, then a storage space will be a big step in the right direction. We’ve previously mentioned keeping the excess stored away in one of our units but what if you know it’s all ‘stuff’ you don’t need? Humans tend to invest our things with emotional value that we have a hard time breaking. Taking the first step of moving it out of the house and into a separate space may be the step needed. Then, after a bit of time, you’ll be able to go back through it with clearer eyes and keep, donate, sell, or junk whatever is necessary.

Most resolutions fall into two camps, do less of a ‘bad’ thing or more of a ‘good’ thing. Exercise, eat fewer sweets, eat more vegetables, that sort of thing. It might be ‘learn _____, ’ and that means creating a new habit. While it may be a new year, chances are you’re still under the same pressures from work and life, and if those are in a rut, you may be finding yourself coming home and sticking to the familiar, plopping down in the living room and binging Netflix for 8 hours (It’s ok! We’ve all done it!) If that is the case, perhaps your environment is setting you up for failure. Why not move the TV/Entertainment set up into temporary storage while you build new habits and new hobbies, then reintroduce the old entertainment options back into your life. It may seem silly to rent a small space just to store your things you’ll want again in three months, but if it helps you stick to your knitting or reading then maybe it is worth a shot?

Alright, that’s the last we’ll talk about the New Year, at this point is decidedly THE year, we wish you the best in your continued efforts to better yourself and remember January 1st isn’t the only time to begin to start changing your life. If you need some space solutions in those plans, you know who to call.