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Moving to Minnesota: What You Need to Know Before You Pack Up

Moving to Minnesota: What You Need to Know Before You Pack Up

Those who are moving to Minnesota should understand that there are a few unique climate considerations associated with this part of the country that must be properly planned for regarding relocation. Depending on the time of year you plan on moving to Minnesota can also have a large impact on your packing and storing strategy. Fortunately for those moving in the summer, Minnesota offers an inviting and pleasant summer climate that will accommodate most moves with minimum difficulty. One note is that humidity can sometimes be high during the summer in Minnesota and therefore can damage sensitive equipment and important documents. Always store these types of items in a way that they are well protected from moisture and humidity.

Sealed Containers should be Protected from Subzero Temperatures

Conversely, a winter move to Minnesota can have challenges with regard to encountering severe winter weather. Because Minnesota is known for its heavy snowfall at certain times of the year, packing for a move during the winter should include proper planning with regard to heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures. For example, items that contain liquid such as wine bottles or other sealed containers should be protected from subzero temperatures as they may crack or become damaged. In addition, subzero temperatures can also damage a variety of other delicate items. Packing properly for this type of weather includes heavily insulating items and providing plenty of cushioning in boxes. Extra insulation and cushion is also useful when moving items across slippery surfaces where the dropping of these items can sometimes occur.

Its Unique Weather Requires a Few Simple Preemptive Strategies

Minnesota is a beautiful part of the country but because of its unique weather it requires a few simple preemptive strategies prior to beginning a move into the region. By following these simple guidelines an individual can protect belongings and valued items from damage and breakage. Another important aspect of moving to Minnesota in the winter is that anyone who may be using self-storage with regard to their move should strongly consider the advantages of climate-controlled storage. This is a smart way to protect your items from frigid winter weather and will make your move all the more enjoyable.

Organizing a Temporary Move: What You Do (And Don’t) Need

Organizing a Temporary Move: What You Do (And Don’t) Need

The necessity for a temporary move can take many forms, and can include such situations as having to relocate on short notice due to a major remodeling project, severe water damage or fire damage situations, as well as a host of other situations. Because a temporary move can sometimes be caused by a natural disaster or unexpected event it is important to have in mind what you will and will not need with regard to this type of move. For example, one thing most people will need with regard to a temporary move is a self-storage unit. The self-storage unit plays a critical role in helping those in transition reduce the stress and discomfort associated with this type of move. In fact, a self storage unit can be a shock absorber, so to speak, that can be used as a go between when an individual or family is waiting for their home to be remodeled, repaired or replaced.

The Slow and Organized Movement of Personal Belongings Back into a Living Space

Once a home has been remodeled, repaired or replaced and is in a livable state, items can be slowly returned to a house in a slow and methodical way. The storage unit acting as a shock absorber for unexpected events or expected events such as remodeling, and can allow for the slow and organized movement of personal belongings back into a living space. In many cases the storage unit can be maintained for months and years depending on the size of the home and the distance of the move. The organization of a temporary move is similar to other moves in that inventory should be taken, lists should be made, and packing should be done in such a way as to prevent damage to personal belongs. Finally, one thing that you don’t need when organizing a temporary move is a change of address or disconnecting utilities. The easiest way to make your temporary move as stress-free and enjoyable as possible is to take full advantage of the benefits of a self-storage unit.

How to Protect Your Furniture While in Storage

How to Protect Your Furniture While in Storage

Storage facilities offer those in transition a great opportunity to keep furniture and other personal belongings safe while in the process of moving. While this useful and functional method of storing furniture and personal belongings is an excellent option for virtually anyone who is in transition, there are a few tips that can help to protect your furniture while it is in storage. For example, oneof the more obvious things that should be done to protect furniture while in storage includes making good use of moving pads. These heavy-weight twill type blankets are thick and durable. They are highly effective at protecting wood furniture from scratches, dings and other types of damage.

Strategically Locate Furniture

When wrapping furniture in moving pads it is important to completely surround the furniture to protect it from scuffs and scratches caused by surrounding items in storage. Another key to keeping your furniture safe and secure while it is in storage is to strategically locate furniture in areas of a storage space that are free of potentially damaging items. For example, storing garden equipment and tools close to wood furniture would not be a good choice. Designate areas of your storage space for different types of items. This will ensure that like items stay together and prevent possible damage. Taking a few precautions can save considerable time and trouble later.

Protect your Favorite Piece of Furniture

In addition, it is a smart idea to stack furniture towards the back of a storage space and not near the entry door. This will prevent any possibility of water damage or seeping rain damage. It is also important to create a walkway through your storage space to make it easy to navigate in and around stored items. Having this clear walkway ensures that you will not have to climb and crawl for a particular item. Climbing over and reaching across delicate furniture items can damage and scratch your favorite piece of furniture. These few simple ideas along with a little bit of caution and care will ensure that your beautiful furniture is not damaged during its transitional phase in storage.