Monthly Archives: April 2017

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!