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On Choosing the Right Mover (Part 2)

Being in the storage business, we feel that we are natural born guardians. Protecting people’s valuables is what we do. People’s valuables are an extension of the person. Therefore, we protect people. One of the easiest ways to sink a successful storage mission is to choose the wrong mover. Below are a few simple steps to prevent this misfortune from happening.

Research, Research, Research

One of the advantages of the information age is the vast wealth of research material available online. Most moving companies will have a website, a Facebook, or a yelp page available online. These are valuable tools. Customers will often leave reviews on these pages. Avoid any company with a large amount of negative reviews online. One or two is acceptable, because it might be left by a competitor or an anomaly. However, if you notice a pattern of bad reviews then avoid that company like the plague.

Moving Insurance

Any registered moving company operating with a license will have insurance options available. If you are moving across state lines, then that company is obligated by state law to offer you insurance. There are two types of insurance: Full Value Protection and Released Value. The latter requires no additional payment, and it will pay out sixty cents per pound of any item that disappears or is damaged. Full Value Protection cost extra, but it stipulates that the mover will be responsible for the full value of any item that is lost or damaged during the move. At Allstate Self storage we see choosing the correct insurance option as an executive decision, requiring value judgement. Are you moving a priceless bureau, with intricate patterns chiseled in the Rhine Land of France? Or are you moving an entertainment unit purchased from IKEA? Take things such as this into account when making your final decision.

On Choosing the Right Mover (part 1)

At Allstate Self-Storage, we want our customers satisfied and happy no matter what the cost. The easiest way to compromise that goal is to store your stuff in the wrong place—bad area of town, no security, electricity hazards everywhere, basically not with us. But the second easiest way is to trust the wrong movers. We at Allstate Self Storage strongly advise against this.

Consulting amateurs can result in scratched tables, shattered china, and broken hearts. These are things we hope to protect our customers against. Simple things such as checking for the proper credentials, and simple quality control can make all the difference. Below are a few simple tips that can help.

Let me see a License

This may surprise some, but movers are required to secure a license from the federal government and the U.S. Department of Transportation DOT. Qualified movers should have this information on them. But if they don’t, you can verify mover qualifications by phoning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or by visiting the website www.protectyourmove.gov. Any mover without a license is a potential risk, they are most likely uninsured, and the money you might save is not worth the money you put at risk.

Choosing Between Local or National

This is contingent upon where you are moving. If you’re are crossing state lines then its best you go with a national moving provider, such as U-Haul. However, if you’re are remaining in state, a local provider should suffice and it will be cheaper. Make sure to do some quality control. Often local companies will resort to temps or day labor to fill spots on their roster. You want to avoid this because day laborers are likely to be unqualified.

Preparing Large Appliances For A Much-Anticipated Move

Preparing Large Appliances For A Much-Anticipated Move

Whether an individual is moving on their own or having a major moving company do the work, one thing is sure and that is that properly preparing large appliances for a move is essential. Movers should know that the correct preparation of appliances for moving is required to ensure that they will work properly once they arrive at their destination. Major appliances are typically quite expensive today so it is important to get this right from the outset.

Remove All Perishables

One of the first things an individual can do in preparing large appliances for a move is to simply contact the dealer either online or by phone for specific moving instructions. If the owner’s manual is handy that can also be used to the same end. With regard to refrigerators it is important to unplug this appliance at least one day before the move. Remove all perishables and defrost the freezer if necessary. All surfaces, shelves, and drawers should be wiped completely dry prior to moving. Anything such as a shelf or racks should be removed and secured prior to moving a refrigerator.

Turning Off The Gas

It is also important to disconnect and tape off and seal any water lines associated with a refrigerator to ensure that no leakage occurs in the moving truck that could damage other pieces. When moving a stove it is also essential to prepare properly. This includes securing racks and turning off the gas if yours is a gas type stove. It is important to be particularly careful with gas lines because they are generally fragile and will break quite easily. A good strategy is to contact the gas company to ask for assistance when preparing for a move.

The Washing Machine Drum Should Be Secured

As with the refrigerator, the dishwasher should be fully emptied and all water drained prior to moving. Taping the door close on the dishwasher is a smart step to take. The washer and dryer units also require careful handling to ensure that they are moved undamaged. All hoses should be removed and packed separately. The washing machine drum should be secured prior to moving this appliance. At the end of the day, the best advice anybody can offer with regard to moving appliances is to always read the instruction manual thoroughly. Contact Allstate Self Storage today for Phoenix self-storage solutions that make sense.

Preparing Electronic Devices And Equipment For A Move

Preparing Electronic Devices And Equipment For A Move

Electronic equipment is expensive and often fragile requiring careful consideration when making a move. Proper labeling of wires and plugs as well as keeping connections organized so that reassembly is easy are all essential elements of the proper handling of electronics when moving. Perhaps most important, regardless of the type of equipment involved, is to always good to refer to the manufacturers instructions or manual for specific moving guidance. If the manual is unavailable most companies offer manuals online free of charge.

Remove The Ink Cartridges And Store In Some Type Of Sealed Container

Printers are especially tricky when moving. These delicate pieces of equipment can easily be knocked out of alignment and ink cartridges or toner can cause serious damage to other belongings in a moving truck. One of the best ways to handle a printer is to simply remove the ink cartridges and store them in some type of sealed container. When moving computers it is important to remove all types of media including DVDs and CDs. Store items together when moving a computer.

A Regular Moving Box May Have To Do In Its Place

The best option with regard to moving a computer is to pack this type of equipment in its original manufacturer packaging. If the manufacturer’s packaging is not available then a regular moving box may have to do in its place. Many self-storage centers and moving centers offer specialty type moving boxes specifically designed for electronics. This is the preferred way of moving items such as computers, stereos and other electronic devices, assuming that the manufacturers boxes are not available. A double walled box is always a good option when moving electronic equipment.

Taking A Photograph Of An Existing Connection Setup

Colored labels are a great way to organize the wires and plugs associated with electronic devices. Before disconnecting any wires or cables it is always a good idea to color code each wire, cable or plug. This will make reconnecting at your destination far easier and more organized. Even taking a photograph of an existing connection setup or writing down the specifics of how plugs, cables and wires are connected can make the reconnection process much more convenient and less stressful. When packing electronic devices it is a good idea to use antistatic type packing supplies. Contact Allstate Self Storage today to learn more about safe moving practices and procedures.

Preparations That Should Be Considered Prior To Packing For A Move

Preparations That Should Be Considered Prior To Packing For A Move

More people than ever before are moving today and as such it is important to consider a few simple preparation tips prior to beginning the actual packing and moving process. For example, one of the best strategies to consider prior to actually beginning the packing and moving phase is to simply go through and do a thorough cleaning of your home. Cleaning and organizing is a great way to prepare for a move.

Sell Or Dispose Of These Items

Systematically cleaning each and every room and throwing away, giving away and selling items that are no longer needed serves to lighten the load when it comes time to move. Once an accumulation of items has been gathered it is then simply a matter of deciding how to give away, sell or dispose of these items. Typically speaking, the Internet offers many opportunities to sell items that are no longer being used. In addition, there are many charity groups that accept household items as a way to help those that are not as fortunate.

Logged And Tracked As It Is Packed And Stored

Next, with regard to being organized it is important to arrange items so that when the packing begins it will be far easier and much less stressful. When the packing actually does begin it is important to have a well organized and laid out plan in place. This includes having a tracking and inventory system so that each item is logged and tracked as it is packed and stored. A well-organized labeling system can work in unison with this type of tracking system to stay highly organized throughout the entire move. In addition, it is important to use the right boxes and containers when packing for a move.

Medium And Large Sized Boxes

Typically speaking, buying or finding free boxes of various sizes is usually the best strategy. Small, medium and large sized boxes will all be used for different items throughout a home. Plan accordingly by knowing in advance approximately how many boxes will be required for the move. Having a few extra boxes is typically better than falling short and not having enough. Following these simple preparation tips prior to packing and initiating the move can go a long way in making the entire process more manageable and more enjoyable. Contact Allstate Self Storage today for self-storage solutions in Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Tips For Packing Pictures And Frames For A Much-Anticipated Move

Tips For Packing Pictures And Frames For A Much-Anticipated Move

Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of any move is being able to transport pictures and frames without breaking, damaging or cracking these precious items. Fortunately, there are a few easy tips that can be incorporated into any moving strategy as a way to ensure that no breakage or damage occurs. Follow these simple tips and enjoy a more rewarding and more successful move every time.

Wrap The Picture With The Bubble Wrap

When moving a picture it is important to select a box that is larger than the actual picture. Using a flat box tape one end of the box with professional packing tape. Next, place the picture along with its frame flat on one large piece of bubble wrap. Carefully wrap the picture with the bubble wrap so that it completely envelops and surrounds the picture. This affords a good first layer of protection that will help prevent damage, cracking or chipping. Finally, slide the picture carefully into the box and seal the other end of the box with packing tape.

The Room Where The Picture Will Be Placed

When marking the outside of a box that contains a picture it is important to make it very clear that this is a fragile item. Write in big bold letters the word “fragile” and as an added bonus it is also a good idea to write down on the box the room where the picture will be placed upon arrival. When loading a delicate or fragile picture or piece of artwork on a moving truck it is smart to pack a picture on its side as opposed to laying it flat.

Prevent Moving And Shifting

As an added measure movers can increase protection on the corners of a picture frame as a way to ensure that this delicate part of the picture is not damaged while in route. Many storage centers and moving facilities sell specialized cardboard protectors for this very reason. When packing pictures, frames, mirrors and artwork on a moving truck it is always a good idea to wedge them in between large heavier objects as a way to prevent moving and shifting. In addition, several smaller pictures once properly packaged can be stored inside a large wardrobe box as a way to provide added protection. Contact Allstate Self Storage today to learn more about Phoenix self-storage solutions.

Packing A Bedroom In Preparation For A Move

Packing A Bedroom In Preparation For A Move

Moving can be a thrilling experience especially for those that enjoy the idea of new opportunities and new experiences. However, each room is unique when it comes to moving and the bedroom is no different in that regard. Having a good strategy and a good plan with regard to moving a bedroom can go a long way in making a move far easier and less stressful. Here are a few simple tips for moving a bedroom in an easy and convenient way.

Clean Out Old Items

One of the best tips with regard to moving a bedroom is simply having each individual member of the family move their own room. This is a great way to stay organized and give everybody a little bit of responsibility when it comes to the move. Kids can get involved by sorting out there toys, clothing and other items prior to a move. This is also a great time to clean out old items and clothing that are no longer used. Giving away, selling and throwing away items can lighten the load when it comes to the big move day.

Wardrobe Box

In general, wardrobe boxes are one of the best ways to move clothing today. Modern wardrobe boxes are strong, resilient and easy to work with. Amazingly, these wardrobe boxes can hold a surprisingly large amount of clothing. Best of all, most wardrobe boxes have a clothing bar already installed. Simply leave clothing on the hangers and store them in the wardrobe box. Better yet, the space at the bottom of a wardrobe box can be used for soft pliable items such as pillows and cushions. Making use of all available space when moving is always a good idea.

Moved Carefully

Other key items to consider when moving a bedroom include bedding, shoes and furniture. Bedding can be boxed and labeled as with any other type of item that is to be moved. Shoes can be left in their original boxes and then stored cumulatively in one large or medium sized box. Furniture can be prepared and moved as with any other type of furniture located throughout the home. Finally, mirrors, art, frames and pictures can all be moved carefully by simply following standard packing procedures for these types of items. Contact Allstate Self Storage today to learn more about quality self-storage solutions that are affordable and convenient.

Moving and Relocation

Making a move from one side of town to another can be challenging enough; relocating to another state involves even more planning and preparation. Regardless of whether you are crossing county lines or state lines, there are some things to keep in mind while organizing your geographical transition.

Reserve and schedule a truck and moving crew no less than two to three weeks prior to the actual move. Weighing out your options regarding the use of a professional moving company versus packing up and moving on your own is an issue that requires thoughtful consideration. Finances, logistics, timing and convenience are just a few of the factors that need to be considered before making your decision. If you do decide in favor of professional movers, hire a company with an excellent reputation, and be sure to ask for references.

Properly stacking your belongings in a rented truck takes care and planning to ensure safe delivery to your destination. Make sure that you are packing all boxes and other items tightly inside the truck so that movement is limited while you are on the road. Renting the correct size truck to accommodate your belongings is critical. Rope and bungee cords are mandatory for keeping all items in place during the trip.

Map out the most direct route to your destination, whether it be to a storage facility or directly to your new residence. This will save time, money, and gas. If your plan is in fact to utilize storage once you reach your new location, make all arrangements and reserve any needed storage units ahead of time so that you are not riding around aimlessly with your belongings in the truck, looking for a place to put them at the last minute.

If you do need to rent a couple of storage units, it is important to pack the units in an organized fashion, with less critical items placed at the rear of each unit, and anything that should be immediately accessible placed toward the front.

Tips on Efficiently Packing a Storage Unit

Whether you are moving, going through a transition period, or simply cleaning house, storage units can be valuable assets in keeping your cherished belongings safe and secure. Packing your storage unit efficiently and strategically will give you one less thing to worry about at a time when stress levels are commonly high. Here’s how:

1. Separate furniture and boxes. By placing furniture items on one side of the unit and boxes on the other, finding what you’re looking for becomes that much easier. Be sure that you have clearly marked your boxes as to their contents, and face the writing outward so you can tell at a glance which box contains what.

2. Allow yourself an access area, and room to move around inside the unit, without having to crawl underneath or climb over your belongings.

3. Before packing the unit, break down what you can into smaller pieces. This will eliminate wasted space within the storage unit. Take bed frames apart, take legs off of tables and chairs, disassemble futons, etc. Securely tie loose pieces together. Be sure to bag any nuts, bolts, or screws, and tape the clearly marked bags inside a dresser drawer for safe keeping.

4. Keep belongings at least a foot away from the front of the unit. The doors of storage units often get caught on items placed too close to them if even the slightest degree of shifting has taken place.

5. To prevent continuously moving your goods around the unit, place the items that you are most likely to need access to during your storage experience at the front of the unit, and those less likely to be needed toward the back.

6. Finally, make use of dresser drawers. These are great for accommodating small and fragile items. Using packing tape to secure these items inside the drawer is recommended to prevent mishaps later on.

Avoid Moving Relocation Battles

Create an Organizational System When Packing.

When packing, people tend to simply throw their belongings in the box to move from one location to another. You can reduce a great deal of stress and anxiety by labeling the moving boxes with the items that they contain and placing only items in that category in them.

When Moving to a Smaller Location Know Which Boxes Should Be Stored.

If you are moving to a smaller location and need to place some of your items into storage, make sure that you do not store items that will be needed immediately. Your organizational system can help prevent this from happening, or at least make it easier to retrieve items when you must find them quickly.

Research the Storage Company You Plan to Use.

While most companies operate reputable businesses, there unfortunately are some that do not perform such honest business practices. You can ask a representative of the company questions such as who has access to the storage units or how often do thefts occur within their storage units.

Understand the Rules.

Make sure that you understand all of the rules and regulations that are imposed on the storage units you will be using. Different storage companies have different rules and regulations. Not understanding what your responsibilities are can result in hefty penalties and ultimately the loss of your property.

Get a Good Lock.

Unfortunately, even the best company has break-ins occur on their premises. To prevent the likelihood of becoming a victim you should purchase a heavy duty lock that is resistant to damage. This can deter a would-be thief from attempting to gain access to your unit and your belongings. Instead, most thieves will tend to move on to another unit that is not as secured.