Using Special Storage Solutions For Moving A Business

Professional storage solutions represent an excellent way to help when moving a business. Any major move is going to involve some significant logistics, and having the right kind of containers, stacking systems and transport options is going to make things a lot easier. Whether moving an office, or transporting goods from one warehouse to another, it is important to balance cost with high quality materials and flexible uses. Taking advantage of professional storage solutions can consequently help in a number of ways:

1 – Types of Containers Available

Picking the right kind of storage container and transport materials will make a move go a lot faster. If transporting lighter goods, it is recommended to use wooden or plastic pallets boxes and totes, which can be easily moved using forklifts and pickups. Roll cages can similarly be used to easily move large amounts of boxes over short distances, whether that means transporting them into trucks or onto flatbeds. For heavier goods, steel stillages, which feature doors and extra mesh protection are useful for adding security to transported goods. Both types of container can be stacked for large scale moves, and can also be easily reassembled at a destination point.

2 – Saving Through Specifications

It is possible to save money on a move by being specific with your storage orders. Picking the exact size for your goods, as well as the weight and materials required will allow you to reduce paying for wasted space. In the same way, you can be specific about whether any items require specialist protection, particularly if you expect there to be some spillage. Getting a bespoke service will ultimately mean that you can carefully budget your move, and ensure that items are safely transported without incurring extra costs.

3 – Rental and Used Options

Another cheap option is to rent storage containers for a single trip. This option is recommended if you don’t need to move an inventory around once it has been installed in a new location. Alternatively, many professional storage companies offer second hand storage materials that meet safety standards, and can often be bought in bulk. In the same way, you might want to think about investing in a clearance service for a warehouse if you need to reduce waste before a move. This approach is worthwhile if you are moving to a smaller warehouse.

4 – Health and Safety and Tracking

Going with a professional storage company means that you can receive assurances over health and safety. Accredited storage experts can test load bearings and other health and safety issues to make sure that you are compliant with standards, and will help you to reduce any damages during a move. Moreover, many companies offer tracking label services for a large move. By doing so, it is possible to keep a record of all items, which can be recovered if lost during the course of a journey. Taking these measures will make it easier to insure goods for transportation, particularly if they are rare and subject to special conditions on dangerous materials.

4 iOS Apps to Make Your Move Simple and Effortless

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Moving can be quite the difficult task. Wouldn’t it be to you, if you were asked to uproot your life and shift it somewhere else? Relocation is a task filled with obstacles that we create ourselves. And we do this by handling things haphazardly. If we were a bit more organized in the way we handled our move, we probably wouldn’t have such a hard time with it. We’ve made a list of iOS apps that can bring some order to the chaotic way each of us handles our moves. Hopefully, we’ll do a better job with them.

My Move

‘My Move’ is the ideal app to help you organize your move. You can get in touch with local and international movers with the help of this app. Read reviews and testimonials from customers to help you narrow down the right moving company for the job. You can also access any complains that were made against the company. Besides this it also provides a checklist of things that you need to do before your move. If you’re looking for tips or notes on how to plan a smooth move, that too can be found here.

State Farm Move Tools

You’ll find moving tips virtually anywhere, but you won’t find the tools to execute them. ‘State Farm Move Tools’ have compiled everything you’ll ever need for your relocation needs. The interface is so clean and crisp, that you’ll have no trouble navigating through it. There’s a virtual packer mode that allows you to practice your packing before you actually do it in real life. This will help you avoid mistakes while packing and prevent the need to reopen the boxes. This app can also help you label your boxes in an efficient manner, so you don’t lose any of your belongings.

moveAtlas

It’ll be good to get some expert advice when you’re in need of it. Fortunately, the ‘moveAtlas’ app provides that service. You can benefit from the expert advice provided by Atlas and make your move a less complicated experience. The app also provides checklists that’ll help you cover all the important things during the last minute. If you’re looking for a no-obligation quote, then you can get it through this app. You can also check the status of your shipment by using the Atlas tracking system.

Move Estimator

Movers often overcharge you for your shipments. In order to stay one step ahead of the game you should use ‘Move Estimator’. It’ll help you estimate the exact weight and volume of your shipment. That way you’ll know if you’re being overcharged. Knowing the weight and volume will help you find the right storage unit for your storage needs. Based on the quote provided by the moving company and the weight of your shipment, you’ll know which mover is trustworthy. This app also provides quotes from movingscam.com, a website dedicated to protecting you from movers.

Moving may be a complicated task, but these apps simplify it. Make use of them to make your next move a breeze. After all, what’s the point of having technology if it won’t simplify your life?

The author of this post, Shruti Vaghe, a freelance blogger currently writing for Abacus Self Storage, which specializes in public storage units. She loves photography and design and enjoys attending workshops to better her skills. You can follow her on Twitter at @ShrutiVaghe.

Finding the Storage Unit Right for You

During a move, there can be many instances when having some extra space can be desirable. Having somewhere you can place yours out of the way with the
knowledge they will be safe can be very useful. One of these reasons is if you want to do all of your unpacking gradually. You may only want to tackle the
boxes with important items, so with a storage unit you can leave things there until you need them later. When moving into your new home or office you may
want things to be neat and tidy, so you may leave unnecessary items elsewhere as means to reduce clutter.

Storage space can be essential if you are not moving into your new address from your old one immediately. You will be faced with an occasion when you
cannot keep all your belongings in your old abode, but cannot take them to your new one either. Placing them in store guarantees, they will be safe and
easy access until the time is right. Such a situation can occur if your new building is
being built or decorated, you are away during the move, you are wailing for the building to be cleaned, inspected or other significant work to be
completed, the previous tenants have still not vacated, etc.

You will have to find a storage depot that caters to all of your needs, so you should research different firms in your area. Look at things such as the
location, services, availability and cost. A good storage company will be able to offer you various containers in different sizes and shapes, with ones
large enough to hold your entire belongings or smaller ones for things such as files or jewellery. You should be able to access your container at any time,
to drop off items or collect them. You should be allowed to arrange things as you like and even decorate inside. There should be not time limits, either,
meaning you can store things for as little or as long as you like. If a firm has all of this, you are on the right track and the only remaining matter is
cost. Tell them what you want to store and for how long and you can receive a quote that should outline the price.

If you cannot get all of your goods to your container, then the firm may offer transportation. When you goods are at your unit you should take time and
care to affirm everything will be safe. Carry items gently and arrange them correctly or the best result. Place the largest objects at the back and place
light objects on top of heavier ones. Use cupboards and shelves to increase the safety of your goods and help you arrange them to your liking. Use boxes to
keep certain items together and so that everything can be stacked neatly. It also means that you can carry them in and out much simpler.

The safety of your goods will be your number one concern, so only go with a firm that can offer you peace of mind. The unit you use should be secure, with
no holes, cracks or other defects. Only you should have the key to your unit, so only you will have access. The unit should be able to resist leaks and
weather and harmful temperatures, and the depot should be regularly patrolled by guards.

If you follow this guide, you will find the storage unit right for you and have a safe and convenient place to keep your belongings during move and beyond.

Tips for Moving Those Awkward Items

The belongings that we amass over the course of our lives come in a variety of sizes and shapes.  From the 8×10 framed pictures of your senior dances to the oversized colonial hutch you received as a wedding present, our possessions are often an eclectic representation of our lives.  So what happens when a move is on the horizon and it’s time for these items, big and small, to be relocated?

Each time I get ready for such a move, I am immediately aware of how much time and effort could have been saved if I would have put a little more thought into the logistics of it beforehand.  Perhaps I wouldn’t have had to toss out an assortment of couches I’ve abandoned over the years or single handedly maneuver an oak armoire down two flights of stairs.  We’ve all had the deflating experience of opening the box containing what should have been my computer but was instead a jumbled assortment of wires, a computer tower with a busted CD drive and a monitor with two huge gashes to the screen.  Planning ahead for moving some of your belongings that are bulkier, more cumbersome and just plain awkward can make your moving day much less stressful.

Piano

Moving a piano requires seventy people with super-human strength and the precision of no less than three neo-natal surgeons to ensure that the instrument makes it from point A to point B with no hiccups.

In all seriousness, moving a piano is no easy task.  The average piano often surpasses the 800 pound mark, and depending on the model, most will present you with a complex series of maneuvers and turns in order to get it out the door.  Pianos are also very temperamental and even the slightest collision with a wall or doorframe can alter the pitch and tune of any number of the keys.

It is because of this that moving a piano should often be covered by an industry expert.  To start generating a list of options, consider calling a local music shop and asking them for suggestions.  Most will be happy to supply you with a list of names and numbers of trusted movers who specialize in the transportation of pianos.  Call around and inquire about rates, protection from accidents and available dates.

Armoires, Hutches, Credenzas

Out of college, my first apartment that I rented came with the added amenity of not having a functional closet space.  In lieu of a traditional closet I instead had a half-door that was probably more suited for a leprechaun than a human.  Because of this I found myself to be a proud owner of a large, hollow, wooden rectangle known as an armoire.

Armoires pose an especially tricky dilemma.  Most of the times, they come in pretty narrow boxes thatare easy to bring into your home, but once assembled all that changes.

When a move is on the horizon and an armoire, large hutch or credenza is in your possession you might be forced to make some tough choices.  If you are feeling ambitious and your new location has the space to use the item effectively, you can of course disassemble the beast and take it out of your home in the same way that it was brought in.  Another useful tip is to take a look at the windows in your current place of residence.  I have my share of friends who have taken out windows to avoid a maneuvering nightmare that would otherwise be moving it through the home.

For some, the need for an armoire might not be as pressing at the new location as it was beforehand.  For those that fall into this category I recommend speaking to the landlord or the homeowner.  They should be able to help you and it’s a more proactive approach than just leaving it there for them to deal with.

If an apartment or a home doesn’t have adequate storage space, chances are the landlord knows about it and chances are it’s a source of contention when prospective tenants are contemplating a move onto the premise.  When I was in this situation, I gave my landlord a quick phone call and asked if he would be interested in purchasing it from me to keep in the home for future renters.  He obliged and I found myself with a few extra bucks in my pocket than what I would have had otherwise.

Carefully Packing Electronics

Electronics can be the most fickle of items to deal with in a move, with antiques edging them out slightly.  Arranging electronics in a box is like a scene from The Hurt Locker, one false move and something is fried forever.

I made the fatal mistake of putting all of my computer equipment in one box during one move.  In the time the box moved from home, to U-Haul to new home, I had lost the ability for my CD drive to function properly and my new 22-inch monitor was sporting two freshly procured battle wounds.

Best practices for moving often suggest you try your best to put the electronics back into their original packaging then into the box.  However, if you’re like me, those Styrofoam packing materials are thrown away the moment the box is opened.  If that’s the case, don’t worry, there is a lot of other things you can do to protect your expensive electronics.

If you are worried about damage to a monitor, consider wrapping it in a series of towels.  I once took an international flight where I needed to transport my monitor.  In order to avoid repeating history, I wrapped my screen in several towels, making sure to pack extra around the monitor portion.  The screen made it safely overseas with no knick or dings whatsoever.

As for the tower, consider purchasing a small roll of bubble wrap.  These items can often be procured at popular packaging stores like UPS or Kinkos and are usually pretty inexpensive.  Once you have a roll of this stuff, put it around your housing and place it in a box.  Fill the space around the tower with packaging peanuts or, for a less expensive alternative, use more towels, making sure the computer has no wiggle room and no opportunity to ding up against something that would cause it to break.

Making Moving Easier

While the actual event of getting an object from one point to another can be one hurdle to overcome, often times moving large, bulky items within the home as they make their way to the truck or U-haul can also pose a challenge.  To deal with this, I also suggest a little more forethought.

Create handles.  This is a simple, cost-effective way of moving a large piece of furniture when you don’t have access to enough people to physically lift the object.  Handles can be made from ropes, electrical tape and a number of other items.  Using a handle in this way can give you that leverage edge you need to transport that tricky object to the truck waiting outside.

Use moving pads.  Never in the history of time have I annoyed my friends more than when I got these four little discs at a department store.  In total seriousness, I could have been the company’s spokesperson for a few weeks.  The little magic plates work by having a smooth rounded side and on the reverse side, a non-glide pad that adheres to almost anything.  To move a big object (in my case, a rather cumbersome four-post bed) you simply lift up each leg and place the small disc on the point of contact with the floor.  Once all the discs are places, moving huge objects like these is as easy as pushing a skateboard.

Anticipate, Anticipate, Anticipate

Like with the armoire scenario, it’s always best to anticipate which objects are going to give you the most trouble during a move.  Make a note of these things, see which ones aren’t as necessary as the others.  Perhaps you can get a head start at disassembling them, finding them a new home or perhaps sending them on over to a storage unit for safe keeping until a better option opens up down the road.

Whichever choice you make, think it through, adding a broken, damaged or knicked up item to the moving stress is a completely avoidable scenario.  Do you have any other great tips? I’d love to hear them below.

Jenn Young is freelance writer working with Uncle Bob’s, a storage unit. When not writing about storage units, Jenn can be found beautifying her home with organization projects.