Moving may not always be emotionally painful, but may cause unforeseen physical damage unexpectedly. There are simple ways to avoid causing injury to yourself and if you are smart to others…as you will pass this on as an act of good faith towards humankind 🙂
The first and most important factor of your move is your rented equipment. Renting proper equipment not only insures simpler more for heavier, larger items but more importantly saves your from back strain and further injury. Straps are also essential in securing boxes and items that are larger and hard to move on your own.
On that same note packing your boxes should be strategic as well. When packing for your move make sure that your boxes are no heavier than 50 pounds. This will not only help boxes from not squishing one another but again will prevent back strain in your move.
Also, check out the safety of the area that you are moving into. Inspecting your new area is a vital part of your move. It prevents you from finding things out like “oh, that walkway has a bunch of loose floorboards” or “oh, I just hang-lined myself on that tree branch on my way in”. Inspecting these things before you move your things physically in is key. Areas to inspect include: walkways, sidewalks, steps, trees, doors and any obstacle that you may encounter with a load of boxes in your hands.
Checking the place that you are moving into assures that you will arrive in one piece.
Organizing your unit can really make a huge difference in your move. Being able to leave your unit knowing that your items are properly stored, labeled and accounted for can leave you feeling confident that your things are safe, organized and clean. Follow these guidelines and your storage unit will be one less thing to worry about in your move.
Cleaning: Before you start moving anything in, make sure to clean up spills, cob webs and other messes. Remember, you are going to be storing your things in this unit for some time and want things to be set up on clean surfaces and spaces. Vacuuming and laying down protective floor coverings can allow your things to stay clean and safe.
Large Furniture and Appliances: These items are the first to go in (protected in their plastic covers of course). Make sure when these items are placed in your storage unit that they are at least an inch away from the walls to allow proper circulation for your space.
Boxes: That’s right, now it’s time for the stuff. Your boxes should all be approximately the same size. This makes things much easier for stacking and re organizing/moving your storage unit items. Make sure more importantly to label all of your boxes. This way your boxes are easily accessible and they are easily recognized in your storage unit.
Stacking: When you are stacking your boxes in your storage unit you should start by putting them on top of furniture and appliances whenever possible. This will maximize your space efficiency. However make sure not to stack boxes too high otherwise you could be creating a dangerous situation.
Inventory: Now that you are done with all of the manual labor, write everything that you have stored in your unit down in an inventory list. The number of boxes, furniture items and appliances should all be items included in the list. Keep the inventory list, the insurance policy for your storage unit and contact information for your storage unit in a safe place to ensure that you will have quick and easy access to your things. You never know when you are going to need any of this information.
Here at Exodus we are all about finding ways of treading lightly on the planet as a moving company. We use durable bins when moving customers, wooden shelves on wheels for office moves instead of boxes, and we offer recycled boxes giving them a second life and reducing our resources. When we came across an article explaining what designers Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Ott did with their used storage boxes, we had to feature it on our blog.
What do you get when you put 420 IKEA boxes, LED lights and a metal base together? How about a 15-foot-high bar that has funk, character and uniqueness. The appropriately named structure; Temporary Bar, was constructed for a competition organised by the architecture faculty at the Universidade do Porto in Portugal. Finished in just one week with the help of students, this bar stands tall and proud in Parque da Cidade, Porto, Portugal.
Next time you move, think about the endless possibilities you could do to reuse those boxes instead of throwing them in a land fill. Moving somewhere dry and need to get rid of your umbrella(s)? Bars are not only made out of recycled boxes, but can also make a bar too, like the Bucky Bar in Rotterdam. Talk about creativity and reusing! This project references the famed geodesic domes of the late American architect Buckminster Fuller and attracted 300 visitors before the police intervened at 2 am on February 19th, 2010.
Morale of the story, whether you are moving or not, look around your house and before you throw anything out, see if you can reuse it for something else, or donate it to someone else that could put it to good use.
1. Think about location when selecting your storage. Where, how easily must it be accessed, how often will you need to access?
2. Try to fill the boxes to the top when packing, even if it’s just with padding and old, crumpled newspapers. Boxes that are only half-filled tend to collapse if anything’s placed on them.
3. If you’re storing a refrigerator in your unit leave the door ajar. This will prevent mold from growing inside.
4. If loading your own unit – leave walk ways in the middle and near the walls of the unit, for access and air flow.
5. Putting pallets, milk crates, or plastic storage bins on the floor of the unit will eliminate the risk of water damage.
6. Full service storage options allows for the unit to be packed professionally; with the blankets, plastic wrap, straps, and all the protection in place during storage.
7. Ask about climate controlled storage. This is best for leather furniture, candles, oil paintings, sensitive electronics, plasma or LCD televisions, records, or any highly sensitive antiques that could be damaged with humidity and heat.
8. Always keep your personal / high value items with you. Don’t store expensive jewelry, identification / personal documents, weaponry (guns and ammo), etc.
9. Empty any gas run equipment before storing, including lawn mowers, trimmers, etc. Just let them run until they are out of juice the last time you use the tools.
10. Don’t store liquids (especially cleaning supplies with harsh chemicals). In the changing temperatures, liquids have the opportunity to freeze, heat, and spill on your keepsakes. If you MUST store liquids like shampoo or lotion (non hazardous) be sure to put them in a zip lock bag and store in a plastic bin.
11. Self Storage? Ask about security measures at the location; cameras? Security guards? Gated area? Code and Key access?
12. Might need to get to it? Put these items closest to the door for easy access.
13. Label. Label. Label. Know what is in each box, in case you need to get to it during storage and so you know where the box goes when you move into your new residence.
14. Use blankets, sheets, and tarps to protect your goods from dust in storage.
15. You are better off renting a smaller unit that is filled or packed to near the top (”high and tight” as they say in the industry), rather than renting a larger unit and only filling the floor area (”floating” per indsustry lingo).
16. Let Exodus Help you do the rest…