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.
First and foremost, we want to stress the importance of determining if your mover is registered with FMCSA by accessing www.protectyourmove.gov or calling FMCSA at (202) 385 9805. Unfortunately, we hear so many horror stories of people signing with moving companies that seem to be too good to be true and we want to stress to you that anything that seems too good to be true… Probably is! Hopefully, our Terminology Tuesday series will help you know and understand the information provided by the professional mover. The expert mover should provide you with the following basic documents as a part of your move.
Estimates: estimates should be clearly described- in writing– do not accept oral estimates. Here at Exodus, we believe in order to get the most accurate estimate you must see what you are estimating. Therefore, we are more than happy to give you an in person estimate.
Order For Service: this is a list of all the services the mover will perform and shows the dates that the household goods will be picked up and delivered.
Bill of Landing: contract between you and the mover and receipt of ALL your belongings. You should be given a partially completed form before the vehicle even leaves the residence of origin.
Inventory List: receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. At Exodus we provide and go over the inventory list with you so we can agree on the description of the goods condition before and after the move.
Applicable Transportation Charges: charges that a mover assesses for its services must be contained in a published tariff which MUST be made available upon request. If you feel that a mover has overcharged you, you can contact the Surface Transportation Board at (866) 254 1792 to obtain assistance.
Filing a Complaint: you may file a complaint against a mover by visiting www.protectyourmove.org or calling 1-888-DOT-SAFT Monday-Friday.
We hope that you never go through the typical horror moves that we too often hear about. It is super important that you understand your rights and your responsibilities before selecting a mover. We believe that the best way to avoid problems is to be informed and plan ahead.