Storing your belongings when moving

When moving home or office, you have to put a good deal of thought into every step of the process so that the transition is seamless and so you can settle into your new building effortlessly.

From redirecting your mail to changing your ‘proof of address’ documents, your checklist is quite extensive, but the bulk of the job can be left in the capable hands of professional removal companies.As you entrust a removal company to transport your treasured belongings, you may wish to consider storing some of your possessions, either because you do not have any space for them in your new home, or because you’re waiting for the old occupants to leave the premises. Perhaps you’re trying to declutter your house in expectation of potential buyers or maybe there’s a new addition to the family and you wish to clear up some living space. Storing facilities could also be a great alternative if you’re planning to relocate your home or office overseas or if you’re thinking about storing a dear relative’s collectables, which have too much sentimental value to have lying about the house, where children and pets could damage them.Storage companies offer a range of solutions, including container, archive and self-storage. Sifting through potential storage solutions can be a daunting task, but you could simplify it considerably by taking a few aspects into account:

1. According to the category you fit into, try to find a company that caters to residential or commercial customers, or both.

2. Plan for the long-term if you’re decluttering a house you’ve just put up for sale. It could take up to a year to find a suitable buyer, so try to find a reputable company to store your belongings securely. Otherwise, if you’re simply looking to store your office equipment until you’re able to set up your new office and trade again, look for companies offering short-term storage. Check to see if you can store by the week, month or year and when you should notify them if you intend to take your belongings back.

3. Look into their security and alarm monitoring. The warehouse should be fully monitored and alarmed throughout the day, every day of the year. They should offer CCTV surveillance with constant digital day/night vision, self storage individual room alarm, electronic gates, security fencing, fire alarms and smoke detectors, appropriate lighting and emergency contact services. If you choose to store your goods in a container, you may wish to check where and how the container is stored, and how it is secured.

4. Consider the type of storage that suits you best. If you’re required by law to keep company documents and they take up a good deal of office space, then archival storage is probably your ideal alternative. If you’re trying to sell your home, look for decluttering services. Removal companies will deliver boxes, bubble wrap and tape for you to pack, or pack the items themselves for a fee, make an inventory, then collect and store or dispose of the items according to your preferences, take them to their storage facility or drop them at a local charity shop, and deliver the boxes back to your new address when you’re ready.

5. Enquire into companies’ insurance policies. Ask if they accept liability for any losses or damages, up to what value, and if they offer tailored insurances covers. If you already have a household goods policy, you should check if you’re allowed to transfer it to the warehouse for the time you plan to store them.

6. Look into their opening hours and find out when you have access to your things. They may be able to offer extended access in return for an administration fee. If you rented containers for your belongings, the storage solutions providers should be able to allow you on-site access to them by bringing them to you and opening them up for you.

7. Check that they offer parking next to your storage unit, that they have a loading bay, large trolleys and pallet trucks, forklifts and any other equipment you may need. It may be best to find a storage facility that is not too far from your current or future residence and if you’ve chosen to go with a self-storage solution but don’t have a van, look for a company that also helps you arrange van hire online.

Your circumstances and preferences will dictate the type of storage solution that suits you best, but whichever option you go for, keep in mind that a removal company can handle the entire house move, offering a wide range of services that take care of every single one of its aspects, from packing to storing.

Packing Your Belongings For a House Move

The excitement of moving house soon gets replaced by a feeling of dread as you contemplate the chore of packing. However it really doesn’t need to be so difficult, as there are many ways that, while it will never be a pleasure, can certainly make it easier, both for the packing and unpacking. It is the perfect time to have a clear-out; if you no longer use it or wear it, then either take it to a charity shop or a car boot sale, the proceeds could contribute towards the move. Be ruthless as unnecessary items take up a lot of space and make for extra work.

Packing Yourself or Getting In the ProfessionalsMany people, especially those that are busy working or simply don’t have the time, will opt for a fully insured removal company to pack for them. This has several advantages, the obvious ones being that it takes the strain away from you and your family and you do not have to pay out for boxes and packing material that you will either have to store or throw away afterwards.They will provide the labour, packing boxes and all the necessary packaging material to prevent your items getting broken. You will also feel safe in the knowledge that if something does break or get damaged, the removal company will pay through their insurance; self-packed boxes are normally not covered by the removal company’s policy. However there may be certain items that you prefer to pack yourself – just let the removal company know and they will provide you with the boxes, etc.

Self-Packing – Get It Right

Ask your removal company if they are able to sell you boxes, packaging materials and tape, as very often their prices are very reasonable. Be sure to have a good supply of wide-tipped black marker pens – essential for writing on the cartons and work out a system so that all the contents of each box will belong to the same room on arrival at your new property.

Fragile items should go into the same boxes and not be mixed with other hard objects. They should be protected well with bubble wrap and tissue paper – do not use newspaper unless you want to spend hours cleaning ink off later – ensuring that they will not move around and that the box is not too heavy to lift easily. When it is full, seal the top and bottom securely and write on the top in large letters ‘fragile’ and the room that the box should go into. Every box that you pack should be be well sealed to prevent accidents and marked as to which room it should go; this will simplify unpacking later.

Sensible Packing

Start packing early as there is nothing worse than a last minute rush. Put heavy items into smaller boxes as this will make them easier to carry and if you have children, encourage them to pack their own toys and clothes as this will keep them involved in the move. It is a good idea to pack clothes and toiletries into suitcases, they have to be transported anyway and it makes items that you will need quickly more accessible. Knives should have their blades carefully wrapped, as they can cause injury or damage to the packing boxes. One carton which must be packed with diligence and taken in the car on moving day should contain enough mugs for everyone involved in the removal, tea bags, coffee, sugar, milk, teaspoons and the all important kettle. You might also want to include packets of biscuits or cake, which will be welcomed by all.

If you have any highly polished or antique furniture, this will require particular care and extra protection, which will include the legs. Pictures and photos, with or without glass, should be completely covered in several layers of bubble wrap. If you are unsure how to pack anything precious, take advice from your removal company or ask them to pack these items for you.

Handy Tips

Consider the time of day that you will be arriving at your new home and how long it will take to unload the lorry before you can start getting organised. Make sure that the beds are the first to be put together and made up with bed linen as there is nothing worse than trying to do this at the end of a long and tiring day, when all you want to do is sleep.

On arrival – put the kettle on!  (and offer a cup of tea to your hard working removers!)

Storing your belongings when moving

When moving home or office, you have to put a good deal of thought into every step of the process so that the transition is seamless and so you can settle into your new building effortlessly.

From redirecting your mail to changing your ‘proof of address’ documents, your checklist is quite extensive, but the bulk of the job can be left in the capable hands of professional removal companies.As you entrust a removal company to transport your treasured belongings, you may wish to consider storing some of your possessions, either because you do not have any space for them in your new home, or because you’re waiting for the old occupants to leave the premises. Perhaps you’re trying to declutter your house in expectation of potential buyers or maybe there’s a new addition to the family and you wish to clear up some living space. Storing facilities could also be a great alternative if you’re planning to relocate your home or office overseas or if you’re thinking about storing a dear relative’s collectables, which have too much sentimental value to have lying about the house, where children and pets could damage them.Storage companies offer a range of solutions, including container, archive and self-storage. Sifting through potential storage solutions can be a daunting task, but you could simplify it considerably by taking a few aspects into account:

1. According to the category you fit into, try to find a company that caters to residential or commercial customers, or both.

2. Plan for the long-term if you’re decluttering a house you’ve just put up for sale. It could take up to a year to find a suitable buyer, so try to find a reputable company to store your belongings securely. Otherwise, if you’re simply looking to store your office equipment until you’re able to set up your new office and trade again, look for companies offering short-term storage. Check to see if you can store by the week, month or year and when you should notify them if you intend to take your belongings back.

3. Look into their security and alarm monitoring. The warehouse should be fully monitored and alarmed throughout the day, every day of the year. They should offer CCTV surveillance with constant digital day/night vision, self storage individual room alarm, electronic gates, security fencing, fire alarms and smoke detectors, appropriate lighting and emergency contact services. If you choose to store your goods in a container, you may wish to check where and how the container is stored, and how it is secured.

4. Consider the type of storage that suits you best. If you’re required by law to keep company documents and they take up a good deal of office space, then archival storage is probably your ideal alternative. If you’re trying to sell your home, look for decluttering services. Removal companies will deliver boxes, bubble wrap and tape for you to pack, or pack the items themselves for a fee, make an inventory, then collect and store or dispose of the items according to your preferences, take them to their storage facility or drop them at a local charity shop, and deliver the boxes back to your new address when you’re ready.

5. Enquire into companies’ insurance policies. Ask if they accept liability for any losses or damages, up to what value, and if they offer tailored insurances covers. If you already have a household goods policy, you should check if you’re allowed to transfer it to the warehouse for the time you plan to store them.

6. Look into their opening hours and find out when you have access to your things. They may be able to offer extended access in return for an administration fee. If you rented containers for your belongings, the storage solutions providers should be able to allow you on-site access to them by bringing them to you and opening them up for you.

7. Check that they offer parking next to your storage unit, that they have a loading bay, large trolleys and pallet trucks, forklifts and any other equipment you may need. It may be best to find a storage facility that is not too far from your current or future residence and if you’ve chosen to go with a self-storage solution but don’t have a van, look for a company that also helps you arrange van hire online.

Your circumstances and preferences will dictate the type of storage solution that suits you best, but whichever option you go for, keep in mind that a removal company can handle the entire house move, offering a wide range of services that take care of every single one of its aspects, from packing to storing.

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