Storage Tips at StorKwik Self Storage
StorKwik Self Storage would like to help make your move less stressful. Here is an easy to follow guide to help you with your move. Organizing and preparing weeks ahead of your move will reduce stress, and decrease your chances of overlooking important items.
6-8 Weeks Prior to Moving: This is a great time to lay-out the details of your move.
Make a list of items you plan on moving to your new home and those you wish to place in storage. Also make a list of items to be handled by the mover and those you will handle yourself. Dispose of items that you no longer need, and consider a garage sale if you have time.
- Research and select a professional moving company. After selecting your mover, discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.
- Get estimates from several moving companies, if possible.
- Many moving expenses are deductible. Maintain a file with important information and receipts for moving related expenses.
- If moving to a new community, find out about the schools, parks, recreation, and community programs from the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau.
- Transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance through your insurance agent.
- Place all your medical records in a safe place. Do not forget prescriptions, vaccinations, pet records, and other important information.
4-5 Weeks Prior to Moving: If you are planning to do some of the packing, start collecting moving and packing supplies at this time. Moving supplies are available for purchase at all of our storage facilities.
- Contact the post office, and complete a US Postal change of address form.
- Provide your new address to your telephone company, trash company, cable/satellite provider, water utilities and electric company, Internet provider, insurance companies, banks and financial institutions, clubs, local government agencies, subscription providers, and any other companies you regularly do business with.
- Register your children in their new schools. It would be a good idea to involve kids in the moving process. They can help pack their toys and items from their room.
- If you have pets, make arrangements for transportation. Find out if there are specific requirements for pet ownership in your new township. Also, obtain their full veterinary records.
2-4 Weeks Prior to Moving:
- If you have young children, you might want to arrange for a baby-sitter on moving day to ensure they remain safe and secure during the moving and loading process.
- Remember to return library books and anything you have borrowed before you move. Also, collect items you have loaned to friends and neighbors.
- You may choose NOT to pack your valuables in the moving van, think about taking them with you.
- Some state laws do not allow moving house plants. Plants could be given to friends or perhaps a local charity.
- If your move requires traveling a long distance by car, you may want to get the automobile serviced prior to your departure.
- Start packing items you don't currently need. If renting a storage unit, determine which items go to storage and which items go to your new home.
- Don't forget items stored in basements, attics, and closets. Also, remember to clear out valuables in safety deposit boxes.
- Back up important computer files before disassembling. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.
- Dispose of flammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous substances.
1 Week Prior to Moving:
- Make sure your items are labeled: 'Fragile', 'Load First', 'Load Last', and 'Do Not Load'. This is important to ensure the safety and prioritization of your items.
- Think about where your furniture and other major items will go in your new home, and map out a placement plan.
- Ensure that your moving company knows the correct address and phone number of your new home. If possible, also provide them with an address and phone number to get in touch with you until you get to your new home.
- It is important to empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least one day before moving.
- Make plans flexible, and be prepared in case of delays. Confirm travel arrangements and keep items you will need while the rest of your belongings are in transit.
- Pack a separate box with those items you will need immediately upon arriving at your new home, such as snacks, disposable plates and cups, toiletries, and trash bags.
Moving Out Day:
- Thoroughly check closets, drawers, shelves, attic, and garage to make sure nothing is left behind.
- Turn off all switches and lock all doors and windows.
- Be on hand throughout the loading process and inspect the premises to ensure that nothing is left behind.
- Assign someone in your family to direct the movers. The driver must also have your name and phone number in writing. Also, remember to take destination agent's name, address and contact number.
- Sign the bill of lading, and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.
- Have patience if you reach your new home before your mover.
Move-In Day and After:
- While unloading, make sure there is no damage and no item is missing.
- Make sure utilities are connected and in working order.
- Carry traveler's checks or cash for quick payments.
- Direct movers to place items in your home according to placement plans.
- If moving to a new state, you will need to renew your driver's license and update your will and other legal papers.
- Locate the hospitals, police stations, and fire stations near your new home.
Before you Store:
- Plan the lay-out of your space to make maximum use of the area.
- Prepare an inventory of your stored items.
- Use clean, good quality packing supplies.
- Use the same size boxes for easy stacking and maximizing space.
- Seal boxes thoroughly to keep dust out.
- Label your boxes for easy locating.
- Read your Rental Agreement.
- Insure your goods - if it’s worth storing, it’s worth insuring!
Tips to organize your StorKwik Self Storage Unit:
- Place heavier boxes on the bottom
- Use smaller boxes for books and heavy objects.
- Put the items you need the least in the back of the unit. Use the front for things you may want access to at a later time.
- Leave an aisle or walkway for easy access to all your items.
- Use a freestanding shelving unit to help keep things organized.
- Wrap pictures, mirrors and framed items with paper or bubble wrap and mark as FRAGILE. Never store these items flat.
- Cover furniture and mattresses for added protection.
- Use pallets or cardboard to keep these items directly off the floor.
- Store mattresses flat to prevent them from bending out of shape.
- Don’t forget to use furniture drawers to store items - linens, clothes, blankets, silverware and small items.
- Remove the legs from tables to make allow for more room.
- Be aware of property access hours and posted signage.
- Use a good quality lock to keep your items secure.
- Report any unusual activity or potential problems to the StorKwik Self Storage Site Manager.
If you have any questions or need assistance, your StorKwik Self Storage Site Manager can help with everything you might need.