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Commercial Moving Projects: Why It’s Best To Let The Experts Do The Dirty Work

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Commercial Moving Projects: Why It’s Best To Let The Experts Do The Dirty Work

If you are moving into a smaller office space but you don’t want to get rid of the items that you won’t be using any longer, talk with the moving company about a storage space. Hiring a professional moving company and having them help you with the work may end up being the most practical thing. To move an entire commercial property efficiently, you would need to rent a moving truck, rent equipment to haul items, spend time packaging and loading and more. Instead, consider the following reasons why experts are best. Professionals Have Insurance The professional movers already have insurance to cover the items that are being moved from the old location to the new location, and to cover their employees. This means you don’t have to pay for items that get lost, damaged or destroyed during the move, or you may not have to worry about paying the medical bills if someone hurts their back or gets injured. Consider using professionals, so you know you are protected financially during the move. Time Could be Money Does spending the time to move take time away from your employees when they could be making money for your company, or does it force you to close your doors? If so, you don’t want to waste the time or have them take their time to do the move. Instead, pay the professionals and let them get the job done quickly. You can even get pricing for weekend movers or after hours movers that try to do everything after the day is done. Moving is a Skill Professional moving companies need licenses, and their employees go through training. They need to know how to lift pieces properly, how to lift the truck, how to package items properly, and how to unload a vehicle. If you don’t know how to do all of these things, the process could be physically tiring, difficult, time consuming and more. Let the trained professionals do the work instead. You can have the moving company take the items you aren’t going to be using into a storage unit until you need them or want to sell them, and you don’t have to haul the items there on your own. The company will do this on the way to the new location or after they leave your new commercial space. If you are downsizing and you need help with your business move, call the experts to get all the help you need. Talk to a local moving storage service for more...

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Using A Professional Moving Crew? Don’t Forget To Tip

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Using A Professional Moving Crew? Don’t Forget To Tip

When you’re starting to get ready for an upcoming move, one of the big decisions that you’ll face is whether to handle your possessions on your own or hire a moving company. The latter choice is ideal, especially when you’re facing a long-distance move, for a number of reasons. Professional movers are not only adept at moving your belongings without damaging them, but will also work quickly to get the job done quicker than you could on your own. While expressing your thanks verbally is always important, the best way to show your gratitude is by tipping the crew at the end of the job. Here’s how to do it. Calculate A Percentage A common strategy for tipping your crew of movers is to confirm the price for the service and then collectively tip the crew about five percent. While your rate can vary according to a long list of factors, tipping around five percent often breaks down to giving each member of the crew between $10 and $20. Consider Any Extras Tipping five percent is a guideline; you shouldn’t feel any hesitation to tip greater than this suggested amount if you felt that the crew went above and beyond your expectations. Doing so can manifest itself in a number of different ways — perhaps the crew shows great attention to detail in moving a significant number of fragile pieces. You can also think about environmental or location-based factors concerning the move. Some people choose to tip each member of the moving crew a little extra if the weather is notably hot, cold or rainy, while some people also tip more if the movers had to negotiate several flights of stairs during the completion of the job. Giving The Tip You don’t need to feel the need to make a fuss about giving the tip. The best approach is to personally thank each member of the crew at the conclusion of the job and hand over the tip, in cash, at this time. If you really want your gratitude to have an impact, you can think about something specific and reference it, such as a mover showing hustle throughout the day. Other Ways To Say Thanks Beyond tipping, you can further show your gratitude to the moving crew by having some refreshments on hand. Typically, a cooler of cold water is sufficient, although offering hot drinks such as coffee on a cold day is also ideal. To learn more, contact a service like A W Moving &...

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Off-Site Storage vs. a Private Storage Shed: Proximity Doesn’t Make a Space Perfect

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Off-Site Storage vs. a Private Storage Shed: Proximity Doesn’t Make a Space Perfect

If you need to move items out of your home and into storage—say you’re remodeling rooms in your home and can’t simply shove the furniture into a corner—storage units are an obvious option. However, if you have a storage shed in your backyard, it might occur to you to put things in there and save some money. That may not be the best idea, though. While a storage shed might seem OK, an actual storage unit can be a better choice. While you’d pay money, you’d also get extra protection for your belongings. Pests While storage facilities can have their pest problems, a facility can take care of pest control. A storage shed in your backyard is subject to any backyard pest that wants to crawl in under the door, and you have to take care of pest control yourself. You’re better off going with a professional storage facility that can move your belongings to another unit if there’s a real problem. Environmental Conditions Storage facilities are sometimes climate controlled. While your storage shed can be wired for air conditioning and heating, the offsite unit’s price includes utility costs. Using the air conditioning and heating in your shed will increase your utility bills. The shed is also subject to wet ground and minor flooding in heavy rains. Storage facilities are graded so that rainwater flows away from the units. Size Offsite self-storage units are available in different sizes, so you can tailor the storage space to your needs. While your own storage shed is pretty much free, assuming you’ve paid for it fully and don’t have costs lingering on a credit card, you can’t change the size. You could rent another shed, but that would cost you more money. You may as well choose one offsite storage unit that will fit everything. Security Moving items to an offsite storage unit might sound much less secure than leaving the items in your own backyard. However, self-storage units are usually kept behind several layers of security, from locked gates around the facility to at least the heavy-duty door on an outside storage unit. Units on the ground floor that are accessible from the outside usually have metal doors; interior units can have wood doors, but those units are still inside locked buildings. Your shed isn’t nearly as secure—all you have protecting it is maybe a locked side gate that someone could get over with a ladder or a flimsy lock. And backyard storage sheds have other weak points such as windows. Unless you live in an area where no one ever passes by your home, using the locked storage unit offsite is safer. Want more information about storage unit sizes and other perks? Contact a storage facility. Units open up all the time, but they also get reserved quickly, so do not wait if you’ve got to get your belongings into...

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Four Tips For Properly Storing Your Convertible During The Winter

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips For Properly Storing Your Convertible During The Winter

If you own a convertible that you want to keep in as good of condition as possible for as long as possible, consider storing it in an auto storage facility. The facility will protect it from the elements, while still giving you the ability to go and see it whenever you want. Before storing your convertible in an auto storage facility, use the tips that follow. Fill Your Gas Tank Before you put your vehicle in storage, fill the tank as much as you can. During the cold winter months, condensation can build in the tank and ruin the gas in the tank. By filling the tank, there will be no space for condensation to develop and thus water down the gasoline in the tank. Keep the Car Safe from Rodents Small rodents can get inside of vehicles and eat away at the interior and the wiring in the car. You want to be sure that you take the time to rodent-proof your storage unit with moth balls. Do not place the moth balls inside of the car because they will cause it to have a foul smell that will be very difficult to get out. Instead, place moth balls directly under the car so that rodents will stay away from it altogether. Add Storage Insurance to the Vehicle When you store a vehicle, you often do not need to have full coverage insurance on it because you will not be driving it. Instead, place storage insurance on your vehicle to ensure that it can be repaired if it is damaged while being stored. Storage insurance is often very affordable and covers just about anything that could happen to your vehicle while it is being stored. Keep the Keys with You Also, you want to be sure that you keep the keys to the vehicle with you instead of storing them in the glove box or in the center console. If someone were to gain access to your storage unit, having the keys in the vehicle will give them the ability to easily drive away with it. All of these tips will keep your car as safe as possible while it is in storage. You need to be sure that you take the time check on your car every so often while it is in storage to make sure that rodents or bugs have not caused damage to it and that the battery has not gone dead in it. Contact a company like The Storehouse Watertown for more...

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Don’t Let A Tight Budget Get In The Way Of Renting A Storage Unit

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Let A Tight Budget Get In The Way Of Renting A Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit can be a smart choice when you’ve got too many items kept inside your home. Instead of allowing your surplus possessions to clutter your living space, you can use the storage unit as a temporary home for what you don’t frequently use. If you’re on a tight budget, however, don’t be dissuaded from visiting a storage facility and renting a unit. Even if the unit is small, it can greatly help you maintain order in your home. You can save money off the cost of your unit rental with the following three strategies. Share The Space Finding a close acquaintance with whom to share the storage unit can cut your monthly rental fee in half. Contact those in your family and circle of friends to see who might have a need for a storage unit, and then suggest renting the space together and splitting the bill. With this strategy, and a check of the storage facility’s rates, you might be able to rent a larger unit for less than you’d otherwise have to spend to rent a smaller unit. You and your rental partner can each keep your possessions on either side of the unit and label them clearly to avoid confusion. Opt Out Of Extra Features You can often reduce the amount of your storage unit rental by opting out of features that you don’t need. Many storage facilities rent units with specific features that many clients find appealing, such as climate-controlled spaces and spaces that can be accessed with a vehicle. While useful, you don’t always need these features. For example, a climate-controlled space isn’t necessary if you’re primarily storing old clothing, seasonal items and books. If you take a look at the items you plan to store and decide you don’t need added features, renting a basic unit will save you money. Don’t Store Large Items Cutting down on the volume of the items you wish to store can help you rent a smaller, most cost-effective unit. Analyze what you plan to transport to the storage facility and note any large items such as furniture. Think how you might be able to avoid storing such items – perhaps you can loan an old couch to a family member or donate some old bookshelves to a local charity. In some cases, you might even consider throwing out or attempting to sell large items, as doing so will help you save money on each monthly bill. For more information, visit a storage unit like Midway...

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Safe, Efficient Moving For Computer Systems

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safe, Efficient Moving For Computer Systems

Whether you’re moving an entire department of computers or a single gaming rig that needs to remain flawless, the journey ahead is rife with peril. Shaky roads, sharp corners and the crushing weight of other packaged belongings can turn your computers into a box of disconnected parts at best, or a crunched pile of garbage if things get really hectic. To protect your technical investment, consider a few moving tips that can make your computer safer during the move.  Take Out The Components Especially in customized computers, there may be a lot of peripherals attached to the system that can stick out in strange ways. Universal Serial Bus (USB) sticks need to be removed to avoid snapping them during moving, but there are some other components on the inside that should be moved as well. Expansion cards are circuit boards in the shape of rectangular wafers that attach to the bigger circuit board that connects all other devices, the motherboard. Although these smaller boards can be secured by plastic pins and metal screws, they aren’t secure enough for transportation. Boards such as video cards (also known as graphics cards) have additional weight that can cause the card to sway back and forth, despite the security of mounting screws. The boards can snap at the socket and board connector, leaving you with a useless board that needs to be replace. Remove these boards before moving and place them inside a protective box. An anti-static bag is a good idea to avoid burning the electrical contacts with static while moving. Label the box if you’re moving multiple computers so you’ll know which boxes should go together. Bubble Wrap Isn’t Enough! Computer systems are sensitive, and there’s a lot of protection necessary. Unfortunately, wrapping the computer with bubble wrap only protects the computer case–that is, it only protects the part designed to protect the computer. Since the insides are still sensitive, you’ll need to place computers inside secure containers that can dampen movement. You’ll also need specialized packaging material to put inside the computer case to reduce shock on the internal components. You can’t just jam plastic packing peanuts, foam or sponge material inside the computer because of static problems. Instead, let movers know that you’re transporting computers so the proper moving supplies can be suggested. You can attempt to package the material inside and outside of the computer if you’d like, but it may be better to ask for a professional who has experience with specifically moving sensitive electronics. Contact a moving supplies and storage professional like Route 37 Self-Storage to begin planning a move that doesn’t destroy your computer...

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3 Tips For Moving Across Town

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Moving Across Town

Moving across town should be easier than moving a few states away or even a few hours away — but it is this comparative simplicity that trips some people up. Because they assume their move across town will be easy, many people make mistakes that cost them time, money, and their sanity when moving locally. Follow these tips, and you can avoid common pitfalls. Don’t rule out the possibility of hiring movers. Many people assume that since the move is short, they don’t need to hire movers and can handle the whole process themselves. The truth is, however, that moving across town requires the same amount of packing, loading, unpacking, and unloading as moving across the country. If you have a busy work schedule, a lot of family obligations to juggle, or a house full of possessions, then hiring movers will save you lots of headaches. Since they only have to haul your things a short distance, rates should be pretty reasonable. Give yourself enough time. Just like its easy to underestimate the effort involved in moving, it’s easy to underestimate the time involved. Don’t assume you can do it all in one day, even if it looks possible when you schedule it on paper. Sure, you might finish on time, but there are also so many things that can go wrong during a move that will cause delays. Your movers might be running late. You might have to wait for your landlord to give you keys. You might realize at the last minute that you forgot to clean out the new fridge. It’s wise to take the day you plan on moving off from work, and then take the next day off, too, in case you’re not finished. If you do get lucky and finish on time, you’ll enjoy having that day of rest to recover and start decorating your new place. Be careful whom you ask to help. It’s great to have people help you move and unpack — but there’s such a thing as too much help. With a local move, you’ll have your choice of helpers, so be selective in whom you invite. Don’t invite people who you think will be overly chatty and slow you down. Ask a few of your strongest, most motivated friends to help. Ask any more than three to five helpers, and they’ll just be tripping over one another. If you hire a moving company based on your needs, only ask the right friends to help, and give yourself enough time, your across-town move is sure to go more...

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How To Make Your Belongings Secure In An Outdoor Storage Unit

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Belongings Secure In An Outdoor Storage Unit

An outdoor storage unit is convenient. You can drive right up to the door so you don’t have to carry heavy boxes very far. You can usually visit your outdoor unit any time you want, even at night. While it makes getting to your things a lot easier, it also puts them at higher risk than if you used an indoor unit that was always locked or under guard. Still, there are some things you can do to ensure your belongings are protected as well as possible in an outdoor storage unit. It all starts with choosing a strong lock and a facility with good security measures in place. Best Locks For Storage Units When you rent a storage unit, you’re usually responsible for buying the lock. One problem with locks is they can simply be cut off with a pair of bolt cutters. If not that, the locking mechanism can be drilled out or tampered with. Therefore, you want to buy a strong lock that a thief can’t break easily. A dedicated criminal can break into about any lock given enough time, so your goal should be to find a lock that requires a lot of work cut, drill, or pick. Disc and shrouded locks are good choices. Disc locks are harder to cut because they are shaped like a disc rather than having straight bars that can be grabbed with bolt cutters. Shrouded locks are covered with a steel plate, so it is very hard to cut or tamper with. To double your protection, you could use two locks on your storage unit, because that would take a thief twice as long to break through. The extra time may allow the thief to be picked up on a surveillance camera, or it may cause the thief to leave and look for easier locks to bust open. Security Features To Look For When you’re concerned about the security of your outdoor storage unit, you’ll want to visit it during the day and at night so you can assess the lighting. You don’t want to rent a unit that sits in shadows in a far corner of the lot. Make sure the lighting above your unit is bright, and that the whole outdoor area is well lit at night so there are no good hiding places for prowlers. Video surveillance is important too, and ideally, it should be monitored 24 hours a day. Captured footage is helpful in identifying a criminal after the fact, but live surveillance is necessary for catching a thief in action. Also, consider how well guarded the facility is at night. At the very least, it should have a locked gate that requires a card or code to open. Even if you take all the necessary steps to protect your storage unit, it’s possible it could get robbed by a determined criminal who thinks you have valuables inside. Therefore, be sure you document all your possessions for insurance purposes, so you know what is in the unit as well as its value. Also, mark your belongings so they can be easily identified and returned if they ever get stolen. To learn more, contact a secure outdoor storage company like Security Self...

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Easy Tips To Follow When Choosing A Moving Company

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Easy Tips To Follow When Choosing A Moving Company

If you’re going to be moving out of state and you aren’t sure how to get the best deal on a moving company you can trust, there are a few different things you can try. You can research the companies to find out which ones get good ratings on the Better Business Bureau website, and you’ll want to find out what services are included in their packages. Consider the following things when you go to pick a moving service. Find a Multi-Location Company Find a company that has a location where you are moving from, and near where you are moving to. This way the company doesn’t have to worry about having a truck that is empty traveling long distances. The company may have their workers unload your move, and pick up another in that area. Also, if they have tons of trucks and drivers, you may be able to get the company to do a weekday or during the day, instead of at night or in the evenings when rates can increase. Get Quotes Get multiple different quotes from companies to see what each company wants to charge you, and investigate each company to avoid moving scams.  Pick a company that has a set rate and not one that says the price can vary on the day of the move, based on the time and the amount of stuff. You want to know what you’re paying in advance, so you don’t get surprise fees. Use the quotes against each other to negotiate the best rate from moving companies. Ask About Insurance Make sure that the insurance policy the moving company carries is enough to cover all of the items you’ll have loaded in the moving truck. You may also want to see if you should take out a moving insurance policy. The company should be able to give you a policy amount, so you know how much is covered, and check the statement to see if they will replace and refund all damaged items. A company that says they aren’t responsible for the belongings during the move or transport isn’t a company you’ll want to use to move all of your stuff. There are moving companies that will guarantee your satisfaction, and that will promise to refund you for any items that are damaged beyond use again. If you are planning an out of state move you need to have a great moving company you can rely on. To learn more, contact a company like United Moving and...

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Growing Your Online Sales Inventory Using Self-Storage Units

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Growing Your Online Sales Inventory Using Self-Storage Units

Becoming a seller on the online auction websites can help to generate additional income for your household. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find enough space in your home to store the inventory for your sales. One way to increase your inventory without having everything take over your home is to use a local storage unit to keep all of your inventory in. Before you go boxing everything up to take to storage, there are a few things that you can do to make the selling process much easier for you while storing your inventory away from your home. Take Pictures Before you box or package anything, get several pictures of the item from all angles. The background of the pictures should be plain and shouldn’t distract the potential buyers of the products that you are offering. Create an Inventory Log Now that you have pictures, create an inventory log on your computer. Include an inventory number, a description, and the pictures that you have taken. Be careful as you number each item because this is the code that you will use when you pull and send the item that your buyer has purchased. Mistakes made now will result in your customer receiving the wrong item. Package the Items Prior to hauling your inventory over to the storage unit, package everything up. Pack and weigh each item and log the weight onto the inventory log. This will help you in the shipping process. Tip: Remove the batteries from any battery operated product to protect the product from damage from battery acid leaks. Box Up the Inventory As you box up the inventory to take it to storage, do so in an organized manner. Use the inventory number to put the packages in the boxes in numerical order. On the outside of the box, write what inventory numbers are contained in the box. Organize the Storage Unit Multiple shelving units are necessary to have a truly organized space. If the unit begins to become overfull, purchase some shelving units on wheels. This way, you can use the storage space in the center of the unit and still be able to access the contents on the back wall by rolling the moving shelves out of the unit. Choose a climate-controlled storage unit for your inventory. This way, you know that moisture, heat and cold won’t damage your inventory as you wait for the items to sell. Talk with your local storage unit facility manager to learn about the hours that the units are accessible and if there are any restrictions that could prevent it from housing your inventory without breaking any rules. For professional storage options, contact a company such as American...

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