Moving can be a physical and stressful job. You have to move every single item you own into a box, and then unpack it again, once you have reached your destination. Moving complications can further make the move process even more difficult. Sometimes, for example, you are forced to move out of your current residence, before your new residence is even ready. Some moves also require you to pack up and travel across the country. The following steps are valuable moving tips that can be helpful in making the move smooth and less stressful.
Consider renting a storage unit
One of the biggest problems with moving is that it usually seems like you are on some type of a deadline. You have dates that you have to be out, and move in dates. This usually does not leave much wiggle room for you to really plan out your move. On average, households in the United States have 300,000 things in them. A portable storage unit can be helpful in giving you more time for your move. You can begin boxing items up, even weeks before your move in date. Box up the items that you do not need direct access to and then move them to your portable storage unit.
Even if you do need direct access, you can rent a portable storage unit on site. These small units can fit right in your driveway and can be secured with a lock. When it comes time to move, you can simply arrange a pickup truck and have it moved directly to your new residence. This also gives you ample time to organize the portable storage unit in any way that makes sense to you. Try boxing like items together for easier access to needed items.
Climate control storage for long storage
Portable storage units are best for temporary storage, usually a couple of weeks. If you intend to store something for longer than that, you might not want something that is portable and you may want to choose something that is climate controlled. Climate controlled storage units are usually large units that can safely hold items that can be ruined or damaged by extreme temperatures. These may be necessary in extreme cold or heated states. It may also be needed when you are moving large items to a different part of the country, such as vehicles.
Rent a dumpster
You are also likely to come across many items that you no longer want. You may be surprised at the amount of garbage items you accumulate. In most cases, you have to return the keys to your previous house in good shape, meaning that it is also your responsibility to clean up all of the garbage. It can be too overwhelming to bag up all of these items and most garbage companies will not pick up large load without special accommodations. Instead, get a dumpster for rent.
The dumpster for rent will be delivered to your driveway, providing you with easy access. You can simply throw items you no longer want into the dumpster. Once you are finished with your move and cleaning up, you will schedule a pickup. The garbage company will come out and transport the dumpster to the garbage lot, all with minimal work from you.
Consider long term storage
When you move, you may find that you do not have sufficient room for all of your items. If they are items you do not want to get rid of, consider long term storage. In 2009, there were 2.3 billion square feet of self storage space in the United States, giving you plenty of storage options. This is also a common use for storage facilities. According to a Self Storage Association study, by 2007 50% of self storage users were storing what would not fit into their homes.
Moving does not have to be stressful. Planning can make the process easier. Although you may not always have endless amounts of time to plan and move, there are tools that can ease the process. Renting a portable storage unit and a dumpster can ease the move process, taking a lot of the physical work out of the move.