Be sure to show the mover everything to be moved. Obtain a written estimate before the move, and ask what charges may be added after they have your goods. Verify that mover has the right license. Check their insurance coverage. Movers come in and out of our storage center every day. We can tell you which movers customers most appreciate. Keep in mind that the movers cannot always determine how long the move prior to yours will take, so make allowance for a possible delay. The complaint history for public movers is available…see Yellow Pages under “Movers” heading for whom to call.
Truck Rental and Moving Equipment*
These labor saving devices and tools to make carrying appliances and large object easier are invaluable…and might be available FREE*
from Easy Self-Storage, if you’ve contracted for space with us.
1. Hand truck:
Lightweight and easily maneuverable, a hand truck makes moving a stack of boxes easy and takes the strain off your back.
2. Appliance dolly:
Load-locking straps and stair climbers make it easier to move heavy, bulky appliances, like refrigerators.
3. Truck Rental:
It can be difficult to get a truck rental reservation for a local move during peak summer periods…especially around Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day. Many rental companies give preferential treatment to long-distance, one-way renters. If your move is local, our recommendation is to avoid these busy times, or book your truck very early, and confirm your reservation repeatedly the week of your move.
4. Forearm Forklift:
a pair of lifting straps designed to make moving large objects simple and easy. The straps will not scratch woods and reduce the weight of any object by 66%.
5. Matress Tote:
a hassle-free way to move your bulky matress. This device will take any pain or frustration away from moving your matress.
Protection For You and Your Possesions:
and back supports.
2. Furniture pads*
are available for rent or purchase with your truck rental, or you can use your own old blankets and comforters.
Loading the Truck:
Park your truck as close to your home as possible. Load one quarter of the truck at a time, packing it as tightly as possible, floor to ceiling. Tie down each quarter. Usually the appliances and largest items go in first, heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top. Mattresses, table tops, and other long items fit well along the side of the truck. Mirrors ride best placed between mattress and box spring.
Save your Back:
Always bend your knees and use your leg muscles when lifting heavy objects. Never
lift with your back bent. Never push a hand truck up a ramp…always pull it so that you are higher on the ramp then the loaded hand truck. Easy Self-Storage also has Forearm Forklifts and Matress Totes available to make carrying large bulky objects like refrigerators, washing machines, mattresses, etc. much easier.
Enlist a partner or two. Your helpers don’t have to be experienced movers. Even a child can hold open the door for you.
Don't Forget Food:
A cooler packed with snacks will be a welcome sight to you and your movers at some point in the day. Bottled water is available at Easy Self-Storage as is fresh coffee all to make your storage experience more enjoyable.
Making the Best of Your Space
Easy Self-Storage provides you with a storage log book.
If you will need access to your items...
Leave a walkway to the rear of the storage room. Place frequently needed items near the door. Often they are placed on the truck last and are first to come off. Put them aside so that they can go into your storage space last. Our heavy-duty shelving can help you maximize the accessibility of your items and increase the room’s capacity by taking greater advantage of the storage room height. List contents of boxes and create a diagram of their placement for easy retrieval. You may want to list all of the items in storage.* See us for a Easy Self -Storage Log Book to help you accomplish this.
If you don't need access to your items...
You can rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the unit full. The higher you can pack your storage unit, the more it will hold. Shelving is available for rent in our Superstore.*
It’s good to leave plenty of ventilation room around your items. Leave a small air space between every item and the walls, as well as an inch of space between boxes. See us about renting flooring not only for ventilation, but to get everything up off the ground.*
2. Put heavy items on the bottom and light or odd-shaped items on top.
Don’t place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture. Cover your fine furniture with a blanket, sheet or other covering to minimize exposure to dust. Keep Dri-It’s and other humidity control products
in your storage space to protect your valuables (available at the Easy Self-Storage Superstore).
A good quality disc lock can be purchased from Easy Self-Storage. Remember, locks may look the same, but not all locks are of the same quality. (Check with our storage consultants and let them show you some of the differences.)
To Insure or Not to Insure:
If your goods are worth storing, they are probably worth insuring. The same perils that can happen at your home or business can happen at the self-storage. Insuring items that you place in your storage room is solely your responsibility. Easy Self-Storage does not inventory or know the value or condition of your storables. Taking on that responsibility would greatly increase the cost of self-storage.
Homeowner’s or tenant’s policies often cover items stored off-site, but typically for only a fraction of their value. Check your policy for coverage and type of losses. If you don’t have a policy or want supplemental coverage, you can arrange for affordable insurance. See the separate insurance brochure. This policy will give you additional peace of mind for just pennies a day. Speak to one of our storage consultants for the brochures.
The ABC's of Packing
Whether you are a pro or a newcomer to the packing and storage experience, a quick review of the basics will reduce stress for you and add protection for your cherished possessions. If you have a question that’s not answered here, don’t hesitate to ask one of our storage consultants.
• Use new, uniformly-sized boxes. They stack more efficiently, maximize the use of your space, and are clean and pest-free.
• Take home more boxes than you think you need. Most people underestimate their needs. You can return any boxes you don’t use if you purchase them at Easy-Self Storage and don’t fold the, tape them or write on them. We’ll give you your full price back.
• Use special purpose boxes, like the wardrobe box to make packing easier.
• Allow plenty of time for packing. It usually takes much longer than people expect.
• Use small boxes for heavy items, larger ones for light things, and avoid packing fragile and heavy items together.
• Fill each box completely to prevent collapse.
• Use plenty of packing material to protect your possessions. Non-inked packing paper, bubble warp, towels, blankets, pillows, and bedding all work well.
• Avoid using printed newspaper for packing. The ink rubs off and can cause permanent damage.
• Seal all boxes completely with strong packing tape.
• Try to keep boxes under 30 pounds to save your back.
• Number your boxes and mark contents and room on the sides.
• Pack small items in drawers, and keep them in place with folder clothing.
• Fill major appliances with lightweight unbreakable items.
• Store only clean dry things
to prevent moth and mildew damage.
• Appliances: For transport, tie doors shut* (tape may harm the finish).
Store with doors and lids open to prevent mildew. Seal disconnected hose ends with a plastic bag and rubber band.
• Beds: Fasten bed rails together with rope. Cover mattresses to keep them clean, but leave room for air circulation. Inexpensive mattress covers and rope are available from Easy Self-Storage.
• Books: Pack these flat to protect their spines and use small boxes to help control weight.
• Chairs: Wrap packing paper around legs. Stack light chairs seat to seat. Easy Self-Storage sells inexpensive chairs covers and non-inked packing paper.
• Dishes and glasses: Take your time here. Use extra protection, pad bottom, sides and top with plenty of crumpled non-inked packing paper. Wrap each dish individually with plenty of non-inked packing paper or bubble wrap. Stack dishes on edge. Wrap cups and glasses individually, nest together in groups of three or four and place in the top of the box. Mark these boxes “FRAGILE.” All your packing needs can be taken care of at Easy Self-Storage's Superstore.
• Electronics: Pack in the original cartons or pack similar to dishes with lots of protection. Check owners manual for special moving instructions-such as securing floppy or hard disk in computers, securing the laser in a CD player or turntable screws and tone arm in a stereo. Do not
use polystyrene peanuts with computers. The static electricity could damage circuit boards. Code
wires with tape for easy reinstallation. For longer term storage, consider moisture removal bags (available at Easy Self-Storage).
• Lamps: Remove bulbs and shades. Pack shades in individual boxes with plenty of non-inked packing paper. Wrap cord around the base of lamp, and tape down.
• Mirrors and Paintings: Wrap in non-inked packing paper, towels or blankets and place in boxes, or packing individually with strong cardboard. Mark “FRAGILE.” Stand on edge, preferably between mattresses or box springs, Never store flat.
• Sofas and Hide-A-Beds: To save space, stand sofas on end. Tie hide-a-beds closed. When storing a curved-arm sofa, stand it on end on top or something sturdy like a trunk, so that the arm overhangs the trunk and carriers no weight. Cover with a blanket. Put cushions on top and load light boxes in the space where the cushions were.
• Tables: Remove legs, if possible. Spray wood finish with a quality polish. Tie extra leaves together. Table tops can be leaned sideways.
• Tools and Sports Equipment: Wipe metal surfaces with machine oil to inhibit rust, the cover with plastic to prevent staining. Take apart equipment assembled with screws or bolts, and place the parts in plastic bags taped to the item. Mark pieces for easy reassembly. Tape or tie long-handled tools in bundles. Drain hoses, tie them in coils, and connect ends. Remove gas and oil from lawnmowers, snowmobiles, snow blowers, weed eaters, etc., and store with fuel caps open. Remove bicycle wheels to conserve space. Avoid direct contact between skis or snowboards and concrete floors to prevent de-lamination.
• Valuables: Do not store furs, jewelry or money. Place cameras and other valuables in unmarked boxes.
•Use non-inked packing paper instead of newsprint, because the ink on newsprint will stain dishes, clothes, and other items.
Items You Must Not Store:
(Check with Easy-Self Storage for other items.)
• Combustibles, such as old paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline, propane, oil, or acetylene tanks.
• Do not store anything that could possibly cause fires, illegal items or hazardous or toxic waste.
• Perishables: Do not store any food or spices, seeds, plants, animals, dried fruit or dried flowers. These items will certainly attract insects or rodents which will destroy your other valuable possessions.
*See one of our storage consultants for details.