How to Properly Pack for a Move

 

StorPlace packing supplies

Pick up your packing supplies at any StorPlace facility

 

Moving can be a very time consuming process.  Whether you choose to hire professional movers or pack and move yourself, there is always a lot to do. It is important to have a plan set for your moving day. Start planning at least 6-8 weeks before you move by hiring moving companies or renting your own moving truck, start sorting and packing items and shutting off and turning on utilities. Packing your own items and moving yourself is my preferred way of moving.  Packing your own boxes does have its own benefits.  For me, the most beneficial part of packing myself is that I could go through my things and separate what I really wanted to keep and what could be donated or thrown away.  This was also a good way for me to save money with my moving expense since most movers charge by the quantity of items and the weight.

Be sure to purchase a few different size boxes to help make the move easier and save you money.  I was able to get all of my moving supplies from StorPlace Self Storage.  StorPlace Self Storage has boxes that are small which are great for those heavy items such as dishes, glasses, and books.  Their boxes also have handles which make it a lot easier to move them around.  They have medium boxes that can hold a variety of belongings such as toys, collectibles, or small appliances.  The large box is great for pots and pans and mixing bowls, and larger appliances.  They also have an extra large box which is perfect for packing blankets, pillows, and all of the other lighter weight items you have to pack.  They have a sturdy wardrobe box which I used for packing all of my hanging clothes.  The mirror boxes worked fabulously for my flat screen television and my wall art.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you are packing boxes for your move:

1. Make sure that you have plenty of filler material such as plain newsprint, bubble wrap or clothes to put in boxes to fill them up.

2. When you are packing breakables, make sure to tightly wrap the item in newsprint or bubble wrap. Place these items in layers in the box. (A small box is prefered for breakable items such as glassware, plates and collectibles). Put the heaviest item at the bottom, add a layer of filler, then another item layer, then more filler and the lightest item on top with filler to the top of the box.

3. Make sure to label the contents of the box on the outside of each box. Also, put the room where the items belongs on the outside of the box, so it can be placed in the correct place in your new home.

4. Keep an inventory list of the boxes that are being moved and keep track of them as they go into the moving truck and are being removed from the moving truck.

5. When you are moving keep a few boxes aside that can be the last on the truck and the first into the new home. Label these boxes as “last in truck” and let your movers know that you need these boxes unloaded first.

WIth a little bit of planning, a collection of good moving and packing supplies and the proper packing of boxes, the moving process can be made a bit easier. Stop by any one of the 16 Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, KY StorPlace locations to pick up your moving and packing supplies.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue Helps With Your Storage Needs

Computerized entry at StorPlace Self Storage

You have your own personalized access code to the gates at StorPlace Self Storage

It is getting to be the time of the year to think about spring cleaning, decluttering or maybe even staging your house to put it on the market. Renting a self storage unit is a great asset in all of these situations. At StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue, we have  heated and cooled storage units as well as non-heated and cooled storage units. We have many different storage unit sizes to choose from starting with closet size to a walk-in closet and it keeps going up from there. The two smallest sizes storage units are inside an interior hallway but we do offer carts to help you load your items into these storage units.  For the larger storage units, starting at 10 x 10, we have drive-up access to the storage units. The heated and cooled storage units are also inside an interior hallway as well as a  few of the larger non-heated and cooled storage units.

When you rent a storage unit with StorPlace Self Storage, we do have a one-time $25.00 admin fee, which includes a high security lock. StorPlace Self Storage  of Bellevue has state-of-the-art security cameras and for extra security, there is a resident manager who lives at the facility. The property for StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is completed fenced in. All of our customers have their own personal gate access code.  To save you some money, your rent is pro-rated when you rent your storage unit and if we know ahead of time, we can pro-rate you when you no longer need your storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue also rents Budget moving trucks for local and one-way rentals.

StorPlace Self Storage makes it as easy to pay your monthly storage unit rent. You can  set your account up to get an invoice mailed to you for $2.00 extra per month or you can set your account up to get an email invoice. Another option is to set it up your payments on autopay, where we run your card automatically each month. If you choose to get one of the invoices sent to you,  then you can come in to our location office and pay, mail your payment, pay online or even pay by phone for no charge.

If you start out with a large storage unit and need to downsize to a smaller size, we try to make the process as easy as possible. We try to make the process of moving from a smaller storage to a larger unit a simple process as well. StorPlace Self Storage requires you have insurance for your belongings that you are storing. If you do not have your own homeowners or renters insurance, we have different protection options. There is no deductible with our protection option. Give us a call today or stop by one of our many properties to see our awesome facilities!!

Moving and Packing Tips

Handy merchandise to help you with your packing will help you beat the heat.

Moving? Pick up packing supplies at any StorPlace Self Storage

As everyone knows, moving can be a very stressful time! Whether you are moving across the country or across the street, StorPlace Self Storage  is here to help with a few moving and packing tips. Once you decide on your new home, make sure to stop by StorPlace Self Storage for all of your packing supplies!  Our customers receive a 10% discount on all of the retail we sell!

First, don’t be intimidated by the sheer size and scope of what you will be moving.  It may be tempting to hire movers simply because you feel like you cannot move yourself. However, if you start breaking down the house, room-by-room, it could be much more manageable to move on your own. If you plan on using a moving company to help with your move, do your research on companies, get recommendations from friends and have a few different moving companies come to your home to give you an estimate on the cost to move your belongings.

If you are moving on your own, remember to reserve a moving truck big enough to accommodate your move.  You don’t want to make several trips, because you have to pay for mileage (and gas).  When loading your moving truck, make sure you put the heaviest items in last.  This way they are the first off of the truck and you aren’t worn out trying to unload them last. Also, make sure you have some tie down rope so your items don’t move around in the back of the moving truck.

Some more moving tips are:

  • Placing mirrors in between mattresses so they don’t break.
  • Cover all mattresses and box springs with old sheets.
  • Load dresser drawers up with items and place the dresser drawers facing the truck so the drawers don’t fall out (it is also a good idea to put some rope around the dresser).
  • Pillow cases can be filled with non breakable kitchen or bathroom items.

When it comes to packing there are lots of different ways to make things more organized and easier to find once you have moved into your new home. The first way is to start by numbering your boxes.  Then, on a separate sheet of paper, write the box number, along with a generalization of what is inside of that box.  Group the boxes according to which room they belong in.  This will save you so much time when you are ready to unpack!  Remember to purchase new boxes when you are making a big move across town or to a different state.  If you pick up used boxes, there is always a chance of insects or foods contaminating them before you even get to use them.

If you need any more moving or packing tips, stop by your local StorPlace Self Storage facility.  Our experienced managers can help you pick out moving supplies, and even show you some storage space if you need it!

Quick Move, Come to Storplace

Come rent a truck from us at Bellvue StorPlace

Moving can sometimes be a stressful and expensive experience and we are here to help make your storage decision as easy and stress-free as possible. The most important storage decision besides, the cost and location of a particular unit is how long you need to store. It is important to decide what you are going to store and how long you are going to store before you search for a unit. Sometimes in the rush of moving we tend to store things that we no longer need or use because we do not have time or the energy to get rid of it. All of our leases are rented on a month-month bases so that you are not locked into a long-term lease. We do allow you to pro-rate out with a notice given by the 1st of the month.

We offer heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled storage units. We recommend heated and cooled units if you have sensitive items or are storing over the summer. We have units that range in size from a 5×5(small closet) to a 10×40(4 bedroom house). We also have 8-ft tall ceilings that allow you to stack items or even place shelves in order to keep items organized. In all of our hallways we have moving carts available to load items on and take the units in fewer trips. Our 12 locations feature site as well as gate surveillance 24-7 and each tenant has their own personalized gate code. For your convenience, we also have several payment options available such has online payment and debit authorization.

When looking for storage, people often forget that many facilities carry moving and storage supplies. This can be a huge time saver if you are setting things up at the last minute. Here at Storplace Self-Storage, we have a variety of moving supplies available to ease the stress of moving. For example, we have clear packing tape, bubble wrap, mattress covers, and surplus of boxes in different sizes. Storplace provides the necessary tools to properly pack and store all your items. Not only can you store your things, but everything you need is right on site and ready when you need it. Our prices are also very competitive and sometimes cheaper that other retail stores. We also provide you with a lock on move-in day so lessen the stress of unloading and then realizing that you need a lock. Storplace Self Storage aims to be your one stop shop for moving supplies, customer service, and stress free moving.

At this location we also rent Budget moving trucks as well as hand trucks, and furniture pads. We have trucks that range in size from 10 foot to 24 foot. This is the perfect location to rent a storage unit because you are able to move and drop off excess items at one location. The convenience of this location is that you will save yourself a lot of time and money because your storage and truck rental are located in the same place.

All of our property managers and assistants aim to provide friendly, upbeat, and caring service to all of our tenants and future tenants. We are here to help with any questions and issues that may arise with storage or truck rentals. Storplace of Bellevue is the perfect location to store your items and be free from worry and stress.