Oh, the joy that comes with moving all your belongings to a storage unit. Sure, this probably isn't something you're saying, but the process doesn't have to be bad. You know that you need boxes, a moving truck and a few helping hands, but there are a lot of other smaller details that can make a big difference when it comes to keeping the process more efficient and keeping your stress level down. Make sure you know what to do.
Skip the Weekend
Avoid moving on the weekend, especially Saturdays. Most people move on the weekends, so there is typically more traffic on the road and there is likely to be more people coming in and out of the storage facility. All these factors slow you down and only extend the amount of time it takes for you to move. Try to schedule for the middle of the week, such as a Tuesday or Wednesday, after the morning rush.
Be Careful With Cheap Boxes
The local supermarket might be a goldmine for free boxes, but things aren't always as they appear. These boxes may be severely worn, causing them to easily fail. They may have been used to store raw meat or allergy-inducing foods, such as peanuts, leading to bacteria on your belongings or inducing an allergic reaction. The point is that you don't know. Always examine the boxes and when in doubt, invest in quality boxes.
Load Like You're Unloading
Load the moving track like you plan to unload it. While you want to be mindful of weight distribution, if you try to arrange your items in the same manner that you want them to be placed in the storage unit, this can make the unloading process go by much faster. For example, if you want to keep your clothing near the front of the unit for quick access, place these items on the truck first so that they are the last off.
Stop by Your Unit
In the long-term, you can make the move out from the storage unit a lot easier by making routine visits. A neighbor with negligent packing practices may have had a spill, your boxes may be failing or you may need to rotate some of your furniture to prevent damage. The point is that by visiting your unit you have a better opportunity to rectify these problems before they get out of hand and cause more problems.
Make sure you're working to make things easier for yourself on moving day.