Guest Post: General Moving Tips – Packing

Moving house is a huge event in a family’s life and one that brings plenty of change to their lifestyle. Simply preparing for a house move takes from between a few weeks to up to months. It’s a big undertaking, but it’s also quite exciting. A house move is above all, a chance for a fresh start.

One of the basic stages of every house move is the packing process. It could take days and even weeks to pack your entire house safely. It requires the right packaging material and the right techniques. Packing is a rather mechanical process and usually the people on the move are quite stressed throughout the entire process. On the other hand, unpacking tends to be even harder. It requires some proper design thought and creativity in order to arrange each item properly and turn an empty house into a real home. However, for most people unpacking is much more exciting.

Packing for a move requires plenty of packing material. Here are the basic supplies you need to get before you start:

  • Cardboard moving boxes: You need sturdy boxes that are clean, odor-free and dry (even if they have been used before) of the following sizes: small, medium, large, extra-large. Get enough boxes to ensure that you won’t run out of them in the middle of the packing process.
  • Bubble Wrap: The magic packing material that will ensure the safety of fragile items and breakables. Wrap in a few layers and place them in a box that has been well-padded with linen or another cloth.
  • Specialty Boxes: These may be costly, but they can save the day. You can get specifically-designed boxes for the following items and more: electronics, lamps, mirrors, paintings, artwork, dishes and clothes.
  • Stretch Wrap: Absolutely vital, especially if your items will be travelling for a while or need temporary storage. Use stretch wrap to wrap electronics, glass surfaces, furniture and fragile items.
  • Newspaper or Plain Paper: You can use one or the other for wrapping fragile items or padding boxes. Use crushed paper to fill the voids between items in a box.
  • Packing Tape: Necessary for safely taping the moving boxes after they’ve been packed. Use it for wrapped furniture as well.
  • Straps: Straps can help keep lids and doors closed and they are also useful when moving the furniture with a dolly.
  • Moving Blankets: Necessary for moving the heavier furniture pieces.
  • Mattress Covers: Get some mattress covers to keep your mattresses safe during the transportation.

When you start packing, remember the golden rule: pack room by room and box by box. Keep track of the inventory list and label the boxes accordingly. The proper labeling will help you a lot when you start unpacking after the move.


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Guest Post: Storing Paintings

There are some occasions when you simply need a safe place to store valuable possessions. If you feel that your home is not that safe and it cannot accommodate all the precious belongings you have, it’s time to consider a self-storage option. Some of the most valuable things you could store are paintings and works of art. These are not only expensive, but they are also quite vulnerable to the changes in the environment and if you are not careful enough, they can easily get damaged. You cannot keep paintings in a room that you live in, or worse, in the garage among all the rest of your collectables. Even if the painting is packed in a quality cardboard box, it’s still not safe enough. There are many materials used when creating a painting – various layers of paint, varnish, preparation layers, fibreboard support material and more. All of these materials used in an acrylic or oil painting, can easily be affected by the environment. Moisture, dust, mildew, sun, warmth, pests – all of these and more can damage a painting.

One of the best ways to ensure complete safety for your artwork is to put it in a storage unit that is climate-controlled and secured with CCTV cameras and guards. The storage company can provide the proper packaging for the paintings and even wrap them for you. The special wrapping is one that insulates the paintings against heat, coldness and sudden temperature changes, as well as against moisture, bumps and drops. Even bad handling of a painting can cause serious damage to its surface.

Once the paintings have been successfully transported, they can stay in storage for months without being affected by any weather conditions. With the 24/7 security and the professionalism of the storage providers, you can have a peace of mind. As long as you choose a reputable self-storage facility that has proven track of impeccable service, there is nothing to be worried about anymore. You will have your own unique key and access to your storage unit whenever you want to.

The best way to store paintings in a closed storage unit is by lifting them off the ground so there is maximum airflow provided. If you are planning to store them for a long time, make sure that you examine them every other month. Ideally the paintings will be fully-insured against any damage or theft.

A great painting is often bought not only because of its aesthetic value and beauty, but for investment as well. A well-preserved painting can cost a fortune in a few decades so it’s essential to know the basics of good storage. In order to prolong the life of a painting, make sure that you pamper it often and treat it as the delicate piece of art that it actually is.

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Guest Post: Looking For a Storage Facility?

Are you looking for a storage facility to accommodate some of your belongings? Do you feel that your home has become too cluttered already? You are definitely not the only one lacking enough space at home. It seems that more and more people require more storage space these days. It’s quite convenient when you have that extra storage space, that’s also safe and easily accessible. You can store anything you could think of – vehicles, equipment, tools, collectables, furniture, artwork, etc.

There are different types of storage options available; some of these types are: moving company storage service, self-storage units in facilities, mobile storage in containers, climate-controlled storage for vulnerable items, temperature-controlled storage and more. No longer does storage space mean just a huge warehouse. This industry has grown significantly in recent years and storage options are becoming better and better. They are also quite affordable and for a monthly fee you get a big storage unit for your belongings that you can use whichever way you’d like.

A self-storage facility can be inside a building or outside of town, surrounded by a wall. The available units are of various sizes and each has its own code and unique key available to the client. CCTV cameras record 24/7 and there are also live guards on site. Usually the access to the facility is during the regular business hours and also at the weekend, since that’s when most people are free. Packing boxes can be provided, as well as professional packing service and trolleys.

Mobile storage involves the use of a compartment which is sent to the client by a storage company. The client fills the vault, trailer or container that’s made of steel or wood and then the storage company picks it up. It’s quick, easy and extremely convenient because you can store anything you want inside. However, there are also packing precautions you should take. If you need to pack fragile items, furniture, antiques and electronics, you need quality packaging supplies and appropriate techniques. The goal is ultimate safety for your belongings and ensuring that they won’t be damaged during transportation and storage.

Each storage option has its benefits, but none of them will be perfect for you unless you choose it according to your specific needs. If you need regular access to the unit, choose a local storage facility that is not too far from your home.

The difference between temperature-controlled and climate-controlled storage units is that the first one allows fluctuations in the temperature and the temperature is similar to that in the whole storage facility. The climate-controlled, on the other hand, controls the entire climate inside the container, as well as its humidity.

Consider these various storage solutions and pick the one that will work best for you and the type of items you need to store.

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The Most Secure Locks for Self Storage

If the facility you store with is even halfway decent, there should be many different lines of defense before a potential infiltrator could even get near your locker. However, having worked as a storage manager I’ve seen cases of theft and break-ins even in well-maintained facilities. The fact of the matter is that’s its simply impossible for a single manager to keep tabs on what everyone on property is doing at a given time. Security cameras are in place to act as a deterrent to would-be thieves, but they can only offer after-the-fact assistance in the case of someone determined to get into your valuables; once your stuff is already long gone.

Security gates should only allow access to current tenants, but it’s possible to follow someone onto the property and some old facilities have fencing and perimeter systems that anyone can easily scale to gain access to the property after hours. When it really comes down to it, putting a serious fat padlock on your locker is the best thing you can do to provide that extra layer of protection that might force a burglar to choose your neighbor’s less defended locker over your own. This post will rundown the best storage locker padlocks you can buy today. Some of these bad boys get my personal recommendation for all the times they were a total pain in my ass to remove for customers who had misplaced their keys.

The Chateau Disc Lock

This disc lock offers a solid combination of security and ease-of-use. In fact, its just as fast for you to take on and off as the owner as any other simple padlock. Just one twist of the key will get you in and out. However, it’s a much different story for anyone hoping to tamper with your lock. These disc locks are an official pain in my ass to remove, hence I strongly recommend them for the average self storage customer.

super secure disc lock for self storage customersSee that rounded latch that’s only partially exposed at the top of the lock? That piece right there is specially hardened and impossible to cut with regular bolt cutters. It just can’t be done. I’ve tried multiple times and I’m a big guy. Meanwhile, there’s no where on the lock body itself for industrial bolt cutters to find purchase, meaning this lock will reliably defeat any pair of bolt cutters your average thug would have on hand. This means that anyone serious about getting through a disc lock is going to need to have an angle grinder on hand.

There are two reasons it’s not easy to let fly with an angle grinder on these locks to break into someone’s storage unit. For one thing, angle grinders make an ungodly amount of noise and take some degree of knowledge to operate correctly against a stationary rounded lock without severing your own femoral artery when the tool slips and kicks back at 7200 rpm. The amount of noise they make means that a decent manager is likely to hear someone trying to cut a lock, know that no maintenance is scheduled, and go to check out the scene.

The second reason it’s not really nice and easy for angle grinder wielding thieves to get through your disc lock to access your storage stuff is that most facilities don’t offer free electrical outlets all over the place. Inside the storage wings it’s unusual to see open and accessible outlets because the designers of most storage properties don’t want tenants just linking up their satellite equipment from inside their unit and starting to run a small business on the storage company’s utility bill. This means a thief with a corded  angle grinder is going to need a gas powered generator and a lot of determination to break into your storage unit.

It is possible to “rake” these storage locks open with a combination of a professional pick and a homemade tool, but this takes an intermediate to advanced knowledge of lock-picking to do quickly and effectively. All in all, this chateau disc-lock is one of the most widely used locks on storage properties today.

Master Lock’s Brass Coupler Lock

Similar in theory to the disc lock is the Brass Coupler lock that also fits snugly over most storage locker doors, keeping the hardened bolt concealed beneath the shed door hardware itself. This coupler lock is also designed with anti-picking technology in mind to try to deter the crafty from simply popping it off. Its brass finish also allows it to better withstand the elements should you be using it to secure your externally facing storage shed.

secure brass coupler lock for self storage tenantsJust looking at it makes you want to take your bolt cutters and grinder on’ down the line…

Master Lock’s Titanium Shrouded Padlock

Check out this beasty boy with its Titanium shoulder’s hunched up over the bolt. Affordable and meaty, this stout little padlock is a good choice for storage tenants that have storage shed hasps that can accept the bolt going in and coming out.

stout titanium shrouded lock for storage shed haspsEven if you can only fit it through one of the slots on your shed’s hasp, it will do a good job of securing your valuables. Again, there’s no place for a traditional lock-cutter to bite on this padlock.


For Combo Lock Lovers

Check out this similar take on the classic shrouded lock that features combo access for tenants good at remembering numbers but bad at remembering keys. Notice the specially hardened bolt. Combo access is at the bottom via four wheels.

combo based shrouded lock with hardened bolt for self storage