Guest Post: Moving and Storage of Items During Transit

Moving and Storage of Items during Transit

Relocating is an activity that comes in to a person’s life quite frequently. If not one’s house, then it could be one’s office that needs to be moved. Or perhaps it might be both your office and your home, or a  close relative’s or friend’s house or office that needs to be moved! Most of the time you may find a lot of junk that needs to be stored somewhere. You may not be able to throw these items away and therefore they need to be stored in a self storage facility.  Moving and storage of such items is indeed a problem quite different  to those of other ones.

The customer hires such temporary storage space to keep all such unnecessary yet indispensable items.  The storage space is available to the customer for as long as they require them, it is also commonly known as self storage facility. The one big point of advantage that a self storage facility offers is that a person can choose the size of the space, which would depend on what sort of moving and storage activity the individual wants. Also, a person is usually free to store whatever they wish to. However, illegal items such as explosives and other such dangerous materials naturally, do not come in to the list of objects meant for storage.

Moving and storage of one’s items requires another aspect to be looked into, and that is security. While the movers would look after the security of the items being moved from place “A to B”, the items that need to be stored require similar security. At self storage facilities the service provider includes this security feature also. The items are therefore safe and secure which gives lot of solace to the customer. However, prior to selecting any one such service provider from the plethora of lists that a person comes across, it is best to check out certain aspects first. It is better to opt for a service provider that charges higher than others so that you can assure high standards of security from their company. In the long run these extra charges are sure to pay off

Self storage facilities have now come out in mobile format too. This is specifically meant for those who do not have time to commute between their new or old location and the self storage facility. It is in these containers that the client should pack the items for storage. The containers would then be kept either at the clients premises itself or at a different location, close by, with access given to the client via a code.

Therefore, there are a multiple choices when it comes to deciding on moving and storage solutions. One must have a firsthand experience of how each of these services work and know the relative advantages of one over the other. Only after that, should you decide on which is the best option for your current situation.


Guest Post: Five Tips to Streamline Your Next Move

You’re aiming to make the next step up, and plans include looking to move to a busier city, get a better job and a bigger life. Securing housing and work commitments in the new location may be the tough part for some, but others find that the physical moving can be the most difficult part of the whole process.

The nerves and stress associated with household moves can be unnerving. But you can streamline your move by planning ahead, tackling each step of the moving process in small bites and acting decisively to either keep items or rid of them. In doing so, you’ll save time money and aggravation in the process.

The Huffington Post gives some insights on ways to de-stress and streamline your move. We’ve added a few of our own below.

1. Prepare and Plan

Make a three-pronged plan. Make a to-do list for 60 days ahead of a move, another for 30 days ahead and the third list for one week in advance. Around the 60-day mark, you may have to give notice from your current accommodations, or try to sell your house before you move. Brainstorm everything you’ll need to do around those dates. By having a big calendar in front of your eyes with due dates, your move will become more of a task list than an overwhelming mountain to climb. Think one step at a time.

2. Buy Gently used Packing Boxes

Don’t buy new moving boxes. Busy city areas always have people coming and going in moves, and many of them offer their moving boxes on various websites for cheap. Don’t forget the power of Craigslist as well. You can usually save a few hundred dollars on moving materials by doing some searching.

3. Pack Non-Essentials First

Clear out a room in your home or apartment to use as a storage area for packed boxes. Once you have this, then start packing non-essential items. For instance, if you’re moving in winter, you won’t need summer grilling tools, so pack those away first. Vice-versa for winter apparel. If it’s summer, pack those jackets, hats and gloves. You won’t miss them over the next 60 days.

4. Use Your Technology

As your deadline nears, avoid time-consuming phone calls for research and information on your new destination. Use the technology on cell phones to speed up your information needs. View Google Maps in your new city for essential needs in your new neighborhood. Apply for a new state drivers license on your phone. Check out driving routes for your new job. Use your technology as much as you can to reduce task time.

5. Clean Everything

It’s often better to clean everything prior to packing. Instead of dragging out your dusty items out of boxes in your new clean place, take time now to scrape off buildup, wipe down knick-knacks, and spray and carefully wrap glass items. When your items are delivered to your new place, you’ll feel better about pulling them out and setting up home quickly.

Tara Gold
Tara homeschools her three children from their home in the country. She loves to garden and blog in her free time.

Guest Post: Perfect Warehousing

Warehouse living is the epitome of cool in London, and while it may not be for everyone, it’s certainly one of the best ways to save money while looking good in your new place. We’ll give you an insight into perfect warehousing with our handy guide, full of hints and tips for living in a converted space.

There are a few ways of approaching living in a warehouse, you can either go through the regular channels for finding a place, and pay a premium for a beautiful (or sometimes not so beautiful) conversion that is purpose made for living in, or you can rent a unit that has not been converted, and make the place hospitable yourself. The first is obviously the easiest. An estate agent will have plenty of loft style conversions to show you around, and many of them will be fantastic, as there has been a massive resurgence in the style of apartment in the last 15 years, and landlords are making the most of their space by doing them up to an amazing standard, to attract wealthy renters. If you decide to go down this route then be aware of the costs that you are incurring. It may be that you need to live in quite a central location, and therefore are unlikely to find any non-residential property that is ready to convert, in which case you will need to find a place that has already been done up. If you are ok to live a bit further out, then it may be the case that you are better off saving money and heading out to the outskirts of town; north east and south east London are particularly good places to find old warehouse spaces.

If you set your mind on renovating a warehouse space yourself, then the next thing to do is find your place. Many artist communities have set up co-operative living arrangements in warehouses that were once used for larger industry, so it is certainly doable. When you have located a decent place, make sure that it has the right facilities for you, as well as the correct local amenities. Many older warehouses will be without residential style heating, and will often lack bathrooms or kitchens, as they were not built for the purposes that you require. While putting in a kitchen or bathroom may be quite expensive, the likelihood is that the rent of the unit will be so significantly cheaper than renting a conversion, that the overall cost will still be less!
If you are all set with a habitable warehouse, then you will likely feel the need to decorate it to an exciting standard, and this style can vary greatly, as with modern standards, a great deal of decor can be put into an industrial warehouse style setting and still make sense stylistically. One idea is to mix and match period antiques and furnishings, but keep the colour palette in line, chose warm wood furniture that complements the harsh concrete shell of the building, and twin it with similarly coloured furnishings, like red and orange, deep blue and purple, which will feel luxurious in stark contrast with the living proposed by the building! Using rustic furniture will also set off the surroundings nicely, as the homely feel of handmade tables and chairs are nicely contrasting with the hard mechanical feel of an industrial warehouse.

We hope that our hints and tips will get you nicely on the way towards living in the perfect warehouse space for you, good luck!

More details at

Guest Post: The Essential Boxes And Packing Materials You Need For Storage

Selecting the perfect location for self storage is a crucial step, however, you can’t disregard the importance of ensuring that your personal belongings are protected and safe, both during as well as after the move. The objective of this article is to provide you a detailed plan about the things required for packing your items in an efficient and cost-effective manner.


Here’s a list of basic packing supplies that you will need:


  • Markers, labels and plastic bags for easy identification
  • Styrofoam pellets, “popcorn” or foam peanuts
  • Craft or tissue paper for items that require delicate packing.
  • Corrugated paper rolls, used for fragile items.
  • Pencil and notebook for logging carton identification.
  • Box knife and/or scissors.
  • How to choose and use packaging materials
  • Bear in mind not only what they are capable of storing, but how easy will it be to transport them.
  • Use smaller boxes for heavy items and books, and larger sized boxes for clothing and linens. (You may look for some tips on the right way to pack the heavier items, such as furnitures, here)
  • Glass pack and dish pack kits are the boxes that come with foam pockets and cardboard dividers for easy packing.
  • Fabric lined dish-storage containers are available at housewares retailers.
  • You can purchase rolls of shrink-wrap to wrap appliances, cabinets, desks and dressers to keep doors and drawers shut. Remove the shrink-wrap after moving.
  • Purchase sofa covers and mattress covers for the move.
  • The sealed plastic-covers shouldn’t be left on for a long-term storage, since moisture can result in mold/mildew, therefore using canvas tarps or sheets is suggested for storage periods longer than a week.
  • There is a list of the most commonly used packaging materials at Wikipedia that you would like to see as well.


Materials For Protection And Cushioning


  • Bubble pack (air encapsulated plastic)
  • Corrugated dividers
  • Expanded polystyrene (may not be appropriate for heavy items that could shift towards the bottom of package during transportation)
  • Polystyrene dish-sleeves
  • Use adequate cushioning to make sure that the content’s can’t move easily when the box is shaken.
  • Extremely delicate or fragile objects need special attention to packing for safe shipment


Closing The Box Packages


  • Properly closing the package is just as important as proper cushioning.
  • In order to regularly close box, use strong tape – having width 2 inches or more – like the ones mentioned below.
  • Make use of professional packing-tape, which is a strong, wide, brown or clear tape.
  • Masking the tape isn’t strong enough to handle the weight of a completely jampacked carton.Clear (or tan) pressure-sensitive plastic is the most widely used and convenient to use, as well.
  • Water-activated paper tape could be a bit messy when no special dispenser is used, but it’s the least expensive option.
  • Pressure-sensitive reinforced tape (strapping tape) is more expensive, but it’s also the strongest.
  • Avoid using cellophane tape or masking tape. These don’t provide the necessary strength for secure closures


You will experience the peace of mind when you know that your household goods, furniture and other valuables are safe and properly protected, and this is upto the type of boxes packaging materials that you will choose. So, when you are ready to pack your stuff and take it to self storage (like the one that Kennards Self Storage offers in Auckland), make sure to go through the tips mentioned above!


Pregnant and Moving? 7 Tips to Make It Easier

Being pregnant makes you feel a little like a China doll. Everyone handles you with care. You are not nearly as breakable as the people around you think, though. A little activity during your pregnancy is not only a good thing, but recommended to ease normal discomfort like back pain, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Moving your home can be both physically and emotionally challenging, pregnant or not. Mothers-to-be must use caution so they don’t hurt their bodies, but there is no reason they have to sit by the sidelines, either, as if that were even possible. Consider seven ways to improve the move for you and baby.

1. Give Yourself Some Credit

Start by giving yourself a pat on the back. You have done two remarkable things. First, you’re about to become a mom. Whether it is your first time or your fifth, congrats are in order. Second, you’ve successfully found a new home. Take a minute to revel in your accomplishments before the chaos begins.

2. Get a Take-Charge Attitude

There is a lot to do, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Now is a good time to call in some favors, and put your friends and family to work. Make a list of the things that need to be done, and assign jobs to everyone available.

3. Listen to Your Body

Fatigue is the downside to being pregnant. You probably feel tired all the time, especially if you’re in the first trimester and dealing with morning sickness. During this time, hormone levels and a changing body can really zap your energy. Work slowly, and rest as needed. The physical activity of packing may actually help you feel better, but don’t overdo it.

4. Lift Anything Heavier than a Feather with Your Knees

Back pain is common during pregnancy, so use caution even when lifting light objects. Don’t bend at the waist and pull up. Squat down, and let your legs do the work. Make this the rule, even if you are only picking up an empty box.

5. Don’t Let Nesting Get the Best of You

The chaos of moving may interfere with your need to nest. Keeping things organized will help. Close off one area of the house for storage before you do any packing. As you and your helpers load up the boxes, move them immediately to that room.

Give in to your need to clean, too. If you feel like running the vacuum 100 times a day, then go right ahead.

6. Don’t Hold Off on Planning the Nursery

Michelle Rothmeier with BabyCenter explains she found comfort in planning her nursery even though she knew they would have to move it. Planning a move is stressful. Shopping for the baby is a practical approach to relieve that stress, so don’t hold back. Buy a new crib, pick out wallpaper, and then you’ll have them all ready to take them with you.

7. Do Hold Off on Other Big Items

It is natural to dump old furniture instead of moving it. Shopping is a pregnancy craving you can indulge in when moving. For example, you will find a variety of sofas at or a huge amount of beds and mattresses at if you’re looking to furnish your new place. Once you pick out what you want, have the store deliver purchased items to your new address.

Gerri Ziegler
Gerri is a mom and part-time chef who enjoys writing about green living, healthy eating and parenting.

Guest Post: Organising an Office Move

When it comes to moving to a different office there are lots of factors you’re going to need to consider. Just like moving house, moving offices can be a stressful process. Luckily there are many steps you can take to keep your office move as organised and as simple a process as is possible. Here is a list of top tips and hints for you to consider if you’re facing an office move.
1) Don’t rush.
There are lots of things you’re going to have to think about if you’re moving to a different office. Take the time to thoroughly plan everything – to do this you’re going to need a couple of months at least. Don’t try to relocate overnight, in doing so you’re bound to make mistakes in choosing your property and location.
2) Location.
When it comes to picking the location of your new office you’re going to have to take into account many different things. How many of your competitors are already working out of the areas you’re looking at? How many of your clients are going to find your office accessible? How easy is the office to travel to from your home? These are all factors that should be influencing your location decision, so think carefully.
3) Contractors.
Once you’ve found your location and property, it’s time to find yourself a general contractor. A general contractor is going to be integral to your office move, so make your choice wisely.
4) De-cluttering.
Next up comes the de-cluttering and sorting of your current office. Get rid of anything you’re not going to need and dispose, sell or donate old equipment. If you’re contending with a lot of old paperwork that might be necessary for you to keep, you might want to consider renting a self-storage facility. This is an especially good idea if you’re relocating to an office with considerably less storage space than what you might be currently used to.
5) Blueprints.
It’s important you get hold of the blueprints for your new office as early as possible. Blueprints are going to make it easier for you to plan the layout of your new office. You’re going to have to consider exactly where your power outlets and telephone connection points are in relation to how your office needs to be set up. It’s also important for you to be aware of where in your office is likely to get the best and strongest internet connection, to ensure productivity.
6) Removal companies.
When looking for a removal company it’s essential you choose one that specialises in office moves. A professional office removal company will help ease the stress of your move as they’ll be well-experienced when it comes to the removal process. If you’re moving multiple offices then it might be worth checking to see if any discounts are available to you. Make sure you’re looking into finding the best quote for the best service, to ensure you’re getting the most for your money.
7) Packing materials.
It’s essential that you invest in the right packing materials to move your office. You don’t want to risk breaking expensive equipment, so it’s worth paying a little extra for the proper moving supplies. You might find it easier to source plastic boxes rather than cardboard – these are going to be durable and more likely to cope with heavy items. See what removal companies can offer you in terms of packing materials – you may even be able to get them at a discount if buying in bulk.

More at

Guest Post: Tips for Moving Abroad

So you’re moving abroad! Living and working in another country is a major—and rewarding—step, but full immersion in the customs, culture and ways of another country will mean taking some time to adjust.

One way to make the transition easier is to have familiar items in your new surroundings. Depending on how long you plan to stay, you can either pack up all your belongings or pick a few choice items to travel with you and your family to your new destination. The sooner you make your new abode feel like home, the less you’ll feel like a fish-out-of-water.

Streamline your to-do lists with guidance from ex-pats and experts who successfully made the move themselves. Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you prepare for the big move:

Packing tips

  • Less is definitely more when moving abroad. Be extremely picky about what you bring with you to your new home. Make an inventory of all your (and your family’s) belongings and cull the list to the items that you absolutely need in your new home if the move isn’t permanent (or for a long period of time).
  • It may be less expensive to buy new furniture than shipping Grandma’s old 12-piece dining room set across the ocean. Also, the more stuff you bring with you, the more items that are exposed to potential damage.
  • Pack only the items that are near, dear, or essential. Store items you can’t bear to part with, but won’t need while you’re living in another country. Sell, donate, and throw away the rest.
  • Leave it to the professionals. Unlike a simple move down the street, where items can be tossed haphazardly into a box in the backseat of your car, or even a move across country on the back of a moving truck, international moving requires much more careful planning, wrapping and packing.
  • Professional moving companies know best how to pack items to prevent breakage or damage during the long and bumpy trip. They also know which boxes and materials are best suited for overseas travel.


How to ship your things

  • Get details on shipping regulations and customs. Duties may need to be paid on items you ship into the country, even if you don’t plan on reselling it. Also, just because you want to bring the fruitwood carving into the country doesn’t mean that the country will allow non-native flora and fauna to enter. Speak to a customs agent about the rules and procedures about what is permitted, what will be taxed and any other special shipping regulations that you’ll have to keep in mind when packing and preparing for your move.
  • Find the right shipping company. The difference between a smooth and pleasant move and a painful and harrowing experience can come down to picking the right shipping company. As you are relying on the company to help pack your heirlooms and move it thousands of miles away, you want to make sure that the one you choose will treat your belongings and your family with respect and care that they deserve.

In these circumstances, don’t look for the lowest bidder. Compare prices, but also compare reputations and get recommendations from reliable sources.

  • Shipping cars and other large items can be done, but consider whether or not it’s worth it. When it comes to very large belongings, like pianos, appliances, and cars, ask yourself if you really need that particular item. If it’s replaceable, buying a new one at your destination may be easier (and possibly cheaper), than shipping the item(s).

If you find that the item is irreplaceable, for sentimental or practical reasons, ask your shipping company and customs about details on how to ship it internationally. For example, if you plan on shipping a car, you may have to prepare it for weather temperature extremes.

This exciting and busy period of your life can be overwhelming with details to handle. Figuring out visas, banking, and mail, while trying to decide what to pack and ship versus what to store and throw away can be overwhelming. Reduce your shipping and packing woes with this list of these tips on how to pack and ship your belongings overseas.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer and avid traveller. When she was little she moved with her entire family from Colombia to the USA, so she knows how exciting but troublesome a big move can be. She currently lives in Los Angeles working with Dunkel Bros.