Solutions for Keeping Pests Out of Storage Units

Pests, such as insects and rodents, are not only a nuisance but can also wreak havoc on the valuable possessions in your storage unit. No matter how clean and organized you keep your unit, any open gap is an invitation for tiny critters to enter. Rats can fit through a crack the size of a quarter, while mice can squeeze through holes as small as a dime. When storing your items in a storage unit, use proper precautions to ward off pests.

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Insects

Moths, ants, cockroaches and bed bugs are just a few of the repulsive insects that owners of storage units come across. Before moving furniture into your unit, clean and vacuum it thoroughly to eliminate any stains, crumbs or debris that may attract pests. Mattresses are a breeding ground for bed bugs. According to the National Pest Management Association, bed bugs can withstand intense temperatures, ranging from freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep insects out of mattresses by storing them in an upright position, covering them with a tightly sealed piece of plastic and avoiding direct contact with cement floors and walls. Other tips for protecting your storage unit against various insects include:

  • Spray for insects routinely, ideally monthly, and concentrate spray around the door frame of the unit.
  • Keep bushes, shrubbery and landscaping trimmed and away from your storage unit.
  • Eliminate moisture in and around your unit, and ensure that the storage facility you choose has a drip system in place to prevent pooled rainfall water from becoming stagnant.
  • Partner with a pest professional to inspect your unit on a regular basis. Learn how to take care of insects and bed bugs at Orkin.com.
  • Wash items, such as linen and clothing, at a hot temperature to avoid bringing pests and pest eggs into the unit.
  • Clean your storage unit on a regularly basis and check for signs of pests.

Rodents

Rats, mice and other unwelcomed pests can cause irreversible damage to furniture, clothing and other storage item goods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mice and rats are the cause of more than 35 diseases worldwide. Rodent baits and traps work well if you check and change them regularly to catch all the pests before they have the opportunity to reproduce. Keep these unwanted woodland creatures out of your storage unit with the following tips:

  • Ensure that your unit has a water and air tight seal, as pests can squeeze through cracks as thin as a credit card.
  • Store garbage in a tightly sealed container and dispose of it on a regular basis.
  • Store items in sealed, plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes to prevent rodents from nesting inside.
  • Don’t store live plants or perishable food items in storage units, as these items attract rodents and other pests.
  • Store items on raised pallets to prevent tiny critters from hiding underneath.

Spiders

Spiders do have some good qualities, as they prey on insects that harm livestock and crops. They aren’t, however, wanted inside storage units. Cleanliness is essential to limit the reproduction of spiders. Look for a storage unit that does not have spaces where these arachnids can hide beneath doors or in cracks in the floor or walls. You’ll also want to avoid spiders that will bite humans when disturbed, such as the black widow and brown recluse spider. The brown recluse spider is native to the United States but is mainly found in the central Midwestern states. These spiders can produce a serious bite with venom that kills the tissues around the site. Use these tips to help eliminate spiders in your storage unit:

  • Wipe away any visible cobwebs as soon as you see them to encourage the spiders to move to a new location — outside.
  • Spray a natural spider repellent throughout the unit, such as a concoction with mint, lemon or anything citrus-based.
  • Keep the storage unit free of dust by vacuuming on a regular basis and declutter to easily spot new spiders.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and vinegar, and spray cracks and crevices around the unit.
  • Place a few chestnuts around the baseboards to prevent spiders from hanging out there, as these are known to drive spiders away.

By Ted Andersen
Ted learned woodworking and plumbing from his handyman father. There aren’t many things he can’t make or fix in a house.

Guest Post: Why Bother With All That Stress When a Removals Company Can Help You Out?

When you are giving a bit of thought to your home removal, it may be that you are a little worried as to how much you have to get done by yourself. Aside form the main moving day where the removals company will probably do most of the work, you will likely have to arrange some storage, get a an and van involved and run smaller errands that the move requires. These are often things that people do not realize are offered by the removals company, so have a think about how your removals company could make their service more tailored to your needs, and how it would make your life easier.

Sure, a lot of people avoid having the removals company do more than the bare minimum because they think it is expensive and lascivious to ask them for more. People are scared of being considered lazy, and of being accused of having too much money . In reality, why would you not pay someone to do a job that they are trained to do, just because you could well do it yourself? Most people do not spend all day every day organizing a removal, so why would you worry yourself with the potential of getting it all wrong when you could have someone who knows exactly what they are doing sort it out?

Things like storage and man and van services are going to cost you extra, and whilst a removals company will charge you even more for their services, you will almost always benefit from having the time to spare not worrying about such things. There are also the implications that a lack of experience could result in; you may well find that whilst trying to move things to storage on your own, you drop an antique mirror, which cost a lot more than the removals company service would have charged. In this instance you are without mirror and out of pocket, whereas you could have paid a lot less to either remain with the mirror, or to be insured against such damage.

Consider the personal aspect as well; if you are stressed that you may be getting different parts of your move wrong, you will likely be less well prepared to make good decisions, and these will affect the move as a whole. With some thought to your mental state and your family, you should be aware that the upheaval is the main thing that your children will likely be worrying about, as they will be largely oblivious to the intricacies of moving things in to storage. Spending time with your family can be afforded by allowing someone who really knows what they are doing to get these sorts of jobs done for you.

Finally, is the aspect of injury. Moving heavy items may seem like it is completely doable, if you have a hand from someone else who is strong enough. The reality of the spaces through which you will have to move large and heavy items is that the job is a lot more difficult than it looks. If you have flat packed furniture, it may even be nigh on impossible, as certain items of furniture will have been built within the rooms that they are in! A removals company will be able to remove these things safely, so that you are not at risk of injuring your self, nor damaging your own property or furniture, which will be at large cost to yourself.

More tips at  http://londonremovalcompanies.org.uk/london-removals/

Guest Post: The Big Move. Selecting A Removals Company

The most important part of a removal is the removals company. Alongside planning and preparation, these guys are the bread and butter of the process, and will make your life a whole lot easier if you are clever about selecting the perfect firm for your needs. A little thought towards how the company is with you on the phone, and some advice from previous customers will put you in good stead towards making a decision, but so will knowing exactly what you want from your company, so have a look at the following pieces of advice about how to ensure that you are making the right choice in the matter.

 

So, what do you need? There are tons of options out there for different removals services, from a man and van to get a few bits and pieces from A to B, to a full service that includes packing for a mansion removal to another country, and everything in between. There really is no limit to what a good removals firm can do for you, so have a think about your budget and what you would ideally want. This means thinking about how much time you have for your normal life as well as just the monetary side of things. Sure, a full packing service is going to cost you a fair bit extra, but will it free you up to work more often, and therefore make you more money? Also consider your family life and the removal’s impact on that; will you have time to spend with your children, friends, and relaxing on your own? These are all important things that have equal weight to the cost of a move.

 

Once you have both your requirements in terms of service, and the dates for your move set in place, then you can set off on looking for a removals company. The list will be endless, so whittle down your selection by only looking at companies in your area. This will make things easier by way of initial travel as well. Then you can call around and find out who is available on the dates that you need, and who can give you the services that you require. This will further whittle down the list until you have a shortlist of those who can do the job for you.

 

You will likely get a good idea of how well a removals team is going to behave by the way in which you converse with them. You can’t go through the stresses of a move with a foreman who is gruff and irritable, so listen out for any tell tale signs on the phone. Look up each company that you are considering on the internet to see if there are any reviews about them. Many reviews sites will give an overall score out of ten and then more in depth personal reviews from the previous customers themselves. This can be a wealth of information as you are hearing the facts from the horse’s mouth, and you can fully trust them because all of these independent sites are impartial. Avoid reading quotes on the company’s actual website, as these will always be positive, and sometimes fictional!

 

Once you have a few favorites you can go round to each company and get a quote for your move, which will then give you a pretty clear idea as to how well each service suits your needs and budget.

 

More details at http://vanandmanlondon.org/find-out-all-your-croydon-storage-options-before-choosing-a-company/

Home Storage Through the Seasons

If you have to turn sideways to skinny down the hallways in your home, it may be time to seek out new and more efficient storage solutions. With the change in seasons comes extra decor, clothing and holiday lights that only add to the confusion. Homeowners with plenty of extra storage space eagerly anticipate bringing the baubles down from the attic or in from the shed. But those who live in limited space have a tendency to drag their feet. If your seasonal decor takes up needed space in your home year round, try some out-of-the-box storage options to help you undeck those halls.

Rent a P.O.D

Portable On Demand storage units have popped up all over the place since their inception in 1998. These mobile storage units come in sizes as large as 8 feet wide by 16 feet long. They’re delivered right to your door where you fill them with all the extra stuff you don’t really use but can’t bear to part with. Keep them on your property or fill them and have them hauled away to a local storage facility for a fee. Rent one and use it as out-of-season storage, filling it full of turtlenecks, comforters and winter boots in summer and changing them out for bathing suits and beer coolers in the fall.

Rent a Self-Storage Unit

Almost every town has a local entrepreneur who rents out storage units to folks like you who have more valuable belongings than they currently have room for. Available in a variety of sizes to store everything from roller shades and area rugs, to cars and motorcycles, a self-storage unit provides a secure, climate-controlled facility to store your belongings away from home. Perfect for delicate collectibles such as snow globes and Christmas candles, a climate-controlled storage unit protects your belongings from extremes of temperature that can melt, freeze or otherwise damage them. In addition, renting a unit from a reputable storage facility guarantees your wool sweaters and seasonal tablecloths will be safe from damaging pests like moths and mice. Typically, an assigned code gives you 24/7 access to your unit as long as your account is in good standing — making that late-night run to recover boxes of forgotten ornaments a perfectly feasible option.

Perform a Digital Conversion

If mountains of old Christmas and anniversary cards, vacation photos, grade-school artwork and certificates of achievement make your guest room unusable, consider converting it all to digital format. By scanning and saving it all to disk or memory card, you’ll have high-quality images of this sentimental paperwork that takes up too much space. You can then send the hard copies to climate-controlled storage to get them out from underfoot. As an added perk, converting all those heavy, bulky photo albums to digital online albums makes them that much easier to share with friends and family.

Fill Up a Few Space Bags

Space Bags, Ziploc’s solution to soft storage, can reduce the size of the items you store by a whopping 50 percent or more. Use cube bags to store quilts, blankets, out-of-season throw pillows, fall table runners and flannel sheet sets. Use the medium and large-size bags for fall and winter clothing — sweats, coats, snow pants, sweaters and jeans.

Guest Post: Top Storage Tips!

Sometimes moving house can be a daunting process. You will be concerned that there are things that you have missed out on your to do list, and remembering at the last minute can put you in a real flap! If you are concerned about such an occasion, then there are a few tips to keep in mind whilst you are setting out on your move, which should keep you on the straight and narrow.

 

1. Planning well will set you in great stead for the whole move. Starting early and knowing that you have everything sorted will put you in a position where you can set out a plan and just relax about the whole thing, rather than freaking out that things are going wrong without you realizing. It is essential that you do start early, because then you will have time to get everything completely sorted. Being stuck for time usually leads to panic, and this will usually result in you throwing money at a problem to make it go away. For instance, if you have not started early enough, and you realize too late that you have not sorted out a storage unit, then you will be more inclined to get the first one that you find, which will rarely be the cheapest option. Bargains take a certain amount of searching, so it is well worth giving yourself the time to do so.

 

2. Draw up a plan for the move day itself. Everyone will be planning out the time leading up to the move, but having a plan for the actual day is a step that can be extremely useful. This means things like when to put the kettle on and suggest a tea break to get the movers on side, and also planning out when you would ideally want to have got moving by. This kind of plan can come in conjunction with a plan of the new place, which you can sketch the placement of the larger items in to. This will mean that your movers can place everything where it needs to go without having to ask you every time. The fact of the matter is, that if they are carrying a heavy sofa or a fridge, and you are all the way upstairs, then the movers are not going to want to wait around for you to tell them where things are going, and will likely just dump everything where they can, in order to speed the process up, and save their tired arms! This will mean that you end up having to move things on your own, or get them to later, which will be a pain either way. Labeling the rooms in the new house with names corresponding to the names on your boxes will mean that boxes go to the right rooms straight away, saving you more time in the long run.

 
When packing it is best to start early, as rushing it will only really result in breakages. If you get bored of doing long days of packing, you will almost definitely start doing a worse job as time goes on. Packing is really, really boring, but it is essential that it is done well, as otherwise you will definitely end up with smashed up items. Putting wrapping between more fragile items will prevent rubbing or shattering, which is completely unpreventable once the box is taped up and put in the van. Starting well in advance with the packing will give you time to divide this tedious task up into small sessions, so that your concentration does not slip.

More tips at http://www.movers.org.uk/using-the-right-removal-boxes-for-your-home-relocation/

Guest Post: Removal Companies Can Make Your Life Much Less Stressful

When you are about to set out on the task of moving house, there will be a great many things that are playing on your mind. From having to organize all of the transportation, packing, timings as well as all of the business that affects that actual switch over between properties, you will likely have no end of stress that you feel, as there is a lot of pressure associated with such tasks.

You will no doubt be using a removals company for the transportation part of your removal, but there are few who use their removals companies to the full extent that they could do, as many feel like the expense is not worth the service. Given that many removals companies will offer a wide range of services that will cover most of the spectrum of the removals industry, there are a great many reasons that it would save you a lot of hassle to get them involved at more than one stage of the move.

For instance; if you are planning a move that involves putting things in to storage, then you will need to organize a van hire, as well as making sure that your storage unit is the right size, price and location. If you are working throughout the weeks in the lead up to the removal, it can be difficult to get these separate jobs done effectively, as there are so many things that can go wrong. The results of things going wrong are undeniably disastrous as well, from injury to massive expenses, would it not be easier to get someone who is professionally trained to do all of that hard work for you, and reduce the risk of anything going amiss? Hiring a London removals company that are specialists in all walks of the industry is the best way to fully cover yourself against the perils of moving house.

Given the example above, a removals company would be able to organize the storage part of your move around the rest of the removal, so that there is nothing that gets in the way of either part. The benefit of having the same company involved is that they are fully aware of what is going on with the rest of the process and can react to the needs of these elements easily.

The staff involved will also be trained and experienced in the things that will be needed, like lifting, but will also be able to get you a storage locker at  decent price, without the risk of getting the size wrong. You can sit at home with a cup of tea reading the newspaper if you want, as the removals company can take care of everything! Using a professionally trained removals company will also completely reduce the likelihood of you getting stuck in any trouble whilst trying to do things your self.

Not many normal folk are trained in the art of lifting things properly, so there is a lot of risk involved with the processes that a removal requires. For instance, anyone can lift a sofa with a helper, but what about maneuvering it through tight doorways? The difficulty comes with a lot of risk, in that dropping it could damage both the sofa and the doorway, not to mention the potential injuries that you could sustain whilst over exerting yourself. In reality, the amount that you save may be fairly significant at first, but the risk that you will have to spend more in the future is rather great, so why bother!?

Guest Post: Pack Up Your House for a Stress Free Move

There is no need to become overly stressed and concerned about the packing required when you move home. Although packing up your household can sometimes seem overwhelming, there are some suggestions and advice that you can follow to make packing much easier and more efficient.

Make sure that you have as much time as possible before your moving date to plan and carry out the packing of your home. This could mean that you will need to allow several weeks or even several months for packing, depending on the scale of the task ahead of you. Remember that the more time you leave yourself, the less stressful your move will be as the moving dates get closer.

Deciding which of your possessions you will want to take to your new home with you, and which items you will want to dispose of can be a difficult task. Individuals and families often accumulate large amounts of clutter throughout their house after many years of living there. Sort through your cupboards, attic or basement in order to separate unwanted belongings from those you wish to take with you to your new home. There are several ways in which to effectively and economically dispose of any unwanted possessions that you should consider. Broken items will definitely want to be disposed of in order to clear your household clutter. You should consider recycling them, as this is a easy and environmentally friendly way of getting rid of damaged belongings. Items in better condition that you may wish to dispose of can be donated to charity shops or sold on a car boot sale to generate some extra cash. Car boot sales are a great way to get rid of redundant possessions and also earn money to pay for any expected moving expenditures.

Having distinguished which items you will want to take with you to your new home, it is time to start the packing process. Finding suitable boxes, in which to pack up your possessions, can often be difficult and expensive. However, there are ways off reducing this expense, such as visiting local supermarkets and asking to take any large spare boxes that they may be able to give you or asking friends and family to look for boxes in their houses that you can use for your move. This is a great way to save money when you move house, so don’t shell out lots of cash for boxes and containers when you can acquire them for free.

Once you have gathered a sufficient amount of suitable boxes and containers, it is time to begin packing up your belongings. Make sure that all of your boxes are correctly labelled, to help make unpacking in your new home more streamlined. It is advised that you pack boxes by room, for example, packing all kitchen items together and all bathroom items together and so on. This will make it less stressful to find your belongings whilst unpacking in your new home. You may wish to make more detailed labels, describing exactly what is in each box, as you will probably have to pack more than one box per room.

Packing up your household does not have to be overly stressful by simply following this basic packing advice. Following these simple suggestions to remove the stress from your move can help you to relax and look forward to enjoying your new home. More tips at http://www.londonmanandvan.com/furniture-removals-bromley-getting-the-job-done-right/ 

Guest Post: Proper Storage of Furniture Between Moves

Moving house, renovating and purchasing new property – all of these scenarios could potentially call for renting storage space for anywhere from a few days to several months. Indeed, storage can be a critical aspect of moving house, especially if the move requires that you jump through some logistical hoops in the process.

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There are several reasons that a person might choose to place their possessions in storage in the course of moving. The following are among the most common:

Cleaning up property before selling it
In order to sell off an existing property, homeowners need to do some extensive cleaning and organising, and this can result in furniture and accessories that temporarily have nowhere to be. Many homeowners in transition are not able to commit to their new place until they have finalised the sale on their existing place, and this makes storage an essential consideration. They can pull the non-essentials out of the house and place them in storage until you’re ready to move them into their new place.  At the same time, this allows them to make the old place look less cluttered and more appealing to prospective buyers.

Shopping ahead of a move
When a move is on the horizon, you may find that you have more time for shopping ahead of the move than you anticipate having afterward. When it actually comes time to move, you are going to have a lot on your plate, and shopping for furniture is not going to be a top priority. When you know a move is pending, you can spread your shopping out over a few weeks or months leading up to the big day. Each item that you purchase can be forwarded to your storage facility until you are actually ready to put it into action at your new place.

Moving into a smaller space
Downsizing is another scenario that calls for storage space. Moving from a larger space to a smaller one is bound to leave you with more furniture than you have space to arrange, and the only way to deal with this in the short-term is by taking out a storage facility and asking your home and office removalists to take a portion of your boxes and belongings there. This is obviously not a permanent solution, but putting your extra belongings into a facility gives you a chance to find a buyer, organise the extras or otherwise sort out how you would like to handle the extra furniture.

Before You Store
Before you commit to storage space for extra furniture and other belongings, it’s a good idea to take inventory to ensure that storage is the right move. Sometimes, we can get caught up in the sentimentality of certain belongings, and this leads to hoarding. In some cases, the best thing you can do is to start throwing things away.

That’s why it is important to keep your guard up when it comes to sentimental packing. To that end, consider the following tips for safeguarding against unnecessary sentimentality:

  • Consider which furnishings in your house that you would save if the house caught on fire. Anything that is not at the very top of your priority list may be a candidate for disposal or donation rather than storage.
  • Think about how long it is going to be before you use that article of furniture again, and consider the cost of storing it for that amount of time. Would you pay that much for this item if you were buying it new? If not, maybe you’d be better off buying new furniture when the time comes.
  • Do what makes you happy. If that article of furniture brings a smile to your face, and you would like to keep it around for the long-haul, then do not hesitate to put it into storage for the time being.
  • Put an item into storage because it still has a purpose to serve in the future. Sentimentality is – in essence – the act of ascribing value to an item despite the fact that it does not serve any real function or purpose. If an item serves a real purpose in your house, don’t hesitate to put it into storage for the short term.

 

Author Bio:

Madeline Varley is a writer for Quick and Easy Removals, a removal company established in 2007. They provide quality services with their teams of professional home and office removalists.