How to avoid damage when packing your moving boxes

packing_moving_boxesMoving house takes a whole lot of planning and organisation because you don’t just move house. Unless you are moving 10 minutes down the road, a house move normally involves changing schools, doctor, dentist, vet and a whole host of other things so there’s alot to think about before, during and after any move.

Once you’ve worked out all the essential people and organisations you need to deal with (and we’ve got some handy checklists for that), you then have to think about the best time to start packing your moving boxes. If you are going to pack efficiently and avoid damage it will take planning and time. Trying to pack all your moving boxes just a few days before the removal vans are due will only result in rushed packing, and probably, damage. So, what do you need to do to plan and pack effectively? First of all, and most importantly you need to decide the type of removal service you are going to use. This will have a major impact on the time needed to pack and the materials you’ll need. If you decide to use a removal company you may well have the option for them to provide a packing service for you. It’ll still take some planning as you’ll need to give them some direction over packing, but someone else will be doing it for you which frees up your time. Continue reading

Tips for organising your self storage unit

self storage unit shelvingThere are many reasons for people using self storage, but whatever the reason, if you’re going to keep your belongings in tip top condition, organising your self storage unit is essential. Business stock, household storage or paper filing all needs to be packed and stored properly if you are to

  1. Use the space in your unit effectively
  2. Keep your items in good repair

Using the space effectively may not seem high on your list of priorities when you decide to use self storage but it should be. Stacking and storing things properly can have an impact on your pocket; when done correctly you can often reduce the size of the unit you need and so reduce your costs! Continue reading

Moving House Checklists

moving house checklistMoving house is right up there as one of the most stressful things you’ll do in your life. And whilst there are some stressful encounters you can never prepare for, this is not one of them.

Planning and preparation will help your house move go as smoothly as possible and with some handy checklists it can be made even easier. It’s not just moving day itself that will need careful planning, there are a whole host of things to do before, during and after moving day.

We’ve broken things down into a few key areas to help you make a start. Continue reading

Repairing Scratches on Wooden Furniture

wooden furnitureIf you have wooden furniture of any sort, you’ll know that there are the normal day to day concerns over scratches or damage. Has that hot cup got a coaster underneath it? Mop that sticky spillage up quickly and make sure whatever cleaning cloth or fluid you use doesn’t damage the wood! Don’t drag that dish across the table, pick it up. All phrases we’re probably familiar with.

However, because we’re so diligent about the day to day, that’s not normally when the accidents happen. Often it’s when things are being moved around. Packing up a removal van, putting things in or getting things out of storage or moving them around while you decorate or renovate; these are all times when damage can easily happen. Of course, packing things up and protecting them effectively reduces the chance of scratches and damage to wooden furniture. But sometimes, no matter how careful we are the worst happens. A blanket slips off, bubble wrap get snagged and tears or there just isn’t enough room to manoeuvre things around and they get knocked resulting in small marks or dents.
If the damage is severe, then you’ll probably have to get a specialist in to repair your item of furniture. You’ll need to weigh up the cost of the repair against the value of the furniture (and don’t forget to factor in the sentimental cost – sometimes it’s not just about the money). Continue reading

Common mistakes when using self storage units

boxes on a pallet for storageIf you want to do something well, do it properly. The same applies when you come to choosing and stacking your self storage units.

Deciding to use one of your local self storage units is the easy bit. You fancy a spot of de-cluttering and you make a call. Your local self storage centre has a unit to suit your needs and the process is underway.

However, have you ever thought how to de-clutter, how to sift through your belongings and how to plan what goes where when you finally pick up the key to your unit?

How would you pack a tea set, the spare Chesterfield, a table and chairs and or your garden furniture which is causing one or two lack of space problems in the garage?

Like anything, there is a right and a wrong way. If you take the easy option and literally stuff your goods into the unit, you will pay the price at a later date.

Do things properly and you will not only maintain the value of your goods, but your life will become a whole lot easier. Continue reading