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Moving Questions: Is There Such a Thing as a Green Move?

The environment is usually the last thing on your mind when you’re getting ready to move to a new house or apartment.  A green move may seem like an oxymoron when you’re talking about driving a huge truck across the state — or across the country — chugging gas and spreading CO2 into the atmosphere. So why even bother? Because there are ways to make your upcoming move less of a strain to the environment, to have a “green move.” Take a look at some of the main areas where you can reduce your move footprint. Companies and Trucks Yes, Virginia, there are green moving companies. They aren’t everywhere yet, but it doesn’t hurt to do a search and see… Read More

Moving Questions: Hire Movers or DIY?

There is no question that moving is stressful — and the bigger the move, the more stress involved. If you are facing a relocation or even just moving across town with a large household, you are probably wondering to yourself whether it is better to hire professional movers or to do it yourself. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. A wide variety of factors comes into play when making this decision, which is why you are the only one who knows the answer. There are, however, a number of factors you should take into account to help you decide. Time Your daily life is likely filled with work, family, and community activities and organizations. If you have… Read More

6 Online Resources to Help with Your Move

Moving from one city to another takes time and effort. You’ve got to pack your belongings, hire movers, stop and start utilities – it seems like the list never ends.  But one of the most difficult things about moving to a new city is deciding where in that city to live. When you’re unfamiliar with neighborhoods and suburbs, any decision you make can feel like a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  We’re here to help. At Storage West, we know that having the right resources before a move is essential. Here are 6 online resources that can help you decide where to live.  #1: Housing Price Index  Our first resource comes from The Economist. They have an online, interactive housing price… Read More

How to Save Money While Moving

Moving is expensive. In addition to the cost of buying a new home or renting a new apartment, you must also pay movers or rent a truck and spend hours of valuable time packing and unpacking your belongings. It’s a lot, which is why we’ve put together this list of things you can do to save money while you’re moving. #1: Get Free Packing Materials Not everybody has access to a car, but if you do, you can get free packing materials in many different places. For example, you could stop by your local supermarket or liquor store to get empty boxes. Most retail stores get tons of boxes delivered every day. Another option is to check sites like Freecycle… Read More

5 Ways to Cope When You Move in with Family

In today’s economy, it has become common for adults to move in with family members as a way of saving money and getting back on their feet. Financially it makes sense, but how do you cope with the loss of independence that comes with your new circumstances? Even if you’re paying rent, you may experience feelings of loss and failure. Here are some tips to help you cope – and get back on your feet as soon as possible. #1: Discuss Your Expectations Some of the preparation for your move should happen, if possible, before you take up residence in a family member’s home. Here are some of the questions to ask: Are you expected to pay rent? If so,… Read More

Moving in with a Significant Other for the First Time

In modern relationships, moving in together is often a precursor to marriage – or, it may just be a way of blending your lives without the formality of getting married. Either way, it’s a big step to take. The good news is that it can also be a lot of fun to live with someone you love. Here are some tips to help you make a smooth transition – and build the life you want together. Planning Your Move Once you’ve decided to move in together, we recommend having a conversation about what that means. Will one of you be moving into the other person’s place? Will you both give up your current apartments and find a new one together?… Read More

How to Choose the Right Storage Space for Your Move

When you’re planning a move, you must sort through your belongings and decide whether they’ll be making the trip to your new home. And if you’re downsizing, the best option may be to rent a storage space for some of your things. The tricky thing is knowing which storage space is best for your needs. There are some key questions that can help you decide – and we’re ready to walk you through the process. How Much Are You Storing? The first question to consider is how large a space you need. If you plan on storing bulky items and furniture, you’ll need a bigger space than you would if you were storing only a few overflow boxes. You can… Read More

Tips for Moving a Washer and Dryer

Moving to a new home is a big job no matter how you slice it. That’s true even if you only move the usual things, such as furniture and clothing. Moving large appliances adds an extra challenge to the process – and yet for many families, bringing a washer and dryer along to their new house is a must. Here are some tips to help you move them safely and efficiently. Cleaning and Preparation Begin by running a rinse cycle in your washing machine. If you have detergent residue built up in the drum, you may want to add white vinegar to the cycle to remove it. You’ll want to do this several days before you move. Once the rinse… Read More

Preparing a Washer & Dryer for Moving – Video

How do you prepare your existing washer and dryer for moving to a new home? You may have just bought the system and want to take it with you. This video shows how to remove the hoses, cords, and vent pipe from your washer and dryer. Please note that often delivery firms require this preparation prior to pickup of your appliances. Removing the Old Washer and Dryer – Video Transcription My name is Gary, and recently, we bought a new washer and dryer, and before the delivery guys will pick up the old washer and dryer, I need to prepare them for the pick-up by removing the washer hoses, drain pipe, the dryer power cord, and the dryer vent pipe.… Read More

Moving? These Tips Will Make Packing Easy

Very few people enjoy packing their belongings for a big move. It’s a lot of work and often takes longer than you think it will. That said, it’s a necessary evil. Since it has to be done, the key to success is doing it as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips to help you accomplish it with a minimum of stress. Purge First The first order of business is to purge things that you don’t want. If you miss this step, the likelihood is high that you’ll end up packing things you don’t want or use. To make it easy, try taking a pointer from organization expert Marie Kondo, inventor of the Kon-Mari system. Instead of sorting by room,… Read More

Packing your Home for Moving – Video

Packing up your house can be a stressful business as you have probably accumulated much more stuff than you ever imagined! But if you check out this video you will find out that it may be a lot less stressful than you imagined – especially if you follow the tips that they suggest to make it go smoothly. How to Pack up Your House – video transcription Woman: We have a lot of boxes in our hallway. Man: Yeah. Woman: You know what I’m really good at lately? Man: What? Woman: I’m good at packing. Man: You are? Woman: Yeah. So, Kendrick, do you want to talk packing tips? Man: Desperately. Woman: Okay, let’s go. Man: My favorite topic. Woman:… Read More

How to Develop a Moving Checklist

The process of moving can be a very stressful one, even when you know the move is a positive thing and you’re excited about it. One big reason that moving is such a headache is because there are so many things to coordinate. You have to deal with the physical process of packing up everything you own and transporting it to a new location. On top of that, there are many other tasks, large and small, that go along with a move: notifications, paperwork, utilities, and so on. If you want to make your move a smooth one, the best way to do it is to create a master moving checklist before you start. Having everything in writing will allow… Read More

Planning a Move? 10 Tips to Help You Get Organized

Moving to a new home is exciting, but it can be a stressful experience, too. There are so many things to remember to do, and if you don’t approach the process in an organized way, it can be all too easy to miss something important and end up scrambling at the last moment. The key to ensuring that your moving process is smooth and as anxiety-free as possible is to have an organized plan of attack that you put in place as soon as you know that you are moving. Here are 10 simple tips that can help you get everything done with a minimum of stress. Get a binder to help you keep all of your moving information organized.… Read More

Moving Soon? Get Your Insurance in Order

Are you getting ready to move? Whether you are moving from one house to another or upgrading from an apartment to a house, you need to make sure that you have your ducks in a row when it comes to insurance. Any move requires you to take steps to protect yourself and your possessions while they are in transit. Here are some pointers to help you make sure that you have the insurance you need. Homeowner’s and Renter’s Insurance The first thing you should do is pull out your homeowner’s or renter’s policy and see if there is a provision in there to cover your belongings when they are in transit between locations. Some policies do provide coverage for moving,… Read More

How to Rent a Moving Truck

Moving is a lot of work – there’s no denying that. The process of packing up everything you own and transporting it from one place to another can feel like an ordeal. One element of moving that can be stressful is renting a moving truck. How Large a Truck Do You Need? The first thing you need to consider is how large a truck you need to rent. The last thing you want is to start loading up on moving day only to discover that you can’t fit everything into the truck. There are two basic methods to use to calculate your truck size. Go by the number of rooms you have. In general, you can use these guidelines: A… Read More

Moving Questions: Who Needs to Know?

When most people think of moving they have an immediate checklist in their head of all the work they need to do. Find a place to live, order a moving truck, pack up the house. Moving is a major undertaking and involves many time-consuming and labor-intensive steps. One step that is easy to overlook is who needs to know about the move, and when do they need to know? You will obviously want to make sure your movers know your move date and the involved addresses. Another obvious task on the checklist is to make sure your employer knows, especially if it’s a local move that doesn’t require changing your job. Who else needs to know? 1. Government Most states… Read More

Moving Questions: Which Moving Company Should I Use?

Hiring a moving company is an act of trust. You are literally putting everything you own in the hands of strangers and trusting them to transport all your belongings from one place to another. Choosing which company to trust can seem overwhelming, esp. in light of all the moving horror stories you’ve likely heard from the news, on the internet, and from family and friends. How do you know which company to use? Only you can decide which company in your area best suits your specific moving requirements. However, in the course of evaluating different companies — and you should get bids and information from at least three different movers before making your final choice — there are a number… Read More

Stay Safe During Your Move

No one questions that moving is financially, psychologically, and emotionally stressful. Keep in mind that it is also a physically demanding activity and that there are any number of ways for you to get hurt. If you have friends and family helping you on moving day, you need to take their safety into consideration as well as your own. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure a safe move for all involved. Be Prepared Caution should be the watchword of your entire moving process. This starts with packing. As you are filling boxes, consider how much they weigh before you tape them up. Aim for a 40-50 pound weight limit per box, or whatever… Read More

Moving Questions: How Big a Truck do You Need?

Time to attack another of the questions that plague you when you’re planning to move. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, a DIY move usually involves renting a truck. But how big a truck should you rent? Size Matters Goldilocks knew what she was talking about. You are aiming for “just right” with regards to truck size. If you get a truck that is “too small” you will end up having to make tough choices on moving day — not the best time to make decisions. If the truck won’t hold all your stuff your choices are usually to leave stuff behind or to get a bigger truck. This increases the cost of the move in both… Read More

Speedy Packing & Moving (Video)

We all fantasize about magically transporting all our belongings from one house to another, skipping the work of packing, moving, and unpacking.  While that isn’t possible (yet), you can enjoy the fantasy of watching other people pack, unload, or conduct an entire move in a matter of minutes, thanks to time lapse video. If only you could pack your entire kitchen in less than two minutes like these guys (it actually took seven hours): After you’ve packed and loaded the truck the work isn’t done. Once you arrive at your new home, you have to unload everything. Like this: And here’s an “all in one” time lapse showing the last of the packing, driving to the new apartment, unloading the… Read More

How to Load a Moving Van

Anyone who has ever loaded a moving van or helped friends load a truck knows that there are countless approaches to this necessary task — and everyone has their preferred method. If you are facing the unique challenges associated with this three dimensional game of Tetris for the first time, you may be confused about which approach to take, and worried that if you choose poorly, you will find your belongings scratched, cracked, and even broken at your new home. Rest assured if you pack properly and load carefully, it doesn’t matter which of the methods you use, as long as you follow the general principles: Keep weight properly distributed Protect fragile items Use space efficiently Weight Is King There… Read More

Role Reversal: Packing and Moving a Parent

Everyone knows how stressful it can be to move to a new home. Now imagine that you have lived in your own home for decades and must now figure out how to pare down a lifetime of memories and experiences and downsize them into an assisted living home or senior apartment community or even move into the “grandparents’ suite” with your son and daughter-in-law. If you haven’t experienced this situation yet, it is possible you will at some point in the future. Helping your parent move out of the family home is likely to be stressful for all involved. If you’re lucky, you may be able to afford expert help. Just as there are professional organizers and relocation managers, there… Read More

Moving Questions: Should You Pack It?

Facing a major move in the coming months or weeks? Whether you are hiring movers or packing and loading the truck yourself, you can reduce your stress considerably by asking yourself one simple question: should you pack it? Things that you should NOT pack fall into several categories, such as perishables, illegal to move, and too valuable to pack in a truck. Identifying objects that fall into each of these categories can reduce the amount of actual packing you have to do, and answers the question of what you can do with it instead, leaving you with less stress. If You Don’t Need it, Don’t Pack It The biggest category of “don’t pack” items are things you really don’t need.… Read More

Keep Your Cool: Moving in Hot Weather

Have you ever had to move in the middle of summer? The sun. The heat. The humidity. It may be worse than moving in winter. After all, you’d rather be enjoying the warm weather, not fighting it. If you live somewhere like Phoenix or Las Vegas, moving in summer can mean 100+ temperatures and blazing sun for 12 hours of the day. Even in cities like Chicago and New York, the temps can rise up into — and above — the 90s in the height of summer. If you find yourself facing a move during those months, it can be dangerous. The Dangers of a Summer Move The biggest worry about moving in hot weather is heat-related illness. If you’re… Read More

Organizing a Moving Sale

Whether you are planning to move across town or across the country, the worst thing about packing up your belongings is realizing just how much stuff you have. There are two solutions for most people organizing a big sale.  1) Donate all the things they no longer need or 2) Sell those items to help pay for the move. Holding a moving sale is a great option if you’re in the second group. Physical or Virtual Sale? You need to decide fairly early if you plan to have a moving sale, as it will affect many parts of the moving process. The first decision you face is whether to have a physical sale, in your garage, front yard, car port,… Read More

Best Cities to Move to

The American economy continues to improve.  The housing market is getting back to “normal.”  Even the job market is looking up for many people.  You may be thinking that now is a good time to relocate to another part of the country.  Whether it’s because you want a change or scenery, a chance to reinvent yourself, or to find a better place to raise your kids, there are a number of cities that are topping the “best” lists in 2015. Assuming you have the freedom to decide where to go, you need to narrow down your choices to figure out the best destination for you. Why are You Moving? Before you start packing your stuff, you need to decide where… Read More

Moving Fails

Everyone agrees that moving is one of the most stressful activities in human life.  There are so many things that can — and do! — go wrong in a move. From mis-calculating the size of furniture, to forgetting to close the back of the truck, to hiring the wrong movers who destroy or lose your belongings, the anxiety you face is real. Take a look at these videos that show some (funny) moving fails — or scroll down to the last one that gives you tips on how to avoid the most common moving mistakes. Ever tried to move a couch through a space that’s not quite big enough? Here’s a compilation of some of the epic moving fails: If… Read More

Tips for Moving in Winter

Winter is actually a great time to move, especially in colder climates. You can get lower rents and a cheaper truck! You just have to buy a home that’s been on the market for a while. Unfortunately, there’s a reason it’s cheaper. Sometimes people don’t want to deal with moving in the cold, snow, and ice. If you find yourself having to move during the winter months, you will want to keep a few things in mind. Pre-plan for the Weather Start by making a backup plan in case a storm arrives on moving day. Consult realtors, property managers, landlords, and moving companies about policies for postponing in case of inclement weather. Make sure the utilities are activated and turned… Read More

Moving Your Office

An office move usually falls into one of two categories: solo move or department/company relocation. If it’s the former, things will go a bit easier, but there are things you can do to make both kinds of move easier on yourself. Moving your office doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out these tips to get it done as easily as possible. Solo Move Changing jobs within your company, perhaps due to a promotion, are the most common type of office move. It means you get to move your office, but the rest of the company stays put. Generally you’re just moving down the hall or to another floor, but you may find yourself re-assigned to another building or complex. For… Read More

How to Pack for a Move

Moving is one of the major activities humans undertake. Whether it’s across town or across the country, relocating your home is a stressful, time-consuming event that forces you to face the one thing everyone has in common: a lot of stuff. How to pack that stuff can sometimes be a challenge. This blog has covered some of the other aspects of moving, such as what to do with your kids, hiring a truck, and setting up utilities, finding a school, etc. This post is all about dealing with your stuff. One important note: in the process of packing you will no doubt encounter items that you no longer want or need or that simply won’t fit in your new home,… Read More
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