Moving Advice

Storing a Washer and Dryer During a Move

Kristin Jones | March 24, 2015 | Moving Advice

By Patrick Galvan,

Like most household appliances, washers and dryers are both essential for living and expensive to own. Even simple repairs can cost a pretty penny, so you’ll want to take every precaution to protect them in the rare instances when you need to transport and store them. This includes finding a safe place for storage.

If you’re moving, have you considered keeping your washer and dryer in a self storage unit? Here are some tips to prevent damage to these household appliances both in the process of transportation and while they’re in storage.

Clean and Dry Out Both Appliances

Before you move your washer and dryer into storage, thoroughly clean the inside of both appliances. This is very important when storing long term, as neglecting these could lead to pricey damages.

To clean your washer for long-term storage, run it empty on a normal rinse cycle with bleach or white vinegar. This is done to remove the buildup, residue, and drain lines left behind by laundry detergent. Once the residue is gone, leave the washer’s door open for 12-24 days so the appliance can dry out completely. Trapped water in a contained space could lead to the development of rust, physical deterioration, and a costly maintenance fee! If you don’t have that much time to spare, you can point a fan toward the open door of your washer to speed up the drying process.

Water can easily become trapped inside the hoses of your washer, too. To dry them out, pull your washer away from the wall far enough to unplug the hoses. Then, allow the water to drain into a bucket. Again, wait a few days for the hoses to dry out completely, then separate them from the washer and store them in a box or plastic bag.

Cleaning your dryer is simpler. Since you don’t have to worry about water and residue, your only concern is cleaning out any lint, debris, and dryer sheets left inside.

How to Transport and Store a Washer and Dryer

Once you’ve cleaned your washer and dryer, use a strong tape to hold their doors shut so they don’t bang around or get broken during the move. Once these appliances are in storage, however, leave the doors open to prevent condensation.

To avoid dust forming on the inside or outside of your appliances, cover them with a blanket or a sheet. Don’t use a plastic tarp because this could trap moisture and lead to mildew, mold, and condensation. For this reason, you should also avoid storing items inside your washer and dryer. As convenient as it sounds to use them as makeshift storage containers, you’ll just be increasing the risk of developing dust and other damages.

The next time you move and store household appliances like a washer and dryer, be sure to properly care for them before you store them, while you store them, and as you move them.

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How Storage Can Make Moving More Affordable

Kristin Jones | March 17, 2015 | Moving Advice

By Patrick Galvan,

When transitioning between homes, people frequently turn to self storage to hold additional belongings. This gives movers the time and space they need to commute back and forth, unpack essentials, and finish the transition at their own pace. When transporting large, heavy items such as furniture, a storage unit is a great commodity to have.

Did you know there are moving-related services self storage facilities can provide? Consider the following storage assets the next time you move.

Storage Providers and Packing Supplies

One moving challenge people sometimes run into is gathering enough packing supplies for all of their belongings. You don’t necessarily need to go to a moving company or a supermarket to find cardboard boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, or furniture covers. Your storage provider might be able to provide these items for you at little to no cost!

Don’t forget: storage operators are experts when it comes to preservation. They should be able to offer tips and suggestions on packing, specifically how to pack delicate items, how many items you can store in a single box, when it’s appropriate to use packing peanuts or crumpled-up newspaper, and even how to strategically place each box in a storage unit. Your storage provider can give you useful information, so don’t be shy about calling them ahead of time.

Portable Storage and Its Benefits

In addition to providing packing supplies, some storage facilities even handle transportation—and for a cheaper price than most moving companies! Instead of hiring a moving company to haul everything you own from home to the next—paying for their time and gasoline expenses all the while—you can spend less to have a mobile storage unit delivered from one home to the other! This is called portable storage (or mobile storage).

When you rent a portable storage unit, your storage operator will bring it to a location specified by you, such as your lawn or driveway, and leave it for you to fill at your leisure. Unlike a moving company, which operates according to a schedule, you can pack and load without worrying about deadlines. Loading is also made easier since the mobile unit sits on the ground. You can carry heavy belongings as if carrying them through an open doorway, which is much more convenient than straining yourself hauling furniture up a ramp.

Once you have finished loading your portable unit, all you have to do is notify the storage provider to let them know you’re ready for them to pick it up and deliver it to your new home (or store it, should your moving process take longer than a few weeks). In short, a portable storage unit is a cheaper, more convenient alternative to a moving company.

The next time you change homes, contact a local storage provider and see what they can do to help you save money during your move.

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Using Mobile Storage When Moving

Kristin Jones | November 25, 2014 | Moving Advice

By Patrick Galvan,

Moving to a new home requires a great deal of planning and effort. Apart from the physical strains of relocating everything you own, you often worry about protecting your belongings, as well as emptying clutter from your current home or apartment to make it more presentable for a potential buyer. During this stressful time, you’ll probably be looking for ways to make the process of moving easier. That’s where a mobile storage unit can come in handy.

Whether you’re decluttering your home for a potential buyer or in the actual process of relocating, you’ll need a way to store and transport your belongings.

With mobile storage (also called portable storage), a storage provider will deliver a storage unit to your home instead of requiring you to use a traditional self storage unit on their premises. From there, you load your belongings at your own pace. Once you’re finished loading your portable storage unit, you simply call the storage provider to have them either pick up and move the unit to your new home or store the unit at a warehouse until you need it.

This is much more convenient than renting a moving truck, which you have to pick up and later return on your own time. Not to mention, moving trucks can be expensive, depending on the timing and distance of your move.

Another advantage to using mobile containers over a professional moving service is that loading mobile containers requires less physical labor. In order to load items in the back of a moving truck, you must either haul them up a ramp or lift the boxes over your head. The heavier the item, the more intense the labor will be.

Since a mobile storage unit sits on the ground, loading is easier. You can carry your belongings across a flat surface, and you don’t need to lift anything, which is useful with heavier items like furniture. Can you imagine the stress it would take to move all of your sofas and tables across a steep ramp into a truck both before and after you reach your destination?

Determining schedules, commuting across town or an entire state, and finding enough space are all complications of moving. But moving doesn’t have to be difficult when mobile storage is an option.

Be sure to check with storage facilities to see what your portable storage options are and how they can accommodate your moving needs. Also, if you’re planning to move to another city or state, be sure to ask the mobile storage provider ahead of time if they can help with long-distance storage transportation.

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How Does a Drive-Up Access Storage Unit Help with Moving?

Kristin Jones | June 19, 2014 | Moving Advice, Storage Advice

Storage with Drive-Up Access

By Molly Hammond,

While it’s exciting to get set up in a new home, moving can be a lot of work—especially if you have a lot of heavy furniture and boxes that you can’t drop off until the previous owners move out. For this reason, many movers opt to rent a self storage unit for a short time during a move.

It’s easy to find a storage unit near you, but there’s more to consider than just proximity to your home.

In most cases, a 10×20 or 10×30 unit is large enough to house the items you’re looking to store. But if the unit is located up a few flights of stairs or requires you to go through several doors, the convenience is pretty much lost. Fortunately, units with drive-up access exist to alleviate this issue.

Since so much of moving is consumed with finding spaces and configurations for mattresses, bookshelves, and dressers, a storage facility with drive-up access can be a lifesaver. Opting for a drive-up unit doesn’t mean your belongings will be any less secure, as these units require the same method of entry (whether it be key or access code) as the rest of the facility.

The advantage to storage with drive-up access is the opportunity to drive your van, pickup, or moving truck directly up to your unit, meaning that moving things in or out of the vehicle is much simpler than maneuvering objects up a flight of stairs or walking a long way from the parking lot. Though it can cost a bit more to nab a unit with drive-up access, it’s definitely an option worth choosing.

These units are particularly helpful for those moving in less than ideal weather, too. Though you’ve got a certain amount of control over moving furniture or boxes into your new home, if you have to get out of your old place by a certain date (as is usually the case), there’s little to be done about moving in rain or extreme heat. Even if you’re using a tarp on your pickup or a moving truck that completely covers your things, just moving from the vehicle to the house in inclement weather can cause problems.

Minimizing the time spent loading and unloading at your storage unit increases the likelihood that your items will be moved successfully (with no heat or water damage) and certainly makes it easier on those charged with moving the items. Plus, once your items are in storage—particularly non-essentials like seasonal decorations and the odd armchair—you can house them for as long as it takes until a perfect day for completing your move rolls around.

Units with drive-up access are also great for the items that really can’t be heaved by even your strongest friends…like vehicles. Maybe your new place doesn’t have the garage space you’re used to, or you intend to store your boat in the unit you’re currently using for your household items. Whatever the reason, if you’re ready to have some time apart from your vehicle, it’s good to have drive-up access.

Moving is hard enough. Make that storage work for you by finding a unit with drive-up access. Your boxes and your biceps will thank you!

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Moving in the Rain

Mike Jones | March 27, 2014 | Moving Advice

Moving When It's Raining

By Mike Jones,

It’s a beautiful time of year. Spring is approaching, and winter is finally on its way out! If you’re moving during the springtime, you must remember that the weather can change in an instant. Here are some simple tips to help you prepare for moving in the constantly changing weather of spring.

Keep Up With the Weather

Right when you wake up on moving day, check the weather. Being prepared for a move during the rain is tough, but if you at least know when to expect rain, you’ll be ahead of the game.

As much as you can, plan accordingly around inclement weather. If the rain becomes too much to move through, you can always talk to your real estate agent and movers. Hired movers usually have a policy about inclement weather, and a real estate agent can help arrange a different moving day. The good thing about rain is that it tends to stop every once and a while, which means you’ll be able to keep moving.

Cover Your Carpets

Protect the floors in both your old and new homes from rain and mud by laying down cardboard, carpet, or tarps on the heavily trafficked walkways. Then, people won’t have to worry about tracking in water.

Protect Your Items

Rain can damage certain items. That’s why it’s a good idea to put plastic bags or tarps around furniture and electronics during your move. Consider using plastic tubs to move clothing and smaller items (like books and photos) instead of cardboard boxes as well, as plastic tubs are sturdier and can protect your belongings better from the rain.

What other tips do you have for moving in the rain?

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