Moving your home can be a daunting task, especially if you have been living in one house for a long period of time. Chances are you have accumulated a lot of belongings in one place and – now – packing everything and shifting items from this house to another seems to be a mammoth task. On top of that, you may decide to DIY your move or hire professionals to move your belongings. But what if you’re moving into a storage space for a temporary amount of time? Is it advisable to pack and store yourself? What are the pros and cons? Here are a few pros to hiring professionals on moving day, especially if you’re moving into storage:

  • It will take less time for the professionals to pack and load the moving truck, than doing it yourself. Movers are trained professionals, and can usually save you time, which saves you money!
  • Movers can work with tetris-like abilities to ensure your belongings are packed safely and properly. In addition, a reputable moving company will take the time to protect your items with movers’ shrink wrap or krubble, to prevent scratches when items are close together.
  • Movers can usually recommend storage facilities that they have worked with in the past. This reference might be the difference between storing in a clean, well managed facility, vs. a dirty and badly managed storage company.

So – whether you are hiring movers or doing it yourself, what do you need to do to prepare for a storage move?

Gather storage boxes

Once you know your moving date and have your moving timeline, take some time out of your busy schedule to purchase or find boxes for your move. Professional companies will offer boxes, usually for a small fee. Ensure the boxes you purchase are clean and free of debris or vermin – and same goes if you are taking boxes for someone else. Avoid getting boxes from grocery stores, as they pose health risks which you don’t want to deal with on moving day. Sourcing boxes and packing in advance will not only help you move quickly on moving day but will also help you get items off the floor and off shelves so that you can start to clean the home you are leaving behind for others. Take the time, while you pack, to discard any unwanted belongings and downsize your load, saving time and money on moving day!

If you are sending goods into storage, ensure you have special sized boxes for your large electronics and unique items. Most movers can provide custom boxes, or can help you source them. Whether it’s for your TV, a sound system, or large appliance, having boxes will help ensure those items are properly protected.

In addition, look at options to purchase movers’ shrink wrap or krubble (a combination of bubble wrap and pressed board) to protect your items, especially if custom boxes aren’t available. These materials will help wrap fragile items, as well as larger upholstered items like couches and mattresses. Your local Canada Post office also carries mattress bags for a small cost, which are well worth their cost when dealing with storage units.

Label your items

When you start unpacking in your new home, you might find that almost all the boxes look similar – especially if you packed them some time ago and they’ve been sitting in storage in the meantime. This can cause a huge problem and lots of confusion if you have to open all the boxes at once to figure out what’s inside. The easiest way to avoid confusion and ensure unpacking goes smoothly is to label all your boxes when you pack them. With a colored marker, label the boxes separately for clothes, toys, or fragile items. Of course, this will make things extremely easy in your new home, and allow you to plan out your unpacking schedule (room by room, for example) as opposed to making you interrupt the process each time you have to sift through a new box.

Secure your belongings

When moving to storage, ensure that you use tape to firmly secure your boxes. If you do not secure the boxes neatly after putting things in, those might come out or get damaged in transit or in storage. So, when you buy storage boxes keep in mind that you should also buy tape for this exact purpose.

Old newsprint can be packing paper

If you are looking for packing paper to use for your move, try newspaper. You can wrap many things like books, toys and even small appliances with old newsprint and store them in boxes or carry those in hand. Old newspaper can be used to pack fragile items, too. Newspaper will keep your dishes and glassware clean while preventing damage.

Discard the materials that you don’t need

If you are moving to a home with less space than the current one, you need to discard a few items as you pack. So, if you have a bookshelf or a table that you won’t be able to fit in the new place, try selling or discarding it before moving day. Make a list of all these items that share the same fate, before you start packing. This will help you save on storage space, movers’ time and will also give you some spending money for items to go into your new home!

Follow these storage solutions for a smooth move into storage, and then over to your new home. As usual, if you need additional help with your move and want to hire a professional moving company, look no further than Five Star Movers. We are proudly Canadian, and fully licensed, bonded, and insured. In addition, we make sure our services are reliable and honest – and have NO hidden fees on moving day! Contact us today for a FREE quote.