Here at StorageMart, we're lucky to be surrounded by experts in moving and self storage. I recently asked Kevin Lanning, the property manager at our Scott Circle storage facility in Nebraska, if he had any moving tips for us.
What Kevin Says…
You’ve decided to move. Whether it’s across town or across the country, we can all relate—it’s just plain stressful.
Just about a year ago, my wife and I made the move from the capital city of Lincoln, Nebraska to Omaha. Though we were only going 50 miles away, there was still a lot to do.
The first thing we knew we were going to need was help. I tried asking 20 guys from church if they were available—even offering free pizza—and all were busy. So, we resorted to finding movers because there was just no way we could do it ourselves. Afterall, we had one week to get it done.
Find a mover who’s trustworthy and competitively priced.
Reviews will tell you a lot about a company from first-hand experiences. Your StorageMart expert can even recommend a couple places to start with because they’ve had lots of moving companies come through their property. And customers will always tell the manager if they found a gem or if it’s someone they would never use again.
Our moving company took great pride in making sure our furniture was wrapped in blankets and stretch-wrap to keep drawers shut and reduce the risk of damage from another item. It was awesome because we didn’t even have to empty our dresser drawers into a box and then unpack them again.
Investigate your new home.
If you’re moving to an apartment complex or an off-street residence, check out the best route and parking situation. Will you have stairs, wide doorways, narrow halls, etc.? Will your furniture fit through these spaces, or will you need to remove the legs off your couch to make it through the entrance? For that matter, do the legs even come off your couch? Will you need any tools to remove them, or do they simply unscrew?
Have a plan.
Think through ahead of time where your big pieces of furniture will go and the pieces you’ll need to assemble. For us, we moved our bed into the master bedroom and had the tools and bolts set aside so we could put our bed frame together as soon as we moved it. This saved time from looking through the number of boxes for the bedroom trying to find bolts or the wrench.
Keep a separate box with items you may need right away.
Nobody likes to go to bed smelling like moving day, so pack a box or tote so you can grab a towel and soap along with your toothbrush and toothpaste, and you’ll save yourself lots of time and headache.
Stay hydrated and don’t forget to eat.
So often, we all want to just get it over with and keep going, but our bodies need fuel just like the moving truck. Take time to drink plenty of water and eat some fruit, veggies, or even a meat sandwich to keep your body going.
Load the moving truck strategically.
If you’re storing in between at a storage facility, place the items you’ll need first or more frequently towards the front of your unit. Label the boxes or totes and place those labels out to be quickly read and grabbed if need be. That means these items should also be placed near the front of your truck to make them the last thing you put away. If you’ve hired movers, communicate with them how you want things placed in your unit for convenience, not necessarily theirs.
If you are going to be using a storage unit, protect your items by using the right size box for the right size item. Use mattress or sofa covers, packing paper for your dishes, and bubble wrap for the breakable items. Most (if not all) of our locations have a variety of moving supplies to help you get started.
Thankfully, with StorageMart, we make it easy. Each of our facilities are equipped with professionals to help you find the right unit at the right price, wide driving lanes that are well lit, and access-control gates with extended hours. Drive up, interior and climate control are just a few options on our storage units (note: not all options are available at each location).
We have locations in the USA, Canada, and UK. With over 200+ sites, there is usually one nearby, wherever you’re headed.
May your move be successful and stress-free!
About the Author: Kevin Lanning started with the StorageMart in May 2014 and was promoted to Property Manager in December 2014. He moved to Omaha in April 2018, where he is currently the Property Manager at the location on Scott Circle. His hobbies include photography and woodworking. When not at work, Lanning enjoys spending time with his wife and their immediate families over dinner or a game night.