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How to Prepare Items for Storage

POSTED ON December 29th  - POSTED IN Blog, Residential Moves, Storage

storageWhen it comes time to move your items into storage, there are some specific things you can do that will make a huge difference, we will show you how to prepare items for storage. Planning ahead can help you avoid headache and aggravation down the road and can make it so much easier to remove items when needed. Here’s some ideas we’ve picked up over the years:

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Dishes

·      Protect your dishes by using special dish packing boxes.

·      Wrap each glass, dish, and cup in its own packing paper or bubble wrap – you might also use socks for glasses.

·      Plates and bowls should also be wrapped individually and stacked in boxes on their sides.

·      Be sure to use plenty of cushioning at the bottom of boxes containing dishes or glasses.

·      Mark boxes clearly with “fragile” and be sure to stack these boxes at the top of your storage unit.

Furniture

·      Take the time to wrap big pieces of furniture such as sofas and loveseats with plastic or blankets.  This will keep them clean and make them easier to move.

·      Stack chairs seat to seat and be sure to put a piece of cloth or paper in between the cushions.

·      Be sure to cover other valuable furniture carefully with plastic or blankets.

·      Store couches on end if possible to conserve space.

·      Separate the legs of a table from the table when possible to save space.  Wrap each leg in paper, plastic or a towel.

·      Put all hardware (such as nuts, bolts, screws) into a plastic bag and tape the bag to the piece of furniture it belongs to.

Books, Files, Documents

·      Careful not to overload boxes with books – you don’t want them to be too heavy.

·      Use file storage boxes and hanging folders for documents.

·      Be sure to label boxes accurately.

Appliances and Electronics

·      First be sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing – they can be ruined when stored with even the smallest amount of moisture inside.

·      When possible, store electronics in original packaging.

·      Leave refrigerator door open slightly for circulation.

Related: Why You Need Climate Controlled Storage

Other Items

·      Be sure that when filling a box, you fill it completely so it doesn’t collapse.

·      Use empty spaces between chairs and in the tops of dressers to store small items.

·      Mattresses should be wrapped in plastic and stored on their sides.

·      When storing metal items, run a few drops of oil on them to prevent rusting.

·      Artwork and mirrors should be carefully wrapped in plastic or packing paper and then placed in heavy duty cardboard boxes.

Be sure to give us a call at Jones Moving & Storage if you have any questions regarding specific items.  We’ve been in the moving and storing business for years and know a thing or two about prepping for storage.

How to Protect Your Floors and Carpet When Moving

POSTED ON December 12th  - POSTED IN Blog, Furniture, Long Distance Moves, Residential Moves

Protect Your FloorsIt’s important to consider the protection of your carpet  and especially protect your floors on moving day.  With so much foot traffic in and out of your home, you may want to take some precautions to ensure you’re not left with stained or scuffed carpets and flooring.  It’s also a good idea to protect your floor in the event that a heavy piece of furniture skids along the tile or if an appliance scratches your hardwood floors.

Related: Why You Should Hire a Moving Company

Here are some simple things you can do to ensure your floors are safe on moving day.

1.  Carpets – Use either plastic film or carpet masking.  Both will provide protection from dirt and are inexpensive.  Plastic film tends to stick to the surface, so you don’t have to spend time or money on tape.  This is also a great option when you’re moving in rainy or snowy weather as it will keep your floors dry and clean.

2.  Hardwood Floors – Cardboard, rugs, blankets, heavy duty paper, or painter’s drop cloths all work as great protection for hardwood floors.  You’ll want to consider a few things such as routes and safety.  If you can find a quicker route out of the house that eliminates the need to cross hardwood floors, you may save yourself time and money.  When it comes to safety, you want to be sure to use coverings on your floor that will keep the movers from slipping or falling.

3. Furniture Sliders – These can be found at most home improvement stores.  They come in many different shapes and sizes and not only protect your floor, but also make moving bigger pieces much easier.

4.  Plywood  – The ultimate protection for flooring during a move is plywood.  It’s strong and heavy duty holding up under any type of weight.  You can easily move loaded dollies across plywood and you won’t have to worry about dropped furniture or messy work boots.

5.  Booties – You might consider having your movers wear booties.  Booties can easily slip on and off over the movers shoes. They are inexpensive and will also keep out water and dirt.

Related: Keep Your Furniture Clean During a Move

There are plenty of options available for protecting the floors of your home in a move.  The most important part is to take the time to communicate with your team of movers so they know and understand your expectations.  As mentioned before, professional movers may be able to find a creative way to move your possessions in or out of a home while avoiding your floors as much as possible.

When Jones Moving & Storage handles a move, we take great consideration to carefully map out how we’ll enter and exit a home or office to keep things looking just the way they were before we arrived.

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