When 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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· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
What are the biggest pieces you’ll need to transport during a move? Your couch, your bed and your dining room table. If you haven’t hired movers to get you into your new home, the heavy loads can be intimidating. There’s a few tips that we can give you as a moving company in Phoenix.
- Move the biggest pieces first. Get those out of the way so by the end of your moving day, you’re not faced with the hardest part.
- Take the furniture apart as much as possible. That is our recommendation unless you would rather do heavy lifting. If you can break down the furniture, you can move it piece by piece and make it easier on yourself and your helpers.
- Use sliders to move big pieces across the floor. You can even use something as simple as a cloth coaster from your coffee table. That way you don’t have to do the heavy lifting until you get to the exit of your home. Save your back and slide as much as possible!
- Purchase some shoulder dollys. They will free up your hands to maneuver large objects through small spaces and enable you to use your whole body to lift the big pieces of furniture.
- Lift things at an angle with your helper. Instead of one person grabbing one end from the bottom as the other person is doing the same, have one person lift from the top and one from the bottom. This will also make it easier to navigate staircases as the item will already be at the proper angle.
- Have a plan layed out so when you arrive to your new home, you know exactly where everything goes. This will eliminate any extra moving and rearranging.
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Lastly, lift with your legs! The last thing you want to do is injure your back halfway through moving day. Do you have any other tips for moving large furniture? Let us know below! And as always, if you’re looking for a professional moving company in Phoenix, call Jones Moving & Storage at 602-944-1413.
It’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.
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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.
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.
Moving out of state definitely adds a completely different slant on everything, especially when you have to transport your car. This is especially true when you’re involved with a long distance from one side of the country to another. It can sometimes feel that the longer the move, the more complicated it becomes.
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One concern many people have when it comes to moving from one state to another is transporting their vehicle. It could be that they’re hoping to avoid putting thousands of miles on their odometer, or they’d simply prefer not to drive across parts of the country they’re unfamiliar with. Either way, finding out whether a moving company will transport a car from one state to another can be a very important consideration when it comes to choosing a moving company.
The short answer is yes; there are moving companies who will transport your car for you.
In fact, Jones Moving and Storage is one of those moving companies. We not only specialize in out of state moves, but we also have experience in transporting any size car or SUV.
When you’ve hired a moving company to transport your car, there are some considerations involved. For one thing, the method of transport is important to consider. In some cases, your vehicle will be loaded into the back of a moving truck along with your other possessions. Or, it might work better to use an auto transporter. Typically it ends up coming down to price. We know and understand that most people are looking to keep moving costs to a minimum. We’ll discuss your needs with you and give you some different options to choose from.
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You’ll also need to have a clear understanding of what can be in the car at the time of transport. Some people assume that they can completely stuff their car full of items that need to go to the same place as the car. There are some space and weight limitations involved when moving a vehicle so it’s important that you discuss them with the moving company.
If you know you have a long-distance move coming up and need some help deciding the best way to move your possessions safely and efficiently, give us a call at Jones Moving and Storage. With many years of experience behind us, we’ll be able to offer tips and ideas that can make a big difference in your move, including how to best transport your vehicles.
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For better or for worse, downsizing continues to be a fact of life for families across the Phoenix, AZ metro area. Whether you’re facing a major change in life that is forcing you to cut back and make adjustments, or whether you’re at a stage in life when you just don’t need as much as before, downsizing can actually be a refreshing new start.
Ask anyone who has downsized before and they’ll tell you…it’s not so easy! Making decisions about what stays and goes can lead to stress, sadness and even anger. One person’s treasure might literally be considered trash by someone else.
We’ve put together some helpful hints and tips for downsizing that might make some decisions easier and help you avoid a fight.
Start Early – Some people know that downsizing is coming down the road, which gives them an advantage. Now they have time to sort through their possessions and make careful decisions about what’s important and what isn’t. Others may not have that luxury. They may be under the gun to downsize immediately. We suggest you start as early as possible when it comes to deciding what stays and what goes. You’ll feel better about your decisions in the long run. Jones also provides temporary storage for their customers, so your moving process can be seamless and not overwhelming.
Room by Room – Take it one room at a time. Start with one room – take a look at everything that is in it and consider where those items will end up at your new home. This will help you put things into perspective. If you realize that all of the items in your current room won’t fit in a comparable room at your future home, you have some letting go to do.
Get Rid of Clutter – Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of having clutter in at least one space in our homes. Clutter might be one of the easiest things to let go of when downsizing. If you’ve held onto something for years hoping that you’ll someday have the time to really give it the attention it needs, downsizing is the perfect time to let that item go. The last thing you want to do when downsizing is bring clutter along for the ride. If you are planning on getting rid of any items, Jones Moving and Storage will also pick up your items to be donated, so that you will not have to worry about the extra stress of finding how to properly donate your unwanted items.
Identify What’s Most Important – It’s understandable that parting with certain items like furniture, dishes and antiques can be challenging. Stop and ask yourself what is most important in your life. This might be a good time to break out a pen and paper and make a list. When you can truly identify what is most important, you’ll find it easier to let things go that just aren’t.
Consider the Move – This is especially appropriate in long distance moves. As you look around your current home, think about what things you actually want to prepare for moving. What things do you trust will make it to your new home safely? Do you need a lawnmower if you’re moving to a house with desert landscaping? Will the heavy winter coats become clutter if you’re moving to the southwest? Now that kids have moved out, do we need to lug that old sectional across town?
Hopefully, downsizing can be a liberating experience that helps you focus on what’s most important in life. If you ever have concerns about how to safely transport a valuable item or the best way to prepare items for a long move, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
You can use all of the moving day checklists and prepare as much as possible, but sizeable moves can be difficult even with great preparation. That’s why we offer the help of relocation coordinator! We will help with everything, down to the smallest details, making sure your move is completed quickly and efficiently. Working in conjunction with our expert movers, we have the best team available at your fingertips. Moving is our business and we want to move you!
Relocation coordinators help with the following:
- Will monitor your move from beginning to end, alleviating stress
- Helps determine any special needs for your move ahead of time
- Can help make sure all documentation is filled out properly and in a timely manner
- Will be your main point of contact at Jones Moving & Storage, helping you with any questions or concerns during your move
- Helps set up your moving schedule so time won’t be a stress or during your relocation
We want it to be a joyous time as you move into your new home, not a burden.If you’d like to learn more about our relocation coordinators, our expert movers, our storage facility and moving services in Phoenix, please call 602-944-1413.
We offer many services in addition to the convenience of a Relocation Coordinator.
Our list of services continues to grow as we find new and exciting ways to help our customers. That’s why we’ve continued to be one of the top moving companies in Phoenix. Our exceptional customer service and pain-free moves have become the talk of the city. Give us a call and we’ll set up a time to plan and execute your perfect move.
Having furniture cleaned can be very pricey. That’s why we like to keep furniture clean during your move! There’s a few ways to make sure your furniture won’t end up in your new home, dusty and dirty. Believe us, it’s worth the extra cost and effort to make sure you don’t have to bring an upholstery cleaner to your home!
- Wrap your furniture in plastic. Make sure you wrap it enough times that it won’t get ripped during the move.
- Use cloth to cover the parts of your furniture that will touch the side of the truck or vehicle.
- Purchase cheap drop cloths used for painting to cover couches and chairs.
- Disassemble furniture as much as possible. The smaller the pieces are, the easier they’ll fit into your vehicle and will be less likely to rub against truck beds or moving van walls.
- You can also clean a moving truck if you are renting. Give it a quick rub down to make sure there’s not dust and dirt that will transfer to your belongings.
Here at Jones Moving, we will wrap any white furniture for free. We know how important your things are to you and want to get them to your new home in the best condition possible. We also use furniture pads to ensure any sharp corners won’t be damaged during the move. We treat your belongings as if they are our own.
We also have storage available if needed. We know that sometimes you may need to downsize your home and simply can’t take all of your furniture with you. We can assist you in shrink wrapping your furniture so it will remain in great condition for the time it’s in our secure storage facility in Phoenix.
If you’re looking for a moving service in Phoenix, call us here at Jones Moving & Storage. We’ve been the go-to moving company for years and continue to hire only the most experienced movers and have competitive pricing. We’ll be sure to keep your furniture clean during a move so call us at 602-944-1413 to set up a consultation for your move today!
If your moving day is approaching, that means it’s almost time to clean! Clean the floors, clean the walls, clean the bathrooms
and clean the cupboards. It may seem overwhelming. But as a moving company in Phoenix, we can check one thing off your list. We advise you not to clean your furniture before moving.
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As you’re moving and shuffling things around your old home and into the new, dirt gets kicked up, dust flies around and hands are touching everything. That’s why we say, leave the cleaning of your furniture until you’re moved in! Here are a few ways to spruce up your furniture in your new home!
- For wood furniture, purchase a wood marker to fill in scuff marks and dings.
- Have your upholstered furniture steam cleaned by a professional and it’ll look like new!
- Give all of your smooth furniture a wipe-down before bringing it in the new home to reduce the amount of dirt brought in.
Though we do our best to keep clean trucks and use exceptional care when moving your belongings, dirt does happen. That’s why we say wait until after the move to worry about cleaning your furniture. You have enough to worry about with cleaning the old home before leaving so set your focus on that.
To make your move as stress free as possible, consider hiring a moving company in Phoenix. Here at Jones Moving & Storage, we are dedicated to making your move smooth and simple, providing the best care for your belongings. Call 602-944-1413 to get your moving quote today!
While we are willing to take the majority of your items to your new home, there are some things we don’t recommend giving to a moving company and some things that we simply won’t move. It’s important to check with your specific moving company to get to know their policies better, but as a general rule these are the items you shouldn’t expect your moving company to transport.
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Things you should transport yourself, but we will transport at your own risk:
- Photo albums
- Financial Documents
- Medical records
- Car Keys
- Personal mementos
- Open top boxes
- Large Pottery
While most companies will insure your belongings in the event that they were damaged during the move, we advise you to transport irreplaceable items yourself. Here at Jones Moving & Storage, we will transport your personal memorabilia, but it’s at your own risk. While companies may compensate you for lost or damaged goods, it won’t get back your memories.
Things we will not transport:
- Flammable items
If your belongings will not arrive to their new destination within 24 hours, perishable items will not be allowed on the truck. For local moves we will transport your food, but they will need to be properly packed with ice or ice packs. We will load them last so they will come off of the truck first at your new home.
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If you have questions about what we will and won’t move, call our Phoenix moving company at 602-944-1413. We will be able to break down which items you’ll need to move yourself and which ones are better transported by you or your family to ensure their safe arrival.
Once you’ve put valuable items into a storage unit, you don’t want to be in constant fear that they could be getting damaged. Whether you’re holding them until you can find a space for them in your home, or you ran out of space and needed extra storage, you want your belongings to be safe and well taken care of.
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That’s why we offer climate controlled storage. We don’t want you to worry that during the sweltering summer months, your family heirlooms or furniture are in danger. Here are the benefits of investing in climate controlled storage for your belongings.
- It eliminates heat damage to items. Items like pictures and electronics can become damaged by extreme heat. No need to worry if you’ve placed items in our storage units.
- Humidity can wreak havoc on your hair, so what do you think it could do to your furniture if it’s not in a well enclosed space? Wood can become warped and damaged. Metals can begin to rust and change color. You’ll have peace of mind with your things in our climate controlled storage units. Phoenix monsoon season will be no big deal!
- Because our unites are indoors, there’s no exterior exit. This means added security for your precious items. We perform regular inspections just to ensure each of our customer’s storage units have not been tampered with. There’s no public access to the units and our facility is secured 24 hours a day.
While you relax in your nice cool home during the summer months and bask in the warmth during the winter, you can rest assured that the items in your climate controlled storage units. Our units are moderately priced and we offer long and short term rentals.
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Stop by to tour our facility or give us a call at 602-944-1413 to see if our climate controlled storage units are the ones for you.