Storage Facilities | Hercules Movers

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Moving is generally a very challenging and stressful exercise. This stress is even increased when your move is a long-distance one. Long-distance moves can be very tough because they require a lot more planning and organization. There are a lot of activities involved in the process of moving and this makes planning very important. Planning will help to keep track of your activities and reduce stress.

For long-distance moves, you will need all the tips and tricks to make it as easy as possible. One way to ease the stress of a long-distance move is by using short-term storage for your long-distance move. This will go a long way to make your long-distance move more flexible and more convenient.

Short-term storage refers to storage for a period of three months or less. Short-term storage allows you to store your belongings until you move to your new home. Short-term storage can be used for several reasons. One of such reasons is when you have to move especially long-distance moves. For whatever reason you decide to use short-term storage, it presents an effective and efficient way of temporarily storing belongings.

We have put together a few reasons to show you how short-term storage might beneficial to you when you have a long-term move.

Reasons to Consider Short Term Storage

  1. It Makes The Long-Distance Move More Flexible

After your long-distance move, you may want to spend a few weeks or the first few months settling in and getting familiar with the new town. Even if you do not necessarily need time to settle in, moving can be a very exhausting activity. Right after your long-distance move might not be the time to start unpacking your things and you might not want to live with boxes around your apartment. Short-term storage thus helps you to keep your things for the period you need to settle in. it makes your long-distance move and settling in more flexible. This is even more helpful when you were not able to find a home before your move. Short-term storage will give you time to search for the right house.

  1. Flexible Plans By Storage Companies

Many storage companies allow for flexible packages in their storage. They offer open-ended contracts so you can adjust the terms to suit your needs. Some are renewable and can allow you to renew for as long as you need. For some companies, plans are renewable weekly while for others, monthly. weeks nut for students it was Storage companies also give access to owners. With this, you can access the city whenever you want. In addition to being flexible, the plans are relatively cheap and affordable. This makes storing your belongings affordable.

  1. When You Have Not Decided What To Move With 

Generally, downsizing is a part of moving. It is important that you take your move as an opportunity to get rid of the things that you do no longer use or no longer have a need for. It is even more important for you to downsize when your move is a long-distance move. This saves you the stress of moving with things that you do not need, and it will reduce the cost of moving your belongings.

However, when you have a long-distance move and you have not decided on what to move with even after getting rid of the unnecessaries, either because you have not gotten a house or you want to confirm what will fit into your new home, then it makes sense for you to use short term storage.

  1. When You Have To Renovate 

When the new home needs renovation, then it makes sense for you to make use of short-term storage for your belongings. A long-distance move can be very stressful and so is renovating a house. Things in a house are even cleared out to enable proper renovations. The last thing you want to do when renovating after a long-distance move is unpacking. Chances are that you will not have the time to unpack and so, there will be moving boxes scattered all over your new home. It makes sense for you to use short-term storage. When you are done with renovations, then you can think of how to get your belongings delivered and unpack.

  1. When Your Long-Distance Move Is For A Short Period

If you are making a long-distance move and this move is just a temporary one like for a vacation or just for you to take trips, then it will likely make sense for you to use short-term storage. Even when you decide to extend your trip, you can contact the storage company for your contract to be renewed and reviewed to fit the circumstances.

  1. Delivery Arrangement

Some storage facilities have delivery arrangements. The things stored can be delivered to you at a time specified. This saves you the stress of trying to get a moving company for your long-distance move and even the stress of trying to bargain a good price. A storage facility with delivery arrangements will maybe have a package that covers both the storing and the delivery. All you have to do is pick a period that you think will be suitable for you to unpack and put that time in the contract.

Conclusion 

Short-term storage for a long-distance move has many advantages as stated above. It helps you reduce the stress of an already stressful move amongst other benefits. When moving, it is important to cut stress as much as possible and short-term storage is one way to do that. In deciding which storage to use there are different factors to consider to help ensure that your belongings are kept in good conditions. Considering the fact that you are moving a lot of different things with different textures and different levels of fragility, ensure that you choose a storage facility with the capacity to keep your belonging safe and damage-free.

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country?  Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely.  Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.

 


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What You Need to Know About Moving Your Office or Business | Hercules Movers | Commercial Movers  Movers NJ

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to moving an office or a business.  You’ve likely heard the saying, “Location, location, location,” meaning that where you decide to locate your business could make or break you depending on the business type you own.  It’s absolutely true.  We saw a gym once move from a prime location on a corner with a lot of traffic, just down the road a quarter-mile into a new building, on the backside of it, and their new membership enrollment plummeted.  New memberships are the lifeblood for any fitness facility… This is also true when talking about the city or town in which a business office could be located.  You may want to move to attract a certain type of employee that fits your business’s personality or culture better than another geography.

Below are a few points you should know before you make an office move:

Location, Location, Location

Why are big tech companies located in Silicon Valley?  Why are big tech companies located in the Seattle area?  Why are the mom & pop clothing stores, etc. on main street America?  It all boils down to location.  You need to go where the employees and customers are.  Not necessarily in that order and not necessarily the same for every business type.  Google doesn’t need to be on the main street in small-town USA, and Joe’s furniture doesn’t necessarily need to be in Mountain View, CA right next to Google (but it may help them sell more furniture).  Not everyone needs to be in Dallas, Miami, or San Francisco, either.

If, however, you are looking to relocate your business, you may want to start looking for up and coming towns and cities that are transforming themselves.  These locales may have the migrating population, culture, and demographics you need for your business to thrive.  Let’s take Austin, TX for example.  Once a small city with a low cost of living, and a thriving music scene, soon became a hub for Internet startups because it was so inexpensive to live there.  Now Austin is a thriving technology town, with a vibrant population of technologists’ branch offices, and headquarters to some of the most dynamic software companies in the world.  Denver Colorado is/was another one of these cities.  It exploded with new people when the Cannabis market hit legal status.  Now is a thriving city of farming, technology, and much more supporting the specific vertical markets.

Whatever your reason for moving, you may want to make it a more strategic one for the survival of your business.

Moving Your Business

This may be the hardest thing you have ever done for your business.  There is a LOT to take into consideration.  Besides the obvious, are you relocating employees?  Are you hiring and training new employees in your new office location?  How will that impact your business?

Just as important as hiring the right team members in the new location, is the decision to hire the right moving company for the job.  Will they be handling just the move?  More than the move?  Will they be the group working with your IT team to set up your furniture and help ensure that the networking is set up correctly for your first day in the new office?  It doesn’t matter if your business is large or small.  Seriously, it doesn’t.  What matters is that the process is handled by a reputable, professional organization that is going to help you achieve your goal.  Remember, the moving company will be moving computers, printers, copiers (likely), file cabinets full of paperwork, networking infrastructure, inventory, etc.  It is more comprehensive than you know if you are of any size…  This is why a reputable moving company like Hercules Movers, Inc.  Hercules will ensure a safe moving process for your company.

The last thing a business wants to do is spend a ton of money that you do not have to.  Make sure you get a comprehensive estimate and understand any additional costs that may be involved in the move.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here:  https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.

 

 


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Reasons Businesses May Choose Non Office Storage Spaces | Hercules Movers, Inc | NJ Movers

For the same reason one might use a self-storage facility for their extra “stuff,” businesses have a unique requirement to keep records on paper, and in many cases outgrow the office space they are in… They require more space, and sometimes, may have to think outside the box to get it… Here are a few reasons why a business may choose a non-office storage facility.

Extra Space for Their Paperwork, Inventory, etc.

It will come as no surprise that just like your home, businesses may need extra storage as well.  Many organizations fill their offices with filing cabinets, fill them up with paperwork, and then may need to keep those paper records for audit purposes, review, etc.  Once those filing cabinets are full, they are near impossible to move without more than one person.  They’re heavy objects, to begin with.  What do you do with that paperwork you may never reach into again unless there is an audit, or you need to locate a record of something once every 10 years?

The same can be said for inventory.  If you are a growing business that needs to store inventory and still want to keep your office looking professional, it has to be put somewhere.  A storage facility or storage unit may just be the place for your temporary inventory stash.

By moving your inventory or large bulky file cabinets into storage, you’re creating a more professional, organized, minimalist look for your office.  It will be more appealing to your staff so that they do not feel boxed in on a daily basis.

If this describes your business, you should think about a storage unit or a storage warehouse where you can have occasional access to your ‘stuff.’

A Better Security Option

Sometimes out of sight is out of mind.  If you have items (such as inventory), your records are sensitive, or you have a compliance requirement, off-site storage may be your only real option.  Additionally, if records are in the office and not accessed on a regular basis when someone does need something, they may not return it immediately, and possibly misplace a critical piece of information.

From an inventory perspective, keeping your inventory off-site, also keeps it out of the hands of those that might help themselves to something they do not have the right to take.

This of course all depends on your requirements.  A storage facility may or may not have to be climate controlled, may require security cameras, biometrics, or none of those items.  Even if you do not need them, they could benefit your peace of mind in the long run…

Quickly Expand

Putting inventory or other records in storage helps you quickly expand your business by allowing you to utilize space that may have otherwise been taken up by bulky cabinets or pallets of goods.  If you need to get that extra person hired and working quickly, your best bet is to put your records in storage if you can and not have to move to a new office… We’ll get into that shortly.

Lease Requirements

Maybe you are growing and deed to move offices, but are in the middle of your rental lease, and breaking it is not a good financial option for you.  It rarely is.  Maybe the move to that new state of the art building just isn’t possible for the next 18 months, and you have to make five new hires.  Your only option may be to lease another office, usually a very expensive venture with personal guarantees, first month, security deposit, and sometimes last month’s lease payment upfront.  What if those five employees don’t work out or your business has to pivot and/or downsize?  A storage facility may be the best option for you, and less expensive than adding a new office for those new employees…

Not mentioned is storage for furniture “if” you have to downsize.  If you are leasing, financing, or do not want to part with office furniture for future expansion, storage is an excellent way to keep those items out of sight until you require their use.

It’s Less Expensive 

Everything we’ve written in this blog post up to this point leads up to this statement.  “It’s just less expensive to put inventory, records, and or other critical items you need to keep in storage, than any other option.”  This is especially true if you want some level of security, an insured facility, and peace of mind.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.

 


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When you’re moving or taking any other long trip away from your home but can’t carry all the things you own with you, and long term storage is a good way to ensure that everything stays secure and in good condition till whenever you’re ready to take them out, dust them off and put them to use again. If done correctly, you’ll find your items none the worse for wear and ready to go as if you only put them down yesterday, although this, of course, depends on exactly what kinds of goods they are.

Doing long term storage correctly is not quite that straightforward though. You cannot simply pack all the things you want to store and push them into space. If you do that, you will likely find your items in terrible condition when you want to retrieve them. It is important to keep the distinction between short term and long-term storage in mind when you’re storing items for the long haul. If left without proper protection, your items might survive well enough over a short period of time, but as that period begins to extends to many months and years, the wear and tear will increase dramatically and may result in permanent damage. To help you avoid that, here are a few tips on preparing your items for long term storage:

Decide What to Store and Where

You probably do not need to store everything you think you need to. Before simply unloading everything in a self-storage unit, draw up a list of all the items and think carefully about what the odds are that you will still want or need the item after a long period of time. Use criteria such as the current condition of the item, how difficult it would be to replace, and the sentimental value it might hold for you. Once you have selected the items to keep, you will need to choose how to store them and for most people, a self-storage unit would be the right answer, if not the complete one. You will still need to consider the size of the unit and whether you’ll need climate control. The overall security and condition of the storage facility is also crucial, especially for longer periods.

Clean and Dry

Putting your items into storage while they are dirty is a bad idea. Depending on what kind of item it is and what kind of dirt is on it, you might find that the dirt has become a permanent stain or has become ingrained in the item. In some cases, such as food particles in an improperly cleaned fridge or cooker, it might even attract pests. Be sure to wipe surfaces with the appropriate type of cleaner and take other steps such as applying disinfectant to appliances and using a vacuum machine to clean out furniture. You also need to ensure that all the items you are putting into storage are completely dry. If they are not, metal surfaces will likely begin to rust after a while. Mildew and mold will also begin to grow on your items.

Wrap and Box

The exact material you will need to use in wrapping your items will differ from item to item and you must be very careful to be sure that you are using the right kind. Delicate items such as vases, pieces of art, sensitive electronics, or similar items should be enclosed in soft packing paper that will help them resist any shocks from being jostled while being put into or brought out of storage. You don’t want to keep your items for a decade in good condition only to have them fall to pieces because you bumped them against something while carrying them out afterward. Other items can be kept in plastic wrapping, with clothes and other fabrics in special vacuum-sealed bags. Furniture with upholstery can be covered with cotton sheets. White ones are best so that while the material allows moisture to escape, the color will prevent any bleeding onto the furniture.

You must also choose the boxes right. Instead of just getting used boxes from your neighborhood store, spend the bit of money it’ll cost to buy packing boxes. They are more rigid for stacking and because they are new, you can be sure there’s nothing in them, whether visible like pests or invisible like an odor. Remember that your items are going to be in a closed space for a long time so even odors can permeate other items over the years.

Arrange and Stack Properly

Even if you’ve chosen the right size of the storage unit for your needs, it can be impossible or at least very difficult to get all your items to fit properly unless you arrange them well. Also, arranging your things well is also important to keep anything from falling off and damaging itself or something else over time. Ideally, you’d get professional help with this so that they can use their expertise and experience to map out the best way to get your things in and arrange them securely so everything will stay where it’s supposed to and you can easily reach any individual item you want to without going through the hassle of packing everything out, later.

A few general rules though:

  1. Place lighter items at the top of a box while the heavier ones go in the bottom. Also, place heavier boxes at the bottoms and lighter ones on top.
  2. Make sure that all the boxes are full to capacity to avoid them caving in when stacked. Boxes that are cannot be filled up completely should, as much as possible, go on top of a stack.
  3. Pad the interior of the boxes using bubble wrap, old clothes, or even crumpled paper to give the items in them more cushioning, especially when those items are fragile in nature.
  4. Seal all boxes properly to prevent the entry of moisture and dust. Items in plastic wrap should be sealed too whenever possible.
  5. Put boxes with similar contents and items of similar types together. This will make it easier to get the items you need rather than going through multiple locations in the storage unit or several boxes.

Label and Map

Every box should be labeled. The labeling can be general like “books” or where necessary, be more comprehensive as to the contents of the box. That would make it much easier to find what you need without needing to open each box. You can also draw a map of the storage unit, highlighting where different key items are. It does not have to be anything fancy. A rough diagram will do as long as it’s clear enough that you’ll understand it quickly when you’re reading it a few years down the line.