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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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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.


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Moving is a journey of two halves — packing and unpacking.

If you thought packing your belongings together was the hard part, you’ll likely find yourself rethinking that stance when you begin to unpack after getting to your new home. However, the process can get easier if you know the right things to do.

Below are a few tips to help your unpacking experience go smoothly and a bit stress-free.

Have unpacking in mind when packing. You can make unpacking easier if you plan ahead. While packing, try to label your boxes correctly. If you don’t have the time to label, then grab markers with different colors and distinguish the boxes. You could use red markers on your bedroom items, blue markers on your living room things, green for the kitchen, and so on.

Doing this will make you able to pack all the boxes you need for a particular room together and begin unwrapping with no confusion.

Start With the Bathroom. This room takes care of most emergencies that could arise at home, so you want to set it up early. You don’t want to answer the call of nature and discover that you’ve got no tissue paper in there, nor do you want to have to deal with cuts and scrapes without having quick access to your first aid box.

Pack a couple of towels, hand washes, soaps, and place them in the correct positions. Then install your shower curtains. You can then move to other areas of your home.

Next, Get Your Bedroom Ready. There’s a little chance that you’re going to get your packing 100% done in one day. You could plan to unpack all your things six hours after arriving, yet fatigue can set in after some time. At that point rest becomes unavoidable and it’s best to get your beauty sleep as comfortably as you can so you can recover all the energy you’ve lost in the course of the move and unpacking.

Having your bedroom —or at least your bed — set early enough will give your muscles and brain a nice break. You could even decide to sleep till the next day when you’ll resume unpacking.

Move to the Kitchen. Setting up your kitchen can be a bit tricky. The arrangements of the cabinets could be a little different from your former home, even more complicated. Unpack the essentials first; the plates, mugs, spoons, and forks. Then move to kitchen equipment such as juicers and blenders. Place the frequently used items where they can be easily accessed. The drawers closer to the ceiling should be used for items you won’t need too often.

After that, open your drawers and place your spices and ingredients. Your salt, baking powder, thyme, and others should be kept not too far from the cooking appliances. This will make it easy to reach when making meals.

Your larger appliances should come next. Plugin your microwave, electric cooker to see if they are working. You should give your refrigerator no less than 3 hours so the oil can settle in the compressor unit.

Then Attend to the Living Room. Start by sorting out your TV and connecting cables. You’ll need a lot of patience disentangling them if you didn’t fold them neatly while packing. Think of where you want to put up your pictures and arrange your books.

Your furniture arrangement is important to the beauty of your home. You’ll want to adopt a style that’s elegant and simple while maximizing the space available.

More tips.

  1. Play some good music. While you unpack, you need to keep yourself in your best mood. Unlock your music playlist and grab your headset. Dance if you want at intervals. Get the groove and adrenaline going. You’ll need all the good vibes to make your unpacking a smooth one.
  2. Have Some Snacks Handy. Unpacking is not a thing you just breeze through. It might take some time, depending on how much stuff you brought with you. And you may not be able to go fix yourself a hot meal while you’re at it. Order a pizza. Get some nuts and cookies. Something to ward off hunger in the meantime until your kitchen is set and you can cook a proper meal.
  3. Take Breaks: At some point, you may run into a jam. You might not find it easy choosing where you want an item placed or a picture set up. We all want to get the perfect look for our homes so this is sure to happen. Leave it awhile. Go out, take a breather, and allow some breeze blow through your hair. In a few minutes, your head will clear out and you’ll find it easier making those decisions.
  4. Delegate if You can. If you’re moving with your family, then that’s a big plus for you. Unpacking alone is okay but having an extra hand or more is something you can put to good use. You can tell the kids to decide how they want the living room set up. Borrow their ideas when arranging the kitchen. You might even want to engage the services of your moving company to help with unpacking. Some of them offer that as an add-on service and at the very least, you could get ideas from them regarding how to set things up properly.
  5. Make a Deadline. Getting unpacked on time requires a lot of discipline. Some people procrastinate things like arranging the cutlery or hanging their clothes in the wardrobe. They think they can get it done before the week runs out but after a month they’ll discover that there are still a lot of things to set up. Set a deadline. If it’s going to take a week, decide and stick to the plan. Leaving your items loosely in different places can make the process frustrating and tiresome. Keep working towards the deadline and when you’re done, you’ll be happy to look at your finished new home and smile with delight.

Please Don’t Forget…..

Observe proper hygiene. Your moving company would do their part to make sure your belongings are not contaminated but it is ideal to take extra safety measures. If your boxes were wrapped with blankets or slim plastic sheets, then you have to carefully remove them and dispose of neatly.

If they are not wrapped, you can select a few boxes you would be needing immediately, wipe them with bleach before you begin unwrapping. The rest can then be left outside for a few hours so any germs on the surface can die off.


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Ask anyone and they’ll tell you relocating right now isn’t the best idea.

Why? Because we are currently facing a huge health crisis nationwide. Probably the worst type we’ve had in decades. The figures are grim and it seems like there is little or no end in sight for the continued spread of the coronavirus. Plus, there are restrictions in place regarding movement, especially if you’re going to be crossing state borders.

Yet, most times, moving is not a luxury. Definitely, not something you would do simply for the fun of it. It could be a necessity, something paramount to your work or life in other ways. At the moment, it could even be long overdue. And if you’re waiting for the perfect time to execute your relocation plans, you just may never find it.

So if you’ve come to realize that relocating during this crisis isn’t something you can postpone, but what you want to do and get over with as soon as possible, here are a few things you should consider.

Check Your State’s Guidelines. It is to be expected that as time goes, states are going to review and make alterations to their different COVID-19 guidelines in response to the situation on the ground. At present, moving is still considered essential by most states, meaning that you would still be able to relocate from one place to the other.

Consider the Health Status of Family Members. Statistics show us that certain classes of people are more prone to suffer from the Covid-19 pandemic. If there are members of your family who have underlying health problems, you would want to take extra preventive measures to protect them. Gauge your options. Is it possible to wait for a little till it is safer to move them? If it is possible, then you should consider postponing or at least make an arrangement for them to join you later.

Ask if Your Moving Company is Currently Operating. As explained earlier, it’s unlikely that relocation companies will be stopped from working during the COVID-19 pandemic because they are generally taken as essential businesses. But it won’t come as a surprise to see a moving company out of operations temporarily as anything from the sickness of employees to logistic and financial hitches could affect their ability to attend to customers.

However, there are moving companies operating at the moment. You should contact one that is credible and with a history of good outcomes for clients to handle your move. Now more than ever, you need a moving company that’s reliable, to deal with anything that might come up.

Get new Supplies. It’s best that you get new supplies though it could seem far cheaper to go around gathering old boxes and cartons to stuff your belongings in.  It is a usual habit for people to recycle boxes from the supermarket for different purposes, yet your priority should be safety over cost. In a report by the New York Times, the coronavirus can remain active on a paper or cardboard surface as long as 24 hours.

Make a list of the supplies you would need. They should include; small boxes, large boxes, medium boxes, mattress bags, furniture sliders, post-it notes, box cutters, measuring tape, packing tape, bubble wraps, glass pack kits, plastic bags, tv boxes, markers, tall wardrobe boxes etc.

Plan Ahead of Time. It is wise to order for your supplies 6 to 8 days before you would need them. This is to make sure that in the event of a delay in the delivery of your supplies, you would still be able to pack up your things and be ready in time for your delivery company to move them.

Handle Packages Carefully. We recommend leaving your ordered items outside the door for a day at least. You won’t be able to disinfect most of the packages without staining or otherwise damaging them anyway. Best to leave them out so any contamination can die off before you begin using them to pack. As they say, the sun is often the best disinfectant.

Get Adequate Sanitizers and Disinfectants. Speaking of disinfectant, in the process of moving, you may not have the opportunity to always wash your hands with soap and water but you need to stay top of your hygiene game at all times. Have hand sanitizers to constantly clean your hands. Take disinfectants for commonly touched surfaces. If you find yourself short on them, you can make sanitizers out of strong alcoholic spirits. Be sure any alcohol you’re using is strong enough though – alcohol percentage levels of above 60% are most effective.

Find out about your moving company’s policies. What are the safety measures being put in place? Are the workers to wear gloves? What steps have been taken to ensure the security of workers and customers during the relocation process?

Do they also offer virtual assessments of your belongings? Physical assessments could still be done with precautions put in place. But in a world where there is abundant technology to conduct remote assessments, why not take advantage and conduct some of the processes virtually to reduce time spent doing it in person?

You will also need to know about payment policies. If you change your mind about the move, is it possible to get a refund? Could you also reschedule your move to a later date? This is information your moving company ought to provide.

Other Helpful Tips.

  • While moving, make use of cloth masks. If you called friends to help you, provide masks for everyone. Standard moving companies will adopt safety measures like professionals but friends choose to be casual. Yet, since they are there to provide the assistance you should be looking out for their safety.
  • Label your boxes. Don’t just stuff everything randomly. If you do, you’ll have trouble sorting out your belongings when you arrive at your new home. Get a marker and name each box according to its contents. You could also make a list of what’s inside each box so you can detect if anything goes missing.
  • Give out what you can. There might be some things you’ve not used in a long while and most likely won’t be used in your new home. Why bother taking them with you when someone else could be needing them? Call your neighbors and ask if you can drop them at their front door. That way you can make someone happy while reducing your load as well.

Last thing: stay safe. By observing social distancing, using cloth masks and sanitizers, you will be doing your bit to ensure everyone involved in your move remains in good health. Happy relocation!


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