September 6, 2021No Comments

New to Storage Units? Here’s What You Should Know

Storage units can be lifesavers—if you have a plan and specific purpose for them. For short-term solutions, like when you’re renovating your home or office or downsizing and need a place to keep your belongings until you sell them or move. For long-term solutions, like if you’re saving furniture for your children or for when you purchase that beach house you always wanted; renting a storage space can help ease your plans for the future. 

But there are a few things you should know before taking the plunge and purchasing a lease agreement. The last thing you want is to be stuck with something that’s too big, too small, or unnecessary. Follow these simple steps to ensure you’re getting what you need and not paying for what you don’t. 

First Things First…

Before you even begin the search for a storage unit, ask yourself why you actually need it. Will it be a few months or longer before a home renovation is complete and you want to protect your furniture? That’s a perfectly sound reason to rent a unit. Do you have larger family heirlooms you want to save for when your kids get their own places? Sure, you can rent a storage space to keep the items safe. Are you downsizing and need to get rid of furniture and household wares that are either old, unused, or just unnecessary? Nope, don’t get a storage unit. 

It’s one thing to store what you need and will use for the future. It’s another to spend money hanging onto things you should have sold or given away long ago. (Need tips on downsizing and how to declutter? We got you. If you need recommendations or a solution on how to downsize? One of our experienced movers can help you every step of the way). Once you know the items that are not only worth saving, but a must, it’s time to look into the types of storage facilities and units you’ll need. 

Take Inventory of What You Have 

Once you have a firm understanding of the goods you'll be storing, you can decide what size unit you’ll need. Make a detailed list with each item you want to store, its dimensions, and the length with which you want to keep it. This will help you 1.) choose the best storage unit option, ensuring you’re not paying too much for space you don’t need, or too little and end up having to rent another. 2.) Organize your unit in a sensical manner, placing large, heavy items you plan to keep for a while in the back, while placing lighter goods you may be using again or giving away soon toward the front. 

Triple Check Your New Space

The last thing you want to spend money on is a storage space that you could have avoided. When moving into a new home or office, make sure to measure and analyze the storage areas so you have no doubt as to how much space can be used. Closets, basements, garages, crawl spaces, pantries all provide storage options, so count how many you have, measure their dimensions, and if there are extra spots in the basement or garage, use these for your housewares and furniture. If you still need a storage unit, you will at least be able to rent a smaller one for cheaper. 

Pick Your Size 

When you know what you’ll be storing, you can choose the size unit you’ll need. Units typically run in small, medium, and large. Not sure what this means for what can fit into each size? Take a look at this helpful chart from Move.org. It’s also important to remember how tall storage units are. Most run about eight feet tall, so keep this in mind when you’re choosing an option.

Do Your Homework 

When searching for a storage unit, take your time. Don’t go with the first place you find online or the one place a friend told you about. Make sure to do your due diligence and look into several companies.Schedule visits to each facility so you can view the spaces, measure the units, and determine the best option for you. 

Prices will vary from facility to facility, so it’s crucial to cross check costs per unit, short-term, long-term values, discounts—anything that could potentially get you a better deal for the duration with which you need a unit. 

Consider the Short-Term

If you’re moving quickly or you’re undergoing renovations to your current home or office, renting a unit at a facility may not be the most practical or efficient way to go. Portable storage containers can be rented for a monthly fee and as long as you’re not spending an exorbitant amount of time getting to your new space or updating your old one, they can be far more affordable than the cost of storage facilities. 

Additionally, you can move them to whatever location is necessary, making unpacking a snap. Moving containers also double as moving trucks, so you can save additional costs going this route. 

There are many reasons storage units come in handy during a move—and there are some reasons they can be a costly disadvantage. It’s essential to take a good look at the future of your move or project to determine timelines and needs so you can choose the best storage option for your family. Looking for more information? Reach out and get a storage quote!

August 15, 2021No Comments

Start Fresh In Your New Space With These 5 Decluttering & Downsizing Tips

Moving is both exciting and excruciatingly stressful. It’s especially excruciating when the dream space you’re moving into happens to be smaller than the one you’re leaving. Packing up what’s taken years to acquire, deep cleaning, and determining what to keep and what to give away can feel like a heavy burden that grows larger by the day. And while downsizing may never become anyone’s favorite pastime, you can make the experience more enjoyable and create a smoother transition by following these helpful tips. 

Start Early 

Nothing makes moving harder than procrastinating and rushing. If possible, start going through your belongings long before your move out date—at bare minimum 30 days, preferably 60 to 90. You’ll want to have time to be intentional while going through furniture, storage, clothing, kitchenware...your whole life resides within your home (or your business life if you’re moving offices), so giving yourself as much time as possible is the best way to truly decide what you can part with, can’t live without, and simply don’t have the space to keep. 

Prioritize Your Property

At first, it’s likely difficult to downsize—after all, you bought all your possessions for a reason and many items become sentimental over time. However, there are things you are going to need far more than that gigantic clear blow up recliner you’ve kept for nostalgia purposes, and these are the items you need to put first. 

Start with multifunctional furniture or houseware items, like a fold out table, trundle bed, fold up table and chair set, bar cart, or sofa bed. With less space, these pieces will prove to be highly valuable, letting you decorate and design your new area without having to cram in everything you want and need. Don’t have two-digit dinner parties often? Keep that pull out table. Don’t have space for a guest bedroom but you’ll need somewhere for guests? Definitely save the sofa bed. Thinking about how you can use pieces for several purposes will be a simple process to streamlining what you take into your new space. 

Steer Clear of Storage Units (Or Try Your Best)

It can be easy to tell yourself to rent a storage unit—just for a little while as you figure things out. However, what starts as a few months can quickly spiral into several years. We often keep things we liked at one time with the intention of using them in the future, but unfortunately, this doesn’t happen often, especially when you have to downsize. Instead of leading with the I’ll save it for later mentality, initiate your move with the mentality of I haven’t used this in years, it’s someone else’s turn. You won’t regret letting go of that record player that hasn’t worked in decades or those old magazines you were saving to put on your coffee table. 

Beyond being a pain to pay for, storage units only give you even more wiggle room to obtain goods you don’t need. It’s like the “big purse” theory. If you buy a gigantic bag, you will fill it up, even if you don’t need any of the things you carry. It just happens. The same thing tends to happen with storage units. Save yourself money and grief down the road and try to be as practical as possible when you downsize. (Yes, that means that orange striped velvet couch that you were going to reupholster but just haven’t gotten around to it.) 

Donate and Sell

If you have pieces of expensive furniture that cannot possibly fit into your new space reasonably, it’s fair you don’t want to lose money. Opt to sell these on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or to friends, family, or neighbors. You may not get exactly what you paid, but it won’t be a total loss. The plus side? You can save your earnings for anything you may discover you need in your new space. 

The other, more philanthropic option is of course to donate what you don’t need. There are many agencies that accept donations of anything from clothing, furniture, artwork, kitchen goods—even bathing suits. Here a few to consider:

Take Inventory 

This isn’t the most fun step in downsizing, but who said moving was going to be a breeze? Taking inventory of your belongings will give you a clear visual of everything you own and illuminate things you forgot you had. This will allow you to effectively determine which items you need for your new space, those that won’t serve a purpose and can be sold or donated, and those which you may love, but just won’t fit. And, considering 65% of people learn and remember information best when it’s presented in a visual format, creating a written or typed inventory you can see will make it easier to track, retain, and decide what to do with your belongings. 

We understand moving can be difficult, especially when you’re looking to declutter and downsize. We’re here if you need support doing the tough stuff like moving, setting up in your new space, or just need an extra hand. With a little assistance, we’ll help get you out of the old and into the new with ease. 

July 28, 2021No Comments

Moving at the Last Minute? Hire an Elite Moving Company

Hire an Elite Moving Company

In a perfect world, you would have an ample amount of time to prepare for a move. Moving is a process rife with tiny details and too many individual tasks, and three or four weeks, at minimum, is generally preferred for doing it right...well, stress-free. But in the real world, life comes at you from a weird angle going 90 miles per hour, and so does a last-minute move.

The only question you have time for is, “Do I hire a moving company or DIY?” Okay. Cool. Say your answer is DIY. Now, what you thought was a quick move in the right direction brought you to another fork in the road with more obstacles. Now, you are inundated with coordinating packing supplies, finding generous people to help you, and vehicles large enough to haul your belongings. Well, shoot, what about your valuables? Do you know how to pack them so they won’t break? That family heirloom? Don’t even get us started on the fact that you now have to fit all the moving activities into your already tight timeline; if that’s doable, fantastic. Then you can move on to planning and packing.

Pendulums swing two ways, let’s say you are on the other side. You’re a mom, who is the master calendar of everyone’s hectic schedules. If thinking about the tasks above gives you a lump in your throat, you’ve landed on the right page. Hi. Hey. How are you? We’re Alluel, your elite moving service in the NYC area. We can help you coordinate a quick turnaround move and you don’t even have to sweat. We treat your belongings like our own and your great Nana’s storage chest is more than safe with our experienced movers.

Okay, so now that that is settled, here is a list of priorities that you should contemplate on your quick move

Get rid of the things that you don’t need

Now that you’ve hired Alluel to do the heavy lifting and coordination, it’s time to declutter. What brings you joy? What needs to go? If you haven’t even looked at it in the last 12 months, sell or donate it. 

Put together your “essentials go bag”

Before you move on to anything else, set aside a suitcase or duffle bag and fill it with the essentials that you can afford to misplace or break during the ensuing chaos. This includes any medications and important documents you have, chargers, day-to-day toiletries, and maybe a couple of changes of clothes. You won’t want to try and find clothes to wear in a dozen boxes when you arrive in your new home. Once you have packed your essentials, it’s time for the biggest task, packing.

Don’t think, pack room-by-room

If you hired Alluel to pack for you, happily jump, skip and smile to the final priority to consider. If you are still thinking about DIY, then let’s talk about packing. Start packing room-by-room so it’s not only easier to digest, but when you unpack, you will know where everything is because it’s in the same spot as your old home.

Call Alluel

If you made it this far and you still haven’t answered the question, “Hire an elite moving company or DIY,” then here is your sign. ASK FOR HELP. Any extra hands on deck will make your move seamless and stress-free. Whether you have ample time to plan a move or a mere amount of days to coordinate, Alluel is on your side. Call us today to get a plan in motion. Why? Because you are worth the investment.

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