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Need help finding a quality mover?
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Whether you’re new to the area or a seasoned local from the neighbourhood, if you’re looking for a moving company recommendation you should consider talking to your self storage provider. At Storage Centre we are always communicating and growing with our customers  from start to finish and throughout the years we have developed an unbiased list of the best-reviewed, go-to moving companies in the area. At the end of the day, whether you take on the move yourself or hire a moving company, your strategy is entirely up to you and what’s best for your situation. However, if you decide to hire, here are some potential benefits in doing so.

It Saves Time

Let’s face it, moving can often be stressful, inconvenient and even unplanned. If you’re looking to save time during the process, hiring an experienced team of movers makes the process quicker and easier to plan around your busy schedule.

Protects Belongings

Professional movers have the experience, equipment and proper materials to pack, store and move large and fragile items safely. An additional benefit is that most movers provide insurance of your goods so in the event that something does break, the cost of replacement is covered.

Avoids Heavy Lifting and Risk of Personal Injury

In the midst of an already often hectic move a muscle strain can really set you back. Moving large, clunky furniture such as a couch or a dining table is not only heavy and potentially dangerous, moving them also requires a team of people with experience and good communication. There are times where it’s better to be safe than to be sorry and this may be one of them, so why not leave it to a crew who has done this many times before?

If you decide that movers are the right decision for you, feel free to reach out and speak to one of our experts directly @ (416) 679-1000 for options and recommendations. For you do-it-yourself movers out there, we have you covered as well. Storage Centre’s location offers a vast array of dollies, pump-trucks, an easily accessible loading dock and onsite U-Haul rentals. Additionally, our blog section has a wealth of information covering tips and tricks ranging from properly packing breakables, to moving couches and everything in between. Our blog section can be found HERE.


How to Move and Store a Couch
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The most common and fearsome to move furniture piece of all time might just be the dreaded couch! Couches can be found in homes all across the country in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes and when used correctly, can add a lot of depth, unity and comfort to a room. However, the dreaded couch can rarely be moved alone, is a pain to navigate through doorways and becomes even trickier to move when stairs are involved. For many, the thought alone of moving one can flood the mind with knuckle scraping, floor scratching, back-breaking memories. Let’s face it, the classic couch move will never be a feel-good time, and not all drawbacks can be avoided. However, the process can certainly be made safer, simpler and more comfortable with a few techniques. So no matter how long you may need to store your couch, keep the following quick tips in mind.

Clean Your Furniture Prior to Moving

An excellent way to start things off is by cleaning your couch. Through vacuuming and removing the cushions (where possible) not only might you find some loose change laying around, you’ll also get to know its parts and construction a bit better which might provide you with some ideas on how to better preserve your couch while in storage. Closer inspection may also give you an idea of how heavy it is, and you may even notice that the legs screw off which might add an extra inch or two when removed to help through by those pesky doorways!

Make a Moving Plan

After the clean, you should now have a clearer picture as to the best strategy for a move. Whether you end up hiring a professional mover, recruit a friend or even get some of those simple furniture sliders and get this thing to the front of your place all by yourself, the extra time you spend thinking out each scenario will go a long way. Measure the doorways, measure what your couch would look like without the legs and cushions, measure its length if it were turned on its side. Thinking out these details in advance will not only minimize the amount of time and effort spent, but it will also reduce the time spent lifting and stress on your back while attempting ideas that aren't feasible.

Wrap and Protect Your Couch

Now that you’ve got a game plan in place and your couch is clean make sure you wrap up any loose cushions or parts that could scrap the walls or doorways on the way out. Using items like shrink wrap or drop clothes is a good practice. Covering your couch in old sheets or drop clothes will not only help on the way to storage but also while placed in a self-storage unit.

Make Sure You Have the Proper Storage Unit

When selecting the proper unit for your couch, there are a few things to consider. You’ll want to make sure there is enough to space for the couch to breathe and be moved in and out freely as you don’t want to pile up a bunch of other boxes and furniture on top and end up damaging your couch. Depending on your geographic location, you may also want to consider a facility with heated units available as couches are best designed to last in our living rooms – not in our garages, sheds or other outdoor environments. If you have any questions on what size might be best for your needs or what options are available, please call Storage Centre at (416) 679-1000, and one of our knowledgeable and friendly staff members will help you out.

How to Organize Your Self Storage Unit
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Having a self storage unit can be helpful by providing extra space when moving, decluttering, renovating or assisting you and your business needs by storing excess goods and products. However, if you don’t use the space optimally you will reduce the amount of help your unit provides. With the right strategy and some advanced planning you can maximize the space, getting the most value and efficiency out of your unit.

Create an Inventory List

Having an inventory list with clearly labelled boxes will help you organize your unit both immediately and down the road. Once the list is complete, you can easily plan to place similar items next to each other, positioning heavy boxes at the bottom of each stack for stability or figure out which items need to be accessed more frequently than the others. Most of your organizational ideas will stem from this list which is why it should be performed first.

Choose the Unit Size That Best Suits Your Needs

Use your master list to start planning what type of unit you will need and for what function it will have for you. If you don’t think you’ll be visiting the space often then it may be the most efficient to go for the smallest unit that accommodates all your items safely. However, if you think you’ll be in and out of it several times or use it for business then it might be worth your while to get a larger unit. Having enough space to make pathways, easily read boxes and, room to move within the unit will greatly improve your ability to become and stay organized. For additional information on how to select your unit size visit this blog entry for advice.

Place a Map of Your Belongings Inside the Unit

Since you have an inventory and properly labeled boxes there won’t be any need to map out items that are visible, but you should list anything that gets buried. This will come in especially handy if you have a compact unit. You won’t have to paint a Picasso, just a quick sketch that will give you a basic idea of your setup. Once this is complete it’s best to keep it in your unit up on the wall or wherever it is easily visible.

 

A self storage unit should make your life easier and more organized, not the opposite. By following the proper organizational steps above you will get the most out of your storage unit. For any additional information please contact info@storage-centre.ca.

Safe Moving Tips
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Moving is an emotionally draining experience but it can take a toll on you physically as well. By creating a safe moving environment and following certain guidelines not only will you help prevent injuries but you will protect your belongings as well. Even if you hire professional movers, safety-proofing should be prioritized.

Wrapping Breakables

If you have dishes, ceramics or glass belongings it’s best to wrap them carefully in bubble wrap before packing them away. Bubble wrap will help prevent your items from breaking into shards which could cause cuts and sharp particles from covering the floor of your home, truck or storage unit. Utilize moving blankets to wrap furniture and or Televisions- Storage Centre has bubble wrap and moving blankets as well as other moving and packing supplies available.

Packing Boxes

Be conscious of the weight and size of each box. If it’s difficult to lift or awkward to grab ahold of it may be best to place your items into a smaller box. 50 lbs is generally a good max weight to aim for but it’s ultimately up to you. Keep in mind that you may be carrying these boxes up and down stairs and in tight areas so make sure to consider this when figuring out your max weight. A good rule to remember is “the heavier the item, the smaller the box”.

Lifting Techniques

It’s important to squat down and let your lower body do the lifting because your back is not nearly as strong as your quad and gluteal muscles. Backs are also more prone to injury by becoming twisted or pulled. Keeping your back straight while lifting will make sure the vertebrae in your spine are properly aligned taking less pressure off of your disks and improving overall safety.

Using Dollies

If your items don’t require being lifted switch them over to a dollie (also available to rent at Storage Centre). This will allow you to conserve energy by transferring multiple items at once as well as giving your back a break. Keeping your goods close to the ground will also decrease the likeliness of items being damaged or dropping on your toes if they were to fall off the cart.

Proper Lighting

Trying to organize your storage in the dark is both annoying and dangerous. Make sure each room is brightly lit with each box clearly labelled. Have a flashlight or cellphone handy just in case you find it dark in your house or truck. Things tend to get messy during a move so by having each room well lit you will be able to see any tripping hazards such as shrink wrap or loose cords.

Driving Safely

Moving often requires renting Large Trucks or Vans, and these often are vehicles that you may not be familiar with. Important things to remember:

  1. Drive slowly, these vehicles tend to be heavier than you’re used to and may require more breaking time.

  2. Pack your items in the truck snuggly so that they do not move around while you’re driving.

  3. When packing a small truck or van (or your own vehicle) do not obscure your line of sight.

What Not to Keep in a Self Storage Unit
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Storage units are the best solution for your storage needs. When you don't have enough room around the house or personal business to store your items, you'll want to have a secure place to store your belongings. There are, however, certain things that must not be placed in a storage unit and as a guideline, we have listed many of them below for you.

Illegal or Stolen Items

Anything illegal or stolen must not be placed in a storage facility. As well, you must own what you are placing into storage and cannot place anything that is titled to somebody else without permission to do so.

Perishable Food

Perishable food can attract a number of different pests including insects and rodents. Additionally, as the food starts to rot the smell will become overpowering and affect the other items in storage.

Animals

We hope this one is obvious but animals should never be placed in a storage unit even for a small amount of time as it is both cruel and illegal. The unit is dark when not in use, confined and not suitable for any living creature. Plants as well should not be brought in since they can attract pests and are sure to die within a short amount of time.

Flammable Property and Explosive Items

Flammable liquids like oils and fuels or explosive items such as propane tanks, fireworks, firearms and ammunition should never be placed inside the unit. This can lead to a very dangerous situation that puts you, your belongings and other people at risk.

Hazardous Materials

Additionally, you must be cautious of storing products that contain warning labels on them. Not all household or garage items should be automatically assumed as safe to store in self storage. Anything with a corrosive, poisonous, reactive or environmental hazard label cannot be stored. Examples include:

  • Ammonia/bleach
  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Roofing Tar
  • Paint, paint thinner, paint removers

At Storage Centre we are here to help keep your valuable belongings protected with our self storage solutions in the Etobicoke and Toronto area. If you have any items not listed above that you have questions about storing, please contact us or take a look at our website at storage-centre.ca. Be safe out there!