Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

Just the idea of moving can get your heart racing from stress. It feels like there are hundreds of things to do, and you don’t even know where to start. Below is a list of things to do to help you prepare for a move. This moving checklist starts a month before the move and continues to the day of the move.

One Month Before the Move

So you know you are moving in a month. Here are some things you can do now to start the ball rolling.

First, figure out if you will be moving by yourself or getting some assistance. Are you hiring a moving company, renting a portable storage container, or simply getting a truck and loading it yourself? Make this decision early. If you do go with the portable moving container, be sure and check out Porta-Stor’s options for renting a container for your move. Once you have hired the moving company, bribed some friends, or rented a portable container or moving truck, it is time to get serious.

Prepare to change your address by getting all of the necessary paperwork. Go to your child’s school and request records if they will be moving to a new district, or do a change of address if you are staying in the same district. You will also need to put in an official change of address with the post office, which you can do online or in-person. Since you will be in the frame of mind to get an address change done, you should also contact your bank and get it changed there, as well as any other places that frequently send you mail.

Next, it’s time to start preparing your house for the move. Cleaning out closets, the garage, and the attic. Any area used mostly for storage is a great place to start packing and purging the things you don’t need and don’t want to move. Clear out holiday décor, and keep your new space in mind as you go through everything. Will you use this in your new house?

As you are cleaning out, keep separate piles for trash, donation, and sale. Depending on the time of year, this is a great chance to have a quick garage sale so that you can clear out the clutter and make a few extra dollars before your move.

Go ahead and start packing items that you don’t use very often. This includes those seasonal items and the kitchen appliances that you use the least. This will make the packing process more organized, since you have some time to really go through everything. It also makes it so you don’t have to rush to pack everything all at once.

Make sure you label the boxes so that the move into the new home goes as smooth as possible.

Two Weeks Before the Move

Call and confirm with the moving or storage container company, if you are using one.

Make sure any valuable items are packed separately and well labeled. You will want to move these yourself in your car. It’s a good idea to move any important paperwork yourself as well.

As you pack, again make sure all boxes are labeled well. Write clearly on the box, indicating the room location in the new home and even what is stored inside. This makes less work for you once all the boxes have been moved in, and lets the movers know where things go. Also clearly label any boxes containing fragile items.

Arrange to have the day you move off from work, if applicable.

Schedule disconnects from your current utilities (gas, water, electricity, etc.), and land-line phone service. While you do that, go ahead and make any payments due andschedule the turn on date for utilities at your new home.

Cancel your other services that you use at this location, like Internet connection, cable TV, cleaning help, and lawn care. If you are going to use these services at your new home, you can get that set up for there at this time too.

One Week Before the Move

Set up a box of necessary items for the day of the move, like cleaning supplies, paperwork related to the move, and some snacks for moving day. Keeping these things labeled and in a separate bag or box will make them easier to find when you really need them.

Refill any prescriptions you need. You do not want to worry about running out of your medications while you are sorting through and putting away your things in your new home.

Pack a suitcase. This might not sound necessary, but while you are busy packing up all your clothes, make sure you put enough in everyone’s suitcase to last a few days. This will make it much easier to transition into your new home after a long, tiring day of moving. This step is especially important if you have a long distance to cover and it will take more than one day.

Start eating up and using anything from your pantry, fridge, or freezer that you don’t want to move. This is also a good time to use up any low-running cleaning supplies. Start fresh with the move.

Week of the Move

If you are choosing to mail in a change of address form to the post office, do that this week.

Clean all appliances, and make sure they are ready for the move. This includes defrosting the freezer and making sure it is dry.

Have your payment ready to go for the moving company if you are using one.

You can pack the majority of your household items at this point, making sure to leave anything that it necessary to survive the next few days. Check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs for help with the packing process, such as how to safely pack your fragile dishes, and how to move your clothes.

Double check that everything is packed and labeled well for when the movers and or truck arrive.

Day Before the Move

Remember that suitcase you packed with extra clothes? This is a good time to pack your other daily essentials like toiletries in case you don’t get around to unpacking everything you need right away. Move the suitcases into your car.

Get enough cash to hold you over. Cash might come in handy to ensure that you can pay for necessities that come up, and in case you order pizza or take-out the first night you are in your new home.

Day of the Move

If you decided to hire movers, verify that the moving company that shows up is the company that you hired. Be present when the movers arrive, so you can do a walkthrough of the home and let them know what items you want packed first and how you would like them to be packed.

Once the truck or storage container is packed, glance through the truck and take a final inventory of your belongings before the movers or container pulls away.

Do one final walkthrough of the home with nothing in it. Make sure all doors and windows are locked, the thermostat is off, and no lights have been left on.

There are other things you may need to do that are specific to your situation, but we hope that this list gives you a good place to start and helps you get ready for an exciting new adventure in your new home! If you want to read more moving tips, check out Porta-Stor’s blogs on how to avoid the most common moving injuries and mistakes.

Storage Container Organization

Storage Container Organization

Moving your stuff into storage might seem like a daunting task. But with some planning and preparation, you can easily get everything you want into your storage unit without too much fuss. Plus, you’ll be able to retrieve any items you need without digging through the entire container! Check out these tips for storage container organization to help you decide the best way for you to use your storage space.

Have a Plan

As you get ready to go through your belongings, the first step is to make sure you have a good plan. Are you storing loose appliances or just boxes? Think about what you will need access to the most and what you are storing long-term. If there are appliances or boxes that you know you won’t need, put them towards the back. Put things like seasonal clothes and decorations in a more accessible area, since you’ll need to reach them and switch them out often.

Also make sure that you have all the packing materials you need before you start. Some items will need boxes and others will not. Some boxes will need filling materials like bubble wrap to prevent movement. Are you storing mattresses or furniture? Make sure you have blankets or drop cloths to cover them. This will help protect them from dirt and dust until you need them again. It may seem easiest to just pack and go, but having a plan will make getting to your stuff back out of storage easier. Your future self will thank you!

Size of the Unit

As you get ready to move or downsize, an important step is to look at your available space. How much space will you need to store all of your belongings? There are several sizes of storage containers. While you are deciding what you will need, be sure to remember all those hiding places in your home that you will be cleaning out. From closets to the basement and attic, you need to make sure to account for everything. If you are unsure of what size will be best, you can always ask the storage company you use. They are full of advice that can help simplify the process of choosing a storage container.

If you choose to use Porta-Stor for your storage solutions, you can find several sizes available to you. Check out this blog that gives suggestions for determining the container size you need. From on-site storage to portable moving containers, there is sure to be a unit that fits your needs.

Packing your Belongings

Now that you have created a plan and decided on the best storage unit size, it’s time to get packing. Label all boxes as you pack. This makes it easier while you are packing, and it also makes it much easier to access your stuff later while it’s in storage. Use bubble wrap or other packing materials on the things you want protected from breakage and dust. You can check out Porta-Stor’s blog on how to pack fragile items for more information. As you pack, make sure you do not make the boxes too heavy. They will be much easier to move and store if they don’t weigh a ton!

Moving your Belongings into the Container

Now that you have all of your belongings packed and labeled, what is the next step? Get those big items into the back of the container or along the side walls. These are the things you will probably need the least access to, and they need to be out of the way. If you do have heavier and bigger boxes, they must to go on the bottom of the stack as you fill in the unit. This makes it more stable for the lighter boxes you stack on top and less likely to tumble down or crush your belongings later.

When you are loading the storage container, try and create an aisle down the middle of the unit if possible. Doing this will help you get to items you need and give you more access to items in the back or along the sides. If you happen to have a really large unit, you may even be able to create two aisles of access. If there is no way for you to create an aisle within the container, make sure you place the items you will need most access to at the front of the unit. These may include things like holiday decorations, seasonal clothing items, and important documents.

As you move you stuff into the container, remember to make sure all labels are facing out towards where you can see them easily. You also should double check that every box is labeled.

Maximizing the Space

If you are planning to store large appliances, there are a few things to consider. Always make sure that appliances are clean before you put them into storage, especially if you’re storing something messy like a refrigerator. If you do store a fridge, you can use its shelves to store smaller boxes and items. Storing a bookshelf along the wall? Use those shelves as well! This makes a great space saver and keeps items up off the ground. Dressers are also great because you can not only stack things on top, but also inside the drawers.

It’s best to pack lighter items into your furniture so you do not damage anything. Again, put the heaviest items on the bottom. Make sure you can get into the shelves or refrigerator if you need to. You should also make a label of what is stored inside these closed containers to help you remember without digging them out. By using these pieces of furniture, you are maximizing space and will fit more into your storage container.

The Final Step to Storage Container Organization

It may seem like an unnecessary extra step, but making a diagram of where you have items will help you later. Depending on how long you will be using the unit, it will become harder to remember where you placed things over the months and years. Right after the unit is packed is the best time to create this quick diagram, since the item locations are fresh in your mind. A great place to keep the diagram is taped into the inside of the container door. You don’t want to regret ignoring this idea later! The more organized you are with your storage, the easier it will be to find what you need later.

Now that you have these simple tips for storage container organization, get those boxes out and start cleaning the house! If you need more storage or moving ideas, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs here.

Security Storage Containers in Fillmore

Security Storage Containers in Fillmore

Security is the number one concern when renting a storage container. Our roll-off & cargo containers are equipped with locking boxes that securely lock and hide the lock on the container. This prevents easy access to the locks and decreases the chances of a break-in.

Each container is:
• Lockable
• Secure
• Resistant to Heat, Cold, Water & Moisture.

Not sure which lock to buy for your container? We now sell locks for your convenience. Just ask us to add a lock (or two if you have double doors) and we will add it to your order for an extra $12 per lock. You can learn more about the lock here.

Want to Learn More About Our Containers? Please Contact Us if you have more questions and to arrange for a delivery.

Cargo, Roll Off, and Office Containers for On-Location, On-Set, and Film Production Storage in Fillmore

Cargo, Roll Off, and Office Containers for On-Location, On-Set, and Film Production Storage in Fillmore

Our steel storage containers have been used for on-location television and film production storage. Like many other industries film, on set, and on location productions often require compact, weather resistant and secure storage.

Our containers are perfect for on location sets and will keep your contents safe and secure. Our Office Containers can also provide extra space for script writing, weather changes, makeup artists or to just a place to relax.

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Typical storage applications used by on location productions may include:

  • Film equipment
  • Wardrobes
  • Utility supplies
  • Tools
  • Furniture
  • Protection for delicate materials
  • Construction crew storage

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around.  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for film production storage.

Commercial Storage Rental in Fillmore

Commercial Storage Rental in Fillmore

If you are looking for a storage container for your commercial needs Porta Stor is the solution for you. Large or small our containers are suitable for storing records and inventory for your growing office or warehouse.

We provide clean, secure, water tight and weather resistant steel containers that will protect your inventory. We offer five commercial portable storage containers in different sizes and four of the five come with a removable shelving system, free of charge if needed.

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Typical storage applications implemented by commercial businesses may include:

  • Seasonal Inventory
  • Office Furniture
  • Machinery
  • Warehouse Equipment

Our commercial portable storage containers have been a major help to Large and Small Office buildings, Auto Part Stores, Furniture Stores, Gyms and much more.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here).  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

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Cargo Containers for Ranches and Farms in Fillmore

Cargo Containers for Ranches and Farms in Fillmore

Ranches and Farms often have unique storage requirements which may include equestrian equipment, farming equipment, animal feed, and more. Our range of storage containers are suitable for most ranch, farm, and agricultural purposes.

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Typical storage applications implemented by ranches & farms may include:

  • Farm tools
  • Saddles
  • Hay
  • Feed
  • All of our containers are watertight, weather resistant, and secure to prevent theft. The type of materials you intend to store may determine which container is best suited to your needs.  We suggest you contact us so that we can help you choose the best storage container for your needs.

Not sure if our containers are suitable to store your materials?  Contact Us to discuss each container and choose the best container for your application and to inquire further about onsite storage for Industrial facilities.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here).  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

Rent Cargo Containers in Fillmore

Rent Cargo Containers in Fillmore

Manufacturing facilities, textile factories, lumber yards, and many other industrial based operations have used our storage containers throughout the years to safely organize their inventory, supplies, and products.

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Typical storage applications implemented by industrial companies may include:

  • Paper documents
  • Uniforms
  • Industrial supplies
  • Tools

Because each container is watertight, weather resistant and secure, they are ideal for storing fabrics, hardwood, electrical components, and more. With high-strength locking systems, each container’s contents are safe from theft.

Not sure if our containers are suitable to store your materials?  Contact Us to discuss each container and choose the best container for your application and to inquire further about onsite storage for Industrial facilities.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around (compare here).  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you to Rent Cargo Containers in Fillmore.