Using portable storage to move homes is a hybrid between complete DIY (renting that truck!) and full-service movers. We believe it’s the future of moving, and our guest blogger, Michael Johnson, the inventor of the Horizontal Lift system proudly used by iCan Storage, explains why.
Top Benefits of Using Portable Storage over a U-Haul™ Rental
If you are over the age of 35 and have ever moved to a new or different location, you have probably rented a U-Haul™ truck to move your household items. U-Haul™ started in 1945 and has been going strong ever since. Until now, the do-it-yourselfers haven’t had many options available to them other than a few other truck rental companies, like U-Haul™. Today, however, the mobile storage container industry gives that do-it-yourself market segment other options and more flexibility.
1. The Convenience of Mobile Storage: Let’s compare U-Haul™, or any other similar rental truck, to the mobile storage container option. For example, if you close on your old house and have to be out in a day and you already have a new house that is ready to move into, a U-Haul™ truck is not a bad option at all. But what if you have to be out of your old house at closing and your new house will not be ready for a couple of weeks or longer? With U-Haul™ or a similar rental truck, you will have to find a self-storage facility, unload the truck there, and in a couple of weeks or longer you will have to rent another truck, reload it, and take it to your new house to unload. In this situation, you will have loaded and unloaded the truck twice. With the mobile storage container industry, your move is far simpler and with fewer steps. You load the container once, store it at their facility until needed, and unload the container at your new destination. You have saved time, money, your back, and friendships – as only a really good friend would help you load and unload your furniture twice. A mobile storage container option is superior when time is not on your side and you need storage. The mobile storage container industry is also favorable in situations where you need temporary storage for newly purchased furnishings that you want to store while waiting to move into your new home, or, when you are putting your house on the market to sell and need to clear out some items to better market your house. Again, you load the storage container once, and unload it at your destination.
If you decide to hire a professional moving company to help with your next move, you will want to understand what you can and what you should not pack for them to move. Most items will be fine. However, there are some hazardous and perishable items that are illegal to move for safety reasons. The following infographic entitled “A Visual Guide To What You Should Not Box When You Move” will give you a guide to what you cannot and should not pack during your upcoming move.
|Summertime and the vacation is almost here! Here are some tips to protect your home before you leave.|
1) First, the obvious: putting lights and TVs on programmable timers. Pro tip: if your timer allows, set them to vary by a few minutes each day. Remember that scene from “Home Alone” when Danny DeVito cruises down the street calling out exact times for lights to come on in each mansion? Don’t be that predictable!
2) Stop mail and newspapers: it’s easy to stop the mail online (usps.com) and most likely your newspaper publisher as well. Best of all, when you return you don’t even have to go to the post office; your postal carrier will deliver your held mail whwn you return.
3) Here’s one you might not think of in the summer: TURN OFF YOUR WATER MAIN! No, your pipes aren’t going to burst in summer temperatures, but what if your washing machine blew a hose, or your ice maker seized up? Don’t come home to a flood, just turn off the main before you go! (If you have underground sprinklers, they may be affected; consider that too but carefully weigh a brown lawn against the aggravation of a flooded house!)
4) Keep a vehicle in front of the house if possible, or welcome your neighbors to use your driveway. Moving cars around gives the impression of a home that’s lived-in.
5) Keep the yard looking nice. Arrange for a lawn service to keep your grass trim while you’re away. Besides, that’s one less thing to do when you come home!
Now you can go away and feel more confident that when you return, your home will be just the way you left it!
Have a great time!
Moving can be a very stressful thing for many, especially children and pets. Whether its worrying about packing everything just right, having the right moving supplies or hiring a good moving company that is going to care for your stuff like you do, the following check-list will help to keep your stress levels down to a minimum.
Do you know what the busiest day for the moving is? If you guessed Friday then you would be correct. Did you know that less people moved to California in 2016 compared to 2015? These and other moving industry trends are presented in the following infographic which even features a comparison to the previous year’s data.
Whether you live in a large home or a small one, you may have come to the point where your precious possessions are possessing too much of your living space. The smaller the home, the greater a challenge it becomes to manage storage space without actually creating new space.
Here are 15 clever ways to create storage space in your home and take back your living space. And if there’s still more to store… call iCan!
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There are a few times during the year that I am compelled to depart from discussing portable storage and turn my attention to something far more important: our military service men and women. With Memorial Day nearly here and Independence Day and Veterans Day on the distant horizon, it’s fitting to pay tribute to our military.
One organization that honors our veterans throughout the year is Honor Flight. Here in Rockland, our local affiliate is Hudson Valley Honor Flight and its mission is to take every veteran, free of charge, to Washington DC to visit the monuments and memorials dedicated to them, the men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.
Two years ago I had the moving and memorable experience of accompanying my dad, a WWII veteran, on an Honor Flight. If you’re lucky enough to go, you’ll never forget it; and if you can’t accompany a vet, consider showing up at the airport for the grand sendoff or to welcome the honorees home at the end of the day. Hundreds of men, women and children did just that last weekend at Westchester Airport, shaking our heroes’ hands, thanking them for their service, and giving them the welcome home that they all deserve.
My dad is my hero, and the men and women he served with and those who have come before and after have my undying gratitude and eternal respect. Whether remembering our fallen this Monday, admiring the visionaries who fought for our country’s independence July 4, or honoring those who have served come November, we at iCan urge you to take a moment to reflect and respect. Then put that feeling into action – check the links in the fall to see when another mission is scheduled and greet our veterans at the next Honor Flight. You’ll never forget it.
Order an iCan and chances are it will show up with a bonus: Charlie, the iCan office and truck buddy. Technically Charlie belongs to our driver Mikey and his wife Gaby, but Charlie is as much a part of iCan as the forklift and phone. But why did iCan decide from the beginning to go pet-friendly?
Easy. Study after study shows that dogs in the workplace are great stress-relievers. In fact, according to a 2012 report in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, on-the-job stress levels fell among employees at Replacements, Ltd., a retailer of fine china, crystal and silverware. On top of that, pet friendly offices make it easier for employees to work longer days because they don’t have to rush home to Fido; and to boot, they work more productively because they’re not worrying about their furry friend. Banfield Pet Hospital’s recent pet-friendly workplace PAWrometer study showed that millennials in particular consciously view a pet-friendly workplace as a benefit that gives them a greater work-life balance. But perhaps best of all, pets improve employee morale, collaboration, and team building.
So when you call iCan, you don’t just get an iCan: you get Charlie – and all the positive vibes he creates in his humans. Good dog!