Getting ready to move? Thinking about a portable storage container instead of traditional movers? Advantage: portable, because you can load and unload at your own pace. Plus, if you have some time in between the move, it’s a lot more cost effective to store your stuff in an iCan than having movers load, unload, reload, and unload again. Here are some tips to help make the experience the best it can be.
Depending on the season, anywhere from two days to a week should do. During spring and summer, advance planning is key, and calling iCan at least a week in advance can get you on the schedule exactly when YOU want it. Since we don’t process your credit card until the day before, you’re not incurring charges until you’re ready.
A 16′ iCan holds 3-4 rooms, or about the average one-bedroom apartment. A typical distribution of furniture, clothing, and boxes will work just fine within the weight limit of 7,000 pounds; as long as you’re not planning on putting in 500 cartons of books or enough workshop tools to open a furniture factory, you should be just fine. This nifty space estimator can be helpful, but if you find you’ve underestimated, just give us a call. Chances are we can get another unit out to you so you can keep your move going smoothly.
For your convenience, iCan sells packing supplies like cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, unprinted newsprint and the like, but consider this: if your move doesn’t involve months of storage, iBins can save time, money and the environment. iCan rents iBins: large plastic returnable boxes with self-closing lids that make packing a breeze. And when you rent iBins in conjunction with an iCan, you get the bins for the whole month at the two-week price.
Tip 4: Pack well.
iCan also offers a moving kit,consisting of a hand truck, a shoulder dolly (wait till you see THAT bad boy in action!), moving blankets and ratchet tie downs. While our systems lift and load levelly, the minute we go up a hill, well, your stuff goes uphill too, so tie downs are essential. You’ll also need a pair of locks to secure the doors conveniently located on both ends of the unit. Once again, iCan can save you the trip to the hardware store. Just ask for locks and we’ll bring them with your iCan.
We review the placement with you in great detail using Google maps, so you don’t really NEED to be home. But if you’re there, great – the driver will give you a little tour of your iCan, including showing you tips on how to latch the doors securely and use the T-catches to keep them open. Plus, chances are you’ll get to meet Charlie, the iCan delivery dog!
Tip 6: Help others.
As you pack, leave a few cardboard boxes in the garage, and if you decide you don’t need an item, put it in the “donate” box. Schedule a pickup in advance through a company like Vietnam Veterans of America and know that your stuff is going to a good new home – just like you!
Bonus Tip: Shop small and choose iCan!
Our family-owned and operated business will make a real difference in your move. You’ll get good, honest advice, prompt, professional service, and friendly, courteous people to work with. But don’t take our word for it: read our reviews. And once you do, well – we’ll talk to you soon!
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.