Most Popular Moving Services

Let’s face it: We all know that moving is hard work. While hiring a full-service moving company will alleviate much of the stress associated with a relocation, it can quickly become cost prohibitive. On the flipside, orchestrating a DIY move can take more time and resources than busy families and professionals have to spare. The solution? Choosing to hire out the most popular moving services gives you a combination of a less stressful and more economical experience.

Before you spend your hard-earned cash on additional services to help out during your next move, here are some helpful tips on where to spend your money to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Before You Get an Estimate

Whether you are hiring a local or international moving company, expect to be charged by the hour. Regina Leeds, author of Rightsize … Right Now!: The 8-Week Plan to Organize, Declutter, and Make Any Move Stress-Free is a professional organizer who suggests to lighten your load before you get moving estimates. 

A representative from the moving company will come into your home and do a rough inventory of your items, which will determine time, materials, and the size of the moving truck. Downsizing your possessions before you move will save you money by reducing how long it will take for your movers to get the job done.

Leeds recommends you start by comparing the floor plan of your current home with the floor plan of your new home. For example, if you are losing closet space you’ll know to focus on downsizing your wardrobe and other miscellaneous items that you keep in your closets.

If you are dramatically downsizing, holding a garage sale is an easy way to pick up some extra cash and what you don’t sell can be donated for a tax break.

Full-Service Packing, Moving, & Unpacking

Think of this as the Cadillac of popular moving services. After you have sold your home or given your 30-day notice, the Herculean task-list ahead of you can seem daunting, especially if you work full time and are juggling multiple responsibilities between family and your job.

Professional moving companies offer certified and bonded movers who are specifically trained to pack and load a broad range of household items. These services include blanket and shrink wrapping furnishings, packing boxes, and disassembling things like beds and then reassembling them at your new home.

Pay Movers to Pack Fragile, Hard-to-Move Items

Most everyone has fragile items, whether oversized vases, ceramic planters, artwork, or heirloom China these items can easily get broken during a move. Frequently these breakable belongings are expensive, have great sentimental value, or both and the last thing anyone wants is to see fragile items damaged or even destroyed during a move.

Fragile items such as dishes, glassware, pottery, and ceramics need additional protection and to be carefully wrapped and densely packing into heavy corrugated dish packs. Hiring professionals to do this type of packing can save you a significant amount of time.

Additionally, they bring all of the specialty packing supplies (dish packs, specialty boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, and foam padding) necessary  to pack fragile items correctly. This type of partial pack option is an excellent choice if you want to economize and are willing to do some of the work on your own.

Purchasing Insurance for Personal Items

Movers are required by law to give details of their protection plans. The minimum assessment for coverage is usually a small percentage of the original price estimated for your move. Be aware that it often doesn’t come close to covering the full value of your stuff should damage or loss occur. 

As a result, call your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and ask about purchasing a rider, an additional policy to give you the extra protection you need at a lower cost.

Specialty Moving Services

According to Home Data, approximately 40 million people move every year. The busiest moving season is May through August when children are out of school making it easier for families who are relocating. Whether you are moving across town or the country, if you own one or more high-end specialty items such as a show car, family heirloom, piano, or pool table, you will want to pay for specialty movers to handle your items properly and with care. Here are some examples of specialty moving services:

    • Auto Transport
    • Piano Movers
    • Art Moving
    • Grandfather Clock and Antique Movers
    • Pool Table Movers

 

If you have one the items on this list that you don’t plan to sell before you move, finding a company who offers specialty moving services in your area, or nationally, is important. For example, most local companies are not prepared to move pool tables. Like many oversized high-dollar items, several variables come into play to move them without causing damage.

Keep in mind, moving an entire household of goods is expensive. According to Worldwide ERC, an association that tracks relocation expenses, the average professional move costs a whopping $12,230. Whether you move once a year or once a decade, it never gets any easier. If you can afford it, outsourcing some of the tasks ahead is well worth avoiding some of the most stressful aspects of moving.

Moving Checklist to Organize Your Move

One way to make moving less daunting is to put everything you need to do on a checklist. Then, instead of stressing about forgetting something, you can simply look at the checklist to remember what to do next.

For most situations, you should begin working through your checklist about two months before moving. However, if you’re moving internationally, you’ll probably need to plan more details in advance, especially if you need a visa. Depending on which country you’re moving to, the visa process could take anywhere from a couple weeks to longer than a year. Take this extra time into account as you put together your checklist and plan your move.

Below is a list of points you should consider putting on your moving checklist. You might not need to include everything, but it’s better to prepare too much than too little for a move.

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5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat

Cats generally don’t like change. They’re sensitive animals, so a major life event like moving can come as a shock. That’s why moving with a cat requires special care and thoughtfulness. If you approach the move like any other normal event, you could end up with an overly anxious cat and a particularly stressful move.

Preparing for and adapting to your cat’s anxiety during a move can prevent a lot of difficulty. Easing your cat into the move takes more effort and planning, but in the end, you’ll have a happier and more well-adjusted cat. Here are 5 tips to make your next move go as smoothly as possible for you and your cat. Continue reading “5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat”

How to Make Moving Easier with Self-Storage

Moving is usually a stressful event. Even if you’re moving someplace fun like Minneapolis or Corpus Christi, the difficult process of packing, unpacking, and changing homes inevitably causes some stress. That stress doesn’t have to overwhelm you, though, especially if you use self-storage. Besides providing you with moving supplies like boxes, a self-storage facility can help ease the difficulties and complications of moving. Here are four ways self-storage can make your next move much easier. Continue reading “How to Make Moving Easier with Self-Storage”

Moving into Your Dorm Room: What to Expect & How to Prepare

It may seem like only last week that you were on pins and needles waiting for college admissions letters to arrive. Today, you are closer than ever to realizing your college dreams as universities around the country are preparing for freshmen orientation week.

Moving into your dorm room can either be a dream come true or a stress fest. From what to expect and how to prepare, this month we help you figure out how to plan for the next big step of your college experience. Continue reading “Moving into Your Dorm Room: What to Expect & How to Prepare”

Why Moving from an Apartment into a House Is Awesome (and Horrible)

If you’re an urbanite, you’re probably used to living in apartments. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of one day moving into a house to escape all the downsides of apartment life.

So, let’s say you’ve found the perfect house and are planning to make that move now. To ensure a smooth transition, it’s important to consider both the negatives and positives of living in a house. Then, you’ll be prepared for any hassles that come up.

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Top 5 Storage Facility Security Features to Look For

When you use a self-storage facility, you expect that your items will be safe from theft. After all, isn’t safety one of the top reasons for using self storage?

Unfortunately, though, not all self storage facilities are equally safe. Some provide excellent customer service, yet have gaps in their security. Once you’re gone, your items become vulnerable. That’s why it’s important to carefully evaluate the security features of any self-storage facility you’re considering. While friendliness and cleanliness are important, they ultimately won’t protect your property.

But what exactly should you look for? To judge a self-storage facility’s security, you should look at the following 5 features.

 

1. Lighting

The best time to visit a self storage facility is after sunset. Then, you can easily see how much lighting the facility has. There should be plenty of light. A self storage facility shouldn’t be trying to save electricity. Security should be its #1 priority, not reduced light bills.

Sufficient lighting is an easy way to discourage crime, but it’s also important for other security features. For example, video surveillance is only effective if the area is well lit. Before asking about high-tech security, then, first check out the quality of the lighting.

 

2. Video Surveillance

If there’s enough light, start looking for and asking about video surveillance. Are there enough cameras? Are they always on? For how long do they record video?

Recorded 24-hr video surveillance is absolutely necessary. Don’t be satisfied with just ‘video surveillance’. Be curious about it, since you want any potential crimes to be on video. Otherwise, if your stored property does get stolen or vandalized, you won’t be able to identify the criminal or get your property back.

 

3. A Good Fence

Robert Frost once wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” The same could be said of self storage facilities. An excellent fence is an essential security feature every self storage facility should have. The fence should surround the entire perimeter, not just the entrance, and be sturdy and difficult to climb. A chain-link fence won’t be enough to keep criminals away from your valuables.

 

4. Secure Access to Storage

Let’s say you want to get something out of your self storage unit. How does the self storage facility allow you to access your unit? Is it easy—perhaps too easy?

Accessing your unit should be convenient yet secure. Simple locks are convenient, but not secure enough. Coded keypads are much safer. The main gate to the self storage facility should definitely have a coded keypad, ideally monitored by video surveillance. Then, entering the premises will be difficult for outsiders, yet easy for you.

 

5. Disc Locks

Getting an excellent lock is an essential part of making sure your storage unit is secure. The self storage facility might have the best security possible, but that shouldn’t stop you from choosing the best lock—a disc lock.

While padlocks are cheaper, they’re not the most secure option. Even an inexperienced thief can pick a padlock or cut it off. Disc locks, on the other hand, were designed especially for storage units. They’re resistant to picks, bolt cutters, and heavy hammers. A thief would have to grind it off, a loud, time-consuming process.

Disc locks are more expensive than padlocks, but that extra investment is worthwhile if you’re storing valuables. They definitely discourage theft, and they’re not hard to find. You should be able to buy one at the self storage facility.

If a storage facility offers these five security features, you can rest assured that your storage unit will be safe. However, keep in mind that security features can’t protect your property from natural disasters, like earthquakes and flooding. For complete peace of mind, take advantage of tenant insurance, which covers accidents and unexpected events.

For more information about security features, contact Metro Self Storage and check out what we offer our clients!

Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business

To celebrate National Moving Month, we questioned storage managers from 10 Metro Self Storage locations to bring you the top 10 tips from over 40 years in the storage business.

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Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? Bloomington Ranks as Best City to Live

Minneapolis continues to rank as one of the best cities to live in the US, and its suburbs regularly rank in top publications like Money Magazine and Forbes as the best places to move to for anyone looking for a high quality of life and above-average income. If you are moving to Minneapolis suburbs, Bloomington ranks as the best city to live in due to its alluring combination of small-town charm and big-city amenities.

Bloomington is a culturally diverse community with neighborly residents who graciously host over 42 million visitors who who travel from near and far to see the Mall of America. Many of the reasons so many tourists travel to Bloomington are the same reasons why people love to call Bloomington home.

Ideally situated on the north bank of the Minnesota River and only 10 miles from Downtown Minneapolis, retirees, professionals, and families with kids of all ages are moving to Bloomington, MN.

Furnish Your New Home for Cheap

Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs

When it comes time to furnish your Bloomington apartment or home, there is always a budget to consider, and Ikea fits the bill for spending less on furniture so you can spend more to watch your favorite Minnesota sports team at Target Field.

Shopping at Ikea for the basics, like a bed, sofa, dresser drawers, and tables, is cost-effective and will save you time and effort. You can furnish an entire home after less than a day of shopping at Ikea—yes, this is possible because I have done it—and then enjoy cafeteria-style Swedish fare that includes savory meatballs and delicious chocolate fudge cake.

But go after the crowds subside to avoid long lines, and grab a seat next in front of one of the large picture windows. Pick up everything else you need to furnish your new home such as artwork and other household items, over the coming weeks and months from one of Bloomington’s numerous top-rated thrift, vintage, and consignment shops.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Bloomington MN Mall of America

The world renown Mall of America boasts 520 stores, and with no sales tax on clothes and shoes. As such, it is the perfect destination if you like to shop until you drop.

More than just a shopping destination, Mall of America offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment from Toddler Tuesdays to Nickelodeon Universe. You can try out for Minnesota Vikings cheerleader or to be on the Skol Line, the official drumline of the Minnesota Vikings.

Hitch a Ride

Moving to Bloomington MN

One of the things that make Minneapolis a great place to live for people who want to ditch their cars and reduce their carbon footprint is the Metro Transit. It combines a light rail and bus system to connect Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul with Bloomington and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with two lines to Mall of America in Bloomington.

While Minneapolis offers exciting sports and a vibrant nightlife, by choosing to live in a less expensive neighboring suburb like Bloomington, you will never be more than 15 minutes away from a museum, the theater, a sports event, farm-to-table dining, or tax-free shopping thanks to the Metro and 35W and 394.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Moving to Bloomington

What keeps everyone from going stir crazy in Bloomington during the famously frigid Minnesota winters? Places like the thrilling indoor Water Park of America. Anyone living in a Mediterranean climate might find the idea of a water park indoors a little odd; however when you live in Minnesota where temperatures routinely drop into the single digits in the wintertime, an indoor water park is not an oxymoron.

In fact, Downtown Minneapolis has over 11 miles of enclosed pedestrian footbridges or skyways, over 69 city blocks allowing people to live, work, and shop without ever having to leave climate-controlled comfort.

Overall Bloomington gets high ranks from its residents according to the National Business Survey, and it  offers more jobs per capita than any other Minneapolis Suburb in Hennepin County. Whether you are moving to Bloomington to work at one of its major employers—Mall of America, Ceridian, Donaldson Company, Toro, or Seagate Technologies—or to attend school at Normandale Community College or University of Minnesota, it promises to offer an enviable lifestyle. Just remember to pack plenty of warm clothes.

3 Reasons Why People Love Moving to Corpus Christi, TX

Moving away can be sad and stressful. When you move somewhere awesome, though, the change is much easier. Instead of being a source of anxiety, a move can be the most exciting event of the year.
Corpus Christi is a place you can be excited to move to. It combines Texan charm with a beautiful coastline, offering plenty of things to do and see. Here are three reasons why moving to Corpus Christi would be a great place to go.
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Why People Love Moving to El Paso, Texas

Are you thinking about moving to El Paso, Texas? The sixth-largest city in Texas and locally known as “Sun City” due to 297 days of sunshine, El Paso has a lot to offer current and new residents alike. From leading universities and the world’s largest military base to a thriving economy and restaurants dishing up delicious Texas barbecue and Mexican food, who wouldn’t love moving to El Paso?
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8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland, Texas

Midland is located in the western southern plains of Texas, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s just another city in the middle of nowhere. On the contrary, Midland is known for its small-city charm and big-city choices. It offers a diverse mix of entertainment, employment, and lifestyle opportunities, and it seems that everyone, from young professionals and growing families, to aging Baby Boomers and retirees, is migrating to Midland. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland, Texas”

Why Retirees are Moving to Sarasota, Florida

What do the beach, ballet, and baseball all have in common? We’ll give you a hint … with sunsets that last forever and sugar sand beaches this Garden State city is a popular destination for tourists and retirees alike. Are thinking about moving to Sarasota, Florida? We thought so. Whether you are a snowbird researching the best places to retire or want to relocate your family to an excellent school district on the west coast of Florida, the vibrant town of Sarasota has something for everyone.

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Moving to Philadelphia Suburbs & Delaware Valley

10 Fun Facts You Should Know

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in Philadelphia, there is no shortage of options. Take the stress out of your move to the Philadelphia Suburbs and have fun in Delaware Valley. It’s the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. With a rich heritage and culture, great entertainment, and a thriving population it’s no wonder people love to move here.

 

There are wonderful communities to live and raise a family, excellent schools, and a variety of employment opportunities. Once you’re moved in and unpacked, be sure to check out all the places to see and incredible Philly foods.
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5 Things That Need Climate Controlled Storage

It’s not just high temperatures that you have to worry about when planning to store valuable business and household items, but also moisture and humidity. While most self storage companies offer slightly higher storage unit rates for climate controlled storage features, keeping your belongings from sustaining damage due to high temperatures, humidity, or freezing conditions is worth the investment.
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How to Pack a Moving Truck: Use Your Head, Save Your Back

Moving day is not only stressful, but it’s also downright physically demanding. Especially if you’ve signed up for a DIY move that requires you do all the heavy lifting. Bending over to pick up and lift moving boxes for hours at a time is not your back’s idea of a good time (and probably not yours either).

But alas, moving day is all about picking up moving boxes, furniture, and other household items and loading them onto the moving truck. Then of course unloading everything once you arrive at your new home.
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Moving to West Chicago, IL: 7 Things You Need to Know

Located 30 miles due west of downtown Chicago in DuPage County, the City of West Chicago has a rich history. It was created when three railroads came together in the area. Manufacturing jobs, eating houses, and hotels for travelers soon sprang up because so many trains met at this juncture. Most of the residents were chiefly farmers and railroad employees.

 

Today, West Chicago is a popular commuter town (due to its more affordable rents) to nearby Chicago. Additionally, you can leave your car behind and take public transportation (the Metra) to downtown Chicago.
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How To Prepare Furniture for Storage

Whether you are a homeowner getting ready to move or a real estate agent staging a home for sale, self storage can provide both short- and long-term options to reduce clutter during a move. Home furnishings usually represent the largest investment inside a home, and the wide range of styles and quality characteristics makes finding the right type of storage very important. If you are wondering how to store furniture long term, we’ve got some handy tips to keep your belongings in the best possible condition.
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