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Auburn Gresham Living: Moving from Apartment to House

Moving to your first house after living in apartment complexes for your whole life is an exciting new chapter to begin. More space, privacy, and your own parking spot is a lot to be excited about. Unfortunately with all of this excitement, also comes overwhelming pressure on how to make it work. Here’s a few tips that will help you settle into that new dream home of yours in Auburn Gresham with ease.

1) Furnishing the New Space

While it may be exciting to see how much more space you have, it will definitely take some work to fill up all that extra space that you didn’t have in your old apartment. If the furniture you had in your last apartment all shared a consistent style and theme, be sure to stay consistent with that look in your new home when looking for new furniture to add. This will ensure that the overall finished interior design of your home looks crisp. Here’s a few ideas for how to find furniture at a favorable price:
Ikea is always an option. The quality of the products may not be the best and they may deteriorate over time, but you can count on finding some modern designs that may just suit the style of your new home in Auburn Gresham. You can always count on package sets and other deals that make a trip to Ikea a great idea when shopping on a budget.
Craigslist. With this option, you are guaranteed to find the cheapest prices out there from second hand sellers, all in your local area.
Check with friends and family if they have furniture they no longer need. There’s no better price than free!

2) Hire Movers

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This is almost a necessity. It takes a lot of hard, physical work to move your belongings into a home, especially if there are multiple floors. By hiring movers, it will make the moving process much faster, while also probably saving you from pulling a muscle at some point.

3) Prepare for Yardwork

A major perk of moving into a house is having that lawn space you’ve always dreamed about. Whether it’s used for outdoor games, gardening, or relaxing, it’s important to know that it requires constant upkeep. A trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot might be a good idea so you can stock up on lawn mowers, lawn care products, and outdoor furniture. Also, be sure to have a general idea of what kind of insects populate your area so you know what insect repellants to buy. The last thing you want are ants invading your new home!

4) Meet your Neighbors

Socialize! Another great thing about moving into a residential neighborhood is the opportunity it provides you with meeting new people and making new friends who live around you. This will make you feel more comfortable adjusting to living there, knowing who is a part of your community. Who knows, some of them may even offer to help with your move.

You’re now ready to move into your new home in Auburn Gresham! Enjoy that new dream home of yours and don’t forget to check back here for more blogs to come. To learn more about our availability with storage units at our Auburn Gresham location, click here.

Tips for moving into your first apartment

South Loop, Chicago Storage:
Downtown Chicago involves life with a lot of people. Unless you are insanely rich, you are likely one of the many in or on your way to renting an apartment. If it is your first time the inexperience can drastically affect the outcome of your moving experience—anyone who has rented before can tell you that. Our South Loop team has the knowledge for you, and they know a thing or two about the high-rise renting life; the South Loop storage facility is 21 stories tall!

Limit what you bring

It is so easy to think everything you currently own is absolutely a necessity, but a lot of the time you’re only deceiving yourself. Save a few boxes from being lifted by leaving behind your insignificant trinkets and furniture that get no/rare use.

Take advantage of delivery

While moving out of a place is never fun, moving in can be a breeze especially if you are obtaining all new furniture. The power of FedEx and UPS is strong, almost anything can be delivered right to your door step regardless of if your apartment is on the 1st or the 21st floor. As long as you are ok with taking a little time to build the furniture, having your stuff delivered takes away so much hassle of getting a fully assembled piece up the stairs or in the elevator.

Even mattresses can be shipped; they arrive at your door as a tightly packed box with a shrink wrapped mattress. You simply remove the shrink wrap and the mattress starts to expand to the normal size.

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Understand your cable

There will only be a limited number of cable outlets within the apartment, so be sure to know where they are when designing the look of your living room. Also important to keep in mind is that in apartments not all cable outlets can support any company you choose. The way things are wired may make it so that, for instance, one outlet can only support Cox where another can only do Spectrum. This can definitely complicate things, so be sure to get whatever provider you select to check it out early in the moving process.

Mount Items Correctly

One of the most important mistakes to look out for is wall damage. This becomes even more important when the wall has already been damaged by a previous tenant, but cheaply patched. Regardless of the quality of the wall you will always be the one responsible for new damage.

Use a stud finder to find the safest places to drill. Consider watching a tutorial as nothing here should be overlooked. Overall, just be smart about what you’re putting up—items with weight will require even more support.

Money Saving Tips for Moving on a Budget

Streamwood / Bartlett, Illinois:
Moving to a new place can be extremely exciting, but many people dread the process. Not only is it hard, but it can cost a lot of money as well. Thankfully there are ways to manage the amount you spend, and our Streamwood & Bartlett U-Stor-It storage team is here to assist you.

Find Cheap Boxes

Boxes can come at a hefty price. There are lots of options on places like Craigslist for cheap or free boxes, but that road can be a major hassle due to unreliable sources. Boxes can be found for a great price at your local U-Stor-It or from various suppliers in the area.

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Garage Sale

You will be surprised how much stuff you don’t need yet let sit around in your residency. Dispose of them by selling them, giving them to friends or charity, or just throwing them in the trash or recycle bin. These items could include books, clothing, and excess furniture/décor. This will make the move lighter, and it may save a decent amount of space.

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DIY

If you can afford the time and effort, moving without a moving company is ideal. For many the amount of time necessary as well as the stress of the labor makes the value of a moving company significantly higher than doing it yourself. The saved time and effort of a moving company can have you feeling better in the long haul even though it puts more of a hole in your wallet.

If you do choose the DIY path you will need to plan extra time than you thought initially—the last thing you want to happen is to run out of time because the process took longer than expected.

 

If you need a storage facility during your move be sure to look at our local facilities. In the Streamwood and Bartlett area our facility is located at 145 W Irving Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107 near Bartlett road and Park Avenue. Whether you live in Schaumburg, Hanover Park, Elgin, or Streamwood, we’re eager to help you find the space you need.

Elmhurst Self Storage’s Important Tips to Driving a Moving Truck or Trailer

Have you taken on the challenge of renting a moving truck or trailer? It’s more complex than it may seem. Our  Elmhurst U-Stor-It staff has laid out the guidelines to consider before taking the driver’s seat.

Make Sure You’re Plugged in and Chains Aren’t Dragging

One of the most common mistakes when towing a trailer is forgetting or incorrectly attaching the trailer connections. Without the electrical outlet plugged in you risk getting rear-ended since the drivers behind you will have no knowledge of when you are breaking or signaling for a turn.

Chains often are not tight enough and will drag on the ground creating major sparks. It’s important to make sure the chains hang at least 4 inches off the ground to avoid these sparks and to form the safest connection if the trailer happened to pop off the hitch.

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Be Prepared to Back up the Truck or Trailer

You may find yourself in a situation where it is necessary to back up and maneuver your way out. If this occurs you want to be prepared! If you have a trailer be sure to read up on how to back it up. With both a truck and trailer it is extremely helpful to have a passenger that can get out and help you with the navigation. Remember to go slow and be aware of all corners of the vehicle and/or trailer.

Drive Cautiously

The number one piece of advice is to make sure you stay safe by driving slowly. It’s easier than you’d think to get to a high speed while towing or driving a large truck; not only does this put you in danger, but it threatens your belongings as well.

Stay at a max of 55 mph or the marked truck/trailer speed limit on all streets and highways. Hopefully you’ll never have to break hard, but if you do you’ll realize how much better of a situation you’re in if you’re going an appropriate speed.

When approaching stop signs or lights ease off of the accelerator early. The easy speed change will help your loaded items avoid shifting around. Gas efficiency will improve, and your breaks will have a much easier time stopping the load.

Carol Stream Advice: The Biggest Mistakes of DIY Moving

Whether you’ve rented a trailer or own a truck, moving furniture from one place to the next can be a hassle; thankfully our Carol Stream Self Storage team has the tips you can’t afford to miss out on before making your move. The moving process puts a lot on your plate, making it easy to forget or not even think about the little details. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid a disastrous situation!

Avoid Nicking Corners And Scratches

It’s easy to assume your big furniture can hold its own in a move, but corners and framing are much more delicate than the piece itself. Placing a simple blanket over each valuable piece of furniture greatly improves the likelihood of its survival. Once a piece has a blanket, you can stack other furniture on top without the risk of the surfaces scratching one another.

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Even Weight Distribution

Why does the wheel keep pulling to the right while driving? If you loaded your trailer unevenly you could be setting yourself up for major consequences. Not only is it dangerous to drive an uneven trailer, but the wear and tear on the vehicle and trailer frame can be costly.

Before loading, assess all of the items that you want to fit in the trailer. Load the heaviest items towards the front of the trailer (the opposite side of the door) and pay attention that both the right and left side are approximately equal in weight. This will assure a much safer trip than otherwise.

Strap Loose Items

Unless the trailer is completely full and all items are secure, it is absolutely necessary to run rope or straps across to avoid items from fumbling around. Test this by pushing a loaded item—if it moves you need to tighten your straps again.

Don’t Try To Do It All On Your Own

Lastly, you may be confident in your strength or the ability of the new dolly you purchased, but moving completely on your own is a surefire way of risking injury or damage to your belongings. Ask a buddy or significant other for assistance—after all, what are friends for?

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Quick Guide to Moving Boxes

Pulling together all your knickknacks may seem stressful, but let’s take the stress out of it. With a few good organizing techniques and the right boxes, your packing will be done in no time and take the confusion out of the dreaded unpack.

Use Moving Boxes

Buying new, extra duty boxes is definitely a must for packing your most fragile items. Boxes that have already been through the trials of a previous move could be more prone to collapsing or tearing. Hardware stores, professional movers, and self storage companies all should have a good selection of boxes right for your moving needs. If you are looking to get technical, ask for Heavy Duty, Double Walled, ECT 44 boxes. A tank of cardboard.

Keep Similar Items Together

Boxing up items together seems like a no brainer, but for good measure lets discuss. Start in one location. Your bedroom. Kitchen. Garage. Wherever. Focus on this area until you can check it off your list. Try your best not to mix in items from other rooms. Group together items of similar sizes and shapes. (Blu-Rays and DVDs are a great place to start, since they all have the same general shape).

“A trick to protecting smaller items or preventing them from being thrown away is wrapping them in bright colored tissue paper or Christmas wrapping paper. No doubt they will stand out and be an easy reminder to handle with care.”

-Gloria, Assistant Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage South Loop

Wrap it Up

This is probably one of the most tedious tasks, but you’ll be thanking yourself later after you have a mishap or two. “At least we wrapped Nona’s fine China!”

For plates, packing individually is definitely the route you should take. Wrap each one in packing paper, and then you can take the opportunity to wrap bundles of plates and dishes (5-6) together with more paper).

“When placing them in your boxes, vertically is recommended, never flat, while using plenty of paper as cushion.”

-Phillip, Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage Lisle / Naperville

Cups and bowls can be wrapped in a much simpler fashion. These can be placed inside of one another (with paper in between), and then wrapped in your packing paper with 3-4 per bundle.

Use Dividers

For extra protection, boxes with insertable or built-in dividers can be purchased from your local self storage facility. These are best used for stemware and your best glasses. If you choose to go this route, definitely invest in bubble wrap to wrap each glass. These cups you typically do not want to place inside of one another.

Seal and Label Clearly

Nothing is more annoying than not knowing where your copy of your wedding tape is (or maybe your prized 1911 Ty Cobb baseball card, you swear is in mint condition), so why not take the time to label your boxes. It’s easiest to label each boxes specifically for its future destination, with a short list of its contents.

“A step ahead of this would be numbering each box and keeping an inventory in a notebook. It’s a simple trick to make sure nothing goes missing in a large move.”

-Paola, Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage San Diego

A box is useless in storage without the proper sealing technique. You are going to want to make sure everything is sealed tight, and strong enough to prevent collapses. First tape across the top flaps of your box, making sure to cover everything, then tape across the flaps.

“Taping across the flaps helps to prevent the box from collapsing when stacked in storage, ultimately accomplishing your main goal -protecting your belongings.”

-Julio, Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage Melrose Park

We hope that these tidbits about boxes have been at least a little helpful. When you have the right materials and with the right organization, packing, wrapping, and stacking you know your things will be safe. Good luck with your move!