In addition to owning and managing OmniStorage and 2 facilities before that, I owned a moving company for 8 years. During that time, my team and I performed over a thousand moves. Our area of operations was the entire Eastern Seaboard. The point of telling you this is ... well ... when it comes to moving and storage, this ain't my first rodeo.
I know what you're thinking, "I've moved 20 times and I never needed any instructions. Why would I need them now?" And I respond, "I used to build my children's toys without reading the instructions and after numerous failed attempts, read the instructions and completed the job properly, no extra parts." Orderly and concise instructions are generally a help.
I have compiled all of the moving and storing tips, hints and short-cuts that I think might help you in 5 articles found on the Tools page. I guarantee that there is much information in each one of them that will help you. There will also be some things that you already know. Skim over them. All 5 documents are written using bullets to make the information easy to use.
The Moving Timeline, or Moving, Part I. This is the complete order of your initial move out of your home. It begins months before your move and takes you to the day when you move out. For those that hire a moving company, liability is also addressed.
How to Pack is Part II. This article expands on the packing portions listed in the Moving Timeline.
How to Load is Part III. This article deals with either loading a moving van or a self storage space. There are proper techniques, and even those that hire a moving company to perform their move will benefit from reading this.
Moving and Self Storage Liability is Part IV. This article is for all movers and users of self storage. This article is not an exhaustive study of liability, but it will introduce you to the subject and there are documents attached that add to the information.
Move-In Day, Finally! Is the end of the series. Again, whether you self-move or hire a moving company, there is much that can be learned here. For those that hire a moving company, liability is also addressed.
In closing, you don't need to be a rocket surgeon to perform a flawless move. You also don't need to be a brain scientist to properly load a van or a self storage space. You do, however need to know the sequence of events and it helps to know what needs to be done, how to do it, when to do it and by whom it should be done. In the above articles I have given you the tools to perform a clean, efficient and safe move. Good luck.