The Big Commercial Storage Question: Storage Facility or On-Site?

The Big Commercial Storage Question - Units or ContainersHumans have been attempting to control the climate since our early days when we discovered that fanning ourselves would cool the sweat on our skin and lower our body temperature. According to Slate, the Romans took this a step further with their aqueduct system built into the walls of homes. Finally, in 1902, the first modern air conditioning system was invented.

Today, we still enjoy climate control, whether it’s for our own personal comfort or our belongings. Commercial business owners especially care about the latter, however, which is why deciding on whether to store a storage container in a storage facility or on-site during a move, remodel or expansion is such a big decision. Let’s take a look at the benefits of each option and help you decide which is right for you.

Benefits to Storing Your Container at a Storage Facility

Certain office and business items (important documents, fine art, etc.) require climate control, which is why a commercial storage facility is worth the investment. Here are some reasons why storage facilities make sense for commercial businesses:

  • Containers are stored in a permanent concrete-and-steel facility
  • Containers are monitored by a 24-hour alarm system
  • Containers are protected by a fire sprinkler system
  • Storage by the month is available with only a one-month minimum

Benefits of Storing Your Container On Site

Of course, some businesses may need a little more flexibility for moves or storage. In that case, a portable commercial storage container might be the best option. Here are some of the advantages of storage containers for commercial businesses:

  • They’re easily transported to the location of your choice
  • They can remain on location while they’re being unpacked or accessed
  • They protect items from the weather and theft
  • Many have smooth interiors and features like tie-downs, translucent roofs and more

Choosing the Right One

So, the big commercial storage question is this: is storing the container on-site or at a storage facility right for you? The answer depends largely on the items you’re wanting to store and the length of time you need to store them. At SAM (Store & Move), you can rent a commercial moving container and use it on-site during your remodeling, relocation or expansion. Or, you can move the container to our 66,000 sq. ft., climate-controlled storage facility for longer-term storage. The choice is up to you.

If you’re in need of commercial storage, contact SAM (Store & Move) today for a free quote.

Why DFW Residents Own So Much Stuff (and What To Do About It)

Why DFW Residents Own So Much Stuff (and What To Do About It)In college, it seems like we’re trying to accumulate items to fill our living space. We need a bed, of course, as well as a TV stand, nightstand and maybe a desk to do homework. Next, we purchase a mini fridge with a lock so our roommates won’t steal our food. The list goes on — we keep adding new items until we eventually have enough belongings to be comfortable.

Fast-forward 10 years and it seems like most of us are trying to do the opposite. We have too much stuff! This is especially true for Dallas-Fort Worth residents. Let’s take a look at how this happens, as well as your options for downsizing or storing items.

Reasons We Accumulate Stuff

It may seem like we wake up one day and we have too many items, but it didn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process that happens over time. Here are some common reasons people in Dallas-Fort Worth accumulate so much stuff:

  • We get persuaded by commercials we see on TV.
  • We buy items on impulse at the store.
  • We receive too many gifts from friends and family.
  • We have passions for certain hobbies or collectibles.
  • We have a hard time getting rid of items from our childhood.
  • We get into relationships with other people who also have stuff.
  • We see a deal that’s too good to pass up.

These are just a few reasons among many. The good news? It’s not too late to do something about it.

Solutions for Downsizing and Decluttering

Shows like Hoarders and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo are popular for a reason. People like to be organized and clean, and these shows inspire us. So, what do you do if your number of belongings is getting out of control? There are three basic options you have when it comes to downsizing the number of items in your home:

  • Sell them: With this option, you can get some extra cash while removing unneeded items. Win-win. Just don’t become too fixated on “making a profit” or you’ll hold on to things that you don’t really need.
  • Donate them: There are people in need out there who can likely use many of your items, even if they aren’t in perfect shape. Consider donating items to a company like Goodwill or Salvation Army. You’ll even get a tax benefit!
  • Store them: While not a long-term solution for downsizing, storing your items can help you breathe a little and give you room to process your next steps. A portable storage container can go a long way toward helping you declutter your home. 

If you’re in need of a storage solution in Dallas-Fort Worth, contact SAM (Store & Move) today for a free quote.

8 Tips for Organizing Your Commercial Storage Container

8 Tips for Organizing Your Commercial Storage ContainerChaos. It’s a critical part of Greek mythology. It’s a 2005 action film starring Jason Statham. It’s the constant state of a house in which one or more toddlers reside. In general, it’s a condition of disorder and confusion.

The last thing you need during a commercial move is chaos. Packing your commercial storage container incorrectly can cause it. Here are some ways to ensure your commercial storage container is organized properly for easy access.

  1. Get the right number of containers.

The last thing you want is realizing your need for an additional container halfway through the process. Instead of dealing with the hassle of contacting the company and coordinating another container deliver, make sure you get the right number of containers in the beginning. Fortunately, there are storage calculators online where you can input your items and see the exact number of containers you’ll need for your move.

  1. Create an inventory.

Commercial businesses are used to taking inventory, so this one should be easy. Make a master list of all your items, make a list of which boxes have which items and assign a number to each box that you also track on your list. You don’t have to do it on paper, either — a digital inventory works just fine.

  1. Choose the right boxes.

Pack heavier items in smaller boxes and large/light items in bigger boxes. Also, be sure breakable items go in smaller boxes and low-density items go in larger boxes. Ask your moving specialist if you have any questions about choosing the right boxes.

  1. Label those boxes

Mark boxes with the numbers you assigned during your inventory, as well as what’s in the box and what room it goes in. You might also want to mark the boxes you’ll be placing toward the front, which we’ll cover below. The more details, the better!

  1. Plan your layout ahead of time.

By planning a layout for the storage container ahead of time, you’ll be more organized and can make the most of the space. Measure twice, cut once.

  1. Document your layout.

Don’t just plan the layout in your mind, either. Put it down on paper so you can reference it during packing. Even better, make multiple copies of the layout and hang at least one of them up inside the container where you (and others) can see it.

  1. Keep needed items toward the front.

If you don’t unpack all of the storage container in one day, make sure you have access to items needed most. That means avoiding packing things like important office documents in the back. If you marked the boxes you’ll need most (like we mentioned above), you’ll be set.

  1. Be smart about stacking.

Finally, put some thought into how you actually stack boxes. Don’t just start stacking and hope for the best. Put heavier boxes toward the bottom, stack from back to front in order of need and consider using a “brick-style” pattern where boxes are overlapped for superior reinforcement.

That’s it! If you’re in need of a commercial storage container, contact SAM (Store & Move) today for a free quote today.

Movable Storage = Manageable Storage

Movable Storage = Manageable Storage (1)It’s no secret that moving is stressful. But is it the most stressful thing we do? According to research from British energy company E.ON, moving homes is the most stressful life event for the majority of people (62%), beating out life events like divorce and starting a new job. Why are so many of us stressed out during moves? One factor might be the pressure to do it quickly.

Fortunately, there’s a way to add more time and flexibility to your next move: movable storage. With movable storage, you can both pack and unpack your belongings in the location (and on the timeline) that works for you. Read on to discover why movable storage makes your move more manageable.

Benefits of Movable Storage

Many people aren’t even aware of movable storage as an option for residential moves. Or, they might think it’s too costly or difficult. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Moving storage containers are comparable in cost to other moving solutions and are as easy as picking up the phone and dialing a number. Here are some ways movable storage makes your move more manageable:

  • You choose when and where you want the movable storage container
  • Container features include tie-down rings, smooth interiors and a translucent roof
  • You can calculate the storage you’ll need ahead of time
  • Pack and unpack on your timetable — no rush!
  • You have peace of mind knowing your belongings are protected from the elements and theft

Whether you need storage long-term or for a short period of time, movable storage can make your life a little easier. 

Other Ways to Make Moving Day Easier

In addition to movable storage, there are other ways to make moving day a little more manageable. By taking care of how you’ll transport (and where you’ll store) your belongings, you’ll free your mind up to think about things that many people forget. Here are just a few things you can do to avoid unexpectedly stressful surprises on your moving day:

  • Get utilities set up at your new home ahead of time
  • Redirect your mail and change your address
  • Save furniture assembly instructions
  • Take pictures of utility readings and electrical hookups
  • Hire a moving company to handle packing and unpacking heavy boxes

At the end of the day, movable storage is manageable storage. To get a quote on moving containers from SAM (Store & Move), contact us to request a quote today.

Why You Should Consider Temporary Storage for Your Summer Move

Why You Should Consider Temporary Storage for Your Summer MoveSummer is the busiest time for moves. (The months of June, July, August and September alone account for 48.4 percent of them each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.) As such, many moving companies may try to rush you so that they can complete as many moves as possible during busy season. With temporary storage solutions like portable storage containers, however, you can move on your timetable — as well as enjoy several other benefits.

Here are some reasons why you should consider temporary storage for your summer move:

  1. They’re convenient.

The best part about temporary storage containers is that they come to you. One call to 972-GET-A-SAM and they’ll drop it off at the location of your choosing. 

  1. They give you flexibility.

As mentioned above, temporary storage containers allow you to move on your timeline. Whether you need short or long-term storage, the length of time you choose to use a residential moving container for your personal household items is up to you.

  1. They’re extremely spacious.

Did you know that a storage container can typically hold the contents of a 1,500 sq. ft. home? These containers are packed with features and can hold more than you might think. Check out this storage calculator to determine how many storage containers you’ll need for your move.

  1. They’re safe and secure.

At 972-GET-A-SAM, your belongings will be protected from the outdoor elements inside of our steel and concrete storage facility. A fully functioning sprinkler system protects your items from fire and our facility’s 24-hour-a-day alarm system prevents theft.

  1. They’re accessible.

The best temporary storage companies offer easy access to your portable self-storage unit when you need it. Simply give them a call to let them know you are on the way and they will stage your container in a safe, well-lit location so you can get into your container and remove the items you need or add items to your container.

  1. They’re affordable.

The pricing for temporary storage containers compares well to other moving and storage options. Whether you rely solely on temporary storage or use it in conjunction with moving help, it’s money well spent.

If you’re interested in using temporary storage for your summer move, contact us today for a free quote.

Storage Unit Tips: A Guide to Storing Summer Belongings

Storage Unit Tips - A Guide to Storing Summer BelongingsDon’t look now, but fall is almost here! While the need for some things is increasing — such as school books, rakes and pumpkin spice — the need for summer items like swimwear, towels and giant inflatable pool toys is doing just the opposite. Instead of cluttering up your home, basement or attic with all of these warm-weather items, have you considered storing them in a household storage container instead? 

If so, here are some tips for storing summer belongings effectively.

Tip #1: Clean Those Clothes!

Before you even think about storing those summer swimsuits, shorts and other clothing, be sure they go through the laundry first — even if they don’t look or smell that bad. Dirty clothes can deteriorate and build up bacteria over time, which could damage them while they’re in storage. Also use deodorizers to minimize the musty smell that can develop as the months go by.

Tip #2: Use Clear Containers or Labels

Make it easier to find your items when summer rolls around again by either using clear containers, or putting labels on the boxes you put them in. It’s also helpful to keep similar items together. Store all your towels in one box, your swimwear in another box and your pool toys and beach gear in another. If you have a lot of other boxes where you’re storing them, you may also want to create a quick layout map of where everything is. Organization will save you time.

Tip #3: Store In A Dry Place

Avoiding mildew and mold is especially important for summer belongings, as many summer items are often exposed to moisture. Dry out all of these items as much as possible, then store them in a dry, dark place, as light can also damage certain items (like clothing). You may even want to consider a climate-controlled storage unit for your valuable items or items that may be damaged by excess heat.

Tip #4: Use Portable Storage for Convenience

If you have a lot of summer gear (or larger items you need stored that are difficult to transport), consider renting a portable storage container. With these types of containers, you simply call to have them delivered, pack them up at your convenience and call to have them taken back to a secure, safe storage facility. Then just call again when next summer rolls around!

If you’re in need of a summer belonging storage solution this fall, contact SAM (Store & Move) today for a fast, free quote.

Downsizing in DFW? Here Are 4 Ways to Do It Effectively

Downsizing in DFW_ Here Are 4 Ways to Do It EffectivelyIn Texas, they say everything is bigger. But is that really true? When it comes to homes, more and more North Texas citizens are actually downsizing (or wanting to downsize in the future). For example, take this research done by Trulia into account:

“Of those currently living in homes larger than 2,000 square feet, more would choose a smaller home than the one they’re living in than a larger one if they decide to move this year (60.6% vs. 39.4%).”

Downsizing is definitely more popular today than it was 30 years ago. Whether you’re moving from a house to an apartment, living on the road for a while or simply want to downsize the number of items in your living space, there are some ways to do it effectively in Dallas-Fort Worth. Let’s take a look at four of them.

  1. Donate Or Sell Old Items

Clothes are one of the main culprits when it comes to things that take up space that you don’t use. Take some time to go through your wardrobe and see if there’s anything you can donate or sell. The kitchen is another area where items go left unused. Go through all those fancy gadgets you’ve only used one time and determine whether it makes sense to pass them on. Each room in your house could potentially have something that you can donate or sell.

  1. Throw Away Trash

Wait, trash? You don’t have any extra trash, do you? We’re not talking about stuff you usually throw in the garbage bin. We’re talking about items that aren’t really good enough to donate or sell, but definitely aren’t worth keeping. Things like:

  • Used notebooks
  • Worn-out shoes
  • Empty bottles
  • Old toys
  • Socks without a match
  • Expired food or products
  • Extra hangers
  • Makeup you don’t use

The list goes on. If it’s not worth keeping or giving away, trash it!

  1. Organize What You Are Keeping

If you’re moving into a smaller space, you want to make the most of it. Consider creating an organization plan, neatly packing away items you don’t use all the time and using lots of labels. You want them to be easy to find in case you do need them one day.

  1. Store Seasonal Items and Keepsakes

Finally, there are items you use rarely — or only during certain times of the year. From Christmas decorations to Easter baskets, Fourth of July outfits and winter coats, these items and keepsakes should be out of the way. A great option for these items (and downsizing in general) is to rent a household storage container in DFW. These are spacious, secure and keep your items easily accessible.

If you’re looking for an effective way to downsize in Dallas-Fort Worth, contact SAM (Store & Move) for a free quote today.

4 Storage Solutions for Students Heading Off to College

4 Storage Solutions for Students Heading Off to CollegeCollege students have lots to worry about. Homework, student loans, jobs after graduation… the list goes on. One item they shouldn’t have to worry about is what to do with all of their stuff. Fortunately, there are a few tried-and-true solutions out there to give you peace of mind (and space for studying).

Whether you’re heading off to college for the first time, moving between semesters or still trying to figure out what to do with all the items that won’t fit in your dorm, here are four options you have when it comes to storing your belongings.

  1. Storage Unit/Storage Facility

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), it takes six years for the majority of students to obtain their Bachelor’s degree. Add in the six months or longer it usually takes to find a job after college and you can see why a long-term storage facility might make the most sense.

These storage facilities are usually made from durable steel and concrete — they’re designed to protect your belongings for an extended period of time. Furthermore, many storage units are climate-controlled and protected by advanced security and fire alarm systems. Basically, if you need storage for a year or more, a storage unit at a storage facility is a solid option.

  1. Relative’s House

Some students choose to keep their stuff at mom and dad’s house. This is an adequate solution, but it comes with several disadvantages. For one, mom and dad can’t enjoy the extra space you otherwise would leave behind. Also, it’s easier for your items to become lost, stolen or damaged since they aren’t really protected. Finally, you don’t have easy access to your belongings if your college or university is hundreds (or thousands) of miles from home.

  1. Portable Storage Container

What if you only need to store your belongings for a short period of time? Portable storage might be the best option in this scenario. Some students simply need to store their items for a month or two while they look for the best student housing option. Others enjoy the convenience of unpacking on their timetable during a move. Regardless of the reason, portable storage containers are a solid storage solution for any student heading off to college.

  1. Vaulted Storage 

Vaulted storage is a full-service option where you can request that a moving crew collect your items from your home and place them in secured vaults that can be transported out of a warehouse when the time arises. It’s a great option when you need your items stored, but don’t know where you’ll need the items when you finish schooling. The service is priced by the weight of the shipment, so you don’t have to worry about reserving the correct size of unit or overpaying for space you don’t need.

If you or someone you know is heading off to college soon and needs somewhere to store their belongings, give the IMS Relocation team a call today at 972-484-2112.

Residential Storage Tips: The Best Ways to Pack Your Kitchen

If you can’t stand the mess, get out of the kitchen. Isn’t that how the old saying goes? (Well, something like that.) Messy kitchens are one thing, but messily packing them for a move or storage is quite another. If you don’t do it right, you could end up damaging your items or injuring someone.

Put simply, the belongings in your kitchen need a little extra attention during your move. From dangerous items like knives to bulky items like the refrigerator, here’s how to pack them most effectively in a residential moving container.

Packing Knives and Sharp Objects

Let’s start with the dangerous stuff. Knives can easily cause a serious injury if you aren’t careful. When packing knives and other sharp objects for storage or relocation, use knife sheaths or knife blocks if you have them. If you don’t, you can use tape and cardboard to create your own. Also consider wrapping these types of items in towels or storing them in plastic bags. The more secure, the better.

Packing Cleaning Supplies

Spills are the biggest potential problem here. Be sure to put a towel at the bottom of boxes containing cleaning supplies and seal them tightly with tape. Don’t pack up all your cleaning supplies, however. Be sure to put aside any you’ll need for the final cleaning of your kitchen — or just pack them last. Some cleaning supplies will have storage instructions on their label for which you’ll want to consider.

Packing Refrigerators and Bulky Items

Bulky items are pretty tricky to handle yourself. That’s why it helps to hire a relocation specialist whenever possible. Regardless of how you move or store them, you’ll want them to be as light as possible. So get rid of (or give away) as much food as you can so your refrigerator is empty. Also consider taking out shelves or other components. Not only will this lighten the load, but shelves and interior drawers can shift around and break.

Packing Dishes

Breakable items need extra protection, so be sure to put packing paper and/or bubble wrap between each dish and wrap up glasses with foam, newspaper or another form of protection. There are also special types of boxes and packing supplies you can buy that are designed specifically for dishes and breakable items.

Packing Pots and Pans

The best thing about pots and pans? They’re durable. But they’re also often stackable, so be sure to take advantage of that design feature to save space. Glass lids may be breakable, however, so be sure to put extra cushioning around them.

Packing Food

Again, the less weight you have to move or store, the better. So consider using or donating as much as possible. If you’d like to hold on to non-perishable food items, however, just remember to put the heavier ones toward the bottom of boxes and try not to use large boxes.

These are just a few tips. If you’re in need of residential storage solutions, contact SAM (Store & Move) today for a free quote today!

6 Reasons Dallas-Fort Worth Residents Use Storage Containers

6 Reasons Dallas-Fort Worth Residents Use Storage ContainerThere are quite a few common misconceptions out there. For example, did you know that Vikings didn’t wear horns on their helmets? This imagery developed from an opera scene, but there’s no evidence it’s accurate. Similarly, it’s a misconception that Dallas-Fort Worth residents only use storage containers when they’re moving.

There are actually several reasons for using storage containers. Whether because of a recent divorce, the remodeling of a home or an inheritance, let’s take a look at six common scenarios when DFW residents would use storage containers:

  1. Remodeling/Renovation

According to a new survey, nine out of 10 homeowners plan on remodeling their home at some point. So what happens to all their belongings during a remodel or renovation? It has to go somewhere. Storage containers are a safe and secure way to store your items while you’re giving your house a facelift.

  1. Staging

Another reason Dallas-Fort Worth residents use storage containers is for staging their homes during the selling process. By temporarily getting extra belongings out of the way, you can present a clean, decluttered and visually appealing home.

  1. Decluttering

Or, perhaps you aren’t selling your home, but you’d still like to declutter it. This is another perfectly good reason to use a storage container. With the rise of TV shows like Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, more and more people are getting rid of (or storing) their extra stuff that “doesn’t bring them joy.”

  1. Inheritance

If a family member or close friend passes away, they may leave you some of their belongings. Storage containers can give you a temporary solution for holding these items while you go through them — or long-term solutions if you plan on keeping them for a while.

  1. Contracting

If you’re in the construction industry or in a job where you have to frequently store and access certain tools or equipment, a storage container might come in handy. Many contractors in Dallas-Fort Worth even have storage containers delivered to their current worksite for security, convenience and easy access.

  1. Divorce/Separation

Divorces and separations are unfortunately common events in the Metroplex. Just a few years ago, Plano and Arlington ranked among the top cities with highest-growing divorce rates. When this happens, storage containers can come in handy while you’re looking for new accommodations. 

If you’re in need of a storage container in Dallas-Fort Worth, contact SAM (Store & Move) for a free quote today.

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