What to Do If It Rains While Moving

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Moving to another house or apartment is already a difficult task, but having rain on the day of your move can be an additional nightmare. When everything has already been planned and suddenly rain hits, there isn’t always the choice to postpone the move. If it rains while you’re moving, postponing the move can lead to lost money and time. Never underestimate how fast rain can saturate everything from books to electronics. Always prepare for the worst-case scenario and have these tips in mind if you’re getting ready to move!

What to Do If It Rains While Moving

1. Keep an Eye on the Weather

Always watch the most updated version of the weather report. Also, check Google maps for the estimated traffic while you’re at it. Weather reports change, and bad weather combined with traffic can give you a rough moving day experience.

Rain or shine, continue checking the weather report for what the rest of the day might look like. Sometimes, it’s possible to wait out the rain for an hour or two and keep moving. If the weather report says that inclement weather is going to increase along your route, the safest option is to find somewhere safe to stop.

2. Seek Cover

If you run into sudden rain while moving, the safest thing you can do for both the passengers and property is to pull over immediately. Stop the moving truck, or your vehicle at a safe space, such as a truck stop, where you can seek cover from the rain and compose yourself.

Don’t attempt to drive through heavy rain: it’s never worth an accident risk.

3. Seek Covering(s)

In the case of a light drizzle, you can protect your personal property with plastic wrap, sheets or tarps. As long as your property remains sealed and fastened, rain should be less likely to drench your stuff. Although these are essential items that everyone should pack for a move, they are also things that most people forget.

If you are able to, seek the appropriate material to cover the bulk of your items up and soldier through the drizzle. Make sure that covers and objects have been fastened well enough so that they don’t move around in the storm and present a danger to you, your stuff or other drivers on the road.

Again, do not attempt to drive through dangerous and heavy rain. Even if you have somewhere important to be, it won’t be worth the chance of an accident!

4. Call Ahead

If you have specific arrangements with someone on the destination end, such as a moving company, call ahead and let them know about the storm. Many people will also arrange with someone to pick up the keys. In this case, a rainstorm is one of the worst inconveniences that you can have.

Always call ahead if you have hit any kind of delay, especially if that delay involves rain. This can help reduce some of the pressure of making it to your destination at a time you had specified prior to running into bad weather.

Additional Information: How to Deal with Moving in Bad Weather

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Moving Bags vs Moving Boxes

Moving Bags vs Moving Boxes

Moving houses or apartments can be a daunting task. Having to pack all your belongings in a safe and methodical way to make the move go as smoothly as possible is even harder. The two options that you will be faced with when storing or packing your goods are moving bags or moving boxes. Both options moving bags and moving boxes have their pros and cons. However, you do not have to decide on one option, you can use a combination of both.

Moving Bags vs Moving Boxes

Moving Bags

There are many different materials when it comes to moving bags. Moving bag materials range from PVC or hessian to plastic bin bags. All types of moving bags are handy, depending on what they are going to contain. When looking to transport heavier and/or sharper objects that could damage a bin bag, you should consider the more durable option of using PVC bags. Lighter items such as clothing that are unable to tear the bag can be transported in a plastic bin bag.

Pros of Moving Bags

Cons of Moving Bags

Moving Boxes

Moving boxes are the most commonly adopted option for the majority of goods that are packed when moving. Boxes come in different shapes and sizes which allows you to pack different amounts or different sized items. When using boxes to package your goods, all you will need is some tape to seal the boxes properly.

Pros of Moving Boxes

Cons of Moving Boxes

Additional Information: Guide to Finding the Best Cheap Moving Boxes

Clark Storage – Best and Most Secured Storage Units in the Area

Our family business objective is to provide you the best service and facilities in a secured location. As you get to know our facilities, you will note they were selected for your ease of access, location, and security. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your storage needs and fulfill your high expectations. We have units in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Shenandoah, & Pacific Junction. Contact us today. We are also offering a Move-In Referral Program, click here for more information.

How Do You Hire Reliable Movers?

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When it’s time to move your stuff from one home or apartment to another, it’s usually time to start looking to hire a moving company. Finding the right moving company can be a struggle, but there are many ways to make it an easy process. Never hire just any movers when it comes to your valuable possessions. Reliable, trusted moving companies are the only way to guarantee that your items arrive at their end-destination undamaged, or at all.

Fly-by-night moving companies can cost you more than the worth of what they are moving. Hire these types of moving companies at your own risk! In this article, we discuss everything you should know to make sure you hire the most reliable moving company possible.

How Do You Hire Reliable Movers?

What Disasters Can Strike

Hiring an unregistered, informal moving company, or simply a guy with a truck, rather than an established business can be a huge risk. This is a risk we would not recommend that anyone take. An unregistered company is hard to hold responsible in the event anything should go wrong, or missing.

Careless movers can damage your possessions. In many cases, it is hard to claim damages if you fail to make use of a reputable moving company. In a worst-case scenario, the “damage” could be an unregistered mover disappearing into the night with your entire load. Yes, this happens more frequently than you would believe!

The use of the wrong moving company can, literally, cost families and individuals everything.

Reputation is Everything

If you think you have found a reputable moving company, check into their history and reviews. Reputation and online reviews can indicate whether this company is worth your time and trust.

Moving company number one has five stars and 4,000 good reviews. Moving company number two has two stars, with most of the reviews being bad ones. Which one would you pick?

Always check into a moving company that you intend to use. Consider all prior customer experiences and reviews that you read before you hire the movers for yourself.

Are They Established, Registered Movers?

A trusted, established, and professional moving company should be registered. Visit their website and request an invoice to see what’s on the rest of their paperwork. Reliable companies should have business license details displayed, as well as information about the vehicles in their fleet.

If you can’t find registration details, or if the mover simply isn’t upfront, then they are not a registered business. If this is the case, you could take an unnecessary type of risk if you hire the moving company.

Request Quotes From Multiple Moving Companies

Request several quotes from potential moving companies if you intend to relocate. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and do your research first. While it seems obvious, don’t always side with the cheapest quote. Instead, pick the best service and the moving company you trust the most.

Quotes will tell you more than the price. As we previously explained, a quote from a moving company will reveal important essentials about a business such as their registration details.

Give Three Addresses

One of the biggest mistakes people make when reaching out to moving companies is giving their addresses to people they don’t know. Don’t! Giving out your address to a stranger is as bad as listing your home address on social media.

Give movers an estimated departure point, and three alternative addresses where you intend to move. This practice is much safer when you have several moving companies to contact.

Additional Information: Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Moving Company

Clark Storage – Best and Most Secured Storage Units in the Area

Our family business objective is to provide you the best service and facilities in a secured location. As you get to know our facilities, you will note they were selected for your ease of access, location, and security. Please let us know how we can continue to improve your storage needs and fulfill your high expectations. We have units in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Shenandoah, & Pacific Junction. Contact us today. We are also offering a Move-In Referral Program, click here for more information.

How Do You Spring Clean and Declutter?

How Do You Spring Clean and Declutter?

A spring clean is different from your normal cleaning routine. Spring cleaning includes a deep clean of your home, where you empty all cupboards and shelves. You might also clean all your kitchen cabinets, oven, refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, and ceiling fans. Decluttering is when you get rid of unnecessary items lying around your home that are just taking up space. The best decluttering tip is to go room by room. It is advisable to declutter your home before you start with your spring clean.

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Benefits of Self Storage During Home Improvement

Home Improvement

Planning for a home improvement renovation means preparing your house, including decluttering and cleaning. Your contractor can either get on with the home improvement project or spend their time moving your belongings. Even worse, your furniture could be used as scaffolding. There are numerous benefits to renting a storage unit to store your personal belongings regardless of who is doing the home renovation project.

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Storage Unit Sizes Guide

storage unit size

Reputable storage facilities offer different storage unit sizes to meet your needs and accommodate your budget. Below is a guide outlining the most common storage unit sizes. This helpful guide has some tips for deciding how much storage space you might need for your treasured belongings.

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Where do You Put Your Stuff When Selling Your House?

Selling Your House

Do you need more space for your growing family? Are you recent empty-nesters and you want to downsize? Did you get a new job and have to relocate? Or, do you just want a change of scenery? Whatever the case may be, if you decide to sell your house, there are a lot of factors to consider. It goes without saying that you want to sell as quickly as possible and you want to get top dollar. While the real estate market and the realtor you’re working with will most certainly have a big impact on both of those goals, there are some things that you can do to contribute to selling your house faster. For example, make your house as presentable and visually appealing as possible by moving personal items into a storage facility.

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Who Needs Self-Storage?

Self-Storage

From the corners of our attics, and the packed shelves in the garage, to the dark, cramped corners of the basement, we carefully bury our beloved treasure. Many of these items will never see the light of day again. There is also more stuff at the back of closets in our room and in spare rooms. Whether we see this as storing or hoarding, the net effect seems to be that we never have enough space. However, self-storage can help! Self-storage comes in different shapes and sizes and can be rented for different periods of time. Self-storage is a viable, cost-effective solution for many folks with different needs.

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Storage Security: Are Storage Units Safe for Valuables?

Storage Security

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Old Couch

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