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Tips to Using a Moving Company for Your Upcoming Move

  • Get a binding estimate from the moving company. Make sure the amount is written in the contract.
  • Inquire about their on-time record and other complaints with the local Better Business Bureau or consumer complaints department.
  • Movers are limited by law regarding what they can give you for lost or damaged goods. To cover potential damage, check existing homeowner or renter's policy.
  • Ask about expected gratuities and write into contract.
  • Have the contract include a guarantee of how many hours the job will take, allowing an overrun of no more than 10%.
  • Be sure all charges are listed on contract.
  • Inform the moving company of how many stairs are at your new home.
  • Watch loading and unloading and examine all items carefully before signing a receipt. Document an inventory of your belongings before you pack.
  • And finally, remember to rent your storage unit from Albert's Storage to accommodate any of your local storage needs.
A Guide to Self Storage - Helpful Tips
Always inspect your storage space - the space should be clean with the door in working order.

Determine if You Need Climate Control or Regular Storage
Regular storage is our traditional low cost advantage with drive up access to your unit to store items not sensitive to storage and temperature.
Climate controlled storage is our premium product that is specially designed to store sensitive items such as books/paper, artwork/paintings, finer furniture, pharmaceuticals, or anything else you want safely stored in a space without the risk of freeze/thaw or blistering temperatures.

Determine the Packing Accessories You Need
Paper, bubble wrap, tape, rope, drop cloths, sheets, furniture covers, pallets, skids, dehumidifiers, file boxes, or storage carton. Most of these items are also available for sale in our stores.

Fill Containers and Boxes to Capacity
Partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Protect your fragile goods with packing and place them near the top of your storage space.

Label Boxes
Keep a list of labeled boxes at your home or office for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.

Pack the Storage Space Carefully
Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Place a pallet on the concrete floors and do not lean items up against the walls. Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access. Use all the space available, including the height and place frequently used goods near the door.
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Specific Storage Tips for Some of the Most Commonly Stored Items:
Appliances:
A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances. Boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.

Bicycles and Other Metal Items:
To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Books and Documents:
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill all empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.

Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes and Linens:
Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. Some facilities sell wardrobe style cardboard cartons, which help protect your clothes. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage and avoid storing anything that may attract pests.

Dishes and Glassware:
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and the top of the boxes containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped: nest cups, bowls, stand plates, sauces, and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing. Label all boxes containing glassware and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.

Furniture:
Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Dissemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not dissemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked seat-to-seat or placed upside down on tables, which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton (e.g. a bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture. All facilities sell covers for your convenience.

Holiday Decorations:
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments. Pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.

Lamps:
Wrap large lamp bases in padding, wrap smaller lamps, then place them in boxes. Pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lampshades.

Mirrors, Windows, and Screens:
These items should be stored on edges, not flat.

Records and Photographs:
Records should be stored on edges to prevent warping. When moving a record player, the tone arm, and turntable should be secured to prevent damage.

Tools:
Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Long handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled, and tied in bundled.

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Alberts Storage

2835 Q St.
North Highlands, CA 95660

Phone: (916) 331-9124
Fax: (916) 331-9125
Email: bruce@albertsstorage.net
In Business Since 1976
Business Hours
Mon - Sun:  8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
24 Hour On-site Security
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