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There are times when we have to move and leave our belongings behind. Although there are moving companies that will be willing to transport all our belongings to the new home, sometimes it’s easier to just store them for the period that we will be away and come back and retrieve it from storage rather than shipping everything to your temporary home and back.
Let’s take a look at some tips for preparing your furniture for long-term storage.
Use the right cleaner for your furniture then keep it in a well-ventilated area for a number of hours so that it dries completely. This will help ensure that no mold or discoloration forms when it’s left in the storage unit. It’s a good idea to polish any wooden surfaces after it has dried to keep moisture out.
When you disassemble your beds, tables, sofas and chairs, they will occupy a smaller space hence you will be able to fit them in a reasonably smaller storage unit thus saving on rent.
Disassembly also makes the process of moving the items to the storage unit easier. Ensure that you label the different pieces accordingly so that you will remember where each piece goes when the time comes to assemble everything back together.
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You don’t want to destroy your furniture even before it gets to the storage unit so it is vital to ensure that you use enough padding materials when moving it. Use moving blankets and bubble wrap around the different pieces to ensure that any bumps on the road do not cause dents or scratches to the furniture.
It’s very important to pick materials wisely when covering the furniture in the storage unit. Plastic packaging can suffocate wood and fabrics, leading to foul smell that takes very long to go away. Make sure you pick the right covering material for your furniture.
It might be tempting to jam items into the storage unit to make the most out of the available space. Please remember that you will one day have to remove them and if you don’t place them properly, you can easily end up destroying the furniture. Leave sufficient space between the furniture to allow the free movement of air and give you an easy time when you come to remove them.
If you have a lot of wooden furniture, it’s a good idea to go with the climate controlled option. This is because any fluctuations in the moisture content in the storage unit could have negative effects on the integrity of the wood on the furniture.
Storing your precious furniture safely can help give you the peace of mind you need when you decide to leave it behind when you move. Take the above steps and you’ll be sure of finding it in pristine condition when you get back.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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