1. Don’t Move Everything
You have probably collected some items over the years that have become outdated, broken, or no longer needed. Start fresh in your new home by using your move as an opportunity to organize your belongings and let go of the excess items. As you pack, decide what items you can donate, throw away, or sell. Call a charity to come pick up your gently used items before you move.
2. Find Supplies in Advance
Don’t go crazy trying to buy all the moving supplies you need. You can save some cash and stress by looking online at local sites or posting on facebook. Your neighbors and friends probably have gently used moving boxes and other tools you may need.
Collect old newspapers and plastic shopping bags a few weeks in advance to use for your move. These can be used to pad boxes and as a layer between items if needed. Rather than pack all your towels and sheets in one box, use these to pad fragile items. Packing and padding with the same item is a resource saver!
3. Keep Essential Items Handy
You probably won’t have time to unpack all of your items the first night in your new home. Keep a couple days worth of clothes and toiletries accessible to use in the meantime.
Pack a suitcase full of essential items for each family member like you are going on vacation. This way, you can live out of your suitcase until everything is unpacked. You don’t want to have to dig around a bunch of boxes for your toothbrush, clean socks, or pajamas!
4. Use Self-Storage Centers
It can be difficult to move all of your belongings to your new location in one day. To reduce the stress of making sure everything gets there safely, store some items in a storage unit. If you have more than you can take in one trip, consider keeping your belongings in a storage unit until you can collect them.
If you are moving in or around Berks county, DAK Self Storage can ensure your personal belongings stay safe and secure. We offer high quality outdoor units and climate controlled indoor units at affordable rates in Leesport, PA.
Leesport is home to many fine apartment complexes. In the current economy, renting is becoming a more common and reasonable solution for individuals with living space needs. The only catch is that apartment living can come with certain size constraints, especially for individuals who are moving in from out of town or who are downgrading in size.
If you have found yourself in a situation where you intend to rent but can’t comfortably fit all your possessions in your space, consider an affordable self storage solution.
Why Self Storage is Right for Renters
One of the most important factors of living in an apartment is avoiding a cramped and crowded sensation. This can take careful planning and tough choices regarding decorating and inclusion of things like furniture. Often renters will acquire things over the years as well and simply run out of storage space to put it.
DAK Self Storage is an optimal solution for individuals in this situation. DAK offers a wide variety of storage unit sizes, ranging from the size of a locker to the size of a large garage bay. This means we can accommodate small temporary storage needs or large long-term needs. Renters frequently end up with extra vehicles, furniture, tools, and other equipment that they need nearby but can not have in the rental unit. Fortunately DAK is located right off of highway 61 in town center, so their belongings are never more than a few minutes away.
Ready for Bulk Items or Sensitive Items
Even if you have lots and lots of items that need storage (short term or long term), we have wide drive up bays leading to large storage units. This makes it easy to transfer your possessions right from the moving truck into your space. If you happen to have sensitive items like art, wine, books, etc. we offer indoor climate controlled storage as well.
Our entire facility is fence enclosed and video monitored. You can rest easy when you store with DAK.
How to Get Started
If you think storage might be right for you, the next step is easy! All you have to do is click here and you’ll be taken to an online selection of units we have available and the monthly rate of each unit. If you need to learn a little more about what each unit size can accommodate, read this guide.
There was an interesting article posted on Inside Self Storage the other day. The author Jim Chiswell was exploring the idea that while technology is improving our ability to perform self storage tasks, it should not replace the personal touch that makes tenants feel welcome.
Here is a quick summary of his concept:
I’ve realized over the past few years that the performance of many managers has started to suffer as a result of using…various technologies as crutches. They are looked at by some as substitutions for old-school customer-service principles. Nothing will ever replace a warm smile, a confident handshake and a sincerely delivered message during your conversation with a prospect that tells them, “I am someone you can count on to help solve your storage problem.” – Jim Chiswell
As private owners of a storage facility with an investment in the area we serve, we have found Mr. Chiswell’s sentiment to be quite true.
Large storage conglomerates may have such high through-rate that they needn’t pay particular attention to each customer. Furthermore, tenants of those large facilities may not expect much. However, in smaller towns (like our Leesport) it is beneficial for both tenant and owner to pay attention to relationships.
With a limited marketing budget in our modern economy word-of-mouth is still a critical method of gaining new clients. Word-of-mouth can be spread online or through the verbal grapevine. Either way, experience is what drives the story of a brand.
We have paid attention to our online visibility and the type of image we present to customers. Our desire is to express attention to detail, easy usability, and attractive design. At the same time we try to express the simple fact that we are paying attention to tenants and have invested in becoming a reliable resource for local residents and businesses.
We have stayed reachable via phone, online contact, and in-person visitation. When you call DAK you will be able to communicate with one of the owners (Joe or Donna Krezdorn). We are also the ones there to help individuals at our in-house packing/moving store.
Of course, a “personal touch” requires more time and effort and can be unrewarding at times (some tenants like to abuse hospitality and then spread negativity about the business). These types of situations can’t be avoided entirely, and it is up to the owners to power through and focus on the positivity resulting from their effort.
If you are a small business owner, especially in the storage industry, do your best to keep the personal touch. If you are a potential client for a self storage facility, realize that you can find places that will treat you as more than a locker number.
Divorce is a difficult subject to discuss, especially from a practical perspective. With so many heavy emotions it is a topic we all generally like to pretend won’t effect us.
The truth is that divorce effects an exceptionally large amount of couples and there are a handful of ways divorcees can make the difficult process a little easier.
With the myriad of bills and issues to sort through, including who gets what in the settlement, it’s easy to overlook what you’ll actually do with the items you end up with. After all, there is a strong possibility you may have to move out of your current residence. This article is here to remind you that self storage is a practical and ideal temporary solution for all your possessions.
How Divorcees Use Self Storage
One of the most difficult parts of the divorce process is splitting up money, belongings, and custody time (should it apply). Splitting up belongings is the only aspect that requires significant physical labor and hiring of outside parties to do moving and storage.
When the decisions have been made as to who retains certain possessions, clearing those possessions avoids any incidences such as theft, breaking, or selling on the part of the other party. To avoid complications, it is recommended that divorcees take their legally granted possessions to a secure location as quickly as possible.
Some individuals wonder if they might be able to hide belongings before a divorce is started (or completed). Often the law will track down all assets so this tactic is not one that is recommended.
The Benefits of Short Term Storage After Divorce
Sometimes when getting divorced one or both parties will be forced to vacate their current home. When that happens it can be difficult securing a full time residency somewhere else before the divorce hits and movement of possessions is required. In those instances short term storage is the ideal solution for keeping belongings and avoiding liquidation while in transit.
The amount of items retained by an individual is fairly inconsequential as storage units come in a wide variety of sizes, both indoor and outdoor, capable of handling furniture, vehicles, and more.
Privacy and Sensitivity During Storage
Divorce tends to be a very private matter and individuals do not want their “dirty laundry” aired around the neighborhood. DAK Self Storage is a locally owned business with an invested commitment to local tenants. Individuals who live in Leesport, Reading, or Berks County can trust DAK with their privacy.