How to Store Your Belongings During a Piedmont Triad Move

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Do you need to store your belongings during your Piedmont Triad move? Many times a move will require putting some or all of your belongings into short- or long-term storage for a variety of reasons. Maybe you need to move out some furniture or personal items to stage your home for selling. Or maybe your new place will not be available for immediate occupancy by the time you need to leave your current residence. No matter the reason for storage, you will, of course, want your belongings to be safe and secure until reaching your final destination. This is where the friendly folks at the Piedmont Triad Zippy Shell can help!

Consider the following tips when packing your items for an extended stay in storage.

  • Clean everything before it goes into storage. News flash – if you store something while it is dirty, it’s only going to be dirtier when you unpack it one, two, or twelve months later. Clothes, furniture, and all appliances should be as clean and dry as possible before storing them away during your move.
  • Make an inventory list. This is important during any move, but especially during a move that will include some or all of your belongings to be in storage. Take photos and make lists of how and where each item is packed.
  • Pack your boxes with intent. Use as many of the same sized boxes as possible to allow for easier stacking. A fully packed box will provide greater protection than one with gaps, so aim to fill each box without overloading it. Reinforce the bottom and top of each box with secure packing tape.
  • Fill your storage container with purpose. Pack heavier items such as furniture and appliances on the bottom, placing the heaviest items in the center of the storage container. Pack your items from floor to ceiling, creating wall-like layers. Fill any open spaces with boxes and other small items to provide stability. Odd-shaped items can go on top of boxes or near the doors. Furniture pads, blankets, and pillows work well to cushion fragile items. You can wrap couches, mattresses, and other soft furniture with stretch wrap. Taking the extra time and planning to pack your storage container carefully will make unpacking easier and keep your belongings secure while they are being transported and stored.

Zippy Shell storage containers are a particularly good choice when moving items to or from a more urban environment in the Piedmont Triad. We offer “street legal” containers with license plates and wheels, making it easy to park these containers in street parking spots. 

To keep your belongings safe and secure while you move, Zippy Shell storage centers are equipped with climate control and added security. When you are ready, we will redeliver your storage container or move it to your next destination. The Piedmont Triad Zippy Shell provides storage for moving that is convenient and hassle-free!

Whoa! You can’t pack that!

Zippy Shell Portable Storage Container

It’s moving day and you’re all geared up. You have the portable storage container, boxes, blankets, tape, packing foam, newspaper and, most importantly, the help! You’ve been organizing for weeks and your plan is set. The kids are at grandma’s and you’re exercising your supervisory skills when you see Brad pick up that tank of gas in the garage and start to move it into the storage container.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Brad!

There are some things that you never want to pack or store and it’s important that you set those things aside well before your moving commences. You may either want to dispose of them or haul them personally. This is a friendly reminder of what NOT to pack or store:

  1. Important documents: We mean things like birth certificates, marriage and death certificates, bank information, deeds, bills of sale, wills and social security information. These sorts of things should always be kept with you when you move to your new place. Ideally, they would be placed in a fire-safe place when you arrive at your new home.
  2. Illegal items: Seems like a no-brainer, but when you move across state lines, sometimes the laws change. Consider leaving firearms, ammunition, and even prescription drugs for someone to handle personally.
  3. Perishables: Food spoils quickly and can easily attract bugs and rodents into your things, as well as a stench that may stick to your items. The only exception to this rule is if you are moving a short distance on the same day. You might be able to pack a cooler and keep a few things, but your best bet is to toss it or give it to the neighbor and start over.
  4. Hazardous Materials: “No, Brad, you can’t pack that gas can in the portable storage container!” There are lots of things in your home that may be considered hazardous when moving. It’s best to consult your moving company for their specific list, but things like aerosol cans, fingernail polish remover, fertilizer, charcoal, cleaning supplies, ammunition, fire extinguishers, and gas cans are just a few you may not have thought about. Always consult with the experts at Zippy Shell if you are unsure.

If you’d like to know more about what can and can’t be packed in a Zippy Shell portable storage container, please ask one of our representatives for a complete list. We look forward to helping you move one day soon.

4 Fun Apps to Explore the Outdoors

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Love the outdoors? Want to be outside, but moving to a new area of the country and you aren’t sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a few apps that will help you find amazing outdoor adventures no matter where you are! Please note that, as with all apps, some are free, some have upgrades and some have “in-app” purchases.

AllTrails: If you love hiking, then check out this app, which taps into the location services on your phone to serve up trails near you. There are several great features about AllTrails, including both curated and user-generated information about the difficulty, length, and quality of trails. The app also provides nifty tidbits such as if dogs are allowed on the trail or if the trail is well-marked. It also can log your distance so you can share with the community.

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder: If you are looking for parks in your new city or maybe for park stopovers while driving across the country, Oh, Ranger is a great place to start. With your location services enabled, you can search for both parks and things to do near you while you are traveling. The app serves up a map with nearby parks listed and offers information like what amenities the park has, whether pets are accepted if there is camping and more. Several filters are available for the search results, too, to ensure you only see the types of parks and activities right for you.

Recreation.gov: Interested in camping near your new location? The Recreation.gov app searches all the federal lands near where you are and allows you to make reservations directly from your phone.

AllStays Camp and Tent: Yet another convenient app for locating camping spots is AllStays. AllStays shows you a variety of spots near where you are, links you to the sites and provides user-generated reviews, as well. The app includes very detailed maps, as well, so if you are interested in boondocking or going off the beaten path, you’ll likely find your spot.

Whether you are looking for city and county greenspaces or off-the-beaten-path parks and camping, your new area has a lot to offer – you just need to find it! Load up your phone with some apps and start exploring your new home.

Best Restaurants in the Piedmont Triad

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In recent years, the Piedmont Triad has become an increasingly popular place for people of all ages to move to. It is a great location that gives you access to explore the three major cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point without ever leaving home! This area also has numerous trendy restaurants that explore all types of foods to satisfy your cravings. If you are moving to the Piedmont Triad area, here are some restaurants you need to try out while you are exploring your new city.

Crafted – Art of the Taco

Crafted offers a variety of tacos with interesting flavor combinations using the freshest local ingredients available. They have locations in both Greensboro and Winston-Salem. 

Emma Key’s Flat Top Grill

In what used to be a 1950’s barbershop in Greensboro, Emma Key’s serves incredible burgers with names like Hotel California and Big Kahuna, and toppings like slaw and guac, chili and grilled onions, grilled tomatoes and all the regular condiments.

The Tavern in Old Salem

This family operated restaurant features dishes inspired by the Moravian families living in Salem in the 19th century. Waitstaff wearing historic Moravian attire serve locally farmed food and drinks in an upscale casual environment.

Smith Street Diner

Serving all-day breakfast and diner food, they pride themselves in providing patrons with scratch-made food put together with lots of love and talent. Smith Street Diner is conveniently located near all of the downtown Greensboro hot spots, including Elm Street, LeBauer Park, the Downtown Greenway, and First National Bank Field, the home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Claddagh Bar and Restaurant

Visit an Irish Pub located in High Point where you can find Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. For a real weekend treat, pop in on a Sunday to try the traditional Irish breakfast from their brunch menu. 

Southern Roots Incorporated

Located on the outskirts of High Point in Jamestown, the exterior of this restaurant looks like an old general store which adds to the rustic charm. They have the coasts covered with numerous seafood treats like fried oysters and seafood risotto. Of course, the North Carolina original shrimp and grits also make an appearance.

Hops Burger Bar

If the award-winning burgers don’t convince you just how epic this Greensboro restaurant is, their ten different types of fries will!

Green Valley Grill

Connected to and located right beside the O. Henry Hotel, this cozy restaurant offers a neat fusion of southern food with a modern, upscale twist.

Sushi Republic

Located on Tate Street, Sushi Republic is an award-winning sushi restaurant in the heart of Greensboro. The folks here will be happy to tutor you in Sushi 101 as they wrap the extensive menu items in seaweed sheets or allow you to create your own roll.

Osteria

This Greensboro restaurant boasts an extensive selection of handmade pastas including traditional items such as ravioli, strozzapreti, tagliolini, gnocchi and fettuccine with sauces that are made fresh daily.

Blue Water Grille

The cuisine here blends influences from France, Asia, the Caribbean, and Cajun country making it the perfect place for a special night out in High Point.

There are so many restaurants in the eclectic Piedmont Triad, each of them unique and very, very delicious. What are you waiting for?

4 Tips for Successfully Storing Your Stuff

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Sometimes you simply have more stuff than you have room. Or, maybe you are simplifying and decluttering, and stuff needs to be out of the way. Whatever the reason, from time to time most people have the need to move stuff to another location for a period of time and store it.  Look no further than our Zippy Shell experts for the best tips to help you store your stuff more successfully.

First, evaluate your options and your needs.  Zippy Shell locations can be found throughout the United States, making the option to store your stuff convenient. Figure out how much stuff you have and what size container you will need. A Zippy Shell 10 foot container can hold up to one or two bedrooms. Our 15 foot container can hold up to two or three bedrooms. Take a close look at how much you need to store and then choose the appropriately sized unit for your needs.

Second, create a list of everything you’ll be storing and how it is labeled. You may even want to take photos of the items, boxes, and labels so when you start looking for that swimsuit, you’ll know where it is stored.

Third, pack your stuff to maximize storage container space.  Our Zippy Shell storage containers hold a lot of stuff and they can hold even more if you are a savvy packer. For example, bundle pictures and frames with bubble wrap and stand them up. Pack clothes in plastic containers with clip-on lids, label the contents (shirts, pants, etc.) and stack them. Think vertically, because that is typically under-utilized space in a storage unit. If you will be storing anything with height, like a bookcase or a piece of furniture, use those extra shelves to maximize your container.

Fourth, create walkways and prioritize your stuff in the container. When you pack your Zippy Shell storage container, leave room for walking and put anything you think you will need towards the front or top.

Finally, sleep soundly knowing that:

  • you can take up to three days to load your Zippy Shell at your location
  • we can drop off your unit in virtually any location (driveway, city, street)
  • your stuff is stored safely and securely at one of our Zippy Shell locations
  • your stuff is only a phone call away
  • we deliver it back to you when you are ready

With just a little planning, you can maximize your storage dollars. We look forward to answering your questions about the convenience of Zippy Shell.

How to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests

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When you have friends or relatives coming to stay overnight, make their visit a pleasure by thinking ahead and offering the same generosity you would like to be shown. And while hosting guests definitely takes some prep work, everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Just spend some time focusing on the following areas and all will be well. 

  • A Place to Sleep – Your overnight guests will need a comfortable place to lay their heads each night. Not everyone has the luxury of an extra guest bedroom, and there is nothing wrong with having guests sleepover in your living room, den or office – just make an extra effort to help them be comfortable there. To prepare a sleeping area for your guests be sure to include comfy pillows, freshly cleaned sheets, extra blankets, a wastebasket, a lamp or nightlight, and privacy curtains. A nightstand by the bed is a nice added touch because your guests are able to keep their phones and other personal items nearby at night.
  • A Place to Get Ready – Your guests will need a place to store their belongings during their stay. Clear out a drawer, part of a closet, or a flat surface for your guests to place their suitcase on. Stock the bathroom they will be using with extra towels, toilet paper, and toiletries. If you will be sharing a bathroom, it is a good idea to discuss shower schedules. Bonus tip: To keep guests from getting confused about whose towel is whose, give them towels in different patterns or colors.
  • A Place to Eat – Check with your guests about any dietary restrictions and be sure to plan meals around those. Keep meals simple and incorporate self-service as much as possible. You can prep items for fun meals like a waffle bar, a taco bar, or make your own pizzas or sandwiches. This gives everyone options and allows your guests to be involved in the process. Show guests where to find extra snacks and beverages to serve themselves when it is time for a little off-hours nibbling. Coffee, tea, or something else – of course have on hand their beverage of choice to wake up to!
  • A Place to Play – Check in and see if there is anything your guests would like to do or see while they are in town and offer some fun activities to supplement their time with you. Keep both kids and adults amused by creating a designated fun zone in your home. Stock it with games, puzzles, and a few decks of cards for those in-between times when there’s no scheduled activity.
  • A Place to Relax – Everybody needs a little downtime. Cushion your scheduled events and outings with unplanned time so that everyone has a chance to relax. You can provide books or magazines for your guests to enjoy in their own space. And always provide them with the WiFi password.

Of course, you want your home to sparkle when guests arrive. But the most important thing you can do is clear the clutter giving your guests space to feel comfortable. And as hard as you try, everything won’t go perfectly. So more than anything, relax and just enjoy your guests. If you stay relaxed and comfortable, most likely your guests will also!

Make Your Piedmont Triad Move Easier with a Portable Storage Container

Zippy Shell Portable Storage Container

When it comes to moving into or out of the Piedmont Triad area, you have a lot of decisions to make. And it’s only natural to have some anxiety over the moving process. The team at Zippy Shell knows all too well how stressful moving across the street, across town, or across the country can be for families. To help ease the burden, we want to explain how ditching the moving truck rental and using a portable storage container instead can make the whole moving process easier and less stressful.

Pack at Your Own Pace

Zippy Shell can deliver a portable storage container or containers to your home at your convenience. You will be able to take your time loading them up and let go of the feeling of being rushed. Delivery dates and storage dates can all easily be rescheduled when you use a portable storage container.

Ease of Loading

Unlike moving truck rentals, portable storage is loaded at ground level. This eliminates the need for difficult and dangerous loading ramps. The innovative design of our containers allows for placement in tight spots and at tough angles. And if you need assistance, we can even recommend professional help to get your stuff loaded into the Zippy Shell container.

Leave the Driving to Us

Leave all the worries of sad fuel mileage, uncertain safety, and being unaccustomed to driving a large, unfamiliar vehicle behind! You have more important things to attend to during a move. And if you are moving to or from an area with intense traffic, you really don’t want to be weaving in traffic with a worn-out truck full of your precious things. When using a Zippy Shell portable storage container, all you need to do is load and unload your container. Leave the driving to us! After we pick up your loaded container, we’ll take it to a secure storage facility or transport it directly to your destination.

Added Flexibility

Portable storage containers give you added time during your move. Send the things you need right away to the new place and then put your other things in storage. Doing this will mean you have less hassle on moving day and you can leisurely unpack all the extra stuff. The added flexibility of being able to move some things while storing others is a convenience not provided when using a moving truck rental. And if you need temporary storage between move-in and move-out dates, the Piedmont Triad Zippy Shell can take care of that as well.

We invite you to compare Zippy Shell to moving truck rentals. We think our portable storage and moving containers offer tons of flexibility with a predictable cost that will make your Piedmont Triad move much easier. 

How to Store Items During a Home Renovation

Home Renovation

A growing number of homeowners are making the choice to renovate their home instead of relocating. Home renovations are fun and exciting. You get to transform the home you already love into a better version of itself. There is a reason so many shows are dedicated to the process! But unlike the edited version of home renovation on TV, there are messy parts to upgrading to your dream home. One of the biggest challenges you will face is figuring out what to do with all the furniture and other personal belongings that are currently being held in the room or rooms you want to update. You don’t want the added stress of worrying about your possessions getting broken or covered in dust or paint during the process. Have you considered using a portable storage container?

Convenience

A portable storage container is like having your very own storage facility located right on your property. You gain the convenience of packing up your storage unit right from your home as opposed to making several trips driving to and from a storage facility.

On-site storage containers provided by Zippy Shell feature barn-style doors and ground level design making the containers very easy to use. There’s no need to worry about going up and down a ramp! Our innovative design allows for placement in tight spots and at tough angles. Zippy Shells can fit anywhere including city streets. While the containers are on your property, a block will be placed on the hitch that only we can remove to prevent anyone else from taking off with your valuables.

Flexibility

Portable storage containers are a popular option during remodeling because they provide you with the ability to completely clear items out of your home while also maintaining the flexibility of having those items on hand when you need them. If your project is going to take a few months and you don’t want to keep the container on your property, that is okay too. We can pick it up at your convenience and store it in a secure, climate controlled facility until you’re ready to have it back. Of course, any number of things out of your control can cause delays during a remodel. Delivery dates and storage dates can all easily be rescheduled when you use a portable storage unit.

Sounds easy, right? Zippy Shell makes storage during a home renovation simple, convenient, and affordable. You can feel confident knowing that your furniture, appliances, and personal belongings are safe and within easy reach during the chaos of remodeling. Learn more about our storage solutions by visiting www.zippyshell.com today!


5 Tips to Help You Safely Move Your Aquatic Pets

Fish

Many people are familiar with the benefits of having a pet, especially a dog or cat. But you may not know that there are also benefits of having an aquatic pet, specifically fish. According to Deborah Cracknell, a marine biologist, “Fish tanks are often associated with attempts at calming patients in doctors’ offices and dental waiting rooms.” Besides helping to alleviate anxiety, here are some more benefits of our aquatic friends:

  • Helps people with insomnia
  • Helps decrease high blood pressure
  • Helps people suffering from dementia
  • Helps kids with behavioral problems
  • Helps children learn about biology & chemistry
  • Helps teach children responsibility & inspire learning

Now that we know how beneficial it is for pet owners of all ages to have aquatic pets, let’s learn how to safely move them to a new destination. If you have more specific questions regarding the health of your fish during a move, we recommend you contact a veterinarian with aquatic pet knowledge.

Tip #1: Before the move, do not feed your fish for approximately 24-48 hours. Don’t worry! Healthy fish can survive a week or more without food.

Tip #2: Have the proper materials to store your fish in for the move. For short moves, bag the fish individually and keep in a dark place. For long-distance moves, add pure oxygen to the bag. Maintain a normal temperature for your fish by storing in a sealed cooler. Do not leave fish in extreme heat or cold.

Tip #3: Be sure and pack your aquarium last and unpack first to help get your fish back into its normal habitat quicker. Take measures to safely pack your aquarium to avoid damage.

Tip #4: To preserve as much of the good bacteria needed to maintain the tank environment and cut down the cycle time for your tank, store as much of the water and rocks from the tank as you can. If your move lasts longer than six hours, you will need to do a complete refresh of the water and system.

Tip #5: When you reach your destination, set up your aquarium as soon as possible. Allow fish to acclimate to the new temperature and environment by keeping them in the bag, in the tank, for approximately 60 minutes. Once you release them from the bag, they may act a little unusual as they get use to their new habitat. Go ahead and feed them as well.

Continue enjoying the many benefits of your aquatic pets by reducing the risk of harm during a move with these tips. And remember, if you need to store some items that aren’t making the move with you, consider a climate-controlled facility with Zippy Shell!

Top Questions from Our Customers: The “How”

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Have you ever wondered how the Zippy Shell process works? How does one receive their container or how does our storage process work? We have the answers to some of those frequently asked questions for you!

A recurring inquiry is a pretty basic one: “How does your process work?”
It’s so easy! You pick the appropriate size container for your project and we will deliver it in our Zippy Shell, which is our trailer on wheels. We bring it directly to you, and you are allotted three days to pack it full. The container has a convenient ramp that pulls out for easy loading. Then, when you’re all done, we’ll swing back by to pick it up and store it at our secure, climate-controlled facility.

Deliveries are usually between 8:00am and noon. Zippy Shell process may vary location to location. To find out the hours of your local Zippy Shell, give us a call at 888-947-7974!

We should add that for insurance reasons, we only allow our certified drivers to move the Zippy Shell. We park it for you and then we place a block on the hitch so that no one can hook up and steal your belongings.

Lots of customers also ask, “Can I just bring my belongings to your facility?”
Sure thing! We can pull a container for you at our facility for you to load on site (and this will save you a delivery fee, too).

Now the big question: “How does payment work?”
Zippy Shell secures 50% of your fees two business days prior to your initial delivery date. The other half is billed once your portable storage container arrives at the Zippy Shell destination warehouse, or on the 31st day after your initial origin delivery date, whichever dates comes first.

Finally, “What if I get the one container and I need another one?”

We will be happy to bring another one to you. We can let you fill up that first one, and when we come to pick that up, we’ll bring an empty Zippy Shell with us for you to load. Just give us a call and let us know what you need and we will make it as simple as possible for you to meet your needs.

So, there you have it! Moving and storage with Zippy Shell is super convenient. Your first step is getting a quote. We are eager to hear about your upcoming move, so that we may provide an affordable quote!