4 New Tips for Saving Money on Your Next Move

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We all know how expensive a move can get. Last week, we talked in detail about ways you can save money on your move. If you missed the first installment of our two-part series, you can find that right here on our website. Here are just a few essential tips that we shared in part one:

1) Collect free boxes and other packing materials from your local stores and online marketplace.

2) Always move in the off-season if you have the option.

3) Check for moving specials and ask if there are any available discounts.

4) Don’t forget to turn off the utilities.

This week, we will discuss four other ways to cut costs on your next move. As the old saying goes, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Even the smallest of discounts or savings can be helpful when tackling an expensive life change like a local or long-distance move.

Skip the Moving Truck

Renting a moving truck can get costly and quick. You will be charged a fee based on the rental period, but you will also likely be charged additional fees based on mileage—not to mention the exorbitant gas prices to keep a truck filled up. Once you add up all the costs, exploring other options that provide more flexibility for the money could be beneficial. A portable storage unit is a great way to move your things locally or long-distance. The best part is you don’t have to drive a big moving truck yourself!

Declutter First

If decluttering is wrong, we don’t want to be right! We are big advocates of downsizing and decluttering before a move. Most people have a lot of stuff that isn’t being used. We all tend to keep things that we don’t necessarily need because we may feel like we might use them in the future. Sometimes, we just keep procrastinating because who really wants to tackle the mess in the garage or attic.

Unfortunately, the more stuff you have, the more money you may need to spend on your move. More property means you need more boxes, more moving help, and extra space in a portable storage container. It could even increase the cost of your professional moving help. Take the time to complete this important task before you move. You can donate the items you don’t use or even have a rummage sale to make extra cash before relocating.

Pack Your Stuff Yourself

Hiring a professional moving company that will help you get your stuff packed can be great if you have room in the budget. Unfortunately, this service can cost a pretty penny. If you need to cut some high costs in your move, consider packing your stuff yourself. If you use a portable storage container like Zippy Shell, you can take as long as you need and pack and load at your own pace. We also have a lot of resources and guides that can give you the confidence you need to get your house packed and moved right.

Meal Prep Before You Start Moving

Food is an unexpected cost that most people don’t consider when making a budget for a move. If most of your kitchen supplies are packed up, and you are working long hours to make sure you get your things packed and moved out, it will be challenging to cook meals for you and your family.

Most people eat a lot of take-out or delivery because it is the easiest thing to do when you have so much going on at once. One way to save money on eating out is to prepare some easy meals and quick bites before you pack up your kitchen and things start to get busy. You can make some delicious casseroles in disposable aluminum pans that can be stored in the freezer until you are ready to cook them. There are also a lot of good recipes for freezer slow-cooker meals—all you need are some Ziploc bags, a slow-cooker, and some time to prep. Keep plenty of snacks and easy-to-grab foods available for your family and anyone helping you pack and move.  

Zippy Shell Is Here for You

We hope that these tips are helpful to you as you begin the planning stages of your move. We know that moving is not always easy and can be an expensive undertaking. That’s why Zippy Shell provides an affordable and stress-free option for storage and moving. Our secure shell is perfect for packing at your own pace, and when you are done, we can store it at one of our facilities for as much time as you need, or we can deliver it to your new home. So whatever your storage and moving needs are, Zippy Shell has an option for you. For more information or a free, no-obligation quote, call us at (888) 947-7974 or contact us online. We would love to help you get started!

Tricks to Save Money on Your Next Move—Part One

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As you probably already know, moving can be a costly process. There are a lot of different expenses associated with moving, and they can add up quickly. Even a local move can get pricey if you are not careful. Fortunately, there are some ways you can save money on your relocation. If you have a local or long-distance move coming up, keep reading! In the first installment of our two-part series, we will discuss four practical tips to help you save money on your next move.

Collect Boxes from Your Local Stores

One of the easiest ways to save money during a move is to collect used boxes and packing materials from your local stores or an online marketplace. Grocery, liquor, and home improvement type stores will often have an abundance of used boxes after every delivery day. Give them a call and ask them to hold boxes for you instead of sending them out to recycling. You can also check Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for free boxes, bubble wrap, newspapers, and other packing materials.

After someone moves, they often want to pass on the boxes instead of putting them in the recycling bins. However, we highly recommend securing your boxes and packing materials several weeks before you intend to pack up your home to ensure you have everything you will need. If you wait too long, you may not be able to get enough boxes, and you will have to purchase them. A few boxes will not cost too much, but if you need to buy enough boxes to pack up your entire home, you may be shocked at how much you will need to spend. If your boxes are still in good shape after you unpack and settle into your new home, pass along your free boxes to the next moving family!

Move In the Off-Season If Possible

Like vacations and weddings, there is an offseason and peak season for moving. May through September is a hectic time for moving companies. Not only is the weather more pleasant during that time, but it’s also easier for families to move during the long summer break while the kids are not in school. If the children are changing schools due to the move, it is typically preferable to allow them to finish the school year in their current school and start the new school year in the fall.

Like booking a vacation during peak travel time, booking a move during peak moving season can cost more money. If you cannot move in the off-season, we recommend reserving your dates as soon as possible. This will help ensure the best prices possible, but the dates fill up fast, and if you don’t book far enough in advance, you may not be able to get the moving dates you need.

Check For Moving Specials

When you start comparing prices between moving companies, don’t forget to check for moving specials. You will often see offers advertised on their website or even their social media pages. You are more likely to find coupons and moving specials during the off-season. If you are a veteran or active military member, you may find additional discounts. Even if you do not see any advertised offers online, calling and speaking to a customer service representative never hurts. They may have an available discount that will allow you to lower your moving costs. After you build quotes with a few of your preferred moving companies, remember that some companies will price match with comparable services.

Don’t Forget to Turn Off Old Utilities

One of the most common moving mistakes we see is forgetting to turn off the old utilities. Unfortunately, it is just one of those things that get overlooked in the chaos of moving. It may not seem like it could cost that much money to make that mistake, but it adds up fast if the meters are left running. For instance, leaving the thermostat on as the heat or air conditioner runs nonstop or if a water line breaks while the water is still running to the house—these are just two ways that leaving the utilities on can cost you up to hundreds of dollars!

You can schedule your utility shut-offs in advance, so it doesn’t get lost in the myriad of moving tasks on your list. Don’t forget to notify all your services: water, gas, electric, trash, internet, cable, phone, security, and any other home service you may utilize. At the same time, you should schedule a turn-on date for the utilities in your new home. This will also save you some money because many companies will charge an extra fee for same-day or next-day turn-on requests.

Zippy Shell Is Always Ready to Help You Move

We hope these tips are helpful as you get ready for your next move. Don’t forget to check out part two of our Saving Money Series in the coming weeks. If you are looking for a moving partner, give Zippy Shell a call at 888-947-7974 or contact us online. We would love to share more information on how we can provide an affordable and stress-free move. Call today for your free, no-obligation estimate for your local or long-distance move!  

Moving with Pets

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Our pets can be susceptible to any changes in their day-to-day lives—no matter how minor the differences are. If you have a move coming up, they will likely notice a shift in the household energy far before your scheduled moving day. So don’t be surprised if you see them acting a little anxious as you pack and prepare to move from your home. If you have a move with pets coming up, take a look at some of our helpful tips and guidelines for a smooth and stress-free transition.

How Much Does It Cost to Relocate a Pet?

There shouldn’t be too many additional costs to prepare for if you drive to your new home instead of flying. However, you may want to invest in some items that can make your pet more comfortable in the vehicle if you do not own them already. For instance, a travel crate will ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable during a long trip. If you do not have room in your car for a crate, you should use a car harness to ensure they are secure. This will protect them in the case of an accident and keep them from jumping out of the car when the door is open.

You will likely incur additional costs if you take your pets on a plane to get to your new home. Every airline has different pet policies, so we encourage you to thoroughly research the fees and policies of each airline BEFORE you book your tickets. If you have plans to stay in a hotel during your trip, you should also be sure to find one that is pet-friendly and be prepared for an additional charge. Some hotels will not charge for pets under a certain weight, but you should speak to a representative before booking.

How Do you Move Long-Distance with a Pet?

Whether you are moving locally or long-distance with your pet, you must prepare to ensure you have a successful transition from one home to another. We are big fans of checklists and schedules—they are a great way to make sure everything that needs to get done is completed promptly. For a move with pets, we recommend creating a task and reminder list separated by the significant “moments” of the move: before the move, moving day, and settling into the new home.

Before You Move

The weeks leading up to your move may be the most critical part of this process. So here are some things you should have on your list as you prepare for moving day.

  1. Microchips and tags: If your pet isn’t microchipped or wearing a collar with detailed tags, we would advise you to have this done before moving day. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a pet to slip out of the home on moving day. Doors tend to get left open as people move things out, and our pets can sneak out unnoticed. If this does happen, you will be grateful that your pet has identifying information so someone can get them back to you.
  2. Schedule a vet visit: It can be good to ensure your pet is caught up on their vaccines and physical exam before your move. You may need some time to find a new vet in your new hometown, so making sure they are healthy and up to date on their shots is recommended. In addition, now is an excellent time to get a refill on any needed medications, and if your pet is a nervous traveler, you can ask your vet for some calming meds for the trip.
  3. Schedule boarding or a pet sitter: If you have a trusted pet sitter or local boarding facility, consider scheduling a mini-vacation for your pet for moving day. Pets can get particularly antsy on moving days due to the stress and movement. Not only do some pets run away, but some pets will also get into food and other items that can be dangerous for them.

Moving Day With Your Pet

If you are keeping your pets home on moving day, we recommend making sure they have a room to be kept comfortable and secure. This will help ensure they cannot leave home or get into things that can harm them. You can secure them in a room with some of their favorite toys and keep that door shut while you are busy moving things outside. Tape a sign to the door so everyone helping knows to keep that door shut. Don’t forget to leave out your pet’s food, treats, bowls, toys, and medications you will need on the trip.

Considerations for Moving with a Dog

Unlike cats, dogs will need to go outside to use the bathroom. They also need to go on walks to work out their energy. When we get busy moving, it can be hard to remember that they depend on us to take them out for walks and use the bathroom. If you need to, set reminders on your phone to make sure that your pups get to go outside frequently during the day.

Considerations for Moving with a Cat

Cats are not typically used to staying in a carrier. It can be a problem for some cats who have issues with being kept in small spaces. If you know that your cat panics in a small carrier (like when you travel to your vet visits), you may want to train them in the weeks leading up to your move. You can do this by leaving your carrier out during this time and encouraging them to spend time there. You can place their favorite treats and toys in the carrier to make it a comfortable and inviting space for them.

Settling In Your New Home

When you get to your new home, you may have to give it a good deep cleaning to rid the house of any scents left by the previous owners and their pets. Don’t be too alarmed if you notice your pets acting moody, depressed, or anxious in your new home. They have had their whole world turned upside down, so adjusting to their new surroundings may take some time. They just need some love and attention to get used to their new residence.

Zippy Shell is Here for You

We can’t move your pet for you, but we can help make your move as easy and stress-free as possible. Our mobile storage and moving solutions are perfect for a self-paced move. So give us a call at 888-947-7974 for more information and a free estimate.

We look forward to hearing from you!

How to Move Houseplants

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Houseplants are an excellent way to add life, vitality, and a piece of the outdoors to our homes. In return for the beauty and grace they offer us, we tend to them and give them the care they need to survive. Some plants can be hardy, while others with demanding needs are very delicate. This can make it tricky if you ever need to move with houseplants—especially if you have a lot of different types of plants. Look at our favorite houseplant moving tips if you have a move coming up and need some help getting your plants from point A to point B in great shape.

How to Move Plants

Many different things can go wrong when moving houseplants. Let’s face it—there are plenty of ways plants try to die on us, even on the best of days. Plants need sunlight, water, humidity, stability, and ideal temperatures to stay in the best shape possible. Moving can disrupt those needs. Preparation is the key to ensuring your plants do not sustain damage during your move, whether it is a local or long-distance move.

How to Prepare for Moving Houseplants

When you begin to prep for your move, you should break the tasks into reasonable goals. Starting a few weeks before your move will allow plenty of time to gather all your supplies to get your plants ready for the transition.

3 Weeks Before a Move

  • Purchase foam cushioning and bubble wrap so you can protect any ceramic, clay, or glass pots.
  • Re-pot any severely rootbound plants (if they don’t like that). You can also re-pot plants into plastic containers if you are nervous about the pots themselves being damaged during the move.
  • Give your plants a lot of attention to make sure they are in their prime shape before moving.
  • Check the laws before you move. Some states have strict regulations regarding the types of plants they allow you to bring across state lines. Get online and make sure you do not have any prohibited plants that you intend to move, and check the guidelines for transporting houseplants. For example, some states require that the soil be sterile or that the plants stay quarantined for a specific period.

2 Weeks Before a Move

  • Give your plants a good prune before you move. If you have an out-of-control and unruly houseplant (we are looking at you, Monstera Deliciosa), you may want to consider pruning some of the areas that are more likely to be damaged during the move. In addition, you should take this time to clean up any dead or dying leaves on your plants.
  • Plants can get dusty, which inhibits the amount of sunlight they can absorb and use. You can use a microfiber cloth or washrag with water to wipe down the fronts and backs of the leaves. Doing this will help keep pests to a minimum as well.
  • This is a great time to check your plants for any bugs that could potentially spread throughout your plant collection. Spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, thrips, and others can move quickly and efficiently from plant to plant. Some plants are more susceptible to pests than others, but you should inspect all plants before moving. These pests do not need much time to cause unsightly damage and even kill your plant. If you do find bugs, don’t panic! You have time to quarantine the affected plants and follow a treatment protocol to get rid of unwanted visitors.

1 Week Before a Move

  • Continue to keep an eye on your plants for pests and other signs of distress.
  • If possible, wait to water your plants until right before the move.

Tips for Moving Larger Plants

Large plants look majestic in the home, but anyone who has ever tried to move them knows how heavy they can be. The weight of large plants will help keep them from toppling over during the move, but you should still take steps to make sure they do not fall over. You can put all your large plants together, so they work to prop each other up. You can wrap the pots in newspaper, bubble wrap, or foam cushioning to keep them from getting scratched or chipped. Use gardening twine to control any sprawling bits of the plant that could get damaged during the moving process. You can get even more protection by covering your entire plant with a plastic bag. Just place a few holes in the bags to keep the humidity levels from getting too high—unless your plant would enjoy that!

Tips for Moving Smaller Plants

Small plants are easy to pack up and move. One of the most significant issues with small plants (like standard 4- and 6- inch pots) is how easy they can get tipped over. You can use boxes or plastic tubs with no lids to transport your small houseplants. Filling the box will keep the plants from falling over. Don’t forget to use packing paper or foam to protect your fragile pots.

New Home for Your Plants

Now that you have arrived in your new home, it’s time to inspect your plants and make sure they made the trip in good shape. Don’t be surprised if some of your plants decide to be dramatic for a while. Certain plants do not react well to change and may even choose to drop some leaves, droop, or play dead! Try to find places in your new home that offer similar light and temperature to help reduce the shock. Soon they will get adjusted and be happy in their brand-new spots.

Zippy Shell Can Help with Your Move

We hope these tips will be helpful as you get ready for your next move. If you are still wondering how to make your local or long-distance move as easy as possible, call Zippy Shell at 888-947-7974 or contact us online. Our mobile storage solutions are perfect for a stress-free move.

We look forward to hearing from you! In the meantime, check out some of our resources to help you guarantee success on your move.

Best Ways to Pack Makeup and Jewelry for Moving

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Are you getting ready to move? You probably already have a moving checklist, but it is still easy to forget some of the most critical items, like makeup and jewelry. A detailed moving list would not be complete without them! No fear, though, the Zippy Shell moving and storage experts are here for you with some of our favorite hacks to ensure your cosmetics and jewelry make it to your new location just as fresh as when you started your move. Following are some of the absolute best ways to avoid a makeup and jewelry mishap.

What Are the Best Ways to Pack Makeup?

  1. Pack Only After Purging
    Makeup products continue to hang around over time. You may not throw out the old ones as you try new products. Preparing for a move is a great time to toss old makeup, open makeup containers, and makeup you are no longer using. Open makeup, especially items like mascara, can breed bacteria. Good Housekeeping has an easy-to-follow guide on when you should replace your cosmetics that will be helpful when you start purging before packing.
  2. Protect Your Makeup
    There is nothing worse than opening the makeup box and finding that your powdered makeup, like powdered eyeshadow or blush, has crumbled – making it unusable. Put cotton pads inside the container (yes, right on top of the makeup) to insulate the powder as the boxes are moved or jostled. We recommend wrapping them in packing paper, newspaper, or other packing material just like you would for glass items going into a box.
  3. Be Prepared for Leaks
    As the boxes are moved into and from the Zippy Shell container, poorly packed bottles that contain liquid may leak, getting their oils or liquid on other items. To avoid the potential mess, use individual plastic bags or plastic wrap to provide added protection. Also, check every lid to ensure it is tightened before packing.
  4. Use Several Boxes, Not Just One
    It may be tempting to minimize the number of boxes, but when it comes to moving makeup, that’s not the way to go. Instead of filling up one giant box with all your cosmetics, separate your makeup into smaller containers. It would be best to place plenty of padding or bubble wrap in the boxes to prevent movement within the box.
  5. Extra Tips on Packing Makeup for Air Travel
    If you are catching a plane to your new location, check the airline’s rules for carry-on before packing up your favorite cosmetics. There may be specific rules you will need to follow for liquid items. But generally, you will want to keep all your liquids, pastes, and creams under 3.4 oz, and they need to fit in a quart-size plastic bag. The less you bring, the better! Ensure all the lids are tight, and tape the lids down for extra security.

What Are the Best Jewelry Packing Tips?

  1. Best Ways to Pack and Transport Earrings
    Earrings are tricky to pack and move. You know how easy it is to lose earrings during a regular day? It’s even easier during the packing process! One of our favorite tips is to use spare buttons to keep pairs of earrings together. Another easy solution is to store your earrings in pillboxes. This technique will only work for small pairs of earrings, but it is a great way to keep your earrings from getting lost in the move. Finally, if you have some thin foam sheeting or even Styrofoam plates, you can stick your earrings through the foam, put the backs on, and place transparent tape on the backs for extra security. This can be a better solution if you have more oversized earrings that will not work in a pillbox or on spare buttons.
  2. Packing and Transporting Rings
    Jewelry is an investment, and that is particularly true of rings. Finding a reliable way to pack your expensive rings and transport them safely to your new location should be an essential item on your moving checklist. One of our top hacks is to use clean foam egg cartons to get your favorite rings from point A to point B without any damage. Simply wash and dry a Styrofoam egg carton, place a ring in each space, and use a small ball of newspaper to insulate the ring from movement. Be sure to tape the carton closed when you are finished to keep it securely shut during transport. Don’t forget to label your egg carton before packing it away!
  3. How to Pack and Transport Necklaces and Bracelets
    Necklaces and bracelets are sometimes tough to pack and transport without ending up in a difficult, tangled mess. Fortunately, we have a few ways you can store your bracelets and necklaces so that they make it to your new location in perfect condition. One of the easiest ways is to use a drinking straw to keep your necklaces separated during your move. You simply thread your necklace through the straw and clasp it to secure it around the straw. You can cut down the plastic straw to use the same method for small necklaces or bracelets. If you have necklaces and bracelets that will not fit through a straw, you can use an empty paper towel roll to keep your bracelets and necklaces safe and untangled. You can also purchase jewelry travel organizers that will do a great job storing your different pieces.
  4. Don’t Forget to Inventory Your Valuable Jewelry
    Finally, take the time to inventory expensive, valuable, or sentimental jewelry before packing them up. Take close-up photos of each piece and use a spreadsheet to store all the pertinent information you will need in the unfortunate event that your jewelry is damaged, lost, or stolen. Be sure to check with your insurance company before your move to determine what information they would need before you pack up your jewelry.

Zippy Shell Can Help You Move

Zippy Shell understands how difficult a move can be, but we have the solutions to ease the stress. Whether you are moving across town or the country, Zippy Shell offers storage and moving solutions to make your transition a smooth and stress-free experience. Our steel, weather-proof containers are perfect for keeping your stuff safe in storage or in transit. Call us at 888-947-7974 or check us out online to find out more and even receive a free, no-obligation estimate for your storage or moving needs. In the meantime, check out our moving guides for more moving tips and tricks.

Tips for Moving Out of An Apartment

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If you are getting ready to move out of an apartment, you probably wonder how you will plan a smooth transition when there are so many things to do. First, you will need to get your stuff packed and moved out, and then make sure the apartment is clean and damage-free when you walk out for the last time. Check out some of our best tips for tenants moving out of an apartment.

Purge Before Moving Out of Your Apartment
Before moving out of your apartment, you should go through your belongings and purge anything you no longer use or want. You can donate any gently used items or even sell the items online for a little extra moving cash. The more you can get rid of, the fewer boxes you will need for packing. That’s a win! As a bonus, you will have more space in your location.

Create a To-Do List
You will need a comprehensive to-do list to avoid any mishaps or obstacles as you move out of your apartment. Like any big project, a plan will go a long way to ensuring success. Here are some critical items we think you should put on your list:
1) Choose a move-out date and give your landlord notice
2) Check rental documents and see if you will receive a security deposit or have already paid last month’s rent.
3) Call utility companies and give them your scheduled cut-off date.
4) Make a list of any repairs that are needed so you are not charged fees or lose your security deposit. Plan to get all repairs completed before your landlord does a walkthrough.
5) Call the property manager to determine if you need any special permissions for movers, moving and storage containers, and elevator usage.
6) Alert your renter’s insurance company about the change.
7) Stock up on boxes, packing tape, labels (or Sharpies), bubble wrap, and other packing materials.
8) Change your address.
9) Schedule a utility turn-on date for your new location.
10) Gather all the keys to the apartment to return to your landlord.
11) Leave out the cleaning supplies you will need to deep clean the apartment before moving out.

Give Plenty of Notice
One of the first things you should do is give the landlord notice of your expected move-out date. Your lease agreement will outline how much notice is necessary, but it typically ranges from 30- to 90-days. If you don’t give your landlord enough notice, you may be subject to added fees. You should also alert your utility services to schedule your shut-off date.

Fix What You Can
If you hope to get your security deposit back, leaving the apartment unit as damage-free as possible is essential. This includes holes or nicks in the walls, baseboards, and door frames. It can be surprisingly easy to patch up small holes and indentations, and it is worth the effort to get your security deposit back.

How Clean Should Your Apartment Be When You Move Out?
Your apartment should be deep cleaned and damage-free when you make your final exit. Still, landlords and property management companies typically expect the unit to resemble the state it was in when you moved in. You can hire a cleaning company to complete the final clean or make sure you get it spic-and-span from top to bottom yourself. Here are some areas that sometimes get forgotten during the final clean (for a complete list, you should review your rental agreement):
1) Dusting ceiling fans and light fixtures
2) Removing any cobwebs from ceilings and walls (check the corners).
3) Wipe down all blinds and clean all windows.
4) Check the walls for any nail holes. You can use putty to patch the walls and paint the areas with matching paint.
5) Wipe down the baseboards and door frames.
6) Vacuum and sweep all floors.
7) Mop any hard floor surfaces and have any carpets cleaned. Pay extra close attention to any stains on the carpets.
8) Deep clean the appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, stove, microwave, washer, and dryer.

What Happens if You Don’t Clean When You Move Out?
You will find details of the consequences in your rental agreement. If you decide to skip the cleaning part of the process, you may be subject to fees or lose some or all your security deposit. In any case, it’s always good practice to leave your apartment junk-free and clean.

Consider a Pre-Inspection
If you are worried that you will miss something that could cost you your deposit, you can request a pre-inspection from your landlord or property manager. This will allow you to make any additional repairs before the final walk-through.

Moving Day
After many weeks of planning, preparing, packing, and cleaning, the big day has finally arrived. Moving day is always a challenging and sometimes emotional day. Be sure to take some time when you have moved everything out to look around one last time to ensure nothing is left behind or needs to be cleaned again. Then, reach out to your landlord to return all your keys and let them know the unit has been vacated.

Zippy Shell Can Help Make Your Move Easy
Our on-site storage and moving containers can help make your move a breeze. Because you can pack at your own pace, you can move your things out of your apartment on your timeline. Then, when you are ready, we can transport the container to a secure storage facility or deliver it to your new home—it’s up to you! Call Zippy Shell today at 888-947-7974 for more information or a free, no-obligation estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

Simplify Your Move With Portable Storage Containers

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How do you feel about your upcoming move? Moving is often ranked as one of the most overwhelming events in life. Excitement, anticipation, relief, hope, nervousness, trepidation, and all the emotions in between can and probably will be felt during a move. After an initial excitement, the emotion that sometimes takes over is a feeling of being overwhelmed. 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 more straightforward and less stressful.

Gift of Time – To reduce stress during a move, you absolutely must give yourself sufficient time to devote to each step of the moving process. After being delivered to your home, a portable storage container can be loaded at your own pace. The ability to take your time to pack your items carefully will bring a feeling of calmness over the process.

Easier Loading –  All on-site storage containers feature barn-style doors and ground-level design, making them easy to load. The innovative design of our containers allows for placement in tight spots and at challenging angles. This eliminates the need for dangerous and challenging loading ramps.

Painless Transportation – There are countless horror stories of DIY movers getting into an accident in their rental truck or having the truck break down on moving day. Moving trucks are longer, wider, heavier, and much taller than the typical car or truck, requiring you to seek an alternate route to accommodate the larger size of the rental truck. When using a portable storage unit, all you need to do is load and unload your container. Leave the driving to us! After picking up your loaded container, we’ll take it to a secure storage facility or transport it directly to your destination.

Security – Your stored items are always safe in Zippy Shell’s street-legal mobile containers because you are the only one with a key. We know how precious your belongings are, which is why our portable storage containers are all-steel and weatherproof. If you need to store items for any length of time, your secured storage container will be delivered to a temperature-controlled storage facility where your belongings will be safe and secure.

Flexibility –  It’s not uncommon to find yourself with a few days, weeks, or months to spare in between moving dates. You can cut your work in half by only loading and unloading your belongings one time into portable storage containers. These can be stored until you’re ready for the second phase of your move. Feel confident knowing that your furniture, appliances, and personal belongings are safe while waiting to move to your final destination.

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 simplify your move. Using a portable storage container allows you to have a little more control over the moving process and moving timeline. This shell has you covered! Call Zippy Shell today to get a quote.

The Top 10 Best Wintertime Moving Tips

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Wintertime moves can come with their own set of unique challenges. The biggest challenges being the unpredictable weather and the cold temperatures! So what do you do? You expect the best, but prepare for the worst. Be prepared for a wintertime moving day with the following tips.

  • Don’t pack away all of your winter supplies. Place supplies like your shovel, ice scraper, salt, and winter accessories like gloves, scarves, and hats in the car with you. You never know if you will need to clear a path in the snow with the shovel or throw some ice down on the sidewalk to keep everyone safe on moving day.
  • Make sure that all of the utilities at your new home are turned on and actually working before you start moving. We recommend getting everything turned on about two days before your move. You are going to need to be able to heat your new place right away!
  • Allow extra travel time as street conditions can be very unpredictable in the winter. Keep your eyes on traffic reports and use a map app that will adjust your route if there are possible traffic issues that might slow you down.
  • When dealing with a wintery moving day, the goal should be to get everything moved to or from the truck/container and out of the weather as quickly as possible. This means parking your moving vehicle at whatever door you can get physically closest to. This will allow you to move your items quickly and efficiently while also keeping them out of the weather as much as possible.
  • Another way to move items out of the weather quickly is to use an assembly line strategy with a dedicated indoor crew and outdoor crew. The outdoor crew will move items to and from the truck/container and then hand off to the indoor crew. This is an efficient way to move boxes and other smaller items. It also prevents sludge from being tracked inside.
  • In wintery weather, use plastic trash bags, heavy blankets, tarps, and moving pads to wrap items that are not secured in a box. You can add extra layers of protection to electronics or other cold/moisture sensitive items by first wrapping them in blankets and then securely wrapping in plastic to form a protective barrier.
  • Be sure everyone is wearing enough appropriate winter clothing to stay warm and safe. Take special care to keep extremities like your head, hands, and feet warm with hats, gloves, and boots. Consider offering everyone on your crew “hot hands” packets to place in their pockets to warm up frosty fingers.
  • For extra protection, line the entryway to your home with old rugs and towels to catch the sludge off everyone’s shoes. You can also use dry cardboard or newspapers on your floor to protect them from the elements.
  • Keep plenty of dry towels on hand. Use them to quickly dry snow off of any items that could be damaged by excess moisture.
  • Have plenty of hot cocoa or hot cider available to keep your crew warm from the inside out!

Moving in the winter can be a challenge, but it is a challenge that Zippy Shell bravely accepts! Using Zippy Shell portable storage and moving containers allows you to pack and move at your own pace. Call (888) 947-7974 to schedule your move today.

Housing Considerations for an Aging Relative

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Many families struggle with the best way to adapt housing to help an aging relative. Whether this means making modifications to keep them in their own home, moving a parent into your home, or moving with an aging parent into a new place altogether, there are many factors to consider. Fortunately, you can take steps throughout the entire process to make the experience easier for your aging relative.

The first step is to have an open discussion. The best thing you can offer to yourself and your aging relative is a candid assessment of the situation. Even if a sudden illness or a financial setback seems to be forcing a decision, it’s worth exploring how that decision will impact the entire family.

Creating a Safe Environment

If the aging relative is in overall good health, there are many things that can help seniors continue to live independently. If you need to make modifications in the home for an older adult, consider hiring professionals with accessibility improvement experience who can complete the work successfully.

  • Decluttering helps clear out rooms and walkways, giving older adults more room to move, hopefully reducing the possibility of trips and falls.
  • Create a more open environment, ensuring all hallways, stairs, and paths are well lit and clear of random objects.
  • Moving kitchen items that are frequently used to lower shelves can prevent older adults from reaching and losing balance or using stools or stepladders to reach what they need.
  • Set the thermostat on the water heater no higher than 120° F to prevent accidental burns.
  • Replace standard doorknobs with lever handles that are easier for older adults to grasp.
  • Thoroughly inspect the stairs looking for uneven steps or wobbly floorboards. Apply non-skid treads on the steps if necessary. You can also paint stair tops contrasting colors, making them easier to see.
  • Install grab bars around the tub, shower, and toilet. You can also get a unique shower chair or bench and a raised toilet seat.

Moving an Aging Relative

Moving is a stressful life event, and it can be even more stressful for older adults. Aging relatives may need a lot of help and support during a move, but they are usually the expert on exactly what they need. Also, be prepared for the emotions. If the move requires a significant amount of downsizing, it can be emotionally and physically challenging. You can eliminate some negative emotions by making sure your aging relative has a fair amount of control over as many aspects of the move as is reasonable. Having others around to share memories with can make the process less painful. Also, engage in regular talks about current feelings and fears of what may come.

Your communication, patience, and support will help make the transition smoother for your aging relative. The most important thing to focus on is their physical and emotional health.

If you are moving an elderly relative to a new home, Zippy Shell is a terrific moving and storage option for you! Zippy Shell can service both local and long-distance moves, no matter how big your move might be. If you need time in between your move or aren’t ready to move just yet, we offer flexible storage options as well. Go online and get a free quote today and see how we can make moving and storage simple for you and your family!

Avoid Moving-Related Stress with These 5 Tips

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At Zippy Shell, we understand just how stressful a move can be, whether you are moving cross-country or just relocating one town away. Even thinking about the enormity of a move can bring on stress. Here are a few tips to help you overcome the anxiety of moving-related stress and help you tackle this like a pro!

Get Organized!

There is a reason why the word ‘’organized” or “organization” is consistently mentioned regarding moving and moving-related stress. When you plan ahead and implement organizational tools, your chances of a successful move (and less stress!) are much greater!

Implement a Schedule and Stick with It!

Whether you use an online calendar and to-do list, or go “old-school” with an Erin Condren LifePlanner, use what system works best for you to stay organized. Get the family involved. Post a hanging calendar on the fridge and circle essential dates (the day you want your kids to pack up their rooms, moving day, utility cut-off date, etc.). If you are a visual person, seeing the dates right in front of you in bright colors can effectively remind you and your family!

Kick Out Procrastination!

If you wait until the last minute to plan your move, you will be scrambling to finish, and this will undoubtedly cause stress. This isn’t the time to procrastinate. Give yourself plenty of time in your schedule to find a moving provider (or round up some friends and family), pack up your belongings, change addresses, disconnect utilities, etc. Procrastinating will not only cause stress, but it will also cost you money.

Enlist Friends and Family to Help!

If you are lucky to have friends and family nearby, enlist their help! They are a vital resource on moving days and will help relieve some moving day stress! Enlist those that are the most helpful. If your fraternity brother still dresses like he’s going to a big hair 80’s band concert and just came for free pizza and beer, you may want to leave him off the list. Be sure and offer your gratitude, and some food and beverage, to those around you that offer their help!

Prepare Mentally and Physically to Move!

Regardless of the enormity of your move, whether moving cross-country or across town, the process can still be stressful. If you are physically prepared (get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy and fueling breakfast, be in healthy shape), you will be ready to tackle your move easier. Mentally you have to push out any anxiety or trepidations about your move and focus on the positives of this overwhelming task. Maybe you are moving closer to family or closer to the beach! Focusing on the positive can help push out the negative!

Take these five tips to heart when preparing for your next move, and you will be relieved to see how much easier your move can be! If you aren’t organized and tend to procrastinate, identify someone in your family or even a close friend to help you along the way. Share these tips with them, and you might be surprised how efficient you can become! Be sure to give Zippy Shell a call if you need any moving and storage help!