What to Pack First When Moving

Moving can be a stressful process, and getting started packing is always dreadful. Use some of these ideas to help begin packing up your belongings before your big move.

Offseason items

Clothing that you will not be touching for six months is an easy item to pack up first. You aren’t using it right now anyway, so get it out of your closet and into a moving box. This also applies for off-season decorations or items, such as Christmas lights or sleds.

Least used room

Many of your rooms can’t be packed up right away because they are used daily, such as your bathroom or kitchen. Save these rooms for last, and start with places such as a guest room, storage room, game room, etc.

Hardest room to pack

The room in your house with an odd assortment of items or many loose ends may be a room you need to start with first. While you have extra time and energy, you should attack this room because once you begin the packing process, this difficult room will be easy to put off for later.

Collectibles

All of your memorable items, such as photo albums, picture frames, souvenirs, and more should all be packed up sooner rather than later. Your rooms may look a little different once these items get removed from them, however, they are not needed in your rooms, so they can be packed up.

Clothing

As moving day gets closer and closer, begin to pack up your clothing, as you will come to discover you probably have more than you think. Depending on how far away moving day is, set aside a week’s worth or so of clothes to have to wear while you pack up the final pieces of your home.

Once you have packed up all your belongings, have Zippy Shell move your items for you! We can transport your items for either a local or long distance move across the country or store them for as long as you need in one of our nearby facilities. Call us at 888-947-7974 or go online and get a quote today!

8 Easy Ways to Save Money When Moving

Cardboard boxes and potted plants in a brightly lit house foyer with hardwood floors

1.    Free moving boxes

Many local places such as post offices, liquor stores, and offices have lots of empty boxes lying around that they are most likely going to recycle.  It doesn’t hurt to ask them if they have any extra boxes that they don’t mind giving away to help you save on moving boxes.

2. “Reusable” packing material

Instead of packing up your delicate items in packing peanuts, pack up your items with your linens. Using your towels or t-shirts, wrap up your fragile items to protect them from the move, all while saving money and packing space.

3.    Pack smart

Large items should be packed within big boxes. But try to fit small items inside these big items when applicable. An easy example would be packing your clothes inside your suitcase when packing your bag.

4.    Sell your items

Having a garage sale or offering any miscellaneous items to neighbors is an easy way to make a little extra cash and free up moving space (save money on having to purchase fewer boxes or moving trucks). Ebay or Craig’s list is also an easy way to earn money on any items large or small.

5.    Consider age

If you have any old appliances that are almost at the end of their lifetime anyway, consider not moving them. You can replace them once you get to your new home.

6.     Free babysitter/dogsitter

Rather than paying to put your child in daycare or your dog in a kennel for the day while you move, ask a friend or relative if they wouldn’t mind taking care of them to help you save.

7.    Load up a cooler

Rather than throwing away all of your groceries from your home, fill them in a cooler to help keep them fresh until they make it to your new home. This will help you save by not having to buy all new groceries at your new location.

8.    Portable storage units

Contact Zippy Shell today to get a quote on our portable storage units. You load up your belongings however you please, and we will simply move them for you! Then you can unload your items at your convenience.

4 Reasons to use Portable Storage for Your Move in the Piedmont Triad Area

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Whether you are moving to the Piedmont Triad area for the first time or moving to a new location within the area, either way you have made a very wise decision! In this area, we enjoy great weather, family friendly activities, a wide array of entertainment and recreation choices, a thriving economy, and a strong sense of community. What’s not to love? To make your move as seamless and stress-free as possible, portable storage units are definitely the way to go.

Here are 4 reasons you should use a Zippy Shell portable storage unit for your next move:

Convenience: We come to you. Your portable storage unit will arrive in your driveway or on your street ready to be loaded. You gain the convenience of packing up your storage unit right from your original destination. Our innovative design allows for placement in tight spots and at tough angles.

Flexibility: Life happens. Your closing date changes, an inspection causes delays, your moving helpers reschedule, your new job starts early or later than expected – any number of things out of your control can cause chaos during a move. Zippy Shells give you flexibility during that chaos. Delivery dates and storage dates can all easily be rescheduled when you use a portable storage unit.

Security: While on your property, a block will be placed on your Zippy Shell hitch that only we can remove to prevent anyone else from taking off with your valuables. While in storage, your container will be held in a secure, climate controlled indoor facility.

Simplicity: Leave the driving to us. Leave the storage to us. Leave the stress to us. You have more important things to attend to during a move!

Zippy Shell of the Piedmont Triad area will make your move simple and convenient. This is a fast-growing area and we look forward to meeting your moving needs. Visit www.zippyshell.com today to learn more about the services we offer.

3 Problems with Moving Van Rentals

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You’ve heard a thousand times that moving is one of the top ten stressful events during a lifetime. The team at Zippy Shell knows all too well how hectic moving across the street, across town or across the country can be for families. To help ease the burden of decisions that come along with this time of your life, we want to take a look at one of the major decisions: moving van rentals vs portable moving containers. Below are several of the most common difficulties with moving truck rentals. We hope this outline will help to make the decision easier.

Aggravation when you have reached your limit. They say prepare for the worst and hope for the best, but it’s hot outside! Your help is probably late. The dog just got out. And you’re just plain irritated. Only thing that can add insult to injury is going to be problems with your moving truck. You’ll need to factor in a useless reservation number, a hike in price when you go to pick it up, sad fuel mileage, uncertain safety, and being unaccustomed to driving this large vehicle and more. At any other time, these mounting issues might be easier to deal with, but when you’re moving mole hills are mountains. You’re fussing, tired, anxious and probably sweating. Your stress level has peaked. And the setbacks with the moving truck could very well be what sends you to the moon.

“Sorry, we’re all out.” Surely, you’ve heard that tale of horror. You get to the rental place and guess what? Your moving van has been rented to someone else, or better yet, they can’t find your reservation. Just like the friendly skies, moving companies will often over book during a busy time of year to ensure they are maxed out. Fortunately, lawsuits have stopped this practice for the most part, but there’s nothing stopping John Doe from returning his truck, which happens to be your truck, late (or not until the next day)!

Changes in rates. This is probably the most important warning of all. Sure, you see those promotional rates for moving trucks stamped all over billboards, flyers and bus benches. However, they fail to mention the added fees like mileage, fuel, hitches, weekends, etc. And my goodness, for those out-of-town moves, the rates can jump even more during peak moving periods (the beginning and end of the month and the whole summer). Moving vans/trucks simply cost more to rent.

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 leave you with a lot less stress. No move is going to be perfectly stress free, but when it comes to the big decisions, make the smart one.

5 Tips for deciding what furniture to move or donate

Whether you are upgrading or downsizing, you most likely will not want to keep all of your old furniture. There is certain furniture that just doesn’t work for you anymore, but it could work for someone else! So how do you decide what to move with you or donate? Follow these easy tricks to help you get the job done!

Size

This is the easiest factor to immediately decide if you are even capable of moving a piece of furniture with you. Get the dimensions of the rooms you want to fill and determine which furniture will actually fit!

Decor

Depending how important style is to you, this may be a make or break decision for you. Compare the trims and colors of your walls to see if the furniture you own would work in that room, with a little bit of paint if necessary. If not, donate it.

Lifestyle

Be honest with yourself about where you are in your life. If you are ready to purchase a bigger bedframe and don’t have a spare room to put that old bedframe, it may be time to donate it.

Needs vs. wants

Do you really need new furniture, or do you just want new furniture? This is a classic problem many people face when moving. Often the answer is they just want new furniture.

Priorities

Sometimes finalizing your budget can help you decide which furniture you must buy first, and what can wait to be added as decor later on once you get settled in.

Once you decide what furniture you want to move with you, have Zippy Shell help move it for you! We will safely deliver all of you items from your previous location to your new location with no worries!

First Time Home Buyer Checklist

Buying your first home can be stressful, and without having any previous home-buying experience, you can miss a lot of crucial necessities. Use these tips to help make buying your first home as easy as possible!

Check your availabilities

The first step to take before buying a home is to see what your options are. Check your credit score and see what your options are for the type of home you are eligible to buy. Don’t forget that the purchase price of the home is not the only amount of money you will be spending on your house per month. You will also owe insurance, homeowners association fees, taxes, and much more.

Don’t modify your current lifestyle

When making a giant purchase like a house, it is important to keep your savings intact. Do not make any huge life changes such as buying a car or big furniture,

Take into account where you are in life

Figuring out the style of life you want to live is very important before you make your down payment on a house. Decide if you are planning to have a family soon so that you can base the style home you need, the number of bedrooms. Additional factors such as if you hope to have guests over can affect the size of the living room or basement that you are looking for.

Day one shopping list

You don’t need to buy everything that you will need for your home, but on moving day, you will need these items on hand. Check out this article to help you get your belongings organized.

Use a trusted mover

Once you find your perfect home, make sure it can remain perfect by filling it with all of your belongings. To effectively do this, you need to have a trusted moving company help move your belongings for you. Call Zippy Shell today to get a quote for helping you with your moving needs!

The Best Tips for Moving in with Your Significant Other

If you are thinking about moving in with your significant other, take a look at these tips to ease the transition. There is going to be a lot of debate over tough decisions that you will now have to make together. There may be an adjustment period to get used to living with one another, but these tips will help ease the transition.

Decide what you both want

This is the time to be straight forward about the lifestyle you each want to live, and the lifestyle you each can afford to live. Be honest with your partner on what you want and be open to each other’s suggestions. If one wants an extra amenity, compromise and see if you can divide up the rent for the desires of each person.

Be prepared for some of the sparks to die

When you occupy the same living space, there’s no room to hide anything anymore. That’s how it’s going to have to work if you want to maintain your relationship. This will be the true test to see how strong your relationship is.

Make sure you are on the same page

If one partner is expecting children in the near future, while the other isn’t planning on getting engaged for quite some time, this will result in a problem. Talk to your significant other about what your current status is in the relationship and where you want it to move forward to. This is a big step in your relationship so you want to make sure you are on the same page.

Plan your time

Make sure you plan real quality time to spend with one another, not just sitting on the couch next to each other. Living together can take away the intimacy of doing things together by assuming that you always do things together just because you live with one another. On that note, also plan time apart, so that you do not cramp each other.

Prepare to purge

You are going to be combining two entire sets of belongings into one household, so naturally not everything is going to fit. This is a good time to cleanse out your items and decide what is really a necessity.

When moving in with your significant other, have Zippy Shell deliver your items! We will pack up your belongings and safely move them to your new location for you! This will be just one less thing you and your significant other will have to worry about when moving.

Don’t Wait Until Spring to put Your Home on the Market in New Orleans

Most people move at the end of spring or beginning of summer, that way they can get their kids adjusted before the new school year starts. They will be looking at homes as early as winter if not right now so act quick and get your home on the market if you are trying to sell soon!

Here are some tips that will help your house shine in the spring:

Rake and trim

The first thing a buyer will see is your yard and shrubbery. To make a good impression, you want to have them in tip-top-shape. Cut your grass and trim your bushes regularly. If you do not already have any, plant some colorful flowers to spice up your front yard.

Prep your home in the winter to prepare for it to be ready in the spring time!

Any indoor cleaning and decluttering that can be done, get that over with in the winter. While it’s cold outside you won’t be prepping the exterior of your home or your yard, so get to work reorganizing inside.

Offer a welcoming front entrance

At the front door have a homely welcome mat outside, as well as a small carpet right inside the front door. You can also set up an umbrella stand or coat rack right inside as well.

Utilize colors

Accessorize your rooms with pretty throw pillows or carpets, tailoring the colors to be spring themed, such as light blue or pink.

Polish your windows

Give your house an extra sparkle by brightening the exterior of your house. It will make your house appear newer.

Need Storage While you are Selling your Home?

Zippy Shell of Louisiana makes decluttering easy and affordable. We’ll deliver a storage container directly to your door for you to pack then store it in our secure climate-controlled storage facility. Out of the eyes of buyers! After your home sells, we’ll deliver your storage container to your new home!

What to Look for in a Home in the Piedmont Triad

When house hunting, there are a few important tips you need to make sure you recognize before purchasing a house. Use these pointers to help you find your perfect house.

Have high expectations

Every house that is on the market has been groomed to look it’s best. It won’t take long after you move in for the house to get cluttered and appear much worse than when you first saw it. Make sure the rooms are big enough to allow for some extra items to be added to them so that when you develop some clutter you will still have enough room to function.

Sniff it out

If a house has an extremely strong scent, indicating too much potpourri or candles were used, this may indicate that the house has an unpleasant odor deep down. Take a deep breath in each room to see if there is a pleasant, natural smell. Keep an eye out for mold, pet stains, and mildew in cracks and crevices of the home.

Seek parking options

Some questions about parking options need to come into consideration when choosing a house. Does this new house have a garage to fit as many cars as you need? If it is in an area that receives a lot of snow, will the driveway and walkways be easy to plow? Is there free street parking in front of your house for when you have guests over?

Inspect for signs of neglect

Keep an eye out to see if the previous home owner really did take care of their home. When forgotten about, routine maintenance work can detrimentally ruin the value and structure of the house.

Keep Location in Mind

If the potential home you are looking at is near any type of body of water, even as little as a creek, take that into consideration that your backyard, or even worse, your home, may flood at some point. Also make sure the home is not located on a busy street or intersection where you will get a lot of excess noise from nearby traffic.

Check out the flow

When touring the home, can you picture yourself enjoying your time here? Make sure the flow of the home matches your lifestyle; for example, having easy access in and out the back door if you enjoy going outside to grill or hang out on the patio.

The Piedmont Triad area has many beautiful homes that would be lucky to have you. Once you have found your new home in the Piedmont Triad area, have Zippy Shell move your items for you! We can ease your move by safely delivering and unloading all of your belongings into your new dream home.

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent in Charlotte, NC

Picking the right real estate agent for you is a big decision, and a very important one.  Finding someone who is best for you and will help you find your perfect home helps make the moving process a lot easier.  Use these tips when deciding who to hire as your agent.

Check their references

Contact previous customer’s of a real estate agent to get a firsthand description of how the real estate agent handled other people looking for a home.  Review online to see if they have any comments about their service as well.   

Find a real estate agent with credentials specified towards you

Real estate agents have specialties, given to them based on taking classes in a certain area of real estate sales. Examples of titles listed after an agent’s name include CRS, ABR, and SRES which all give an agent additional training and skill in the subject of real estate.

Check their experience level

Obviously the longer the agent has been in the real estate game, the more knowledge they will have about real estate. Someone with more experience has greater knowledge of how to match you with the perfect house.  If possible, do not settle for a new agent.

Check their availability

Find out how many customer’s they are servicing.  Make sure it is enough to show that they are talented and have experience, but not so many that they will not be able to devote a proper amount of time to you.

Ask about awards

Research if they have been awarded with any special professional awards or prizes.  The National Association of Realtors lists some of the highest rated real estate agents in the country.

Mirror their listings with your preferences

See what types of homes the real estate agent helped people sell or buy to help find a similar match to your home you are selling or buying.  Compare the prices of their listings with the type of home you are looking to sell or buy. 

After finding your perfect real estate agent and your perfect home, use Zippy Shell of the Greater Charlotte area to help move your items for you! https://www.zippyshell.com/locations/north-carolina/charlotte-storage