Moving Myths You Can do Without

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You’ve heard about popular myths, but have you heard about these moving myths? We’ve taken time to outline a few moving myths that might surprise you–because they aren’t true!

Myth #1 – Moving is overwhelming!

So, yeah, moving isn’t an easy thing to tackle. There are the kids, the dog, the scheduling, the packing, the electricity transfer, and coordinating help. But, with the right planning, a lot of patience, and a great moving partner, you can accomplish amazing things with as little stress as possible. We advise creating checklists! There are lots of great ones online to get you started.

Myth #2 – Moving and storage companies are all the same!

So, cousin Joe stopped by while you were sorting out your moving ideas and informs you that moving and storage companies are the same. Well, he couldn’t be more wrong. Like any other service company, these companies vary by price, services offered, credibility and many other critical factors. It’s important to note that lots of moving companies rent vans and trucks, but Zippy Shell rents portable storage units that you may place on your property and pack at your own convenience. We bring it to you, and we pick it up! The best thing to do is determine what is most important for your move and find a company that works well to meet your objectives.

Myth #3 – I have to move every single thing at one time!

It’s simply not true, especially if you are moving long distance. Portable storage units 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.

Myth #4 – I don’t need to label my boxes.

If you want to create a chaotic moving day, label nothing. However, if you want to minimize the stress, grab your favorite color marker and put a quick label on every single box. You can get really fancy and use different colors for different rooms, but at the very least mark what’s inside the box and which room you would like for it to be placed in. This will save you so much time moving stuff from room to room in your new home!

So, when you get ready to move, tell cousin Joe, “thanks but no thanks” for his advice. And when you get ready to begin planning for your move, take some time to check our website for helpful tips, lists and maybe even a few discounts, www.ZippyShell.com.

7 Simple Steps to Protect Your Home When You Travel

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According to a recent AAA travel survey, nearly 100 million of us are planning to take a family vacation this year, with 70 percent of those getaways happening during the summer months. And it is hard to imagine a worse ending to a summer vacation than returning to find that your home has been damaged or burglarized. To have peace of mind while you are on vacation, take time to protect your home with this checklist:

  • If you have a home security system, alert them of your travel plans and make sure the alarm is set properly when you leave. Display your security stickers prominently near your most obvious and accessible entry points like your front and back door.
  • Set timers on interior lights to give the illusion that someone is always home. Motion-sensor exterior lights can also prove to be useful for general home security when you are home and away.
  • Place a hold on mail, newspapers, and packages in your absence. Overflowing mailboxes and newspapers piled in the driveway are dead giveaways that you aren’t home.
  • Make a plan for lawn care maintenance. Have a friend or lawn care service mow the lawn at least once a week during your absence.
  • Alert a trusted friend or neighbor of your travel plans and have them check in every few days. They can take care of any unexpected deliveries and carry on with normal routines such as watering plants and bringing trash cans to the curb. 
  • Be prepared for a power surge while you are away. Unplug all electronics or make sure they are plugged safely into a surge protector.
  • Do not broadcast your travel plans on social media sites either before or during your vacation. Before your trip, inform only those who need to know. There will be plenty of time to share thoughts and photos of your vacation after you are safely home. 

If you are taking an extended leave from your home, we would love to talk to you about the storage solutions that Zippy Shell has to offer. Contact us today for a free quote and see how simple storing your belongings away while you travel can be!

College Dorm Summer Storage for your Student

Moving back home from college for the summer as the semester comes to a close right now?  Zippy Shell can help you store your belongings for the summer.  Instead of having to move all of your belongings back home for the summer, just to have to move them all back in the fall, have Zippy Shell store them at one of our climate-controlled storage centers.  This is especially helpful for out-of-state students who have to fly back home for the summer.  Don’t waste your money shipping your belongings back and forth just for one summer.  Even if your home is within driving distance from your school, having to load up an entire car full of every possession you need can be a hassle.  Instead, have Zippy Shell deliver one of our storage shells right to your college housing where you can load up all of your items.  Once the shell is loaded we will pick it up and deliver it back to our storage center for the summer.  Your items will be safe and secure and will promptly be delivered back to you in the fall when you need them!  You can get a quote from Zippy Shell today to check out our great deals on how we can store your items for you.

The Best Tips for Packing Electronics for Long-term Storage

Labeling

When it comes to electronics, the cables and wires that go with each electronic item may get confusing. Label each of these with their corresponding piece to make assembling easier when you are ready to take them out of storage.

Dismantle

Take apart your electronics when needed for safe transportation/storage. Electronics with big battery packs or multiple pieces should be disassembled. This will prevent the possibility of the battery leaking or the pieces being damaged.

Back up your information

If you are storing important items such as a computer, phone, etc. make sure you have all the information within these items that you need. Also, be sure to back up any documents that you may need before you remove the item from storage.

Cushion

To ensure your items do not bump or scratch against each other or the storage container, cushion your electronics with packing material. This can include towels, socks, bubble wrap, packing paper, and more, as long as it is something soft yet protective.

Use climate-controlled storage

Luckily for you, Zippy Shell offers secure climate-controlled storage! We have excellent storage centers that can safely store you items and seal out any dust and hot or cold air. Get a quote today!

Why You Should Store with Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois

Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois provides high-quality moving and storage services in the Northern Illinois area. As a member of the Zippy Shell franchise system, we benefit from the resources of a trusted national organization. So, why should store your belongings with us?

  1. We are Local: Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois is locally owned and operated. We live in the area and understand the best ways to maneuver around to make sure we are on time and efficient in servicing your moving or storage solution. Your items will be safely stored in our Lake Zurich storage facility. While Zippy Shell has all the resource of our national brand, you can rely on receiving our top-notch local service.
  2. At Home or In-Facility: Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois offers two storage solutions to fit your needs. The in-facility storage solution is provided by delivering a storage container to your home where it’s packed full of the items you want to place in storage. Next, the Zippy Shell team takes it back to our secure climate-controlled storage facility for the storage period. Our on-site storage solution starts with our team delivering a storage container to your home where we can place it wherever you need it on your property. The container will remain in that spot throughout the entire duration of storage. You’ll have easy 24-7 access to your items safely stored in our weatherproof container. So, which solution would work best for you?
  3. We can Move You: The Zippy Shell system is designed to provide storage and moving services seamlessly. We will safely store your items as long as you need during the middle of your move, then safely deliver them back to your new home when you are ready.
  4. Top Rated Customer Service: Our team is committed to providing you with the highest level of customer service possible. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help with your storage needs.

Want to learn more about Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois?

Visit www.zippyshell.com today or give us a call directly at 888-947-7974!

Store Your Items with Zippy Shell While Selling Your Home

A customer in the Piedmont Triad area was in the process of selling their home. Prior to putting their house on the market, they needed to declutter and resurface their floors. They needed extra storage space to keep all their belongings during the renovation and home selling process. During the renovation, Zippy Shell delivered three storage containers to their home and loaded up all the belongings that needed to be stored.
Until the day they moved to their new home, Zippy Shell safely stored their items at one of our secure climate-controlled storage facilities. Zippy Shell then delivered their items right to their new home, where we helped them unload everything and bring it into their new home.
Zippy Shell allowed the customer to make the process of selling their old home and moving into a new home as smooth as possible.  If you are looking to sell your home and need extra storage space while doing so to make your home as presentable as possible, get a quote with Zippy Shell today!

How to Pack Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about packing up your outdoor furniture. Here are a few actions you should take before stowing away your furniture.

Cleaning

Make sure your items are not covered in any dirt or debris from outside. Don’t forget to check around for any bugs who may have found a new home in your stuff. Make sure to clean off your grill after its final use of the season so that when next summer comes around there isn’t old food stuck to the grill.

Drain

You may need to drain out rainwater from some of your pieces of furniture. Also make sure to empty out all the sand in sandboxes and charcoal from grills. Lastly, drain the remaining gas from your lawnmower leaf blowers and more to prevent leakage during storage.

Disassemble and package

Carefully disassemble your furniture without causing any damage. Keep everything together for each individual item. Put all loose pieces that belong to an item in a labeled bag and/or tape or secure this bag to the item.

Moving and storing

Whether you are moving your items to a new location, or want to store them at your house, call Zippy Shell.  We can store your outdoor furniture in one of our portable storage containers right at the convenience of your home or we can store your items at our climate-controlled storage facility.

Store your Stuff with Zippy Shell During your Move!

A customer in the Piedmont Triad area needed storage in between home closings. Once they moved out of their home, they needed storage space for the period they were transitioning to their new home. Luckily, Zippy Shell was able to deliver two portable storage containers right to the customer’s home. Our moving and storage professionals loaded up the shells and brought them back to our climate-controlled storage facility.
Once the customer had moved into their new home, Zippy Shell safely delivered their storage units! The shells were unloaded in less than 2 hours and the customer was pleased we had the ability to pick them up the same day. This efficiency allowed the customer to make a smooth transition into their new home.
If you are moving to a new home, have Zippy Shell help you do it.  We can help store and transport your belongings at your convenience.  Get a quote here today!

Onsite Storage in the Piedmont Triad Area

A customer in the Piedmont Triad area was in need of storage space.  They were looking for extra storage that they could keep at their house to have easy access to the items they needed stored.  Luckily, Zippy Shell was able to provide a portable storage unit for them right at their home.  Our moving and storage professionals delivered the unit straight to their driveway.  Per their request, Zippy Shell easily maneuvered the unit into their backyard to be stored there.  The customer gained the perfect amount of storage space they needed without having the burden of taking up an entire space in their garage.
Zippy Shell’s portable storage units and onsite storage containers are perfect to serve any of your storage needs!  If you are looking for some extra storage space today, check us out for a quote here!

Storage in the Piedmont Triad Area

A customer in the Piedmont Triad area recently needed storage space while renovating their home. Zippy Shell delivered two onsite storage units to the customer’s home. The shells were loaded and put into a tight space in the customer’s backyard for the ease of unloading. The customer unloaded the items and put them back into their respecting rooms once the renovation in that room was complete. Then they would load the shell up with the other items from the next room while the renovation progressed. At one point, even a full-size stand up piano was loaded into the shell, stored, then unloaded without any damage to the piano. It was then easily transported back into the basement where it came from.
If you are looking to renovate your home and need storage for your furniture while the renovations are being done, get a quote with Zippy Shell today! We can provide onsite storage right at your home for easy access to your items or provide portable storage units that we can store at our climate-controlled storage facility.