How to Create a Home Inventory Before Your Move
Even if you don't generally pride yourself on your organization skills, taking the time to create a home inventory before you move is a step that can create a smoother, less stressful moving experience. Can you imagine the confusion of facing piles of boxes in your new home, and not being sure where to find that one precious heirloom or favorite book? With a few steps, you can create an easy home inventory that will reduce your stress level and make your move a little more simple.
Creating an Inventory
One of the first steps to a successful move is to get rid of any items that you no longer need. Not only will you feel better, but you'll also lighten your load and create a clean slate for determining how to inventory important items. The best time to start your inventory is as soon as you've gotten rid of unnecessary items -- and weeks before your move if possible.
Writing down every single item that you own can be a tedious process, so speed it up by taking pictures to help supplement your written inventory. If something is lost or damaged in the move, a photo can help support an insurance claim or aid in replacement. Group photos by room helps to organize your thoughts and belongings. Make sure you include these specifics in your photos:
- Serial numbers, brand logos and model numbers
- Custom add-ons or upgrades
- Any wooden items that could easily be scratched or damaged in tranist
Have a lot of smaller items, such as collectibles? Group them together for a photograph, just be sure you can see all the vital bits before you snap.Organizing and Securing Your List
Whether you opt for digital or paper, staying organized during your inventory process is critical to success. Start from one end of the house, and work your way room by room to ensure that you don’t miss anything. A digital inventory is often a simpler option, as you can group photos and items together in folders by room. Whether you have a written inventory or a digital one, make a copy of the entire project to give to a friend or family member not involved with the move for safe keeping
Prepping for a move takes time, effort and energy, but don't let that get you down. A little preparation can pay off with a seamless, easy move. Let Zippy Shell Birmingham help you out. Call us today at 205-542-3990 or get started with an online quote!
Why Choose Zippy Shell Birmingham?
Moving can be an overwhelming process. From packing, to storing, to eventually unpacking again, there are a lot of steps to consider. Our goal at Zippy Shell Birmingham is to streamline the moving process by providing a higher level of service that fits the specific needs of our customers.
Unlike other storage units that require hydraulic systems to be unloaded, Zippy Shell containers have license plates, wheels and a trailer hitch, which allow them to be easily pulled and unhitched at your location. Our containers are about the length of a parking space and can be parallel parked on the street making them more neighborhood friendly and accessible to you.
Our storage containers are delivered and picked up on your schedule. We allow you to keep the container for up to three days. After that, we will pick it up and either deliver it to your new location or safely store it in our secure, controlled facility. If you require more than one container just let us know! We can bring an empty container with us when we come to pick up the full one.
Our Storage Facility
We store all of your belongings in our secure, controlled facility. When you need your items, all you have to do is call us and we’ll deliver them right to your door. By picking up and delivering the unit for you, we cut out the need to rent a moving truck and load and unload all of your belongings into a brick and mortar storage unit across town.
What We Provide
Along with our convenient storage units, we offer a full range of moving services including packing, loading, unloading and moving supplies. Additionally, most homeowner policies don’t cover your belongings when they are outside of your home. We can provide full coverage content protection plans so you don’t have to add something to your existing policy.
Zippy Shell Birmingham provides a higher level of service customized to your needs. Contact us today to get a quote for all of your moving and storage needs.
Moving and Storage for Families Considering Retirement Communities and Senior Care Facilities
More and more couples are making the move into retirement living these days. And, as most people know, moving is stressful, no matter the solution.
Retiring couples and/or their families have a lot of decisions to make and selecting a moving service is just one of the decisions they are forced to deal with. Our goal at Zippy Shell Birmingham is to make the moving and storage process simple and stress-free for all future and current retirement and senior living facility residents.
Typically days, weeks, and even months of valuable time are spent by families trying to navigate through a lifetime of belongings in preparation for a move. Additionally there are a lot of tasks and pieces to the puzzle. They will have to locate a moving truck to rent from one company, a storage space to store belongings from another company, and in some cases, a moving company to load and unload their belongings from even a third company. Then long hours are spent loading the truck, driving the truck to the storage facility, unloading the truck into a brick and mortar storage unit and then doing it all over again for the items going to the new residence or location. For those family members who are out of town, this process is exponentially harder to coordinate.
With a containerized storage and moving solution, the container is delivered right to the family member's door. They can choose to load the container or this service can be coordinated for them and best of all, in either instance, the items are only handled once. Even the sorting and packing of belongings can be coordinated along with assistance in determining which items need to go to storage, to be sold, to be disposed of, and which items need to go to the new location. In as little as one day everything is loaded into a portable storage unit, it is picked up and either taken to a warehouse location where it is securely stored or it's delivered to the new location for unloading whether that location is across town or across the United States.
It's quick! It's simple! The good news is that the Silver Solution offered by Zippy Shell can be taken care of with one simple call.