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Packing and Moving Tips

by Holly Robinson June 13, 2013 7:02 PM
The peak moving season (between May 1 and September 30) is now upon us. When potential customers visit your self storage facility, give them a flyer that lists ideas that can help them through their packing and moving experience. Here are some ideas that you can include in your flyer. [More]

Packing and Storing Tips for Self Storage Customers

by John Stevens December 22, 2011 1:35 PM
When prospective clients visit your self storage facility, give them a guide on how to pack and store their belongings. Customers appreciate the tips and hints because they are from the experts. When you create your tips sheet, be sure to include the following information. [More]

More Americans Moving Again

by Kim Kilpatrick July 23, 2010 9:16 PM
The American Moving and Storage Association reported today that Americans were shipping 4.2 percent more household goods during the first five months of this year than during the same period in 2009. (AMSA is a storage and moving trade association, and puts consumers in touch with professional movers through its Mover Referral Service.) When AMSA looked only at items shipped by consumers, the shipments were up by 11.2 percent. During 2008 and 2009, shipping dropped dramatically, by 21.5 percent in 2009 and 18.2 percent in 2008.

The statistics suggest that more Americans are moving from one home to another again, which means that the housing market may start to pick up. Relocation tends to stimulate consumer spending in general, because people who are moving spend more money on take-out food, renovations, and household items for the new home. [More]

Keep Remotes Away From Toddlers During Moving and Packing

by John Stevens June 4, 2010 12:14 PM
The biggest danger most people associate with moving is the likelihood of a strained back or sore muscles. But health news this week is reminding us that if young children are around, it is wise to be especially careful while packing or unpacking electronic gadgets that might contain lithium batteries.

Lithium batteries, which look like buttons, are used to provide power for everything from television remote controls to singing electronic greeting cards. It is very important to keep electronic gadgets -- especially remote controls -- away from children. If parents rely on television to entertain children while they pack or move, they must make sure that children are not left alone with a remote control. Even a toddler can remove the button battery from a television remote -- with disastrous or fatal consequences. [More]

Closing National Poetry Month while Packing Books for Storage

by Winnie Hsiu April 27, 2010 3:33 PM
As National Poetry Month (April) comes to a close, some particularly raucous and rambunctious poetry lovers have decided to celebrate by inventing a new form of poetry: book spine poetry. Book spine poetry is well-suited to packing books for a move or for storing, and may be a good method for enticing children to become involved in packing or unpacking books. Children may want to record their poems in a journal, or write them on the sides of the boxes they are packing. Or children may wish to illustrate their poems, personalizing their book boxes with drawings that may help them identify the boxes quickly later, when they are ready to unpack. Children who are sending packages of books to other children may also enjoy arranging the spines of the books so that their titles convey a secret message. [More]