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Moving and Storage In Bedford
With facilities throughout Westchester, we’re able to offer a variety of options to homeowners, renters, business owners and college students to move their belongings into a standard or climate controlled storage room.
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CALL (914) 241-7070
3 Steps To Saving Time And Money With Moving and Storage
Our 3-step process will have your moving and storage secured in 8 minutes.
Step 1: List of items to store and when you need to store them.
Step 2: Internal network search matches the best storage unit for you.
Step 3: Arranging a moving truck or van and assigning your own privately accessible self-storage room.
We’ll walk you through the entire 3-step process in 8 minutes, either in person or over the phone at (914) 241-7070.
Moving and Storage Professionally Trained and Experienced Staff
Our Bedford Self Storage team has been helping people move into self storage since 1997 and we’re ready to help you.
Long Distance Moves
Moving outside of Westchester County ? We’ll be happy to connect you with one of our national or regional moving partners.
Moving, Packing Supplies and Storage Units
We stock: dollies, carts, ramps, locks, straps, a variety of different boxes and pads.
Step 1 – Utilize The Back Of The Truck
Use the back wall of the truck to create rows of boxes which form the base of heavier boxes. Continue stacking boxes moving from the back wall forward toward the door.
Step 2 – Mattresses and Boxsprings Should Be Stood On Their Sides
It’s recommended to place mattresses and boxsprings upright on their sides. You can place them against sides of the truck to prevent them from falling over. Stacking boxes and furniture in the interior will help keep them in place.
Step 3 – Mirrors and Artwork Can Be Sandwiched Between Your Mattresses
If you can stand your mirrors and artwork between your mattresses you’ll be able to limit their movement during transport.
Step 4 – Protect Furniture With Blankets Or Padding
Moving pads are best used to protect furniture. Secure them with packing tape, be careful to keep the tape on the pads. We don’t recommend using plastic wrap because it can restrict airflow and damage the furniture.
Step 5 – Remember – What Goes In Last Comes Out First
Remember to place the things you need first nearest the door. So make sure you set them aside to go into the truck or van last.
Step 1 – Lighten The Load
We suggest emptying the contents of drawers and removing shelving and doors to make it easier to move.
Step 2 – Padding
It’s a very good idea to take the time to pad your furniture, using packing tape to secure the padding (but make sure you don’t tape directly onto the furniture). Pads are best because will allow the air to circulate.
Step 3 – Legs
Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to remove the furniture legs. Place them into a bag or wrap them in newspaper. Don’t forget to label them. And make sure you don’t forget the hardware. It’s a great idea to tape them to the furniture pads. This keeps the parts from getting lost.
Small boxes are best for heavier items.
Large boxes are best for lighter weight items.
You’ll want to make sure each box is full, but not overstuffed. Under packed boxes are easily crushed when stacked. Overstuffed boxes become distorted and are difficult to stack.
They’re great for suits, dresses and coats. Make sure the ones you select have a metal hanging bar. Leave as little room as possible to prevent the contents from shifting and slipping off the bar. Align the hangers in one direction to reduce wrinkling.
Don’t skimp on on this. Quality tape is very important. Use 2-3 pieces of tape along the opening seam and another 2-3 pieces across the opening, so that the box has tape creating a “plus” sign shape on the top and bottom of the box.
Numbering And Labeling
Use a label on each box or item to identify it. Include your last name and box number. Fragile items should be clearly identified.
Use an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper or excel spreadsheet to keep track of all your boxes and items. Add a columns for (1) the box number, (2) Item Contents and (3) Room. This will save you ton of time when you get around to unpacking.
Parts and items like Bed frames should be taped or tied together. This makes it much easier to transport and store them.
Be careful when you tape furniture. The adhesive can easily damage the furniture when removing the tape. Plastic isn’t a great option either because it restricts the airflow. It’s best to use furniture pads protect your furniture during transport and while in storage.
Tools and Garden Equipment
Always drain all the fuel from garden equipment and tools. It’s also a good idea to clean and lubricate any moving parts before storing them.
We take the time upfront to match you with the perfect size unit. That’s not how things are done with most self storage companies. They just provide you with their empty units.
Climate Controlled Self Storage or Standard Self Storage Units
In most cases climate controlled units offer the best storage. You should strongly considered climate controlled storage for your: computers, electronics, antiques, wine, family heirlooms, paintings, photos, records , CDs, leather, clothing and books.
Selecting a strong box is an important first step. The box must be able to keep its shape and to help cushion the glasses.
Step 2 – Cushion The Box With Bubble Wrap Or Paper
A cushioned top and bottom is very important. Use newspaper or bubble wrap on all sides as well as the top and bottom to accomplish this.
Step 3 – Wrapping Each Glass
Open a sheet of newsprint from the center. Place each glass in one of the corners of the sheet. Roll the glass diagonally in a few sheets. Tuck in the extra paper into the glass and roll the extra paper into itself as you continue to roll the glass.
Step 4 – Cardboard Separators
To help prevent breakage, add cardboard separators between each glass.
Step 5 – Tape The Box In a “Plus” Pattern
To increase the strength of the box, tape across the top and bottom opening and perpendicular to the opening seam. This creates “plus” pattern which helps strengthen the box.
Don’t stack items heavier on top of your glassware boxes.
Bottles should be stored sideways to prevent the cork from drying out. Premature oxidation can occur If the cork dries out air is able to flow into the bottle. Placing the bottle on its side helps maintain the integrity of the wine.
Step 2 – When Using A Box or Crate
If using a box or crate, you’ll want to use newspaper or bubble wrap to create a base at the bottom that cushions the bottles. By lining all the sides you’ll create a protective barrier.
Step 3 – Packing Crates Or Boxes
Use newsprint or packing material between each bottle. Run packing tape across the top and bottom opening and perpendicular to the opening seam to establish “plus” pattern which helps strengthen the box. Label the box or create “wine”.
Step 4 – Select A Climate Controlled Unit
Before selecting a unit, be sure to speak to us to make sure your wine will be preserved in a temperature controlled unit. 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature. Fluctuations outside this range can affect the wine causing it to prevent oxidize.
Step 5 – A Dark Room Is Required
To protect wine bottles from harmful UV rays we recommend selecting an interior climate controlled storage unit with that has no direct light.
Defrost it before moving it. Unplug it. Then leave the doors open. Throw away the food. Then scrub the interior. Make sure you use a mild abrasive and household cleaner. Lastly, secure all of the shelves and drawers or remove them.
Step 2 – Secure The Shelves and Drawers
Remove or secure all the shelves and drawers. Doors should be kept open to allow air to flow. Use a piece of tape or cardboard to keep the refrigerator and freezer doors open. This helps prevent mold. Wrap your fridge in plastic wrap but leave holes for airflow.
Step 3 – You’ll Need A Strong Dolly
Use an appliance dolly. If you need help locating one, please give us a call.