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Moving Guide

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Lighthouse Self Storage would like to help make your move less stressful. Below is a week by week moving guide to help with your move. Organizing and preparing weeks ahead of your move will lessen your stress and decrease your chances of overlooking important items.

For help with moving into your storage unit, our locations sell moving and packing supplies. From various sized boxes to locks, packaging tape, and newsprint, we are confident that we have all of the supplies needed for a successful move. For additional questions regarding moving or the supplies sold at our locations, contact us today!

 Moving Time-line: 6-8 Weeks Before Moving

  1. Make lists of items you plan on moving to your new home and items you wish to take to storage. Be sure to mark which items are to be handled by the mover and which you will handle yourself.
  2. Dispose of any belongings that you do not need now; consider a garage sale if you have time.
  3. Get estimates from several moving companies.
  4. Research and select a professional moving company. After selecting your mover, discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.
  5. Many moving expenses are tax deductible, so maintain a file with important information and receipts for moving related expenses.
  6. If moving to a new community, find out about the schools, parks, recreation, and community programs from the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau.
  7. Transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance through your insurance agent.
  8. Place all your medical records in a safe place. Do not forget prescriptions, vaccination records and other important documents.

 Moving Time-line: 2-4 Weeks Before Moving

  1. If you have young children, you might want to arrange for a baby-sitter on moving day to ensure they remain safe during the loading process.
  2. Remember to return library books and anything you have borrowed. Also collect items you have loaned out.
  3. You may NOT want to pack your valuables in the moving van, think about taking them with you.
  4. Plants – some state laws do not allow moving house plants. Plants could be given to friends or perhaps a local charity.
  5. If you are going to travel by car, you may want to get the automobile serviced prior to your departure.
  6. Start packing items you don’t currently need. If renting a storage unit, determine which items go to storage and which items go to your new home.
  7. Don’t forget anything in basements, attics, and closets. Don’t forget about clearing out safety deposit boxes.
  8. Disassemble your computer and back up important computer files. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.
  9. Dispose of inflammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.

 Moving Time-line: 1 Week Before Moving

  1. Make sure your items are labeled: ‘fragile’, ‘load first’, ‘load last’, and ‘do not load’. This is important to ensure the safety of your items.
  2. Ensure that your moving company knows the correct address and phone number your new home. If possible, also provide them with an address and phone number to get in touch with you until you get to your new home.
  3. It is important to empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least a day before moving.
  4. Make plans flexible, make arrangements in case of delays. Confirm travel arrangements and keep items you will need while the rest of your belongings are in transit.
  5. Pack a box separately with the things you will need immediately upon arriving at your new home. For example- snacks, disposable plates and cups, bathroom items and trash bags.

 Moving Time-line: Moving Day

  1. Thoroughly check your closets, drawers, shelves, attic, and garage to make sure nothing is left.
  2. Turn off all the switches and lock all doors and windows.
  3. Be around throughout the loading process. Inspect the premises and see to it that nothing is left behind
  4. There must be someone to direct the movers. The driver must have in writing your name and phone number. Also remember to take destination agent’s name, address and contact number.
  5. Be patient if you reach your new home before your mover.
  6. Sign the bill of lading and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.

 Moving Time-line: After The Move

While unloading, make sure there is no damage and no item is missing. Make sure utilities are connected. Carry traveler’s checks or cash for quick payments. Plan out placement of major items in your home. If moving to a new state, you will need to renew your driver’s license and revise will and other legal papers. Locate the hospitals, police stations, and fire stations near your new home.

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Convenient Storage Solutions for California and Florida Residents

Lighthouse Self Storage makes self storage easy with clean & secure storage facilities in Florida and Southern California. Find a location near you today!

Recent surveys show that 41% of consumers rent out space to facilitate moving, while 17% need the extra space to declutter their home. Self-storage units are becoming more and more popular nowadays, considering the need to maximize on the reduced size of living spaces. If you live in California or Florida and are looking for the most convenient and flexible self-storage space, Lighthouse Self Storage has got you covered. Lighthouse Self Storage Facilities has a wide range of world-class storage units that are built to meet your specific needs. Below are some of the exceptional self-storage solutions you can expect:

Self-Storage for Homeowners and Students

If you are moving, staging a home or consolidating homes, our excellent, clean, and secure units will come in handy for your storage needs. If you are a student emptying your dorm, Lighthouse offers many storage solutions for your needs and items large and small. Our storage units will keep your furniture, books, bedding, clothing, electronics, and furniture safe and secure. Why haul heavy items back and forth, miles across the country when you can rent storage whenever you need it? We are convenient and flexible to meet your needs.

Car, Boat, and RV Storage

If you are traveling, you need not leave your precious vehicle, boat, or RV at the mercy of the elements. If your garage will not fit all your toys, consider taking out some spacious motor vehicle storage at Lighthouse Self Storage for them. This way, they will remain secure and intact, and you get to have peace of mind during your trip.

Climate Controlled Storage Units

Lighthouse Self Storage has an excellent selection of climate controlled units, specially made indoor units designed to protect your property from the damaging effects of drastic changes in weather, humidity, and temperature. We offer air conditioned or heated units to keep constant indoor conditions for all of your items and their storage needs. These climate controlled units are perfect for items that need to be in a controlled environment, such as wines and spirits. If you are storing fabrics, wooden items, electronics, family heirlooms, documents, and soft metallic items, our climate controlled storage units offer a home-like atmosphere for temperature sensitive and unique articles.

Drive-up Storage

This kind of storage is exceedingly convenient for businesses and homeowners looking to store copious amounts of property, and need to reduce the hauling distance and effort. With our drive-up storage, you will not have to incur extra costs on movers' hourly fees by taking days to transfer your items. You get to drive up to your unit, unpack or belongings, and continue on with your day. It’s that simple.

Business Storage Solutions

You no longer have to worry about extra space, rent overheads, or idle property during off-peak business seasons. Whether you need to store machinery, essential documents, or inventory, our business storage solutions will cater to all of your needs. We have worked successfully with many law firms, e-commerce stores, and contractors to keep their essential business property safe. Visit us today to find out more about our business storage solutions.

Hurricane Season Storage

The last thing you should be stressing about is your valuable outdoor property, which is likely to be destroyed in the event of a storm. You may also need to clear out a safe room to use it for shelter. If you have any lawn and patio furniture, consider taking out safe storage for it with Lighthouse. Our concrete self-storage units will give your valuables the safety and security they will need to protect them from damage. Our storage units can also come in handy during the winter when you need to protect your valuables from the biting cold.

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If you are in Southern California or Florida, Lighthouse Storage is an excellent solution for all your self-storage needs. Our storage units are secure, well-lit, and clean to ensure optimal care for your valuables.

Please contact us at (888) 809-0019 for more information about our new facility for self storage in Cooper City. You can also drop by any of our storage facilities to get a free quote on any storage solution that fits your needs.

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