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How To Prepare for a Move This Winter


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Whether you’ve moved a few times already or are moving for the first time, you’ll likely find that wintertime moves come with unique challenges. Fortunately, some extra planning can help you beat inclement weather, the flurry of the holiday months, and general moving stress, and 10 Federal has the moving tips you need to get the process started! Start Preparing To Move Early Especially in the wintertime, planning the timeline for your move in advance is crucial. You’ll want to pick a moving day well in advance so you have plenty of time to schedule movers or ask friends or family to help you move. If ice, snow, or winter storms are even possible, you may also want to pick out a backup moving day in advance. If you’re moving in the early winter, work your moving day around any holiday parties, family get-togethers, and the peak days of holiday travel traffic to make your move more seamless. If you have to move during the holidays, be extra thoughtful about labeling and storing gifts or essential holiday items as you pack so you can quickly locate them when needed. Set Up Your New Place Before Move-In One of the best moving tips is to ensure you have your new apartment or home ready before your move-in! While it can be easy to forget these steps when packing up and leaving your old place, you’ll want to ensure you have everything, including homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, utilities, and mail forwarding, set up for a seamless move-in. Be Prepared With Moving and Packing Essentials As moving day approaches, you’ll want to ensure you have all the essential moving and packing supplies. Be sure to grab plenty of boxes and wrapping materials, and leave plenty of time to pack breakables and special items carefully. While getting supplies, grab a couple of markers to label all your boxes with their contents. You’ll likely want to pack similar items ...

November 29th, 2023

Tips for Packing Like a Pro


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The process of finding a new place, submitting an application, and finally being ready to move is exhausting. However, once you finally find a new place to live and have a move-in date set, the truly exhausting work of sorting through and packing up all your belongings begins. In order to save yourself some stress and actually enjoy the process of moving into your new home, it’s important to have a solid plan in place as you begin to pack. Here at 10 Federal we are ready to help you pack like a pro with these tips for packing for a move. We will take you through what materials you will need, when to start packing for your move, and how to pack specific items such as dishes, furniture, electronics, and clothing. Not only can we offer advice for your move, but we can also provide a convenient place to store any items that you are not taking with you to your new home. Continue reading for tips on how to pack for your move and stop by your nearest 10 Federal facility for high-quality storage units near you. Materials You Need When Packing for a Move One of the most important things to plan for as you are beginning your moving process is making sure you have all the necessary materials for packing. It helps to first go through what you already have to see what it is that you need to purchase. Take inventory of how many plastic totes, bags, and boxes you already have to pack items into. You will also need to ensure you have enough packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and furniture covers. However, if you are moving items into a 10 Federal storage unit, you can always stop by our office to purchase any moving and packing supplies you may have forgotten. We offer moving boxes of all sizes, bubble wrap, packing tape, furniture covers, mattress bags, and moving pads. When To Start Packing for a Move No ...

March 1st, 2023

You’ll Want to Remember These 10 Moving Tips for Your Next Move


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If you have ever moved before, you know that it can be an arduous process from beginning to end. If you have done it more than once, you probably have learned some tips and tricks to help make the process easier. However, even if you have plenty of practice, moving can still seem daunting. In this article, you will find tips for moving, including packing and unpacking tips. 10 Important Moving Tips 1. Contact Any Services Well in Advance The worst thing that could happen is waiting until the last minute to call a moving truck company or moving assistance and not having anything available for the day you want or have to move. To ensure that you can have the proper resources you need, you should call the companies at least one month in advance. If you wait for longer, you risk not having the service you need or costing yourself more money to use the service. This includes any services you may need when you get to your new place. 2. Make Yourself a Realistic Schedule Having to rush in the week before your move will only cause you more stress. Planning ahead and building a realistic schedule can help you stay on track and give you the certainty that you have everything you will need in your next location. You may even be able to plan it out so you are packed well in advance of the move. Having a schedule can also allow you to break the packing into shorter amounts, so the process doesn’t seem as overwhelming or tiring. So, what does a realistic schedule look like? If you work a normal 40-hour week, you likely aren’t going to be able to come home and get an entire room packed in a night. Try to segment your rooms up as best you can to start the packing process little by little while utilizing days off to pack bigger amounts. For example, aim to get ...

October 6th, 2022

How to Find a Home When It’s Hard to Buy a House


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If you’ve so much as peeked at the housing market within the last couple of years, you know that it’s not the most buyer-friendly status quo right now. Depending on your income, location, and home expectations, some possibilities are reasonable and attainable, but even if you can afford a house, it’s probably not at a price you’d like to pay. This is an affliction hitting many would-be home buyers that want to take the plunge into home ownership but are finding themselves repelled by the prices. 10 Federal Storage is made of employees who sincerely empathize and want to do what we can to help you navigate your home options. At the end, we’ll navigate you to a reliable self storage option to help facilitate your move into a new home. How to Analyze the Housing Market The housing market is a crucial part of the overall economy. It can be used to measure the economy’s current health, as well as a predictor of future economic conditions. In order to analyze the housing market, you need to understand the different factors that influence it. The most important factor in the housing market is supply versus demand. The level of demand for housing affects both prices and construction activity. When there is high demand for housing, prices go up and more new homes are built. When there is low demand for housing, prices go down and fewer new homes are built. At the time of this writing, the housing market is experiencing a surge in pricing across the nation, which has forced many otherwise prospective homebuyers to put off their purchase plans in favor of more affordable options. Should I Rent an Apartment? As the housing market continues to suffer, more and more people are considering apartment rental as an alternative to owning a home. Is this a wise decision for you? There are pros and cons to both renting and owning a ...

July 5th, 2022