Moving house is never straightforward. People often think that you simply pack up your belongings and get someone to move them all to your new house. In fact, there’s much more to consider during the moving process, and it can be even more stressful when something goes wrong. Therefore, it’s important to plan the steps so the move goes smoothly. Below are some tips to help with your move.
Don’t try to move without help of experienced movers
It will be tempting to use friends and family to move your items, but hiring professional movers will eliminate many problems on moving day, as they will have experience that will help things go smoother. The movers should be skilled at disassembling and re-assembling furniture and assessing the size of the move, so that it can be handled in a safe, organised manner.
Always research your movers
Thoroughly check out your movers before committing to hiring them. Carefully look at reviews and references from previous customers.
Always get a quote
If you do not arrange a survey or a quote, you will be left unsure of what the job will entail, and how much the overall cost of the move will be. Always get an accurate quote on the total cost.
Contact the movers well in advance
Many people only contact the movers a day or two before their scheduled moving date. Plan ahead, and avoid unnecessary stress by not leaving this until the last minute. Book the movers months in advance so moving day goes as smoothly as possible.
Declutter in advance
Clearing your home of any old, unwanted items before your move can save you time and effort, but more importantly it can save you money. Consider donating, recycling or throwing away things you don’t need, and cutting down on the amount of items that you need to move. It’s also a good idea to rent a skip if you think you’ll need to get rid of a lot of items. Don’t pay to transport items that you don’t need at your new house. However, if you have too many items for your new house, and you don’t want to part with them, consider renting a storage unit at Store All.
Create an inventory of your items
Creating an inventory of all your items helps to ensure that nothing is lost during the moving process.
Don’t leave packing your belongings until the last minute
Packing always takes longer than you think, which is why it’s better to start as soon as possible. Packing up your home in an organised manner should not be left to the last minute. It takes at least a month to prepare in advance of your moving date, so as the date approaches, you should only have a few boxes left to pack.
Start by packing the least used rooms
A good starting point will be rooms and items you use the least. Leave everyday items until the day before the move and keep any essentials items such as medication, food and clothing separately.
Have a plan
Create a plan with a room-by-room checklist of how you plan to pack, along with all of the packing material you’ll need. When you’re labelling boxes be as specific as possible. Label the box with the room you intend it to go into in your new home, and bullet point a few of the items in the box so you know what it includes. Never leave a box blank. This will help a great deal when you are unpacking.
Don’t spend too much on boxes and packing material
Boxes and newspaper are easy to acquire and are often free of charge. You can also rent plastic bins from Store All or purchase packing materials and boxes at our Pine Commercial and Gibbons locations.
Pack heavy items in small boxes and do not overpack
Heaviest items should always go in the smallest possible boxes and try not to overpack them. Always try to use small boxes for heavy items and big boxes for lighter ones. If not you may hurt your back or one of the movers.
Don’t forget to take measurements at your new house
Make sure to measure the clearance space at your new house before moving day. You don’t want to arrive at your new home only to find that your furniture won’t fit through the front door. You also want to make sure that the furniture from a particular room can fit into the newly allocated room.
Dealing with paperwork
Store important documents, such as passports, house deeds, wills and insurance papers in a particular box. This should then be placed somewhere where you will not lose it. It may also be a good idea to create electronic copies of important documents by scanning and saving them, so that you always have access to them.
Take time to clean your new home
If possible, try to get into your new home to clean it before you move your furniture in. This will make unpacking a lot easier and you won’t have any unpleasant surprises.
Don’t forget to change your address
When you move, remember to record your final utility meter readings, and inform the relevant utilities of your change of address. Consider using your phone to take photos of the readings on the meters. You should also register with the Barbados Light & Power, The Barbados Water Authority and your broadband provider in advance of the move.
Forward your mail
You will want to make sure that you still get your mail, so you may want to forward it from your previous address to your new one. This gives you more time to update your address at your leisure, without worrying about not getting something important.
Pack a moving day kit
Before your moving day make sure you have packed a moving day kit of essentials. This will contain necessary items that will get you and your family through the day and the first night, such as toiletries, bottles of water, snacks, a kettle, tea and coffee, cutlery, plates, phone and laptop chargers, tools, school supplies and so on.
Moving day is a hard day. It is natural that you will want to get everything done as soon as possible, but it can be exhausting. Have realistic expectations of how much you want to get done. It’s unlikely that you’re going to unpack your entire house by the first night. It will take time to fully unpack and get your new home looking the way you want it, so don’t feel that everything has to be done immediately.
Set up your bed
It’s going to be a hard day, so make sure your bed is set up by the end of moving day, so that you can get a good night’s sleep in your new home.
We hope these suggestions help. Good luck!
At Store All we feel strongly that minimizing our impact on the environment is key to running a successful business. The following are some of the initiatives that we have undertaken so far to reduce our environmental footprint.
We have installed photovoltaics on our roofs to cancel our electricity bill and to reduce our carbon footprint. We are producing a large surplus of electricity that we are selling back to the Barbados Light & Power. We are now doubling our capacity at the Pine Commercial location, and installing a new photovoltaic system at the Gibbons location.
Conservation Of Electricity
We use LED lights in our offices and for outdoor lighting, and in our indoor storage units. We also have installed motion sensors in our indoor storage area to reduce electrical consumption.
We have refurbished many shipping containers and converted them into drive-up storage units. We have also installed energy efficient, high speed hand dryers in our bathrooms to reduce the use of paper towels. We also gave re-usable shopping bags to all staff members.
Use Of Rainwater
We capture the rainwater in tanks from the roofs of both of our buildings, and use the water for flushing toilets and irrigation.
Recycling & Composting
We recycle all cardboard, plastic bottles and electronic waste. We encourage our staff to bring their recyclables from home and drop them off at our recycling area. We also compost garden waste and food scraps and use the compost in our kitchen garden.
We have a kitchen garden and encourage our staff members to cultivate herbs and vegetables.
We conceptualised the Future Trees that resulted in over 4,000 trees being planted in Barbados. We recently donated $3,000 to plant 30 trees along the demo stretch of the Barbados Trailway. We feel that this project is vital to improving the health and well-being of Barbadians, and we intend to lend more support to it in the future.
We participate in Clean Up Barbados annually. In 2020 our group removed 5.54 tonnes of garbage.
We have an environmental policy in our Company Handbook that each staff member must agree to uphold. A commitment to protecting our environment has also been written into our Core Values. We also have a procurement policy in place that mandates the purchase of inverter air conditioners, energy rated appliances and water-saving devices. We also provide reusable glasses and mugs for customers and staff, and re-useable food containers and cutlery for staff. In addition, we use environmentally friendly cleaners and low VOC paints indoors, and we have plants in our office to improve the air quality.
Green Business Barbados
We were one of the first businesses certified by Green Business Barbados, and the first one to the re-certified in 2021. Currently we have achieved Tier 3, and our goal is to achieve Tier 4 next year.
Reserve you storage unit
Call Store All or reserve a unit online. A 10% student discount is offered for the first three months. Make sure to reserve your unit early as they go fast. Plan to be at Store All for at least 20 minutes for your tour and to sign the tenant agreement. You will need a lock, and if you don’t have one we have a selection on sale here.
If you’re sharing a unit
Coordinate your ride to and from Store All and make sure you have enough room to transport your items. Consider a combination lock so that you don’t have to get keys made for everyone. Colour–code your plastic bins and/or boxes so you’ll know what’s yours when you remove them. Do not store food as this encourages insects and rodents. If you’re splitting the cost of the unit with friends, ask for the total ahead of time so you’ll know how much to pre-pay for the summer. This will help you avoid late fees.
Defrost & drain your fridge
Remove all food items and defrost and drain your fridge. Always store your fridge in the upright position and leave the door slightly open.
Buy the supplies that you’ll need to store
Use plastic containers, boxes and bags to store your items. Garbage bags are ideal for clothing and bedding.
Use small or medium sized boxes for books. Putting in too much weight will make it difficult to carry.
You should have a cover for your mattress. Also, if you stand your mattress on its side, prop it straight up, as it may bend out of shape and become lumpy if at an angle.
Store All sells all of the packing materials that you’ll need.
Being an entrepreneur is difficult as there are so many things to do, and when you are starting your business it is critical to manage your inventory carefully. Often this often is pushed aside in favour of tasks like making sales and taking care of customers, but this is a mistake.
Your inventory needs to be well organised, and we hope that we can give you some tips to make this important task easier. Sometimes this is difficult as many businesses start out at home and quite often space is limited.
Organise your inventory carefully
Organize products by type, and group them together in the same place, so they’re easy to find. If funds permit, purchase racking and label the shelves. If the items are in boxes and are har to identify, you can take digital photos and place them on the outside of the boxes. It is important to know your best sellers and keep them in a prominent position so that they can be easily accessed.
Get rid of old stock
This is hard as no business owner wants to write off inventory. However, you don’t want to clutter your limited space with “dead” stock. Consider selling it at a discount or donating it to a worthy cause if you have to.
Get Quickbooks or an inventory management app
Quickbooks is a great accounting software programme and it makes inventory management easy. There are also some good inventory management apps that you can pay for monthly.
Below are some popular inventory management apps:
Hire staff to help you as your business grows
This is always a difficult step. However, as the business grows you have to avoid burnout and you sometimes have to hire extra help. You will wonder if the time is right and if you can afford it, but at some point you will have to bite the bullet so that you don’t spend all of your time managing inventory and you can focus on growing your business and doing the myriad of administrative tasks that you have to do. As the business grows, make a list of what you want to do, and what you want to delegate, and prioritize as you may not be able to hire all of the help that you need at once.
Move your inventory to a storage facility
Self-storage is an excellent alternative to renting a warehouse, when you run out of space at home. As your business grows, you can authorize other people to retrieve items from storage without giving them the key to your house. You only pay for the space you need, and you can easily upsize to a larger unit when you need to. If you have heavy items, consider renting a drive-up unit so that you can drive right up to the unit and offload your stock. If you have items that are heat sensitive, you can rent a temperature controlled unit in which to store them. You will store your precious stock in a secure environment, and you won’t have to invest in expensive CCTV and motion detectors. You can purchase tenant insurance for additional peace of mind. Also, we can change the code for you if an employee leaves your business
If you’re going on a long trip, secure, affordable storage for your belongings will give you peace of mind. At Store All our storage units range in size from as little as 2 square feet to over 300 square feet, so you only pay for the space you need. They are available for as long as you need, and if you have to extend your trip that’s perfectly fine.
Once you lock your unit only you have access to it, and for your peace of mind we offer coded electronic access, CCTV (recording 24 hours per day), motion and smoke detectors, a monitored security system, security fencing and a security guard at night (Pine Commercial only).
Temperature controlled storage units are also available if you have any items that are sensitive to heat.
Store All sells a wide range of packing supplies for your convenience, and you can also buy a lock for your unit.
When you are abroad you can easily pay online through our web site using your credit card. After all, we want you to avoid any unnecessary stress and enjoy your trip.
So, you need storage. Whatever your reason, you have the choice of self-storage, or valet storage at Store All. To help you to choose the option best for you, please see the following.
Self-Storage – The Process
You first choose the Store All location closest to you, and then the size of unit you need, based on the items that you need to store. Our storage experts will be happy to guide you so that you only pay for the space you use. Then you need to take the items to your unit, where they are stored securely at Store All for as long as you require. You can access your items and remove some or all of them at any time, and you can change the unit size if you need to do so.
Easy Access: You can access your items at Store All 24 hours per day (drive-up storage) and from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm (indoor storage), every day of the week. We have two convenient locations at Pine Commercial, St. Michael and Gibbons, Christ Church.
Security: Our units are clean, dry and secure. Once you lock your unit only you have access to it, and for your peace of mind we offer coded electronic access, CCTV (recording 24 hours per day), motion and smoke detectors, a monitored security system, a security guard at night (Pine Commercial only) and security fencing.
You need to transport your items to and from your self-storage unit. We can suggest a freighter for you based on your needs. We also provide trolleys and pallet jacks.
Valet Storage – The Process
Store All delivers sturdy, plastic storage bins to your door and you pack them. Store All then picks up the packed bins and stores them at the secure facility. When you want something back you contact Store All and to have the bin(s) delivered to you.
Convenience: You don’t have to travel back and forth to the storage facility. In fact, you never have to leave home as the storage bins are delivered to you, where you can pack at your leisure. They are then picked up for free and taken to the storage facility, and delivered back to you upon request. The bins also don’t require assembly or tape, like cardboard boxes. Store All also has a wide range of packing materials for purchase, and these can be delivered to you along with the bins. This is a great option for people who live only for part of the year in Barbados.
Price: This is a great option if you have a small number of items and you can’t fill a storage unit, as you pay for each storage bin stored at Store All (minimum of three bins).
Security: As in the case of self-storage, the same level of security is offered, with CCTV (recording 24 hours per day), motion and smoke detectors, a monitored security system, a security guard at night (Pine Commercial only) and security fencing. The commercial-grade storage bins are also durable, stackable and water-resistant. They are also secured by tie-wraps.
You won’t be able to go and see your items when in storage.
You will also have to pay a delivery fee to get your items delivered back to you.
In summary, Store All Valet is a better option if you have a small number of items and don’t want the hassle of moving them. Otherwise self-storage is you better option.
Donate clothes that you won’t wear again to charity
If you haven’t worn something for a long time, you should consider donating it to a charity like the Salvation Army of the Barbados Alliance to End Homelessness. This is often hard to do, because you often think that you may that piece of clothing again, but in reality you probably won’t, so be decisive. Chances are you won’t miss the old clothes when they are gone.
Repair any damaged clothing
Check your clothes for damage and do any repairs before you store them. When you take your clothes out of storage you will be happy that you sewed on that missing button or mended that hole, so that you can wear your clothes right away.
Wash and dry your clothes properly
Before you put your clothes into storage, you really should wash and dry them thoroughly. Ironing them before you store them is unnecessary, as you will have to iron them again once you get them out of storage, which is double work.
Pack your clothes properly
Use boxes or plastic bins instead of bags, as many bags break down over time leaving a mess of small pieces of plastic all over your clothes. Boxes and plastic bins can be purchased at all Store All locations. Heavier items of clothing should be placed at the bottom of the box, and lighter, delicate clothing at the top. If you roll your clothes rather than folding them, you may be able to fit more clothes into the box. If you have items that should be hung rather than rolled or folded, consider purchasing a wardrobe box that has a hanging rail. Be careful of using vacuum storage bags for long term storage, as although they save a great deal of space, keeping items made from natural fibres, such as wool and silk in a plastic bag can damage them and make them lose shape over time. Vacuum bags are fine for short term storage, but if you are storing for a long time, we suggest using plastic storage bins or boxes.
Store them in the right location
When storing clothes, you need somewhere dry, clean and not too hot. Store All has secure storage units of various sizes, which are clean, dry and cool. Temperature controlled units are also offered at the Pine Commercial location.
So, you want to sell your home, and you want to do it quickly. Well, you first need to declutter your house.
Let the buyers picture themselves in the home
Most of us have too much stuff, and you want the potential buyers not to be distracted by your personal items, and to fall in love with your house. You need to let them imagine their personal possessions in the home, and their photos of loved ones, and not be distracted by yours.
Highlight the storage spaces in the house
Like you, the potential buyers probably have a lot of stuff, and you want to be able to show off your cupboards, closets and storage spaces when showing the house. You don’t want the buyers to open cupboards and storage spaces that are full of old clothes and your personal items.
Make the house feel cleaner and well maintained
Perception is key, and a decluttered house simply looks better cared for and cleaner, than one full of personal possessions.
Make the house feel bigger
A decluttered house feels much bigger than if it is full of furniture, knickknacks, and photos. This will increase the perceived size of the house and make it more appealing to the buyers.
Store All can help with your decluttering, as we sell boxes and packing supplies, and can provide storage units of all sizes for your personal items.
Let’s face it, when you’re at work it’s easy for your office to become cluttered. You accumulate more and more paper, which goes into your filing cabinets and eventually into file boxes. You buy new furniture and equipment, and don’t want to get rid of the existing items, as they may come in handy in the future. You get samples of new products and increase your inventory of items for sale, and sometimes have nowhere to store the items besides your office.
If you want to keep your office free of clutter and easily accessible self-storage may be your solution.
At Store All your items are extremely secure and you have access to them seven days a week, sometimes 24 hours a day depending on the type of storage that you choose. You can use our free trolleys and pallet jacks to make unloading of heavy items easier. There is no long-term commitment and you pay only for the space you use, as you can change the size of your storage unit based on your needs.
So, give yourself some room and store archived documents and files, office furniture and equipment, and inventory – there is also temperature controlled storage for items that are heat-sensitive.
Take back your office space today.
At Store All we realize that packing your personal items and furniture in order to move into a self storage unit can be very time consuming and frustrating. Therefore, in order to make it easier for you we have put together the following list:
BEFORE YOU START PACKING
Set up an appointment to visit us so that you can select the size unit that suits your needs.
As a rough guide, a 5’ X 8’ unit will store furniture from one bedroom or a small apartment; a 10’ X 8’ unit will store furniture from two bedrooms; and a 20’ X 8’ unit will store furniture from three bedrooms and so on. However, don’t overpack your unit, as a little extra space can give you room for a walkway through the middle of your unit for easy access to your items.
Do not forget to ask about our discounts for longer rentals or larger units. Get as many boxes that you think you will need, along with tape, markers and bubble wrap, foam chips/noodles etc. These are sold at Store All’s office and we will buy back any unused boxes. Try to use the same size of box, as they will be much easier to stack. Small or medium boxes are ideal for most of your items, and large boxes are good for items that aren’t very heavy, but they may not stand up well at the bottom of stack of boxes, and they may be difficult to remove if you need something out of them.
Before you start packing give each box a number and record it along with the contents of the box, and decide on a sequence for packing. Then decide on how you will get your items moved to our facility.
IT’S PACKING TIME
Label the boxes on as many sides as possible for easy identification.
Colour code and/or label all boxes e.g. by room or category.
Group items together that are normally associated with one another i.e. small kitchen appliances, pots and pans, cutlery and so on.
Pack fragile items carefully and fill the extra space in boxes with newspaper to prevent collapsing and to stop breakage.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage. Use Partition/Protection Kits for china and glassware. These are sold at Store All.
Use shrink wrap to secure drawers and cabinet doors, so that they don’t slide out/open and hit you. This is sold at Store All.
Fill suitcases and bags with clothing, sheets, towels and so on.
Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty garbage cans. Stack extra cans inside of each other.
Do not over-pack the boxes and seal them with packing tape.
Do not pack the boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them.
Do not place sharp or heavy items on top of upholstered furniture as this may lead to damage.
When you disassemble electronics with numerous cords place a small, coloured sticker on each cord and the same colour sticker where the cord goes.
Use the inside of appliances for extra storage and leave the fridge door wedged open to provide circulation. Do not forget to clean out appliances thoroughly before storing them.
Pack books in small boxes lined with plastic and fill the empty spaces with newspaper.
Tie bed frames together and package all the small pieces together and label them.
Wrap paper around chair and legs and cover the seats with plastic.
Consider purchasing covers for your mattresses and furniture (available at Store All).
Wrap paintings and carefully and do not store them flat. Mark “FRAGILE” on them.
To prevent rust run some machine oil on metal tools, bicycles and equipment.
Pack glassware and dishes with foam or wrap with bubble wrap. At the very least wrap them with newspaper. Store All sells bubble wrap, dish pack kits and protection kits.
Pack each lamp shade in its own box with padding.
Do a basic drawing showing the location of items that you will need to find easily, and stick it to the wall of the storage unit.
Record an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place.
MAXIMIZE YOUR STORAGE SPACE AT STORE ALL
Stack boxes of equal size to shoulder height. Place heavy items at the bottom to form a stable base. Place fragile items on top.
Leave space down the centre of the unit so that all items can be accessed. Turn the boxes so that you can read the labels on them.
Please use pallets to raise your items off of the ground.
Leave a little space between the items stored and the walls of the storage unit to provide ventilation.
Place smaller, lighter items at the back of the storage unit and larger, heavier items to the front.
Place TV’s and electronics at the back of the unit on top of heavy pieces of furniture and cover them.
Place frequently used items to the front.
If possible, take apart tables and beds to save space. Tape all screws and small parts to the item.
Place couches and mattresses on end and stack chairs seat to seat to maximize space. Cover them with a dust cover.
Separate with the headboard and upright bed rails to maintain straightness. Cover mattresses with mattress covers, store them flat if possible, and elevate them off the floor.
STORE SAFELY AT STORE ALL
Use a high-quality lock on your unit door, preferable a cylindrical lock. These are available at Store All. Remember the location of the key.
Do not assume that your homeowner’s insurance will cover your items when in storage. If you confirm that it does not Store All can sell you insurance. If it’s worth storing, it’s worth insuring.
Do not give out your gate code to anyone that is not listed as having access.
Be sure to check your storage unit once a month.
If you see a potential security threat or anything suspicious please notify the office.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT PERMIT COMBUSTIBLE (LIKE PAINT, OIL OR GASOLINE) OR PERISHABLE ITEMS (LIKE FOOD) IN STORAGE!