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Moving and Storage In Tarrytown
Our new facility in Tarrytown is just the latest of our locations dedicated to helping Westchester residents and businesses with their moving and storage needs. Through our vast network of facilities, moving trucks and personnel throughout the county we’re able to provide a full range of services to homeowners, renters, business owners and college students.
Our Team of Highly Trained and Experienced Self Storage and Relocation Experts . . . Just One Call Away (914) 631-7867
Our Unique 3 Step Moving and Storage Unit Rental Process
We developed quick, but thorough 3 step process that takes only 8 minutes to secure a truck for moving and storage .
Step 1: We clearly identify what you have and when you need to move it.
Step 2: We search our facilities to find the best storage unit to fit your specific needs: the types of items you need to store, the amount of space you need to store them, whether they need to be in a climate controlled unit or not, the date you need the storage and the unit price.
Step 3: We complete the process by arranging a truck or container and your own private, tenant-only accessible self storage unit.
Our 3 step process not only saves you money, it saves you time. We’ll walk you through our process and explain why you won’t have to hire a mover or persuade your family and friends to help you. Simply give us a call at (914) 631-7867.
Moving and Storage Personnel
You won’t be handing your belongings to just anyone. Tarrytown Self Storage team members are highly-skilled, experienced self-storage and moving professionals with thousands of moves under their belt.
Long Distance Moving
If you’re relocating outside of Westchester County one of our team members will be happy to connect you with one of our nation wide or regional partners.
Moving and Storage Supplies
All Westchester Self Storage facilities are stocked with all the moving and packing supplies you’ll ever need. Our onsite staff will work with you in person or over the phone to insure that you’re supplied with the correct boxes and packing materials.
Among the items readily available for all our moves are: dollies, carts, ramps, plates, hooks, tool kits, boxes, paper pads, and strap kits.
Step 1 – How To Use The Back Wall Of The Truck Properly
Use the back wall of the truck (the wall closest to the cab) to begin creating stacked rows of boxes, with the larger, heavier boxes forming the base. Start stacking boxes in rows moving from the back wall forward.
Step 2 – Use the Sidewalls For Mattresses and Boxsprings
Stand your mattresses and boxsprings on their sides and position them between the sidewalls of the truck and boxes or furniture. This will help keep them in place during transit.
Step 3 – Use Mattresses To Cushion Your Mirrors and Framed Artwork
Your mirrors and artwork should be stood up and positioned between mattresses and boxsprings to keep them in place.
Step 4 – Protecting Your Furniture
Use moving blankets secured in place with packing tape to protect your furniture. Be careful using plastic wrap with wood furniture because the plastic creates a barrier which restricts airflow and can damage the wood.
Step 5 – Load Most Necessary Items Last
Load the truck with your most necessary items last. When moving into the storage unit set these items off to the side or position them to one side of the unit so you can easily reposition them to the front of the unit after all other items have be unloaded and stacked.
Step 1 – Lighten The Load
Don’t make your move more strenuous than it needs to be, empty the contents of drawers and remove any unsecured shelving and doors. This makes the furniture lighter and prevents damage to doors and shelves.
Step 2 – Wrap It Up
Wood furniture should be wrapped with moving pads secured by packing tape. The pads will permit airflow, allowing the wood to breathe. Furniture made from other materials can be wrapped in plastic wrap. Doors can be secured by tape or plastic wrap to prevent them from opening.
Step 3 – The Legs
Legs should be removed if at all possible. If you do remove them be sure to place wrap them in plastic wrap, newspaper or moving pads. Ideally, tape or otherwise secure them to the furniture wrapping so that they don’t get lost. When it’s not possible to remove them, use plastic wrap, padding or cardboard to protect and secure them for transit.
Use smaller boxes for heavier items like dishes and books. Using them this way makes the boxes easier to carry and stack.
Use larger boxes for light weight items like your bedding, towels and linens.
How to pack the right way
The best advice we can offer is to pack each box full and not overstuff the box. Overstuffing will cause the box to bulge and become distorted, making it difficult to stack and carry. Under packing isn’t ideal either. Half full boxes can be crushed when stacked. Empty space can be filled with packing materials or towels.
When to Use a Wardrobe Box
Invest in a sturdy wardrobe box with a metal hanging back that your can tape on both end to help secure the bar in place during transport. It’s best to pack the wardrobe box full so that your clothes don’t have room to shift. For the best results, use uniform hangers and align your clothes all in one direction. Doing so will help reduce wrinkles.
Securing the Boxes
Quality packing tape is very important. You’ll want to invest in a strong tape that doesn’t pierce easily and holds well. To keep the box shape integrity and limit damage from stacking, be sure to 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.
Label and Number Each Box
Create a packing label with your last name and number each label uniquely for each box. Alternatively you can use a felt marker to label each box with your last name and box number. Boxes with “Fragile” items should be labeled.
Record Each Box Number
On an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper number the first column starting with the number “1”. Add additional columns for “Item Contents” and “Room”. Doing so will save you significant time when taking the items out of storage.
Disassemble Items and Tape or Tie The Components Together
Bed frames, desks, tables can often be disassembled and the parts taped or tied together. This makes transport easier and allows the components to be stacked more efficiently.
How to Pack Furniture
Be careful using tape on furniture. The glue from the tape can be very difficult to remove from furniture. Plastic can cause damage because it restricts the airflow, which is important for natural fibers and wood for example. Proper furniture pads protect the furniture during transport and while in storage alleviating the problems caused by plastic and tape.
Packing Tools and Equipment
Garden tools, power tools and other items with “engines” need to have the fuel drained prior to storage. It’s also a good idea to clean them and lubricate moving parts prior to storage.
Determine the Best Size Unit
Our specialty is matching the exact size you to your specific needs. Many self storage facilities simply sell you their empty units instead of the best size unit to fit your needs. We don’t do that. Our network of facilities throughout Westchester County enables us to provide the best size unit for you.
Climate Controlled Unit or Not
People typically use a climate controlled storage unit for their computers, electronics, antiques, wine, family heirlooms, paintings, photos, records , CDs, leather, clothing and books. A climate controlled unit helps negate the effect of extreme temperature on your belongings.
Step 1 – Place Crumpled Paper On Bottom Select A Strong Sturdy Box
Start with a strong, sturdy box. The box perimeter ultimately protects the glassware and other fragile items. You want a box that will keep its shape and help cushion the glass.
Step 2 – Create A Cushion On The Bottom Of The Box
Use newspaper or bubble wrap to create a cushioned base. To create a protective barrier, it’s a good idea to also line all other sides of the box with bubble wrap as well.
Step 3 – Roll Each Glass In Newsprint
Open the newspaper from the centerfold. Place the glass in one of the corners. Roll the glass diagonally in a few sheets of newspaper. Tuck in the extra paper on top into the glass and the extra paper on the bottom into itself as you continue to roll the glass.
Step 4 – Use A Cardboard Glass Separator or Cardboard to Create Layers
Creating separation between the glasses will help prevent breakage, providing an added cushion as items move during the moving process.
Step 5 – Tightly Tape The Box In a “Plus” Pattern and Label It “Fragile”
Strengthen the integrity of the box by running packing tape across the top and bottom opening and perpendicular to the opening seam. Doing so in a “plus” pattern helps strengthen the box. As a final step, make sure to label the box “fragile” or “fragile glassware”.
A word to the obvious, don’t stack items heavier on top of your glassware fragile boxes.
Step 1 – Store Wine Bottles On Their Side
Pack wine bottles sideways to prevent the cork from drying out. If the cork dries out air is able to flow into the bottle and can result in premature oxidation of the wine. Placing the bottle on its side helps maintain the integrity of the wine.
Step 2 – Important Tips When Using A Box or Crate
Use newspaper or bubble wrap to create a cushioned base at the bottom of the box or crate. To create a protective barrier, it’s a good idea to also line all other sides of the box with bubble wrap as well.
Step 3 – How To Pack When Crating Or Boxing
Either use an ample supply of packing material between each bottle and/or wrap each bottle in paper or full sheets of newsprint. Strengthen the integrity of the box by running packing tape across the top and bottom opening and perpendicular to the opening seam. Doing so in a “plus” pattern helps strengthen the box. As a final step, make sure to label the box “fragile” or “fragile wine”.
Step 4 – Store The Wine In a Climate Controlled Unit
Always consult with one of our team members before storing your wine to insure that the proper temperature controlled unit is provided to you. 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature range for storing wine. Temperature fluctuations negatively affect wine, damaging the cork and its ability to prevent oxidation. So, it’s very important that temperatures inside the unit remain consistent throughout the year.
Step 5 – Store Wine In A Dark Room
It’s very important to protect the wines against the UV rays. Wine can age prematurely when exposed to light. It’s best to keep your wine in an interior climate controlled storage unit with no direct light.
Step 1 – Unplug, Defrost, Clean, Wipe and Towel Dry The Inside
Before you move the refrigerator make sure to plan enough time in advance to defrost it. It’s best to unplug it and open the door to the fridge and freezer. Throw everything out then scrub down the inside using a mild abrasive and household cleaner. Also, secure all of the shelves and drawers or remove them completely so nothing moves or breaks in transit.
Step 2 – Secure Everything And Let It Breathe
Secure all the shelves and drawers by taping them down or removing them altogether. Make sure you place a piece of tape or cardboard to keep the refrigerator and freezer doors open to enable airflow during moving and storage. Doing so will prevent mold and stale air from developing inside the appliance. Once you’ve this, wrap it with plastic wrap (pierce the wrap in a few spots near the door openings to provide airflow), tape or moving straps.
Step 3 – Use A Dolly
Use a sturdy wooden dolly or appliance dolly. If you need help locating one, please give us a call and one of our team members will be happy to help you locate one.