Service Review: Public Storage Pt 2 Moving Out

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I previously posted the first part of my review of Public Storage based on setting up my account and moving in to the facility.

Now that I’ve moved out and closed my account, I want to give a follow up on how that whole process went.

Overall, I am very satisfied with Public Storage and the service I experienced with them, and I continue to recommend them to anyone who needs short-term storage. Luckily, by starting my tenancy in the “off-season” (before the summer months when the rent prices jumped as demand increased) I was able to save a ton of additional money as well.

As far as moving out goes, my only complaint is that Public Storage needs to get it’s policies straight and either have a standard across the entire chain or let each location set their own policies. It was a little confusing as to what I was supposed to do before moving out.

When I set up the account, the location manager told me that on move out day, I’d just need to come into the office once I moved out my stuff and then close the account. Then when I looked at the paper work from my contract, it said I needed to notify Public Storage seven days in advance of my move. On the website, the FAQs state that you just have to remove your lock and tell them you’re out, and no advanced notice is necessary. I called the customer service line seven days in advance just in case to let them know that I was planning to move out. The representative I spoke to told me I had to call the location at least 2-3 days in advance to let them know I was moving out. When I called the manager at the site, he let me know that all I had to do was come see him once I was moved out and no notice was necessary.

That was a little frustrating, but I just made sure I covered all my bases and everything was fine. For future Public Storage tenants, I’d just make sure to go by what your site manager says.

Moving out (besides the actual physical moving) was a breeze. Once everything was out and I removed my lock, I went into the office. The manager closed my account and printed a final invoice for me, and I was done. That took about two minutes. Then I was done. I haven’t had any issues at all.

If you’re looking for a great storage option, you should definitely check out Public Storage. Compare their rates to other companies in your area, and if it’s best deal out there, go for it.

Moving Tomorrow – Here’s How I Saved Money

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m moving tomorrow. This is the second time this year, but thankfully it will be the last time for a while.

Our internet service is supposed to start at our new place tomorrow, but who knows if it actually will. So if there aren’t any posts for a few days, you know why. I’ve tried to schedule a couple posts in advance just in case.

But as a nice review, here are some of the moving tips I used to save money over this three month, double moving adventure:

So the big move is tomorrow, and then I’ll be back blogging for you soon!

Thrifty Moving: Save Money on Moving Day

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Moving can be really costly. Extremely costly. If you hire movers, packers, the whole nine yards, it can be a couple thousand dollars to make your move. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, there are a few ways to reduce the costs.

I’ve already covered preparing for your move by getting free boxes and being creative to save money on packing supplies, but there are ways to save money on moving day as well. Here’s a few tips:

Enlist the free help of your friends and family

Everyone hates moving and most people try to avoid helping other move. Still, this is one of the easiest ways to save money. It may take some bribing, but usually you can convince friends and family to give you a hand. Promise to help them move when the time comes, or take the opportunity to help them move ahead of time so they’ll “owe you one.” If they won’t be moving any time soon, think about trading other IOUs–promise to help them remodel their kitchen or pet sit when they’re out of town.

Make sure to feed your helpers! If it takes all day, provide them breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’re doing physical labor for free, so don’t let them waste away!

Find the Cheapest Truck Rental or Borrow a Friend’s

If you only have a short-distance move and are lucky enough to have a friend with a pick-up truck, try to bribe them to let you borrow it for your move. If you offer to reimburse them for gas, there’s no reason they should say no.

If that fails, you’ll have to rent a vehicle. Shop around to find the best deal in your area. Uhaul is usually the cheapest, but not necessarily since they charge you per mile on top of your rental rate. Talk to your friends and family about how much their moves cost. We found it was cheaper to go with Ryder who had an online promotion with a flat rate for an all day rental, mileage included.

Have Food and Water on hand

You’ll need to keep your energy up and your body hydrated since moving is such a physically taxing activity. Have easy to eat and nutritious finger foods on hand to munch on during short breaks. I think the tendency on moving day is to just go grab some fast food, which isn’t healthy and can be expensive. Think about visiting the grocery store the day before to pick up some eatables.

Make sure to have plenty of water or sports drinks like Gatorade on hand. Instead of buying tons of bottles, consider purchasing a portable water cooler, like this 5 gallon watercooler and keeping disposable or cheap plastic cups on hand.

Make a Moving Day Kit

A few days before you move, or as you’re packing, assemble items you’ll possibly need on moving day into one easy to carry kit. This will prevent last minute shopping because you can’t remember where you packed a screwdriver. Check out what I put in my kit.

Thrifty Moving: Make a Moving Day Kit

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It’s moving day, your truck is half loaded. You scratched your arm on the edge of a box and have a pounding headache. To make matters worse, you need to take your bed frame apart but can’t find a screwdriver to save your life.

You know you have all those items, but can’t remember where they were packed in that sea of brown boxes. So what do you do? You run to the nearest store and buy all the things you need.

The easiest way to prevent this last minute, emergency and impulse spending is to have everything you could possibly need in one place. The best way I’ve found to do this is to assemble a moving day kit.

I’ve actually seen these “moving day kits” sold online, which is ridiculous. I was able to put ours together with things I found around the apartment. Check it out:

Here’s what the kit contains:

  • First Aid Kit
  • OTC Pain Medication
  • OTC Allergy Medication
  • Tools (hammer, hex keys, screwdrivers, box cutter, etc)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Flashlight
  • Tape
  • Notepad
  • Pen/Marker
  • Umbrella (they keep changing our weather forecast)
  • Papertowels
  • Moist Wipes
  • Garbage Bags

We were lucky to have a travel first aid kit on hand, but obviously if you don’t then you don’t have to go out and buy one. A ziploc bag with bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, or whatever else you’d need should suffice.

Other things you may want to include:

  • Paper Plates/Cups/Cutlery
  • A deck of cards (for possible downtime)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Specific Medications you may need
  • Anything else that will help with your move!

Put it all in a convenient carrying bag. We have ours in an old backpack which can be tossed in the truck and taken with us from location to location.

Thrifty Moving: Saving on Packing Supplies

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I’ve already tackled the challenge of finding moving boxes for free. So now that you have the boxes, the next step is to pack up your stuff. Easier said than done.

One of the trickiest parts of packing is making sure you pack your items in a way that they will not break during their journey. Often the solution is to buy costly packaging materials.

Instead of spending more money, you can save money and possibly pack all of your stuff using items you already have or can easily get for free.

Here are some of the item’s I’ve used:

1. Newspapers

Newspapers are available in abundance everywhere, and usually you can get them for free (free newspapers or checking recycling bins). They’re great for wrapping dishes and other breakables, and also can be crumpled up to provide cushioning and fill in empty spaces.

The only downside is the ink will come off on your hands and on your stuff. Though it washes away pretty easily, the last thing you want to do when you unpacking is wash all your stuff before you put it away.

2. Grocery Bags

Paper or plastic will do. They’re great for wrapping fragile items, especially the paper bags. Either one can be crumpled up for cushioning.

When I’m packing things that could possible leak–toiletries like shampoo bottles or food items that are not sealed–I will usually wrap them in plastic bags just as a precaution.

3.Towels, Clothing, & Other Linens

Have a lot of random towels? What about clothes? Sheets? You’ll have to pack them as well, so you might as well get some extra use out of them. I use them to wrap anything: dishes, glasses, ceramic figures, lamps, vases, whatever.

I also roll them up to cushion items in boxes and fill awkward empty spaces to keep items from shifting.

4. Tissue Paper

You can easily go out and buy tissue paper for this purpose, but this is another item you make have around for free. It may come from gift bags or shopping trips and is usually tossed out, but keep it if you can! Again, this is perfect for wrapping fragile items in. In my last move I had an entire set of glasses wrapped in the pink tissue paper I got the last time I splurged at Victoria’s Secret.

5. Bubble Wrap & Other Mailing Supplies

If you buy a lot of things online, like we do, then you probably get a ton of bubble wrap, padded envelopes, and other packing supplies along with your order. Don’t throw them away! You can recycle them by using them again when you’re packing up before your move.

Don’t toss up those padded envelopes either! You can put appropriate sized items inside and also cut them open to wrap items in.

6. Yarn

I’m a knitter, so I have tons of yarn around, sometimes leftovers or balls I found at thrift stores or got for free that I haven’t used yet. I’m not going to throw them away obviously, and it’s stupid just to have a box of yarn when it can easily be utilized. Mostly I use it to cushion items and fill in empty spaces.

Most of all, be creative. If you’re moving soon, keep your eyes open when tossing stuff out and think, “Can I use this as a part of my move?” Using free resources around you can save you money.

Have any other suggestions or nifty ideas to save money while moving? Let me know.

See Also:
Finding Free Moving Boxes
Service Review: Public Storage

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