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Moving and Storage In Yorktown
Through our vast network of facilities throughout Westchester county, our moving trucks and our highly trained and experienced personnel, we’re able to provide a full range of services to homeowners, renters, business owners and college students.
Highly Trained Self Storage and Relocation Experts are Just One Call Away (914) 528-5500
A 3-Step Moving and Storage Unit Process Designed To Save You Time and Money
We developed and refined our 3-step process that takes only 8 minutes to secure moving truck and storage .
Step 1: Identification of items that need to be stored and when.
Step 2: Database search among our network of connected facilities to find the best storage for your specific needs based upon (1) the items to store, (2) the storage space needed, (3) climate controlled or standard unit, (4) the date needed and (5) the unit price.
Step 3: The process is completed by arranging a truck and your own privately accessible self storage unit.
We’ll walk you through the entire 3-step process in less than 10 minutes and include options that eliminate hiring a mover or persuading your family and friends for help. Simply give us a call at (914) 528-5500.
Moving and Storage Staff
Yorktown Self Storage staff are highly-skilled, experienced professionals with thousands of self storage rentals and moves under their belt.
Long Distance Relocation
If you’re relocating outside of Westchester County our team can help connect you with one of our national or regional partners.
Moving, Packing and Self-Storage Unit Supplies
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 – Use The Back Wall Of The Truck Properly
Use the wall closest to the cab to create stacked rows of boxes forming a base utilizing the heavier boxes. Stack boxes in rows moving from the cab forward toward the door.
Step 2 – Position Mattresses and Boxsprings Along Side Walls
Stand mattresses and boxsprings upright upon their sides and position them against sidewalls of the truck. Then move your furniture and boxes up against them. Doing so helps keep them in place.
Step 3 – Cushion Mirrors and Framed Artwork With Mattresses
Stand mirrors and artwork upright between mattresses and boxsprings to keep them secure during transport.
Step 4 – Furniture Protection
Moving and storage blankets can be used to secure your furniture in place. Secure the blankets with packing tape, but be careful not to damage the furniture. Plastic wrap often causes problems with wood furniture because the plastic creates a barrier which restricts airflow. So moving blankets are usually best.
Step 5 – Load Items Last In, First Out
The items you need first, should obviously be loaded last. Set these items off to the side so they can be repositioned to the front of the unit after you’ve unloaded and stacked everything else.
Step 1 – Lighter Loads Are Easier
Make your move less strenuous by emptying the contents of drawers and removing shelving and doors. This not only prevents damage, it makes the furniture lighter to move.
Step 2 – Pad It and Wrap It
Use moving pads to wrap your wood furniture and secure them with packing tape. Pads will permit airflow, allowing the wood to breathe. Non-wood furniture may be wrapped in plastic wrap. Secure doors with tape or plastic wrap to prevent them from opening.
Step 3 – Furniture Legs
Furniture legs should be removed if you can. Be sure to place the legs in plastic wrap, newspaper or moving pads and label them. Don’t forget the hardware used to secure them to the furniture. Taping or otherwise secure them to the furniture wrapping is a great idea and one that can keep the parts from getting lost. If it’s not possible to remove them, use plastic wrap, padding or cardboard to protect and secure them for transit.
Smaller boxes are best for heavier items like dishes and books. This makes the boxes easier to carry and stack.
Larger boxes are best for light weight items like your bedding, towels and linens.
How to pack them
Pack each box full, but don’t overstuff the box. If you do, the box will bulge and can become distorted. This makes the box difficult to stack and carry. Under packing isn’t great either. Partially filled boxes are easily crushed when stacked. You can fill empty space with packing materials or towels.
Using a Wardrobe Box
Wardrobe boxes with a metal hanger are best. Pack the wardrobe box full leaving little room for your clothes to shift. Best results are achieved by using uniform hangers aligned in a single direction. This reduce wrinkles.
Taping the Boxes
Don’t skimp on the packing tape. Using a quality tape is vital. make sure the tape holds well. 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.
Number and Label Each Box
Use a label with your last name and number each box. Use a felt marker if you prefer. Don’t forget to identify “Fragile” items.
Make a Record of Each Box Number
Use an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper. Add a column for the box number. Add additional columns for “Item Contents” and “Room”. Doing so will save you significant time when taking the items out of storage.
Parts and disassembled items like Bed frames, desks and table parts should be taped or tied together. Transport is easier and the components to be stacked more efficiently.
Tape and furniture don’t mix. Removing tape from furniture is very difficult. Plastic restricts the airflow, which is important for natural fibers and wood. Proper furniture pads protect the furniture during transport and while in storage alleviating the problems caused by plastic and tape.
Tools and Equipment
Drain the fuel from garden tools, power tools and other items with “engines” before storing them. Cleaning and lubricating the moving parts prior to storage is also a great idea.
The Best Size Unit
Our specialty is matching with the perfect size unit. Believe it or not, that’s not how most other self storage facilities work. They simply sell you their empty units. We don’t do that. Our network of facilities throughout Westchester County enables us to provide the best size unit for you.
Climate Controlled or Standard Unit
Climate controlled storage units are the preferred means of storage for 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.
Begin with a strong, sturdy box. The walls of the box protect the glassware and other fragile items. It’s important that the box keep its shape and to help cushion the glass.
Step 2 – Cushion The Bottom Of The Box
Create a cushioned base using newspaper or bubble wrap. A protective barrier is best created by lining all other sides of the box with bubble wrap as well.
Step 3 – Use Newsprint to Roll Up Each Glass
Here’s how to do it. First, open the newspaper from the center. 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 – 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.
Bottles should be stored sideways to prevent the cork from drying out. Premature oxidation can occur If the cork dries out air is able to flow into the bottle. Placing the bottle on its side helps maintain the integrity of the wine.
Step 2 – When Using A Box or Crate
If using a box or crate, you’ll want to use newspaper or bubble wrap to create a base at the bottom that cushions the bottles. A protective barrier can be established by lining all other sides of the box with bubble wrap as well.
Step 3 – Packing When Crating Or Boxing
Use newsprint, paper or an ample supply of packing material between each bottle. Strengthen 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 – Climate Controlled Unit Storage For The Wine
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 – Make Sure The Room Is Dark
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.
Before moving the refrigerator be sure to defrost it. Open the door to the fridge and freezer after unplugging it. After you throw out the contents, scrub the inside using a mild abrasive and household cleaner. Next, secure all of the shelves and drawers or remove them.
Step 2 – Secure Everything
Remove or secure all the shelves and drawers by taping them down. Keep the fridge door open to permit airflow. You can accomplish this by using a piece of tape or cardboard to keep the refrigerator and freezer doors open. This will also prevent mold from building up. Then, 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 Strong 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.