Archive for December, 2013

Moving Your Precious Possessions – Plan Well and Avoid Loss

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

There is a lot to consider when moving house but at the heart of it all is your possessions.
When it is all done you want to be in your new place with your familiar things which will give you a sense of comfort and continuity. This is very important both on a practical and emotional level as you deal with one of life’s most challenging events. So, apart from all the logistics and planning you especially want to look after your furniture and possessions throughout the project.

Here are some practical suggestions:
If you are using a removal company check with them regarding how much help they will provide with packing and getting your stuff ready for transit. Normally they will provide packing materials, labels, checking guides and moving equipment such as hand trucks and trolleys. If you are doing your own packing and loading, bear in mind you will need to source these yourself. Most removal companies will quote you separately for the transport and the packing, so you have a choice whether to do your own packing. Of course if you are managing your own transport the whole project is in your own hands.

Allow yourself sufficient time to get all your stuff ready and plan it carefully. There will be some things you can pack immediately, others later and some things you will need up to the time of despatch so you will leave these until last. In the lead up collect boxes of various sizes and degrees of sturdiness so that they are ready when needed. Also, save up paper or other suitable material for wrapping items and for padding out the boxes to prevent movement and damage. Newspaper and plastic bubble wrap are commonly used for this purpose, but be careful not to use newspaper on any items on which it could become embedded. For some items white paper is best and newspaper can be used for outer wrapping on such items.

You will need parcel tape and a parcel tape dispenser will make things much easier when rolling and cutting the tape. You will also need markers of different colours and labels and tape. Make sure you have a clipboard and checklist and pens which will make keeping track of everything much easier. Set up a headquarters in some part of the house, a spare room or the garage etc. and work from there. You may be able to store the cartons there or at least get them packed and labelled there while storing them elsewhere, keeping a record of each carton, it’s contents and location.

Finally, make yourself aware of insurance issues regarding the handling and transportation of your goods. With good planning and consideration of what’s required your move should go well and you can reduce stress and problems.

Watch out for my next blog, it will include many useful tips on how to pack your goods and make sure everything is safe, easy to transport and easy to find when you are sorting everything out at the other end.

For Self Storage options with your move contact Remedy Self Storage for central locations, drive-in accessibility and great rates and service. Contact the team today.

Moving House – Good Planning Reduces Stress

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

My blog on 27th November raised some questions that I said I would address later, well later has come.
Two of the questions related to reducing the stress of moving and how to plan your move. In considering these I found it impossible to separate them because reducing stress in such circumstances is inseparably linked with planning.

Planning involves things that are obvious but in the stress of moving they may be far from obvious. Good planning will involve considering the following questions:

When will I need to start preparing the items for moving?
How long will it take?
Will I hire a removals company?
Will I hire a van and driver or can organise a van or trailer myself?
Will I need to put goods in storage?
How much will it cost?
Who will work with me?
Have I prepared a tick list to help me plan and keep track?

Sitting down and discussing all such matters with the family or others involved will reduce stress and help the move to go smoothly. Delegating tasks to others will help share the load and get things done quicker. Young ones feel a sense of responsibility and involvement when they are entrusted with caring for some of the jobs that need to be done. The better your move is planned the more likely it is that everyone will co-operate and there will be less snags and arguments. I said “less” in a project this big don’t expect to eliminate the inevitable.

The third question in last month’s blog referred to budgeting and cost which I will address in a future instalment. Another matter which I will discuss in my next blog is packing as it is a very important part of keeping your goods organised and safe.

Meanwhile if you need to avail of self-storage for your move contact us for Dublin’s only city centre drive-in self storage service. No lifts or stairs, no delays, no cancellation fees and no extra expense. Contact the team now.

IFSC Office Space Economy

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Established over 25 years ago the IFSC in Dublin’s Docklands is now one of the world’s leading financial services centres. It occupies 15.8 hectares, has 184,000 sq m of office space and employs over 32,000 people. Companies operating there include half of the world’s top 50 banks and half of the top 20 insurance companies.

The cost of office space is at a premium in this area and is a significant factor for many of the companies operating in the centre. Though office rental costs have come down significantly since the highs of the Celtic Tiger era, the current cost cutting and squeeze on margins mean it is a figure that managers are keenly looking to reduce. Companies are looking for cost effective solutions on space whether it is their current offices or when dealing with internal changes or expansion.

A solution that is cost effective and hassle free is to rent storage space. This is the most flexible, efficient and quick way to deal with the challenge of finding extra space for extra staff or excess equipment and items during a change around.

Removing non essential seldom used but space greedy items and freeing up valuable space for staff and current needs makes practical and financial sense. Check the cost of your current space and then consider how much you will save with our storage rates as you free up valuable space by filling one of our units for a fraction of the cost.

You can rent a 7.5 sq m unit for €145.00 per month or a 15 sq m unit for €195.00 per month (both prices including VAT), this works out at €19.50 and €13.12 per sq m per month respectively. Bear in mind filling one of our units will free up multiples of the amount of space back at the office. And you don’t have to travel to access your files and equipment, Remedy Self Storage are located within 600m of the IFSC.

So if you have problems with space and want a cost effective, local solution contact us.