May 6

Congratulations, you just bought a house or signed a new lease! With elevated excitement, you must now begin packing your belongings for your scheduled move.

If this is your first experience with moving, you may feel unsure of the best moving supplies to use while packing. In the content below, we explore ten essential moving tools guaranteed to make your moving experience less of a hassle.

#1. A Calendar and Game Plan

Organizing and strategizing your moving plan ensures you pack every belonging in a timely manner. Before anything else, take out your calendar—or calendar app—and mark your moving date. Then, schedule different completion dates in which you plan to have certain rooms packed. By having an established and complete moving checklist, you can better manage your time before the scheduled moving day.

#2. Bins, Boxes, and Plastic Bags Galore

Of all the moving equipment, your bins and boxes will prove to be the most valuable. With countless items within a home, boxes and bins help organize and keep everything together.

By having a supply of plastic, Ziploc bags nearby, you can quickly secure small nails, screws, or other furniture pieces. As a result, you won’t spend countless hours unpacking boxes in search of a missing piece.

When packing your kitchen for a move, be sure to utilize dish packing boxes. As a result, you can rest assured that your champagne flutes and cat coffee mugs stay intact while moving.

#3. Labels

To best organize every box and bin packed, utilize labels whenever possible. Therefore, establish which room a box belongs in and the contents each box or bin holds. As a result, you will save yourself the time and frustration of moving them around later.

For fragile items, do not forget to write it clearly on the sides of the box with permanent marker. Additionally, be sure to label your most important boxes “Open First” on the sides. These boxes should contain essential moving day items including cleaning supplies, electronics chargers, trash bags, scissors, and a first aid kit.

We prepared an example breakdown below of useful labels when packing your kitchen and bedroom:

Kitchen & Dining Area

  • Dishes: Bowls, plates, silverware, glasses, coffee mugs, Tupperware, and hosting serving sets
  • Appliances: Toaster, tea kettle, coffee maker, hand mixer, stand mixer, and blender
  • Cooking Utensils: Spatulas, stirring spoons, pots, pans, and other kitchen gadgets
  • Pantry: Shelf-stable food, canned food, and refrigerator/freezer foods (use an insulated cooler bag)
  • Dining Room Décor: Placemats, seat cushions, napkin holders, candles, and additional decorations

Bedrooms

  • Bedding: Comforter, pillows, sheets, blankets, and bed skirts
  • Nightstand Contents: Anything stored inside your nightstands
  • Hanging Décor: Curtains and curtain rods, artwork, tapestries, shelves, and pictures
  • Lighting & Electrical: Lamps, light bulbs, batteries, remotes, and extension cords
  • Décor: Books, Knick knacks, Candles, and faux plants

#4. Bubble Wrap, Packing Peanuts, and Newspapers

Just as essential, these packing materials help preserve even the most fragile belongings. Bubble wrap effectively provides a cushioned support for fragile glass items. Additionally, packing peanuts fill any empty space in boxes to prevent items from shifting. Furthermore, wrapping dishes and décor with newspapers helps keep everything intact in case of breakage or damage during transit.

#5. Towels, T-Shirts, Cardboard, and Moving Blankets

If you run out of bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and newspapers, utilizing towels and t-shirts will also protect your belongings. When packing your dishes, layer plates and bowls with dish towels or thick t-shirts to help prevent breakage during transit.  

With any unused cardboard boxes, use a box cutter to create smaller pieces. As a result, you can pack your furniture and better protect furniture legs and artwork frames.

Moving blankets are effective in protecting your furniture, artwork, and mirrors from accumulating dust or moisture. Additionally, they also help keep your items safe and cushioned during the move. 

#6. Packing Tape and Duct Tape

Tape will be the most important aspect to securing any items packed in boxes or bins. Both packing and duct tape work perfectly for many packing and moving applications! Whether to fasten a moving blanket around bulky furniture, or patch up a moving box, moving and duct tape prove reliable. Additionally, you can effectively write on it with permanent marker when you run out of box labels.

#7. Water and Snacks

Moving day can span from a few hours to an entire weekend. As a result, pack an entire box or bin dedicated to drinks and snacks to keep the momentum. From protein bars to trail mix, make sure to include protein-packed snacks that also energize everyone helping with the move.

#8. Lifting Straps and a Furniture Dolly

Perfect for heavy pieces of furniture, these essential moving tools reduce the risk of straining muscles or experiencing any other injuries. Moving straps work best while two people lift large and heavy-duty items such as tall dressers, armchairs, and chest-freezers. A furniture dolly also works well when moving heavy furniture including bookcases, nightstands, and a stack of bins or moving boxes.

#9. A Moving Truck

Either by renting a moving truck or borrowing a friend’s pickup, secure a vehicle for your belongings on moving day. Although you can take multiple trips with your sedan or SUV, utilizing a moving truck saves time and energy. This may be the golden opportunity to apply your Tetris skills!

#10. A Full-Service Moving Company

Sometimes, disassembling and packing your larger furniture items can feel overwhelming, if not impossible. By hiring a full-service moving company, everything will be packed and transported to your new home safely and swiftly!

At Alliance Moving and Storage, our moving experts are devoted to helping you through every part of the moving process. From offering our packing and disassembly services to transporting and storing your belongings, our professionals are ready to assist.

Are you ready to let our moving experts at Alliance pack and prepare your belongings for their new home? Contact our team today to receive a free quote for our services!

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April 10

As a result of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases within the United States, we wish to reassure you that our team is prioritizing the safety of both our clients and team members. We will continue to follow the CDC’s best sanitation, cleanliness, and precautionary practices as we continue to service all our clients during their moving process. We know you may have questions. Below are some of our common FAQs regarding how Alliance Moving & Storage is responding to COVID-19.

Is Alliance Moving & Storage Still Operating?

Yes, our operations will not be affected as we are still considered an essential business.

What Is Alliance Moving & Storage Doing to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?

Currently, all CDC recommendations are in place. No one on our team is sick or experiencing and COVID-19 symptoms. In the event someone on our team feels the onset of any symptoms, they are required to stay home for 14 days. As another precautionary action, our entire team will utilize gloves and masks throughout our entire time of service to you.

I Have an Upcoming Move Scheduled with Alliance Moving & Storage. Is This Move Still Happening?

Yes, if you are scheduled, then the upcoming move will continue as scheduled. As per our usual communication service protocol, you will receive communication 2 days prior to your scheduled move to confirm everything. Additionally, if any of our customers are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please contact us as soon as you can and we will reschedule the move for a later date.

What If I Need to Cancel My Move Due to COVID-19 in My Community?

We are more than understanding of the current circumstances. If you need to cancel your move with us, you are free to do so. We recommend at least 3-4 days in advance or as soon as possible so we can service our other customers. We are happy to reschedule your move based on availability.

What Is Alliance Moving & Storage Doing to Support Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

At this current time, we are monitoring our team’s temperatures to best keep everyone’s storage and belongings safe. Additionally, we are continuing to reach out to the community via social media with any updates or helpful information to keep others informed and safe.

Is Alliance Moving & Storage Still Hiring Team Members at This Time?

Yes, Alliance is always looking for talented individual to help support our customers’ needs.

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April 9

Packing dishes and clothing seems like a breeze once you finally assess the rest of what needs to be packed in your home. With heavy, bulky statement pieces mixed with fragile décor in every room, how do you even know where to begin the packing process? We are here to take out the guesswork! In the content below, we explore how to pack furniture for moving by breaking down each type of furniture based on its most common originating room.

How to Pack: Bedroom Furniture

Regardless if you currently live in a studio apartment, two-bedroom townhome, or five-bedroom house, categorize each large furniture component in every bedroom.

Mattress

To safely pack and protect your mattress during transit, purchase a mattress moving bag or moving box according to your mattress size. By doing so, you shield your mattress from accruing moisture and attracting any unwanted pests.

Before placing the mattress in the moving bag or box, remove all bedding and linens from the mattress for a perfect fit. Fold and pack your linens in a separate box or bin, label it accordingly, and set it aside. Then, with the help of one or two friends or family members, slide the mattress inside the moving bag. Please use caution when doing so to prevent any muscle straining as mattresses can be quite heavy.

Bed Frame

Whether your bed frame is made of wood, metal, or a combination of the two, the main packing process stays the same. When taking apart each component, document every step through pictures or video to help you remember how the bed frame, and headboard, came apart.

To best keep track of the smaller hardware pieces, secure them in a plastic bag and tape the bag to the largest piece of the bed frame. Then, with moving blankets, bubble wrap, or a combination of these, wrap together the larger bedframe components. Doing so protects not only the bedframe but also nearby items in the moving truck.

Nightstands and Dressers

With nightstands and dressers, you have two packing options: disassembly or keeping the unit together. If you plan to keep the unit together, secure the drawers by taping them shut. Additionally, to protect the furniture’s frame, cover bubble wrap around the exterior and tape it in place. Alternatively, you can use cardboard to secure the exterior of your dressers and nightstands, if you run out of bubble wrap.

If you decide to disassemble these items, follow the procedures within the bed frame paragraph above. Be sure that you thoroughly document which hardware piece goes where and secure all small items in a plastic bag or Tupperware container.

How to Pack: Living Room Furniture

Your living room could be either minimally or extravagantly furnished. Regardless, it’s best that you start with the simpler pieces and work your way to packing more difficult furniture.

Sofas, Armchairs, and Sectionals

To best protect your living room seating, use bubble wrap to safeguard any delicate wood pieces. Additionally, utilize plastic, stretch wrap, or specially-designed plastic sofa covers for all upholstered sections. If you find yourself in a pinch, old blankets or packing blankets will work as well. It is also a good idea to use corrugated cardboard sheets between wooden pieces.

Bookshelves, Coffee Tables, and End Tables

Whether your furniture originates from Ikea or Pottery Barn, carefully disassemble each item to avoid damage. In this case, bubble wrap and packing tape will be your greatest resources. As you take apart each item, have a labelled storage bag or container to hold the nuts, bolts, and screws. Additionally, tape the bag of hardware to one of the coffee table legs to keep track of everything during your move. If possible, store the table legs, hardware, and tabletop in a single box so all components remain in the same area throughout transit.

This same process works just as well with bookshelves. Additionally, as you take apart each shelf, stack one on top of another with a thin layer of cardboard or bubble warp in between to prevent damage.

How to Pack: Dining Room Furniture

Although dining rooms typically have the least amount of furniture and are among the simplest furniture items to pack, there’s still some work to be done.

Dining Table and Chairs

For dining tables, simply remove any leaf attachment that extends the table’s length, shrink the tabletop back to its original size, and securely wrap the leaf extension and tabletop with bubble wrap. If you can disassemble the tabletop from the legs below, safely remove and store the hardware in a secure plastic bag or Tupperware container labelled appropriately. Then, either store the table legs in a box or wrap them together with bubble wrap and secure them in place with packing tape.

Seamlessly, dining chairs are just as easy to pack! You can disassemble the legs and back from the chair base and pack them separately, just as you would with a dining table. Alternatively, you can keep the chair intact and secure all elements of the chair with cardboard, bubble wrap, and packing tape.

Hutch or China Cabinet

Filled with precious heirlooms and valuable dining essentials, hutches and china cabinets are paramount furniture for some. Therefore, it’s best to be extremely cautious when packing the ornate dishes inside.

After safely removing and packaging the contents within your hutch or china cabinet, packing the actual storage furniture takes a few simple steps, once you disassemble the top and bottom pieces to your hutch or china cabinet. First, secure the glass with blue painter’s tape and create a grid of vertical and horizontal strips. Then, cushion the front and back of the glass by using bubble wrap or cardboard, securing those layers with packing tape. Finally, protect the exterior frame of the hutch or cabinet with cardboard and tape the pieces together. Ultimately, you want to ensure that you can transport your furniture safely onto and off the moving truck while keeping everything intact.

How to Pack: Décor

Books, decorative pillows, blankets, and other knick-knacks can easily go in a box or bin without a second thought. But what about the miscellaneous items in your home that are harder to move? Below, we discuss what to do with a-typical and oddly shaped décor in your home such as mirrors, artwork, and house plants.

Mirrors and Artwork

Whether a small, tabletop display or a grandeur masterpiece covering an entire wall, artwork is a delicate moving element. To prevent any damage to your artwork, do not combine multiple pieces in a single box. Instead, pack each item separately, especially if the paintings are oil-based, so the paint does not transfer or leave residue. For framed artwork, you can easily box one at a time after carefully wrapping the picture in a layer of bubble wrap and securing with packing tape. When moving, you will find that packing tape and bubble wrap may be your saving grace.

Similarly, mirrors require separate packaging. To prevent damage, begin by securing the glass with blue painter’s tape, creating a grid of vertical and horizontal strips. Then, cushion the front and back of the mirror by using bubble wrap or moving blankets, securing those layers with packing tape.

House Plants

People don’t realize that dealing with heavy pots, dirt, and different temperatures during a move can be difficult.

First, if the plant is currently in a heavy, ceramic pot, consider transferring it to a plastic pot to increase safety of both you and the plant during transit. Doing such a few weeks before your moving date helps give them time to settle in a new pot. On moving day, transport them in your own car rather than a moving truck to better control the temperature and ensure they do not shift while in transport.

When in Doubt, Let Alliance Move Your Furniture Out!

Sometimes, disassembling and packing your larger furniture items can feel overwhelming, if not impossible. If packing your furniture and the rest of your home feels untimely – and you are unsure how to safely pack and move everything in time – we are happy to help!At Alliance Moving and Storage, our moving experts are devoted to helping you through every part of the moving process. From the first point of contact and offering our packing and disassembly services to transporting and storing your belongings, our professionals are ready to assist. Are you ready to pass the packing and moving on to us at Alliance? Contact our team today to receive a free quote for our services!

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March 31

You and your family go back and forth about when to make the decision and buy a house. With uncertainty about your financial wherewithal, housing “wish list,” and everything a move encompasses, you question when the best time to move really is.

In the content below, we discuss the best time of year to buy a house as it pertains to the current buyer’s and seller’s market, housing availability, and your own personal schedule. Additionally, we help answer three of the most frequently asked moving questions to help you further navigate your move.

Best Time of Year: Buyer’s and Seller’s Market

Before assessing anything else, an important factor determining the best time of year to buy a house involves the current buyer’s market of your desired neighborhood. Are home listings valued higher than six months ago? Would you profit from selling your current home?

Additionally, the ideal time to buy a house is contingent upon your home residing in an area with a high seller’s market and your desired home being in a neighborhood with a greater buyer’s market. If a buyer has a lot of homes to choose from in the area that he wants to be in, then it’s a buyer’s market.

However, if fewer homes are for sale in that desirable area, then you know it is a seller’s market. Either with your realtor or on your own, research both the current buyer’s market of your desired neighborhood and the current neighborhood you want to move away from.

Best Time of Year: Housing Availability

Discovering if you are currently in a buyer’s or seller’s market is a great way to understand your current housing availability. However, exploring how to expand your current housing availability is worth your time as well. Consider the items you need in your next home and separate these from unnecessary wants.

Do you truly need that fourth bedroom? Is a bay window all that necessary? What other neighborhoods reside in your school district? Answering thoughtful questions helps you determine how many home variants you will consider.

For example, in the event the housing availability for a home with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a large master bathroom with double sinks is slim, consider what can change. Do you need that second sink? Could you afford to add another bedroom to find a house in the perfect neighborhood? Finding flexibility in your dream home “wish list” helps increase the housing availability for you and your family.

Best Time of Year: Personal Schedule and Financial Wherewithal

Planning the perfect move depends entirely on your current, personal schedule. If you consider this time in your life too hectic, then perhaps this may not be the best time of year for you to buy a house. However, after assessing your personal schedule and financial wherewithal, you may find that now is the best time.

Whether you are a current renter and wish to move at the end of your lease, or your current home is too far away from your work or children’s school, reflect on your reasons behind moving now as opposed to a more feasible time.

Are you prepared to save up for the costs associated with buying a house? Total all moving expenses such as inspection fees, appraisals, closing costs, and down payments to estimate the amount you need. If you have the funds and the time, you can confidently continue in the moving process.

Commonly Asked Moving Questions Answered

If this is the best time of year to buy a house, then start packing now! Is this your first major move? Are you looking for any moving hacks that can make this whole ordeal less stressful? We are here to help! Below, we help answer how to move a lot of hanging clothes, everything in your kitchen, and priceless antiques.

How to Move A Lot of Hanging Clothes

For those with large wardrobes, packing your clothes for a move can often feel like an arduous task. However, with efficient planning, packing and moving your clothes can be the easiest job on your packing list. The best thing to do is first declutter your closet. Removing anything that is unnecessary for your daily wardrobe helps reduce the amount of clothes you pack.

Once you declutter your wardrobe, begin efficiently sorting out your items. What can be folded and what can remain on a hanger? What needs to be in a wardrobe box and how much can you fit in a suitcase?

Taking advantage of your current wardrobe furniture and luggage can help eliminate the need for countless cardboard boxes or storage bins that can quickly take up space in the back of a car or moving truck. Utilize vacuum seals, dresser drawers, and suitcases to their full potential!

How to Move Everything in Your Kitchen

Most kitchens contain many fragile components. Are you afraid that your wedding day champagne glasses might shatter during a move? Does the thought of breaking your cat mug cause unnerving anxiety? Packing your dishes the right way helps preserve every element in your kitchen.

Effectively packing and moving your kitchen ultimately stems from organization. To ensure the safe transit of your dishes and other kitchen gadgets, pack each item according to its category.

For example, with champagne flutes, wine glasses, and pint glasses, organize them together and simply utilize dish pack boxes. When packing, snugly wrap each item in one or two layers of bubble wrap and proceed to pack into dish packing boxes. The extra protective layers help keep your glasses in one piece while moving. In the event of breakage, however, this step prevents innumerable shattered glass pieces from filling your box.

How to Move Antiques

Out of all the boxes you find yourself building and packing, how many of them have “FRAGILE!” or “HANDLE WITH CARE” written across the top and sides? When the time comes to pack and move your antiques, you may feel the additional pressure to ensure its safe transit as you handle older, more expensive, and incredibly fragile items. Often bulky and heavy, antique furniture, artwork, and mirrors require the most visible form of protection and care.

Furniture

When packing larger historic and valuable items that are difficult to move, you must be exquisitely careful in their handling. Be sure that any upholstery on the furniture is entirely covered with moving blankets and mats, secured in place by a layer of cardboard, and wrapped in plastic wrap to avoid puncturing while in transit.

Artwork and Mirrors

To prevent any damage to your artwork, pack each item separately, especially if the paintings are oil based, so the paint does not transfer or leave residue. Similarly, mirrors need to be packed separately. To prevent damage, begin by securing the glass with blue painter’s tape and create a grid of vertical and horizontal strips. Then, cushion the front and back of the mirror by using bubble wrap or moving blankets, securing those layers with packing tape.

Now Is the Best Time to Let the Professionals Move You Out!

Sometimes, balancing work, family, and other life responsibilities can feel like too much. If you decided now is the best time to move, but packing could not have come at a worse time, we are here to help! At Alliance Moving and Storage, we are devoted to helping you through any part of the moving process. From offering packing and disassembly services to transport, storage, and unpacking, our professionals are ready to help. Are you ready to pass packing and moving along to us? Contact our team today to receive a free quote for our services!

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March 13

You may never reconsider all those random shopping sprees until you assess how many clothes you own in all totality. When preparing for a move, your closets full of clothing may seem more like a mountain as you figure out where to begin packing. In the content below, we take out all the guesswork by providing a complete, step-by-step breakdown on how to effectively pack clothes for a move.

Declutter Your Closets

Whether it’s a pile of old high school and college t-shirts, old bridesmaid gowns never worn twice, or a collection of mis-matched socks, surely unused items are just taking up space in your closet. Did you know that you wear about 20% of your entire wardrobe 80% of the time? On average, over 50% of your clothes are hardly ever worn. Think of all the unused clothing taking space in your closet!

Decision Time

Luckily, you can both declutter your clothing inventory and pack for a move in one simple step. To help decide what can leave your wardrobe, spend some time trying on each article of clothing. Assess if the item fits well, is free of any unintentional tears or holes, and is something you wore recently. For the items you cannot decide to keep or remove from your closet, place them in a bag out of sight for a few days. Then, try to remember what was missing from your closet. If you cannot remember, then you know it’s okay to leave it out of your wardrobe.

Donate or Sell What You Don’t Need

Imagine having two or three fewer boxes to pack and later unpack in your new home as a result of decluttering your closets. Once you’ve finished going through everything, make two piles: trash and re-home. Throw away what you know someone cannot use and re-home the rest by selling or donating. Instead of washing, rolling, and packing clothes you no longer want or need, consider someone else who could benefit from your excess! It’s your decision how to get rid of your “re-home” pile, but perhaps some extra cash could help cover a portion of the moving costs.

Pack Your Bags Categorically

After decluttering your closet, assess your wardrobe in totality and organize by category. Doing so helps you determine the number of boxes needed to sufficiently pack and store everything. When packing with boxes or bins, use a permanent marker or label to effectively distinguish where each container goes. Coordinating everything maintains organization – especially when packing for a storage unit. Additionally, when labeling, specify the contents inside. For example:

  • Formal Wear: Blazers, suits, and gowns
  • Seasonal Clothing and Accessories: Heavy coats, rain jackets, umbrellas, sweaters, insulated gloves, earmuffs, scarves, and hats
  • Shoes: Gym shoes, sandals, flip-flops, sneakers, flats, heels, boots, rainboots, and slippers
  • Undergarments and Intimates
  • Baby Clothes: Onesies, bibs, tops, bottoms, shoes, sleep suits, swaddles, and blankets
  • Regular Clothing: Blouses, t-shirts, jackets, vests, pajamas, jeans, slacks, leggings, casual dresses, and skirts

Looking for Moving Hacks?

Life is simpler when you find alternative and quicker ways to complete something. Luckily, packing your clothes doesn’t have to be strenuous or time consuming! Below, we compiled our top five moving hacks proven to help you during the packing and unpacking process.

Dedicate One Box or Backpack for Moving Week

People grow annoyed after sifting through freshly packed clothing in search of something to wear throughout the moving process only to re-pack it later. To save time and frustration, set aside one week’s worth of clothing during your move to prevent searching through neatly packed clothes and undoing all your hard work.

Wrap Your Clothes Like the Gifts They Are

If the idea of folding and rolling each piece of clothing makes you already feel tired, this hack is for you. For those who don’t want to purchase wardrobe boxes, you can similarly protect your wardrobe with items already in your home! Not only does wrapping your clothes save time, but it prevents an onslaught of wrinkles that improper folding causes as you no longer need to remove tops and bottoms from hangers. To apply this hack, tie together 5-15 hangers and cover them completely with garbage bags or bedsheets to keep dust and dirt out. This hack works best for shirts and formal wear not currently in separate garment bags.

Shrink Your Wardrobe with Vacuum Seals

Thicker articles of clothing can quickly take up space when packing. However, to save space in the moving truck, consider using vacuum seal bags to remove any extra air bulkier items tend to have. You will be shocked to see how flat the bag can become!

Get the Most Out of Your Dresser Drawers

Since dresser drawers need to be removed from the dresser base and moved, consider using them for their intended purpose: storing your clothing. To effectively pack clothing in dresser drawers, tightly roll your clothing to get the most out of the drawer space. Then, seal the drawer opening to prevent anything from falling out during its transit.

Wheels Up

Though a single shirt or sweater seems light as a feather, stuffing a large box with clothing quickly grows harder to lift. Therefore, packing your clothes in a suitcase with wheels prevents any injuries incurred from lifting a heavy box. 

When in Doubt, Let Alliance Moving & Storage Move You Out!

Sometimes, balancing work, family, and other responsibilities is overwhelming. If packing not only your wardrobe but also the rest of your home feels untimely and you are unsure how you will have everything packed in time, we are happy to help! At Alliance Moving and Storage, we are devoted to helping you through every part of the moving process. From offering packing and disassembly services to transport and storage, our professionals are ready to help. Are you ready to pass the packing on to us at Alliance? Contact our team today to receive a free quote for our services!

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February 21

Are you afraid that your wedding day champagne glasses might shatter during a move? Does the thought of breaking your cat mug cause unnerving anxiety? Moving to a new home should be a fun and exciting time for you and everyone involved. We are here to help. Below, we provide a breakdown on how to pack your dishes the right way, categorizing eight types of dishes from most fragile to least.

Antique China and Porcelain Tea Sets

For those keen on preserving fine, delicate dishes, pay special attention to packing your china and porcelain tea sets. During the moving process, someone may not be as careful when handling boxes and cause the contents inside to shift around. With delicate dishes, even the slightest bump can cause irreparable damage. One of the best resources to have when packing such fragile items are dish pack boxes. These cardboard boxes are specifically designed to fit different plates, teapots, teacups, bowls, or glasses in a single box using cardboard partitions. Be careful not to over-stuff your boxes as you want to leave room to carefully layer bubble wrap and packing paper. As an added precautionary measure, keep the box’s weight in mind. You don’t want to strain yourself while carrying a heavy box of fragile antiques! Finally, label the boxes FRAGILE, and describe the contents inside.

Wine Glasses, Champagne Flutes, and Pint Glasses

Depending on the thickness of glass forming your champagne flutes, wine and pint glasses, you can simply utilize the dish pack boxes, similar to packing china and porcelain sets. However, you can also opt for an additional packing method. Begin saving old newspaper, coupon booklets, towels, and thin bubble wrap. When packing, snugly wrap the glasses and flutes in one or two layers of newspaper, towels, or bubble wrap and proceed to pack them into the dish packing boxes. The extra layers of protection will help keep your glasses in one piece while moving. In the event of breakage, however, this step will prevent innumerable shattered glass pieces from filling your box.

Coffee Mugs and Other Drinking Cups

As these items are usually less fragile than wine glasses, using the dish pack boxes is recommended but not required. If you decide to forego the dish pack boxes, you can wrap your individual mugs and drinking cups in either packing paper, towels, or bubble wrap before carefully laying them in a box or bin. If you wish to stack mugs on top of one another and pack several rows, be sure to efficiently add a few layers of bubble wrap or towels between each row and fill the remaining empty spaces with packing peanuts. As an additional precaution, shake your box back and forth a little to test that your items are securely packed. Remember, ceramic mugs and glassware can weigh down a box. Therefore, keep an eye on how many items you pack inside to ensure a safe lifting weight.

Ceramic Plates and Bowls

We would hate for a ceramic plate or bowl to break during your move and ruin your perfect set. Therefore, be sure to carefully wrap each plate and bowl in a layer of bubble wrap before stacking in a box. Also, using packing peanuts or additional bubble wrap to fill in the sides of the box will prevent unnecessary shifting during your move. Again, keep the box at a tolerable weight to prevent injuries when lifting!

Waffle Makers, Mixers, Toasters, Tea Kettles, and Coffee Pots

Have you thrown away the boxes in which these awkwardly shaped appliances originally came from? If so, you still have another packing solution. If possible, try to find boxes similar in dimension to your waffle makers, mixers, toasters, tea kettles, and coffee pots. Place each item in their individual box and secure it in place with bubble wrap, towels, or packing paper, filling the rest of the box with bubble wrap, packing paper, or packing peanuts to prevent shifting. With the growing number of boxes packed, be sure to continue labelling each box with the contents inside.

Silverware, Small Cooking Gadgets, and Serving Spoons

Luckily, since these items are smaller in size, you have a few options when packing them. To keep your silverware organized, consider tying together your spoons and forks with a rubber band or string. You can copy this method for your serving spoons. With your knives, carefully pack and tape them with bubble wrap and ensure that the blades will not puncture your box. For small cooking gadgets, pack according to characteristics. For example, if the gadget has any sharp points, wrap and pack in the same manner as you would with a knife. However, with safer cooking gadgets, you can pack normally. 

Plastic Tupperware

Luckily, plastic Tupperware and dishes are some of the least breakable items in your kitchen. As a result, packing your Tupperware can be done in one of two ways. First, you can pack and organize them in a single box without the use of bubble wrap or newspaper. However, to serve as a dual purpose, you can use your Tupperware to help pack other items in your home. From silverware to office supplies, Tupperware is perfect for keeping loose items in one place while moving.

Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Baby Silverware

If you are a parent of an infant or toddler, you may have a large supply of sippy cups, bottles, baby plates, and silverware. When moving, it’s best to keep all your baby items in the same box, especially since most baby products are not made with fragile materials. Therefore, you may wrap each item individually with paper or bubble wrap if preferred, but it’s not necessary. Keep in mind that you should keep one or two sets of bottles, sippy cups, and silverware in a separate bag so you can feed your baby while moving!

When in Doubt, Let the Professionals Move You Out!

Sometimes, balancing your life with work, family, and other responsibilities can be too much. If packing your home could not have come at a worse time, we are here to help! At Alliance Moving and Storage, we are devoted to helping you through any part of the moving process. From offering packing and disassembly services to transport, storage, and unpacking, our professionals are ready to help. Are you ready to pass the packing on to us? Contact our team today to receive a free quote for our services!

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February 10

It’s such a great feeling when your realtor calls to announce that your offer was accepted and you’re one step closer to becoming a homeowner. Making the final decision to purchase a home as either a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner often seems to be the easiest and most fun step. From the acceptance offer on, the remaining moving process quickly becomes overwhelming if not properly planned. We are here to help! Below, we provide ten steps guaranteed to help organize and plan the perfect move for you and your family this year.

Step 1: Know Your Closing Date

Planning the perfect move begins with this easy step. Before packing and completing address change forms, you need to confirm the closing date on your new home. Be sure that your realtor, the current homeowners, their realtor, and the attorney all know the moving day. Scheduling your closing early in the process helps make sure that the title company has a convenient slot open. You cannot buy a car without obtaining a title, and you can’t close on a house without one either.

Step 2: Get an Appraisal

With your loan considered for approval, the lending institution usually requests an appraisal, or home value assessment, on the property as part of the closing process. This is done to see if the property appraises at the sale price or higher. In the event that the valuation of the home proves significantly less than the purchase amount, a home appraisal contingency allows you as the buyer and opportunity to back out of the sale. However, if the appraisal shows no red flags, you can move to the next step.

Step 3: Have an Inspection

Most residential real estate contracts contain what’s known as a home inspection contingency, which allows you as the potential buyer to back out of the sale of the home, should the house require significant repairs the seller is unwilling to make. Once you place a deposit on your house, schedule the home inspection. Typically, the inspection takes place within a week to 10 days after your offer is accepted. After the home inspector evaluates the home, he writes up a report documenting his findings.

Step 4: Confirm a Clear Title on the Home

This step is imperative when purchasing a home and planning the perfect move. Without a clear title, you cannot—and should not—close on a home. Once your offer is accepted, an escrow agent, title company, or your agent will order the title report to identify any title issues such as trust complications, unpaid balances from lenders, or even outstanding property taxes. Again, if the house has any liens, judgments, or debts attached to the property, it cannot be sold. Unfortunately, you will need to begin looking at other housing options or wait for those issues to be resolved.

Step 5: Purchase Homeowner’s Insurance

Just as car insurance is crucial when acquiring a new vehicle, home insurance is necessary to purchasing a home. Securing home insurance is a vital step in the home-buying process. Before deciding on one insurance plan, obtain and compare quotes from different providers to ensure you don’t overspend and purchase inadequate coverage. Finding an insurance agent you can trust will help create an insurance plan that covers every item needed.

Step 6: Set Up your Utilities Account

Moving into a home with water and electricity can only be made possible if you set up your utilities prior to your moving date. To do so, you can ask for the utility providers that the previous homeowners used if more than one provider services your area. Then, you can either call or visit the provider’s website to request a new account or transfer your current account to the new address. Don’t forget to set up utility accounts for gas, cable, internet, phone, and waste management, if applicable!

Step 7: Prepare Change of Address Forms

Though you still have time before the closing date, preparing your change of address forms before the move will really help. Before the boxes, labels, and tape, take a few minutes to list every subscription, utility bill, and account with your current address. Then, complete a change of address form prior to your last day at your current home and bring it to your local post office. That way, you won’t miss any bills or subscriptions!

Step 8: Pack Up Your Home

For some people, packing up your home is the most stressful step due to owning too much or having items that require delicate handling. If this is your first move, you might wonder how to pack everything safely and efficiently. Whether packing with or without additional help, coordinating your items and furniture by room will help keep everything organized. This is a great opportunity to sort through everything you own and see where you can downsize.

Step 9: Make a Moving Day Checklist

With a busy life filled with work, school, doctor appointments, and grocery shopping, it’s hard remembering all the final moving day tasks. Do you have enough boxes and bubble wrap? Have you purchased moving tarps and furniture straps? Therefore, creating an organized checklist will help you remember items commonly forgotten on moving day.

Step 10: Hire A Professional Moving Service

Choosing to receive help from a moving company will help make your moving transition much easier. Moving trucks have more space than cars and pickup trucks, so you can fit more things in one vehicle and take fewer trips. At Alliance Moving and Storage, we are dedicated to providing exceptional service in all that we do. With our trained movers prepared to help in any step of the moving process, we want to help make your move seamless so that you can focus on the new adventure ahead. Contact us today to receive a free quote for our services.

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January 29

With the final date of your lease quickly approaching, it can seem daunting to remember everything that must be completed in such a short amount of time. Below, we provide a complete end-of-lease checklist to guarantee you complete everything on your to-do list and ensure a successful move, while avoiding additional penalties or fees.

Step 1: Provide an Official Moving-Out Statement to your Landlord or Association

Typically in your lease statement, your landlord or association lists the specific time frame in which you must send a notice of moving out, like 30, 45, or 60 days. Type and print a formal letter providing notice of your move out date and deliver it to your landlord or association office in a timely manner. By doing so, you will avoid any fees associated with the lack of providing adequate advanced notice. If you wish to go the extra mile and ensure they know of your move out date, send an email confirmation with the same contents of your letter. That way, if they lost your letter and have no recollection of the notice, you have an email version available as backup!

Step 2: Confirm the Moving Day with Your New Apartment

To ensure that moving day is a seamless transition into your new living space, confirm with your new landlord or association of your anticipated moving day. This will prevent any gaps in the moving process that result in you looking for a hotel or spare room at a relative’s home while waiting for your new space to become available. In the event your new apartment or condo is not available for the day your current lease ends, you will need to utilize a storage facility to temporarily keep your belongings safe.

Step 3: Organize and Pack Your Belongings

Packing stresses out many tenants who think they own too many items that are difficult to move or require delicate handling. You might question how to pack everything safely and efficiently. Therefore, hiring a local moving service that packs and unpacks your items may be your best solution.

Packing with or without additional help, coordinating your items and furniture by room will help keep everything organized – especially when packing for a storage unit. This is a great opportunity to sort through everything you own and see where you can downsize.

When packing with boxes or bins, use a permanent marker or label to effectively distinguish where each container goes. Additionally, when labeling the room that the items came from, specify the contents inside. We prepared an example breakdown below of useful labels when packing per room:

Living Room

  • Hanging Décor: Curtains and curtain rods, artwork, tapestries, shelves, and pictures
  • Lighting & Electrical: Lamps, lightbulbs, batteries, remotes, and extension cords
  • Miscellaneous Décor: Books, Couch pillows and throws, Knick knacks, Candles, faux plants, and decorative bowls

Kitchen & Dining Area

To save on packing paper and make the most of your packing, use your kitchen towels, cloth napkins, oven mitts, and potholders to cushion other items.

  • Dishes: Bowls, plates, silverware, glasses, coffee mugs, Tupperware, and hosting serving sets
  • Appliances: Toaster, tea kettle, coffee maker, hand mixer, stand mixer, and blender
  • Cooking Utensils: Spatulas, stirring spoons, pots, pans, and miscellaneous kitchen gadgets
  • Pantry: Shelf-stable food, canned food, and refrigerator/freezer foods (use an insulated cooler bag)
  • Dining Room Décor: Placemats, seat cushions, napkin holders, candles, and miscellaneous decorations

Bathrooms

  • Linens and Bathroom Necessities: Shower curtain, curtain rods/hooks, and floor mats
  • Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, hand and body soap, hair products, makeup, and feminine products

Bedrooms

  • Bedding: Comforter, pillows, sheets, blankets, and bed skirts
  • Nightstand Contents: Anything stored inside your nightstands
  • Hanging Décor: Curtains and curtain rods, artwork, tapestries, shelves, and pictures
  • Lighting & Electrical: Lamps, lightbulbs, batteries, remotes, and extension cords
  • Miscellaneous Décor: Books, Knick knacks, Candles, and faux plants

Closets

  • Linens: Towels of any size, extra bedsheet sets, and bath robes
  • Clothing: Tops, pants, undergarments, socks, shoes, winter gear, outerwear, and accessories
  • Paperwork: Tax information, memory boxes, and important auto/home/health documents
  • Cleaning Products: Bathroom cleaner, household cleaner, cleaning rags, bleach, detergents, and paper towels
  • Seasonal Décor: Christmas decorations, holiday decorations, and wreaths

Outdoor

  • Hanging Elements: Potted plants, lanterns, and mosquito nets
  • Lighting & Electrical: String lighting, batteries, remotes, and extension cords
  • Equipment: Sports equipment, gardening essentials, and grilling tools

Step 4: Clean Your Entire Apartment

Now that your items are packed and stored away in bins or boxes, you can focus on the fine print of your lease. Every lease includes a clause or section dedicated to move-out procedures and fees associated with any damage or cleaning tasks uncompleted. When it comes to cleaning your home, evaluate whether it is more efficient to grab a mop and bucket yourself, or if hiring a service for a final deep clean is easier.

Do It Yourself

If you opt to clean on your own, understand your responsibility to ensure everything is done in time for a final inspection. To make certain you complete everything in time, try deep-cleaning one room a day as you pack.

Cleaning tasks often forgotten may include:

  • Clean all baseboards and trim around the apartment
  • Spray and Wipe all windows and sliding doors inside and out, including the tracks (if possible and applicable)
  • Sanitize and remove everything from inside all cabinets and drawers. This includes the kitchen, bathroom, and any closets
  • Sweep the porch or deck
  • Dust and sanitize all ceiling fans and vents
  • Spot clean any scuff marks
  • Wipe all light switches, outlets, door hardware, and surrounding areas
  • Clean all appliances and fixtures that stay with the apartment: stovetop, oven, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, shower, bathtub, toilet, sinks, countertops, and mirrors

To help you remember what to clean and record completed tasks, make a checklist either on your phone or with a notepad. This will help you visualize how much work remains.

Hire a Cleaning Service

If this step appears too daunting or strenuous for you, know that help is available! Did you know that cleaning services offer special packages geared towards people moving out of their apartment? By hiring a professional cleaning service, your list will either drastically decrease or disappear altogether! This helps ensure you complete the necessary requirements and avoid penalty fees associated with forgotten cleaning tasks.

Bonus Step: Hire a Moving Company

Choosing to receive help from a moving company will help make your moving transition much easier. Moving trucks have more space than cars and pickup trucks, so you can fit more things in one vehicle and take fewer trips between apartments. At Alliance Moving and Storage, we are dedicated to providing exceptional service in all that we do. With our trained movers prepared to help in any step of the moving process, we want to help make your move a seamless transition so that you can focus on the new adventure ahead. Contact us today to receive a free quote for our services.

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January 16

Moving into a high-rise apartment is both an exciting and stressful occasion. You can picture waking up to your new view of the city, mountains, or beach while living on the 25th floor. However, you aren’t sure how to successfully move your belongings from your old apartment. Below, we discuss ten pre-moving and moving day strategies guaranteed to help smooth your transition to a high-rise apartment.

1. Secure Your Commitment

Sometimes, an apartment complex is not the one for you. Prior to tasking yourself and friends or a moving company with the arduous job of hauling your items into a high-rise apartment, make sure you’ve found one you want to live in for at least a year. Before moving in, consider meeting with some of your soon-to-be neighbors and asking how safe and satisfied they are with living in the building. This will also give you the opportunity to introduce yourself!

2. Configure Your Layout Beforehand

To prevent having too much furniture crammed into a small or peculiar floorplan, know what can and cannot fit in your new apartment before lugging the extra furniture to your high-rise. Before you move in, take some measurements at the new apartment. Consider the width of doors and hallways, ceiling height, and the dimensions of your living space. You can also ask the apartment manager to send you a floorplan of your apartment. Sometimes, the floorplans have dimensions already accounted for.

3. Lighten Your Load

High-rise apartments are typically smaller living spaces than other home options. Moving from a larger apartment or home to a high-rise apartment will be much easier if you filter through your belongings and remove what is not important or necessary for your new home. By doing so, you will save time and money in moving costs. In addition, eliminating items that are harder to move will help prevent later stress when attempting to squeeze a large piece of furniture through a narrow hallway. Consider hosting a garage sale the weekend before your move to increase your moving budget while reducing your possessions!

4. Make a Pre-Moving Checklist

Do you have enough boxes and bubble wrap? Have you purchased moving tarps and furniture straps? Creating a final to-do list will give peace of mind that you have everything taken care of. As one final measure of readiness, be sure to fill your car the night before your move with crucial but often forgotten items.

5. Learn the Rules and Regulations of Your New Apartment

Like every apartment association, your new high-rise apartment will have its own set of rules. Typically, high-rise apartments have specific regulations regarding move-in and move-out procedures. Whether you are a first-time renter or consider yourself a seasoned professional in the renting world, it’s important to know and comply with your high-rise apartment’s policy and safety regulations before moving in. If you have any pets, be sure that the apartment allows your animal’s breed and that their weight is under the limit. This will help you avoid any problems or fees during your move. 

6. Confirm That the Apartment Knows of Your Moving Date

Regarding both the apartment you are moving out of and the new high-rise unit you plan to move into, this is a necessary step. Confirm the moving dates with building management from both apartments, over the phone and by a written note so there is ample documentation noting the event. Doing so will help you avoid penalizations or fines for not adhering to the rules and regulations. Most apartments require this step to prepare for the extra foot traffic and alert other residents of elevator usage, if necessary. This prevents multiple people from moving on the same day, resulting in limited space around elevators and doors.

7. Reserve the Elevator

In high-rise apartments, limited elevator usage and space is one moving disadvantage. When multiple tenants use the elevator on many, you may spend more time waiting at the base of an elevator than moving your items. To prepare ahead of time and prevent any inconvenience reserve the elevator with maintenance. Check with your new apartment’s list of rules and regulations, as this may be a requirement. You may even find that your high-rise apartment has a freight elevator available for use. This can help move larger furniture pieces such as your sofa and bed.

8. Reserve A Parking Space

Though this may not seem all too important, whether you rent a truck or hire a few movers, you will need to call the apartment ahead of time to reserve a parking spot. This will serve not only as a common curtesy for your fellow tenants but will also aid in convenience. With high-rise apartments, available parking is usually slim and must be handled wisely. Additionally, this may be a requirement at your new apartment as it can be a safety hazard to other vehicles and pedestrians. Also, consider that the closer of a parking spot you can reserve, the less time your move will take!

9. Clean the Apartment Before You Move In

Sometimes, previous tenants don’t take care of the apartment before moving out. As a result, some walls, counters, and floors look less than desirable upon your move-in day. Before relocating all your belongings in your high-rise apartment, make sure all surface areas are heavily cleaned prior to moving day. Though some apartment associations will clean in preparation of your arrival, it’s always comforting to make sure everything is fresh.  

10. Call the Professionals

Luckily, select moving professionals can work in compliance with high-rise apartment rules and regulations. Hiring a professional moving service to help transition your belongings into your new home can help reduce stress and the time spent moving. At Alliance Moving and Storage, we are dedicated to help you through any part or the entirety of your moving process. From disassembling and packing your belongings to transporting and unpacking them into your new high-rise apartment, our skilled movers can help. Contact us today to receive a free quote on the services you need.

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December 18

Sometimes, you run out of space at your home or in the office for all your belongings. Perhaps you recently inherited your great aunt’s fine art collection or found a surplus of vintage vinyl records from a Saturday of garage sale shopping. Regardless of how you acquired your belongings, finding a storage facility might be your next plan of action. As rental storage units vary in size and amenities, we discuss below why you should unquestionably make your next unit temperature-controlled.

What Happens Without Temperature-Controlled Storage?

In a perfect world, all your items in a storage room would be perfectly safe, not only from theft but also from wear and tear brought about by the unit’s atmosphere. However, the conditions of a storage unit’s interior can be unpredictable. Protection cannot be guaranteed without some way to manage temperature and humidity levels. In fact, a whole slew of issues could arise when heat, cold, and increased moisture enter your storage unit.

Heat

Warped Frames

Wood, stretched fabrics, or malleable metals are the first to succumb to weather-warped damage. Abnormal heat levels tend to compromise the structure of typical furniture pieces like tables, instruments, and canvases. When heat and cold cause these items to expand and contract over the course of time, the materials weaken, ultimately resulting in deformities.

Melted Components

Like a popsicle in the heat of summer, belongings that are continually exposed to heat will begin to melt, sweat, or burn. Even though your items in storage are kept from direct sunlight, a room that heats from the lack of air conditioning will affect any materials with a low melting temperature.

Cold

Breakage

When too cold, thin glass is extremely prone to cracking and even shattering. Shattered glass could be damaging to other items nearby as it may pierce delicate materials or become a safety hazard when you next visit the unit. If you cannot move to a temperature-controlled storage unit, effectively pack your fragile items and place in a safe spot to best prevent breakage.

Rust and Stiffened Hinges

Weakened metals could develop rust or reduce effectiveness. If ever previously exposed to moisture, placing your possessions in a storage unit that’s not temperature-controlled could put them in jeopardy of forming that notoriously crusty corrosion or become the squeaky hinge you didn’t need.

Moisture

Mold and Mildew

No one wants to open their storage unit door and find mold spores infesting their family heirlooms or designer collections. Mold and mildew can slyly enter a room if you don’t manage the space well. Utilizing a stable, temperature-controlled storage unit and taking further mold-prevention actions will eliminate extreme temperatures needed for dangerous mold to grow.

Insects and Infestation

If there is opportunity for moisture to enter your storage unit, do not be fooled that bugs and rodents will not find a way in either. Even the smallest of cracks can bring in unwanted critters that house during the winter or find the moisture-ridden area, a perfect breeding ground for mating season.

What Truly Needs Temperature-Controlled Storage?

Any of your belongings may be affected by extreme temperatures and high humidity. However, there are specific items that should have priority for placement in temperature-controlled storage units to further your preventative measures.

Pictures/Scrapbooks

When developed from film to final product, photographs are highly reactive to extremely hot or cold temperatures. Both the raw film and developed pictures could entirely erase and leave you with lost work or memories, especially pictures developed from negatives. Choosing a unit without a temperature-controlled environment will result in a gamble of potentially ruining your photographs.

Electronics

Electronics such as CDs, DVDs, old video cassettes, and gaming software require storage in room-temperature to prevent distortion, warping, or any other damage. In a storage unit without temperature-controlling features, cold weather can affect electronics, causing damage from dull batteries to irreparably frozen screens. Too much exposure to heat and humidity can cause warped or even melted technology components.

Antiques

Historical relics, family heirlooms, or personal treasures should be maintained with the highest care. You will find it extremely difficult to preserve your belongings if you do not store them in a temperature-controlled storage unit. Prevent warping, discoloring, and breakage by securing your antiques in a premium storage unit that monitors room temperatures.

Furniture

From tables and bookshelves to mattresses and upholstered sofas, storage that is not temperature-controlled promotes detrimental situations. When the unit heats and cools at irregular intervals, all wooden products will expand and contract, causing warping or splitting that could ruin your furniture. With upholstered furniture and mattresses, excess heat and moisture can grow unsightly molds and mildews that you may not be able to successfully clean and disinfect.

Artwork

Aged oil paintings, children’s paper mache sculptures, or lace embroidery projects are at risk when stored in a unit lacking temperature control. With heated and humid environments, the oil mediums in artwork can bleed together and transform the masterpiece into a muddied blur. If paper mache is left in the same environment, the work will begin to warp as the paper lifts itself away from the intended form. Similar to how wedding gowns are preserved to prevent yellowing, lace and embroidery must not be placed in humid or uncontrolled units.  

Leather

Regardless how the leather comes – in the form of a pair of boots, a vintage jacket, or piece of furniture – placing the leather item in a storage unit void of temperature and humidity control can be detrimental. Similar to direct sunlight exposure, extreme temperatures or humidity can cause discoloration, warping, stretching, shrinkage, and cracking to the material.

Secure Your Belongings with Alliance Moving and Storage

Protect your stored items just as well as the belongings in your home or office by securing a reliable storage unit to temporarily house your treasures. At Alliance Moving and Storage, we are dedicated to providing the most reliable temperature-controlled storage units, keeping and preserving your property inside. Contact us today to receive a quote on our available spaces!

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