Friday, 18 October 2013

Taking Your Garden with You When Moving

It’s easy to forget about moving indoor and outdoor plants properly when moving house and they are often the last things that get packed to go, often just being dumped into a cardboard box or back of the truck haphazardly. This means they are often packed incorrectly, damaged and even killed during transport.

The plants you have in your backyard and inside your home can be put to good use at your new home to immediately spruce up your new garden and the interior of the house so it’s a shame to waste them, and it’s a waste of money too as you will then have to go out and buy new plants.

If you have been at your old home for a long time then you probably have a lot of plants that are established within the garden and it would be a great shame to have to leave all your hard work behind. But also not necessary, although you obviously can’t dig everything up why not start taking cuttings a few months before you plan to move?

It’s not a good idea to start digging up the whole garden as it will look ugly, and the new tenants probably won’t be very happy about it! But if you have a certain plant or shrub that you love the look or smell of and would like to take it to the new place, then cut a small piece and replant it in a small pot ready to be planted into the ground when you’re ready to start on the garden.

Check with your removal company if they will take plants as well. If they do not then you will have to organise to move them yourself. For garden decorations and equipment you may want to put them into storage if you are going to be landscaping your new home as generally the garden is only taken care of once the interior of the house is completed, and this can take some time.

Putting garden equipment into self storage will make sure they are out of the way until needed and prevent them from getting lost, going rusty or getting broken. Wheelbarrows, spades and forks, plant pots and lawnmowers can safely be stowed away in the garden shed, but if you don’t have time to erect the shed at the moment then storage is the key.

Make sure your plants have plenty of water but are not soaking wet before you move them. Put them into boxes quite tightly packed so there is no room for them to slide around. It is also a good idea to protect the top of your plants from being damaged so place a loose plastic bag over the top and to prevent them from getting wet another one around the bottom of the plant pots.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Storage Solutions During Renovation

When you are renovating your house you can either choose to be constantly moving the furniture and other belongings around so the decorators or tradesmen can get to the parts of the house where they need to work, or opt to move the bulky items of furniture into rented storage.

A storage unit can be leased for short periods of time giving you and any tradespeople the space needed to work effectively and get the renovations done a lot faster. This can also help you to avoid damaging any household items during heavy renovation work, or splashing paint on antique pieces and valuable items.

Start by boxing up your smaller items ready to go into storage, just as you would for a house move. Any larger objects should be wrapped if possible, and if you do not have time to transport your belongings to storage space during renovations, find a company that will come and pick them up for you or hire a removalist if you can afford it.

Clearing out your home to make room for renovation work is not just about ease of access. It will also avoid the safety issues that can arise from working in a crowded space and even help you get your home finished a lot quicker than expected.

The great thing about storage is that you can hire a unit just for the renovation period, there is no contract to sign and so you don’t waste any days when the unit isn’t required, and you don’t waste any money either. Self-storage is the simplest thing to organize and ideal for homeowners busy making improvements to their property.

Find a service that comes and picks up your possessions, just give them a call and they’ll arrive with the portable unit, load it up for you and take it back to the facility. Leaving you to get on with the work on the house and not worrying about damaging furniture or having to cover everything in dust sheets to protect it.

Most storage facilities offer different sized units so whether you’re renovating the whole house and need something really large to contain all your things, or just remodeling 1 room, they should be able to accommodate your needs. Prices are calculated by the size of the storage unit and how long it’s hired for. They often have discounts or promotions too so it’s worth checking out as this makes the service even more economical than it already is!

Just think about all the possible mishaps that could occur when redecorating and renovating a property. Paint for starters, it gets everywhere and can be really difficult to remove from wooden furniture without leaving a mark. Then there are all the workmen coming in and out on a daily basis who need space to move around to do their job well. Accidents are more likely to happen if there are a lot of things to maneuver around which is why self storage makes so much sense.