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Moving to a new place is exciting!  But it’s also stressful. Finding a new place, new job, packing, and the actual move can be one of the most stressful things  you ever do. ( some people do it more than once  😉  )

Planning ahead and doing your research will make your move a lot less stressful, and you are less likely to have ‘mover issues’.

Some people hire a  moving company hoping to make their move easier but end up with horror stories. To keep it from happening to you, look for a licensed and reputable moving company.  ( Ask your Go Mini’s representative for recommendations)

Always do your research ahead of time.

Ask for references from both the moving company and from friends and family. Find out who they used when they moved.

Make sure your moving company has a physical address that ties them to the community.

Don’t hire from ‘help available’ ads online or in the newspaper. The majority are fly-by-night operations who do not have your best interests in mind.  The lowest price is not always the best deal.

Never, EVER pay the entire amount up front.  Reputable companies will never ask you to do this.

Be very clear   (and honest)  with your expectations when requesting a quote from your movers. Get several quotes for comparison.  If you have steep stairs or Grandma’s piano, tell them ahead of time. You don’t want to be bargaining with them on moving day.

Get everything in writing so you will have something to fall back on should the need arise.

If you are packing your own things, make sure to do so with care,  and the thought that someone else is going to be lifting and placing these things when you are not looking.

Speaking of not looking, SUPERVISE your movers at all times. This may require help from  your friends and family.

If you are hiring movers to pack for you, it is not a bad idea to pack extra fragile or sentimental items yourself anyway, and if possible, move them in your own vehicle.

Do you have pets? Don’t forget that moving is highly stressful for them too, even more so than for you. Make sure they are secure, and have all identification information  on them, including your phone numbers,  old address, current address, and an emergency contact for in between. If possible leave them with a trusted friend temporarily  so you can avoid stressing them on  your actual moving day.  Cats in particular go missing on moving days when the crate accidently opens and they bolt away.

Professional movers do this for a living. They will know how to maximize the space in your MINI, making sure everything fits in there just perfectly, and securely .

The use of moving blankets, straps and the correct cartons will ensure all your precious items arrive in the same condition you packed them in.

Your GO MINI’s representatives have the answers to all your questions. Call us today and we can help you find a mover, give you ideas for packing your items safely, recommend the correct size MINI you require for your household goods, and take away a lot of the inevitable stress that pulling up stakes and moving can bring.

We’re here to help! We are your neighbors and we’ll do everything we can to make your move go smoothly.

Call us today for a free, no obligation quote. We will recommend movers who we trust.

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While the opportunity to move can be exciting, no one ever looks forward to the prospect of packing. Who wants to pack all of their belongings into boxes and then unpack everything once they’re in their new home? Unpacking isn’t pleasant, but it doesn’t have to be something that drives you insane. Read on to learn more about how a portable storage container can save you the hustle.

Sort Your Stuff

One of the things which will make packing easier is to go through your belongings and decide what you’re keeping and what you’re not. For example, the Big Mouth Billy Bass you received for your birthday in 2001 doesn’t need to come with you to your new home. If you have a hard time deciding what you want to keep, follow this rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it or used it in the past year, and you don’t see yourself wearing or using it in the next year, get rid of it.

Set a Schedule

Part of staying sane during the moving process is having a schedule which you stick to like glue. Take out your calendar and circle important dates, such as when you need to move, when you need to turn off the utilities and when you need to start packing. Knowing when you need to do things means that you’ll be organized. And when you’re organized, you’re more relaxed… and sane.

Find Reliable Movers

If you’re planning on using movers, you’ll need to find a company you can trust. Finding a trustworthy moving company might seem like an unpleasant activity. However, there are ways you can make it easier for yourself. First of all, ask your family, friends and coworkers for recommendations. They can tell you which companies to choose (and which to avoid). Next, call a few of these companies and ask them for quotes. A low quote isn’t necessarily the best quote, because it might not include such niceties as packing materials or a truck. Pick a company with a reasonable quote which includes the most services.

Don’t Pack Everything

There are certain things you shouldn’t pack, such as your laptop or tablet and their chargers. If you’re moving abroad, don’t put your passport in one of the boxes. Make a list of the important documents or items which you’ll need during the move. Keep them in a safe place so they aren’t packed.

Rent a Portable Storage Container 

At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers, Learn more about our portable storage containers and the process, and either get a quote or book now.

 

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Moving is a stressful, expensive process that most people dread. There’s always the fear of forgetting something, fighting over schedules with the truck drivers, running out of space, and the risk of mix-up with deliveries.

By riding with Mini-Go, you put all of those fears to rest.

Mini-Go doesn’t use trucks or schedules. Rather, you rent a storage unit for as long as you need, and then have it delivered to wherever you want, whenever you want. We understand that one size rarely fits all, so we offer a range of storage containers, from 12 feet to 20 feet. You load and unload it at your leisure, just provide an open area for us to leave the container and give us a call when you want it picked up. You don’t need to wait around all day, just provide an address. We will provide a courtesy call 24 hours beforehand to verify all the details and then we deliver the container to the specified address.

Renting a Portable Storage Container

Each container comes with a translucent roof, allowing light in to make loading easier, and a rolling, locking door for security. You load it in your own time, at your own pace, secure in the knowledge that your belongings are safe in the secure, low-humidity, weather proof container with the option to extend the time you need it for.

When you’re done loading your mini-go, you have a choice. You can keep it and all your possessions on your property for your own peace of mind, or you can leave it at our own secure facility, with the knowledge that our security team will be keeping a close eye on it. We offer coverage of up to $5000, or $25 every four weeks, and your insurance provider may provide additional coverage under the terms of their existing policy. We also offer great value discounts for long term storage, contact us for more details.

And when you’re done loading, we can either take the container back or deliver it to another location. If you opted to keep it in our facility, we can immediately deliver it to any address you choose. Our drivers have years of experience, so you can rest safe in the knowledge your belongings will be safe in transit.

Looking for Affordable Storage Containers

If you’re in need of portable storage containers, choosing Go Mini’s storage containers make a lot of sense. Go Mini’s patented storage containers have a superior design over competitors. Additionally, we are the only ones to offer a 20ft. storage container that is perfect for storing large items.

Contact us today for more information about our portable storage containers.

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We all know the worst part of moving is having to trust the moving company with your precious things.

What if you could move without having to worry that the young new hires at the moving company are going to accidentally break your grandma’s priceless vintage lamp? Well, its possible only if you rent a portable storage container.

Start Packing Early

The earlier you start packing, the less you’ll have to worry about rushing to get everything together before the big day comes. The earlier you start putting the things you don’t use on a daily basis in a box, the more you’ll avoid stress as the day inches closer and closer.

And once your things are already packed up and ready to go, you don’t need to stress about them breaking on their way to your new home.

Take Time Off

This goes hand in hand with packing early. If you really want to avoid stressing yourself out over a big move – consider booking a couple extra days off work that you dedicate just to packing the small items that you know won’t be needed in the interim.

Ask Your Friends for Help

The easiest way to save money hiring a moving company, is to enlist the trusted help of your dearest friends. Unlike movers, they will feel obliged to help you without requiring payment (beyond pizza and beer) and they will be much more likely to take care when moving your valuables – because if they break your grandma’s priceless lamp, they’re going to feel mighty guilty every single time they see you.

Rent a Portable Storage Container

A portable storage unit will allow you to slowly and surely pack and store your valuables in your spare time, as you go.

Rather than taking a few days beforehand to rush and stress out about the entire thing – you can get your moving situation under control far in advance – and the best part is, rather than having your boxes filled up taking over your home while you’re still living there – you can get them out of your house and ready to go in the unit.

In the end, it is completely possible to manage your move without adding the expense of the moving company to your final bill. You just have to be ready to take advantage of any opportunity that arises, and make sure you manage your time in the most efficient way possible.

Looking for Some Extra Storage?

When you’re looking for a way to get some extra storage, choosing Go Mini’s storage containers make a lot of sense. Go Mini’s patented storage containers have a superior design over competitors. Additionally, we are the only ones to offer a 20ft. storage container that is perfect for storing large items.

Contact us today for more information.


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A few missed steps in staging your home can cost you a few thousand dollars in the sale price, as your home sits longer on the market.  With a few effective tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to confidently show your home and attract buyers.

Let’s examine how a pro would stage your home with these ten simple tips, from minor repairs to small aesthetic upgrades to storing your clutter.

1.  Depersonalize

Depersonalizing your home involves removing family pictures and any other items such as keepsakes that don’t have a special meaning to homebuyers. You also want to remove any unique decor and paint the walls in each room a neutral color.

2.  Make Minor Repairs

Make minor repairs such as fixing screens, replacing light bulbs, patching small cracks, etc. Staging specialists recommend that you have someone else go through your house to look for small discrepancies you may have missed.

3.  Purchase a Chandelier

One of the main complaints of people looking to buy a new home is lack of adequate lighting.

“People think you have to spend a fortune on lighting, but you can go to any big box store and get beautiful ones for, at most, a few hundred dollars,” home staging expert Alyssa Tavazoie of Alyssa Interiors told Canadian Living.

Locate an affordable electrician to install it. Doing so gives you a better chance of making the sale.

4.  Rearrange Furniture  

Try to rearrange furniture in smaller groupings. At least two groupings per room is ideal. This makes the room look bigger and seem more accommodating for larger groups. People who entertain frequently will appreciate this benefit.

5.  Replace Cabinet Pulls

Chances are your cabinet pulls are at least a little out of date. Remedy the problem by purchasing ceramic or brushed stainless steel pulls, which will give your cupboards a more modern look.

6.  Purchase New Visible Linens

This includes items such as chair cushions, comforters, towels and oven mitts. Used ones aren’t inviting and make your home look a bit dingy.

7.  Fix Up the Bathroom

Give the bathroom a fresh look with a new mirror or medicine cabinet and light fixtures. You may also want to replace towel bars and the toilet paper holder.

8.  Fix Up the Master Bedroom

If your bedside tables or dresser is cluttered, un-clutter them. Purchase matching lamps and a few colourful throw pillows to brighten up the room.

9.  Bake Cookies

Many successful realtors recommend that you bake something right before someone is scheduled to tour your home. Buy frozen cookie dough and pop a few in the oven. The house will smell heavenly.

10.  Make Exterior Improvements

Keep your lawn mowed and the bushes trimmed. Wash the windows and weed the flowerbed. Consider purchasing a new front door, if yours has seen better days. The same holds true for your garage door, if applicable.

All of these tips are meant to make your home look appealing to the widest range of potential homebuyers possible. Everyone has different tastes. You need to make it easy for the people who tour your home to envision themselves living there.

Bonus Tip:  Store Your Clutter in a Container

Having difficulty finding a place to hide all your clutter?  The messier your home is, the less a prospective buyer will be able to envision living there.  But where are you supposed to temporarily store all of your things?  Especially if you’re in the midst of organizing to move, your home will present the opposite of clean and open.

The best solution is to store your items in a mobile container, which can either be stored on your property, or at the supplier’s secure storage facility.  At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers, which allows the family the ability to show their home in all its glory, uncluttered and inviting.
Learn more about our containers and the process, and either get a quote or book now, and get your house looking its best for buyers!

Are you thinking about using mobile storage units for moving? If so, it’s a great idea! The pods are actually among the list of “five tools everyone who is moving this spring should be using.” Read further, to get the scoop in regard to making your move easier. Believe it or not, it DOESN’T have to be a nightmare.

1. Moving Blankets

Moving blankets can be wrapped around all sorts of precious items, from couches and coffee tables to large electronics like tvs. These large, thick blankets are perfect for protecting delicate items from scratches or bumps that it may suffer during the move.

2. Mobile Storage

Mobile storage units are an excellent way to both store and transport your belongings during a move. These storage pods can be ordered for your move and many companies even deliver them.

Once your belongings are stored inside, the pod can be delivered back to the company where they can keep your belongings safe and secure. Many of these pods can also be used to transport your belongings from your old house to your new home.

3. Sliders

Furniture sliders are plastic disks that can be fitted underneath the legs for heavier furniture, such as desks, book shelves, and filing cabinets. These disks make it easy to slide the furniture across both hardwood floors and carpets, while protecting your flooring from potential damage.

4. Ropes or Straps

Another moving essential that people often forget to seek out is moving straps. Using moving straps to help lift heavier objects is a great way to avoid back strain and injury. The straps can also be used to secure items to a dolly, or into a truck. Moving.about.com advises that keeping extra rope or straps on hand could help to get you out of a bind later on.

5. Labels

Whether it’s with a label maker or masking tape and a marker, make sure that you label every box, bag, and item that you move. Labels are especially useful for identifying cables for your computer and entertainment center, according to LifeHacker.com. Labeling all the plugs and accessories for your electronics beforehand can help to keep them organized throughout the moving process.

The Most Simple Moving Hack

Moving is never easy. Making use of these five tools goes a long way when it comes to reducing the stress of relocating. This is especially true when you choose to use mobile storage units. For more info on the benefits of using portable storage containers, don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember, the more efficient you are, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your new surroundings.

 

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How do you stay sane when you move?  Is it even possible?

Advance planning is your friend, and when it comes to parents moving to a new house, it will help you to efficiently get your family settled. Consider following these tips for moving, which may seem like common sense, or may be rather insightful.  Either way, in the name of efficiency, read on.

1.  Purge Old Toys

The perfect time to narrow down your child’s toy collection is during a move. If a toy is broken, worn out, or just not played with anymore, don’t bother packing it. This saves room in your new house, as well as decreases the amount of stuff you have to move.

2.  Hire a Babysitter

Keeping an eye on your kids is a full-time job on its own. It’s especially hard during a move. Find someone who can watch your child during the packing, unpacking and transportation of your belongings.

Book the babysitters ASAP. You’ll need child care coverage that enables you to pack, to move, and to unpack. Trying to move without someone to watch your little ones is life-shortening. Book early and triple confirm, wrote Sarah Welch at BabyCenter.com.

You might even want to have some backup babysitters at the ready for the actual move-out/move-in dates just in case.

3.  Pack an “Open Me First” Box

Pack a box of essentials and household cleaning supplies in an “open me first” box. Things like toilet paper, soap and whatever disinfectant you’ll use in your new home. Making a safe, clean environment for your children is significantly easier to do when you have everything in a box that is marked for the occasion.

4.  Moving with Babies

Younger babies aren’t as much of a concern while moving, but older toddlers can be a bit more challenging, especially if they’re crawling or walking. Be sure to set their room up first, so they’ll have a place to go during the unloading.

Make sure they have access to at least a few of their toys. Having something to keep them occupied means less stress for your kids, which should result in less stress for you.

5.  Moving Long Distances

If you’re moving a long distance away, schedule a doctor’s appointment for your child, prior to the move, to ensure that no medical issues arise during the trip. To be on the safe side, make a list of hospitals along your route in case of emergencies.

“Schedule a doctor’s visit before you leave to make sure the child is OK to travel, and take care of any vaccinations now before you get busy in the new town you’re moving to,” according to Relocation.com.

Bonus Tip:  Mobile Containers Make Moving Easier

One of the biggest challenges is getting all of your items moved into a large truck on the day that you move, but there is an efficient alternative:  mobile containers.  You can simply have one delivered to your property, and gradually fill it in an organized fashion, until the day you move, when it can be transported to your new location.

At Go Mini’s, we have been helping families (with and without kids) move smoothly by providing convenient portable storage containers that we drop off, pick up, and move to a new location.  The containers can even be stored at our secure storage facility, if you prefer.  Get a free quote by letting us know what your needs are, and make life for you (and your kids) easier.

Moving is never fun, even in the most ideal circumstances. However, by taking advantage of some of these tips, you have a much better chance of maintaining your sanity. Try to think of relocating as a family adventure of sorts.

Game Plan for Moving to a New House

A little planning makes the whole moving process a lot less stressful.  As the saying goes:  failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Time, money and both physical and emotional stress can be saved when you take the time to consider what you can do to make the experience smoother.

So let’s make sure your next move is a big win with this game plan:

Decide on the Date

Choose a date by which you want the move to be complete, and try to stick with that schedule. An off-peak time, such as mid-week, is highly recommended. Try to avoid moving during major holidays, as well.

Notify the Important Parties

In an effort to make relocating as streamlined as possible, there are several individuals and businesses you should contact. The more of these people you get in touch with prior to the move, the better.

People and businesses you should contact include:

Moving Company Basics

If you decide to hire a moving company, contact several to get the best price. Don’t go with the least expensive option, unless you’re on an extremely tight budget. Doing so sometimes ends up being quite costly, if the company charges a fee for boxes and packing materials.

If you own things like valuable antiques or a piano, make sure to ask if there’s any additional charge for transporting these items. A word of warning: NEVER hire a moving company that isn’t fully insured.

Alternatively, for both convenience and price, you can choose to fill portable storage containers, which could then be transported to your new home.

Before Moving Day

Think about hiring a professional cleaning service to spruce up your new place.

According to PrimeLocation.com, “Some removal firms will arrange to do this. No one wants to arrive late in the night at your new home and then have to get up in the morning and start a taxing spring clean.”

The best time to purge the belongings that you no longer use is when you’re packing. Have a yard sale or donate items to charity. Either way, someone else will benefit from them and you’ll have less to transport from point A to point B.

On Moving Day

For security reasons, it’s advisable to change all of the locks in your new home. You never know who or how many people were given keys by the previous owner. It’s always better to err on the side of caution.

If you have small children and/or pets, consider hiring sitters for the day.  This eliminates possible distractions and allows you to get somewhat settled in, in a more timely manner.

Of course, it’s entirely possible to move without a plan. Homeowners do it every day and live to tell the tale. However, for the most stress-free experience, taking the time to think ahead is definitely beneficial.

Need Affordable Help to Move Your Belongings?

One of the most important things you can do to eliminate stress is to organize and pack your items into a moving vehicle, so they are out of the way.  But how can you do this when a moving truck is only rented on the day you’re moving?  This is where mobile storage containers are ideal.

With over 200 dealerships throughout North America, Go Mini’s has helped countless individuals and families move their belongings safely and efficiently, on their own schedule.  By gradually loading the container when it is on your property ahead of your moving day, and then either storing your belongings in our secure storage facility or on your property, we then take the container to your new home, and your life is made much easier.
Get a quote to get a sense of how much you’ll save with us, or go ahead and book with us, and focus instead on the rest of the details of your move.

Know Before Moving to New House Moving is typically stressful, even if everything is going to plan. There are the costs, and the physical exertion, and all the small but important details like notifying the post office.  It’s no simple feat to move your entire life from point A to point B! There are a handful of issues that arise that can make the moving process more difficult than necessary.  The more you are aware of these potential problems, the easier you’ll be able to handle them, and keep yourself on track. Let’s examine 6 of the most common problems you may encounter when moving.

1.  Packing Problems

Make sure you get boxes and packing materials before you actually start to go through your belongings. That way, everything will be properly packed and sorted. If you label each box, by the room location, you’ll save time both during your move and while you unpack. Try to think of the task as a fun experience. That way, there’s less chance of feeling overwhelmed.

2. Physical Injury or Furniture Damage Problems

Moving is a dangerous job, if you don’t take necessary precautions. Heavy lifting and bending improperly are two common causes of moving-related injuries. Be prepared for the possibility of minor injuries, as well. This includes cuts and sprains. While moving your stuff out of your old home to your new one, be prepared with a first aid kit. Not being careful when carrying your things could cause a physical injury. In the unlikely event of an injury occurring, make sure you are prepared,” according to MyMovingReviews.com.

3. Time Problems

Time management, when moving to a new residence, is extremely important. If  volunteers help you move, try to come to an agreement in regards to some type of schedule. That way, everyone will be prepared to help at the agreed upon times and you’ll be more confident the move will go smoothly.

4. Money Problems

Many of the costs associated with moving can be avoided by doing the work yourself. If your only choice is hiring a company, make sure it’s a reliable one that’s licensed and bonded. The last thing you want is to go to court, should your movers cause substantial damage. Also, you can consider using portable storage containers, which will reduce your costs and the reliance on a small window of time to complete the job.

5. Terminology Problems

Don’t make a move without understanding all of the legal paperwork associated with the home to which you’re relocating. Never sign a blank document, and make sure to pay close attention to the fine print. Seek legal counsel, in the event that things seem confusing to you. You can never be too careful, when it comes to adding your signature to a document.

6. Security Problems

In the whirlwind of moving, items can either be left unattended, or stored in places that are not secure.  Stay on top of where your valuable items are packed, and make sure that your belongings are stored or transported in places you trust.

Looking for Professional Help with Moving to a New Home?

The vast majority of moving problems typically gets solved, and the real key to success is pre-planning, so there’s certainly no reason to panic!  But what you can do is make your life easier by getting help from a reputable company that can store your packed items before moving day. By utilizing a secure, dry and clean portable storage container on your property in advance of your moving day, you already address some of the problems mentioned above.  Save time and money, and avoid packing complications and security issues, with the opportunity to pack your things on your own schedule. Go Mini’s is an award-winning self storage and moving company with over 200 dealerships throughout Canada, USA and Mexico, and our mobile containers have helped countless individuals and families move efficiently and with less stress.  Get a quote to find out how much you’ll save with us, and start the road to your new home with less worry!

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When moving, even before you decide to use portable storage units, it’s good to have a game plan in mind. Why? The answer is simple. Relocating is time-consuming, not to mention stressful. This is especially true, if you have years of accumulated belongings that need to be transferred to your new home.

Consider the following hacks, all of which save time and help to protect your valuables in the process. There’s no better time to start moving like a pro!

Always Pack the Kitchen First

It may seem like packing up your clothes or electronics will take up a lot of time, but the most complicated room to pack is actually the kitchen. All of your oddly shaped mixers and food processors take more time to pack than you think. For extra safety, PopSugar.com recommends stacking styrofoam plates in between your glass plates when you pack them.

Pack a Moving Day Kit

Chances are, you won’t be unpacking mobile storage units for rent immediately after the move. Pack a box or bag of essential first-day items. Sarah Davis on Pinterest.com suggests items such as trash bags, toilet paper, disposable plates,silverware and hand soap.

Cover Bottles of Liquids with Plastic Wrap

The easiest way to secure these liquids is to lay the plastic over the open top of each bottle and screw the cap back on. This will keep things like shampoo from leaking everywhere.

Leave Clothing on Hangers

Leaving clothes on hangers makes unpacking mobile storage units for rent a breeze! In addition,  packing several items together into garbage bags, makes them much easier to transport.

Color Code Your Boxes

Color code your boxes. This makes them easy to sort out as you move them into your new home. Also, be sure to label your boxes on the side rather than the top so you can see what’s in them while they’re stacked.

Keep Track of Your Cords

Ca.Complex.com recommends that you snap a picture of your electronics before you unhook them so that you can use the picture as a guide when you re-install them at your new house. You can also use empty toilet paper tubes to keep wrapped cords separated when you pack them.

Don’t Clean as You Go

It’s nearly impossible to keep your old house spotless while moving. Save the cleaning until after the house is empty. Lifehack.org advises that you hire someone to clean the house once it’s empty.

As you can see, there are scads of things you can do to make moving easier. Never wait until the last minute! The more time you allow yourself to get the job done, the better.

One Thing That Will Save You a Lot of Time

The best solution is to store your items in a mobile container, which can either be stored on your property, or at the supplier’s secure storage facility.  At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers.

Learn more about our containers and the process, and either get a quote or book now, and get your house looking its best for buyers!

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