What Should I Bring When I Study Abroad?

If you are thinking about studying abroad at any point during your college experience, packing the right essentials is crucial. Since you won’t be able to bring everything you would normally bring to your dorm room, suitcase space is vital. Before you get on the plane, make sure you have the following packed!

Universal Adapters

Outlets may change from country to country, so your phone or laptop chargers may not be able to fit. A universal adapter can be purchased before you leave and will be able to work with any outlet. It will have at least two USB ports, perfect for your phone, iPod, e-reader or watch charger.

Toiletries & Snacks

If you have a favorite brand of shampoo or deodorant, pack travel-size containers of each. Your favorite brand may not be available where you are studying, and a travel size can help keep you clean while you search for something similar. Likewise, your favorite snack food may not be available in your new home country. Pack a box or bag of your favorite snack that meets travel regulations for when you start to feel homesick.

Appropriate Clothing & Shoes

Chances are, you won’t be able to go home to do a clothing switch partway through your semester, and buying a whole new wardrobe overseas can break your student budget. Make sure you pack weather and culturally-appropriate clothing, including pants, long skirts, light jackets and a heavier coat for winter. A scarf is also considered appropriate for visiting certain landmarks or countries. You’ll be doing a lot of walking as you explore new areas, and bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes will prevent blisters and other injuries.

E-reader

You’re going to need something to keep you entertained on long train or bus rides, and space will be tight enough without trying to fit a few heavy books into your suitcase or backpack. An e-reader like the Kindle or Nook is lightweight, compact and can hold books for fun, guidebooks and school books.

Student Storage & Shipping in Boston

If you are looking for a place to keep your things near your school during your semester abroad, contact OnDemand Storage today! We offer student storage at schools across the East Coast of the United States. If you forgot something at home or in your storage unit, we provide shipping! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

What Do I Need to Bring to My Dorm Room?

As you get ready to move back into school, it is important to make sure you have everything you need to live successfully in your dorm room. From essential toiletries to study aids and organization tools, the list of things to help ease the transition back to school go smoothly.

Clothing

Going to school on the East Coast means that you will see rapidly changing weather between when you move back to campus and Thanksgiving, between the dog days of late summer to heavy fall rains and surprise snowstorms in the early winter. You’ll need to make sure your closet is ready for any storm or heat wave that can come your way with light jackets, jeans, and different types of shirts. Bring a pair of sturdy, weather-resistant boots, as well as regular shoes and dress shoes. You should have at least one professional outfit for presentations and interviews, and one outfit for more formal occasions like dances, dates or Greek Life events.

Dorm Accessories

You’ll need to bring items from home that you use in your day-to-day life, including toiletries, bedding, and cleaning supplies. Make sure you have two sets of sheets and at least two sets of towels. Bring a shower caddy to contain your shower supplies, as well as a pair of knockaround flip-flops or shower shoes. For in-room meals or snacks, bring either a place setting you can wash or paper plates and utensils. Since you will be living there for an extended period of time, you should also bring posters, photos and other decorations to transform your dorm into your own space.

Study Aids & Tools

Even if you suspect that you’ll be using your laptop for most of your classes, you will still need to make sure you have basic school supplies. Pack a few notebooks to cover each class, an assortment of pens, index cards, a stapler, and a ruler. You can never go wrong with an extra pair of scissors or a roll of tape in your dorm room, or highlighters to help you keep key passages fresh in your memory as you study.

Virtual Student Storage in the Greater Boston Area

If you have discovered that you have brought too many things to fit into your dorm room, contact OnDemand Storage about securing a virtual storage unit! We will pick up your things and bring them to our secure facility. You’ll never need to step foot in the unit! If you decide that you want something that you’ve put into storage, just log into your personalized dashboard to schedule a delivery. You’ll be able to see a full inventory of everything you have stored with us.  OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Preparing for Moving Day in Boston

September 1st is known in Boston as “Moving Day,” with the majority of leases taking effect. Navigating through Moving Day can be a challenge between road changes, student move-ins, and parking permits. If you are getting ready to move, make sure you follow these tips to settle into your new home!

Make Sure You Have Parking Permits

Parking permits are vital throughout moving week. In addition to protecting your vehicle from tickets, the permit allows you to park a moving truck in front of your new home. With everyone else around the city moving on the same day, parking will be nearly impossible to find, and you might wind up paying for additional hours to accommodate for the parking search. The permit will allow you to park for a designated time during the day in order to allow your neighbors time to park.

Check Your Moving Company’s License & Insurance

The majority of last-minute calls to moving companies during the first week of September come from students or families whose moving companies took advantage of them or disappeared at the last minute. Make sure you check your company’s license online before putting down a deposit or signing a contract and have the company provide a written estimate for services. The estimate should cover all aspects of the move, from mileage to loading and unloading the truck to insurance. Making sure your moving company is properly insured will protect you in the event that one of the team members is injured during your move, or if one of your belongings is broken or lost in transit.

Delay Your Moving Date if Possible

Are most of your belongings in storage? If so, try to delay your moving date by a few days. While living with just the bare necessities isn’t ideal, you will be able to save a great deal of time and money by waiting for the initial wave to pass. If your items are in storage, make sure you check with your storage company about when your unit needs to be cleared. If you are working with a virtual storage company like OnDemand Storage, the contents of your storage unit can even be delivered to you.

Virtual Storage in Boston, Cambridge, Allston & Somerville, MA

If you are going abroad this semester or stored your belongings with us this summer, contact OnDemand Storage! When you request a delivery of your items, we can have them back to you in as little as 24 hours. If you are looking to store your belongings near you school while you study in a new location, we will be able to pick up your things and store them in a virtual storage unit until your return. If you are in need of something in the unit, we will be able to ship it directly to you! OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

How to Efficiently Label Your Moving Boxes

Labeling your moving boxes is a vital part of the packing process. In addition to being able to sort out which boxes belong to which room, you’ll be able to tell which items are in storage in case you need them or want them back in your home. Making sure your boxes are labeled properly will help you move efficiently and expedite the unpacking process. Follow these steps to make sure you are labeling your boxes clearly.

Color Code Your Markers

While labeling boxes, there’s no such thing as too many permanent markers. Start off with at least five different colors to distinguish boxes apart, room by room. Make sure the ink is waterproof to prevent the ink from running in case of bad weather.

Where You Label Matters

Label your boxes on the top and on at least two sides in large, clear print. If a box contains anything breakable, make sure the word FRAGILE is written on every side to prevent mishandling. In order to keep further track of your belongings, number each box in at least two corners. If you happen to have tape in several colors, you can put a piece on each side of the box to make sure it stands out. Cover each written label with a layer of clear packing tape to further protect it.

Keep Your First Night Box Separate

The last things you should pack are essentials for your “first night box,” or what you’ll need for the first few days after the move. This box will not go in the truck or into storage, but in the car with you. Make sure the box is kept separate and is clearly labeled so you can keep track of it.

Virtual Storage in Boston, Cambridge, Waltham & Quincy, MA

If you don’t have time while packing to bring your boxes to storage, contact OnDemand Storage today! We offer full-service virtual storage with pickup and delivery service. You’ll never have to go out of your way to get to your storage unit! Our team will conduct an inventory of your things and make them available online for you to monitor. If you decide you want something back from storage, all you’ll need to do is fill out an delivery request! In 24 hours, the items you request will be back in your possession. OnDemand Storage can be reached by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Affordable Self Storage

Did you know 1 in 10 people are currently utilizing a self-storage unit? Many people overpay for their units because self-storage is largely misunderstood and all units are not created equally. Finding a storage solution that suits your needs at the right price is important and can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your unit rental. Here are 5 factors to consider when finding affordable self-storage.

  1. Location – If you’re located in an urban area it is likely you are going to pay more for your space. In Boston, MA the average 10’ x 10’ storage unit costs $186 per month. However, if you living in rural Iowa the average cost of the same sized unit is $103 per month. Obviously, if you live in Boston you can’t rent a unit in Iowa, but you can drive outside major cities (if you have a car or truck) and save $10-$15 per month on the same sized unit. Over a three-year period, you would have saved $320 - $540 dollars!
  2. Inventory – As previously mentioned, not all units or facilities are created equally! Depending on what you need to put into storage you can save money on your unit. If you are storing high-end artwork, furniture, or important documents you may need a climate-controlled, highly secure, and indoor storage facility which will cost more. On the other hand, if you are storing less important items that are not temperature sensitive then you can rent a non-climate-controlled facility in a class B or C facility, drastically reducing the price. It depends on the economic or sentimental value of the items you are planning to store, a decision only you can make!
  3. Pre-pay – If you know exactly how long you’re going to be in storage you might have the option to pre-pay your storage unit rental and reduce the price by 10-15%. Some facilities may not offer this option but certain facilities absolutely will. Furthermore, many facilities offer great (or FREE) first month rates to get you in the door. Getting a month free can lower your average monthly cost quite a bit.
  4. Storage with Pickup Service – More often than not you’ll rent a self-storage unit when you are in transition, meaning you’ll likely incur expensive moving fees. Using a service like OnDemand Storage can help lower your overall cost of moving & storage. By bundling the services and securing a lower hourly rate for moving and a cheaper rate for storage you’ll save money and keep your storage unit affordable. Better yet, you’ll get all the convenience of storage without having to do any of the heavy lifting!

 

Packers and Movers

Do you have an upcoming move? Whether you’re moving directly to a new home or putting your stuff into a cheap storage unit, finding the best packers and movers is crucial to a successful transition. Using professional packers provides another layer of protection for your belongings. Individuals who have been trained to properly pack fragile items, televisions, and to prepare large furniture pieces ensures that your things stay in mint condition during transition. Often times moving companies provide professional packing services, but another great option is a professional organizer.

Professional organizers can do more than just pack your belongings; they provide a well thought out plan that makes unpacking your items easy. If items are packed away and labeled by room then the movers can easily put boxes and furniture into their final resting place in an efficient manner. Remember, you’re likely being charged hourly by your mover so streamlining the operation as much as possible is going to save you money in the end!

Tips for dealing with a mover and packer:

  • Make sure all furniture, boxes, and other items are clearly labeled with their destination on them.
    • e. Silverware à Kitchen, Mattress à Master Bedroom
  • If you are using a professional organizer make sure all of your things are packed and labeled before your mover gets there.
  • Make note of fragile items or other items that have intrinsic value so the movers can make sure they are packed (extra) safely for transport.
  • If your moving company is also packing try to negotiate a lower rate to save yourself money.

Are you temporarily putting your things in a storage unit? If you are planning on moving your items directly to a storage unit for the time being; be sure to reserve your unit a week in advance. Also, you can make your life easier by choosing a drive-in facility. A drive-in facility allows your mover to drive up to your unit door saving time and money rather than deal with slow and inconvenient elevators.

Other storage unit factors to consider:

  • Is the unit climate-controlled?
  • Do I need daily, weekly, monthly, or no access to the unit?
  • How long will I be in storage for?
  • Do I need partial deliveries, etc.?
  • How far is the facility from my location?

 

Moving is a stressful, complex, and expensive experience so anyway to streamline or cut costs is something you’ll want to think about. Likely anything else, having a prepared and well thought out plan is going make moving a breeze. A hybrid service like OnDemand Storage provides storage with pickup and delivery. Furthermore, our network provides resources for packing, moving, junk removal, etc. Learn more about services by checking out the rest of our site!

Packing Tips for Moving to an Apartment from a House

Downsizing can be quite the undertaking as you sort through items to take with you and part with on your new adventure. Making sure you have a plan in place for sorting through your belongings and ultimately deciding what comes with you to your new place will take some time. Follow these tips to successfully move into your new apartment and make a smaller space feel like home.

Get started early

Don’t put off the planning stage. Once you have decided to downsize, start making lists and noting what furniture you will bring with you, what will be sold and what will go into storage. If you have an idea of the square footage or layout of your new residence, you can sketch out an idea of where you want to place your furniture and measure out pieces to make sure there is enough room.

Decide what fits your aesthetic and needs

When moving from a house to an apartment, you probably have furniture accumulated over a few moves and style changes. Some furniture may not match in terms of color, fabric or even size. Since not every piece of furniture will be able to fit in your new home, take the time to figure out what will fit best in your apartment both in size and style. Do you have pieces that can serve multiple functions in your new home? Since space is going to be even more valuable, you’ll be able to use certain things to replace missing furniture and storage space, such as using a corner shelf as a desk or rolling shelves under the bed to hold books or clothing. Ottomans and trunks can be used for multipurpose storage around your new home.

Declutter

With less space comes less room for clutter. If you don’t have room for a full media stand, find a TV that can mount to the wall and used zip ties to keep the wires together. Use any available space for concealed storage, from adding shelves to tall tables and concealing boxes under a space covered with an older tablecloth.

Decide What to Put in Storage

After deciding what you’re going to keep in your new home, you’ll need to pick out what you want to keep for future use and what you are willing to part with. In the Boston area, there’s nothing more convenient than OnDemand’s virtual storage option! All you need to do is decide what to put into storage and we’ll pick it up for you! We offer a tiered pricing structure so you only pay for the storage you need. With our delivery service, you’ll never have to step foot into the unit, cutting down on the time you might spend lugging things back and forth. For a free estimate, contact OnDemand Storage today by calling (855)215-6617 or by filling out our online contact form.

Storage Budget

What is a “Storage Budget”?

Utilizing a self-storage unit or convenient storage service is a necessity for 1/10 households in America. Every situation is unique as everyone has different needs and financial means that dictate how they’ll use a storage unit.

The best way to determine a storage budget is to look at the monthly cost rather than the whole cost. Finding a unit or storage facility that fits into your monthly cost is important because it is likely that you’ll need the storage space longer than you’re anticipating.

When budgeting storage into your monthly expenses think about the size and use the space.

What does this mean?

Size: how much stuff will I be putting into the unit? Can it be stacked? Will I only use the floor? Are the items fragile or bulky? Do I need space to move in the unit?

If you’re downsizing a 4000 square foot home it is likely you will need a larger unit as you may have large furniture pieces that take up more space. On the contrary, if you need to store 10 boxes of winter clothes then opt for a much smaller unit to save money.

Use: are the items you are storing temperature sensitive? Will I need access to the unit often?

If temperature can affect the integrity of your items then you’ll need a climate-controlled storage unit which costs more money. Typically, climate-controlled means the temperature stays between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Your frequency and the items themselves, will determine the type of facility you should consider. If you’ll need daily access or have very heavy items you may consider a drive-up facility so you can bring your car directly to your unit. If you need a controlled environment and your items are easily move-able then a multi-floor indoor facility will be best. For maximum convenience you should call an on demand storage facility that will come and pickup your items and then re-deliver them when you need them back, this way you can avoid all physical labor and enjoy all the convenience of additional space.

Many times, storage is an additional expense that many families and businesses must incur to when in transition or to free up extra space to operate more efficiently. To find the best deal for you carefully analyze your situation using the information above to determine your storage budget! The type of facility (and unit) and the size of the space you are renting are going to be the two factors that drive the price for your monthly storage cost. Good luck!

Boston Mover

Boston Movers

Boston is a city growing and changing at a rapid pace. There are currently 7,500 new units under construction or slated for development inside the city’s boundaries. Also, major corporations, like GE, Reebok, and (hopefully) Amazon’s HQ2 will continue to change the landscape by adding jobs. Relocation to Boston will soar to an all time in 2019 and in all likelihood continue for years to come. For newcomers and Boston veterans alike moving in Boston is difficult as each neighborhood is unique and serves a different demographic. When selecting a moving company in Boston make sure the company is familiar with your neighborhood so they can properly execute your move in an efficient and effective manner.

Let’s take a brief look at some of Boston’s different neighborhoods and how a Boston mover should be able to react to different situations.

South Boston

Undoubtedly Boston’s hottest neighborhood for individuals 23-35, or millennials, and in the next year alone 44% of millennials plan to move , that means that in just South Boston almost 3,000 induvial will move in 2019. Make sure you can find a moving company that is located near Boston that has experience in South Boston.  South Boston has a unique mix of 1900s “triple deckers” and brand-new buildings that cost millions to build. For the newer, professionally managed buildings your mover will most likely need a certificate of insurance from their insurance company before the building will let them move you. However, the mover will have access to freight elevators making your move easy and painless. On the other hand, a “triple dekcer” won’t require as much preparation and paperwork, but you’ll need an experienced South Boston mover to carry bulky furniture up, down, and around tricky corners.

 

Full service storage south boston

Boston's South Boston Neighborhood

South End

Boston’s South End is the gateway to the Copley and Back Bay area where thousands of commuters travel to work every day.  The South End is home to Brownstone-lined streets where a 1000 sf condo can fetch millions of dollars. Needless to say, a high-end mover who has experience moving large and expensive furniture is a must! Brownstone’s can be surprisingly tricky to maneuver in and are typically in pristine condition. A South End move is not a job for a novice, but for a seasoned and experience moving company with local knowledge.

 

South End Moving

North End

The North End is every tourist favorite part of Boston as the streets are packed with authentic Italian restaurants and great places to grab a canoli or gelato after a delicious meal. However, any Boston resident knows how difficult driving down Hanover St. or Salem St. (especially in a truck) is! Narrow streets and virtually no parking make experience highly valued when moving. Especially during busy times of the year May, June, & September be sure to request parking permits weeks to months is advance to ensure your mover has a place to park. Without a permit a Boston moving company knows it may not be able to successfully complete your North End Move.

 

North End Mover

 

Other Important Moving Tips

Understanding the Boston lease cycle

This is important to understanding moving in and around Boston. Known for it’s higher education, Boston sees dramatic increases in move volume during May, June, & September. If you’re not a student it may be difficult (or expensive) to find a qualified mover during his time. A suggestion would to be try to plan your move for a slower month like November or January. If this is not an option for you then definitely book a mover 2+ months in advance to ensure you can get the proper vehicles and workers you need to have your move done in a timely fashion.

How much do moves cost?

In-state moving is typically charged at an hourly rate. The rate is driven by three factors: number of movers, the vehicle needed, and the amount of time the job takes. For two men and one 20ft truck, which commonly services as a benchmark for a 2 BR apartment move, can cost anywhere from $99/hr. up to $225/hr. depending on the company and more importantly the time of year. Other factors include: additional services like storage, junk removal, etc. Out-of-State moving is priced by “weight”, meaning each item has a weight which is determined by a cube sheet and then the sum of all of your items determines the total weight. This is a federal law and the methodology of quoting will be the same at every moving company, through the actual prices will vary.

Do Boston Movers Offer Storage?

Every move is unique and requires different details to be ironed out. As often is the case, a direct A to B move is not realistic and the business, individual, or family moving need short term (or long term) storage. Finding a convenient storage option at a reasonable price should be priority #1. OnDemand Storage provides a unique twist on moving & storage in Boston. OnDemand will retrieve your items from your home and transport them to storage. ODS creates a virtual unit that you can log into at any time to see pictures, manage, and request items for return. Moving is stressful there is no need to complicate by trying to remember storage unit passcodes or renting U-Haul’s to retrieve items.

Hopefully our guide to Boston movers has been helpful and worth your time! If you have any questions or want to schedule a move or storage pickup please reach out via info@ondemandstorage.com or call us at 781-4990-5330!

Best Storage Sheds to Buy in 2018

Best Storage Sheds to Buy in 2018

Whether you’re living in small condo in the city or have a sprawling yard you most likely need storage for something – the question is: for what?

A home storage shed can help provide extra space in your garage or basement and allow you to get the most out of them. However, there are a variety of storage sheds that vary in size, style, quality and more. Your use and purpose of the storage shed will play a major role in determining the type of shed you should purchase.

Bike Storage

The Yardstash IV

Bike Storage

The Yardstash IV is an economical option ($174 on Amazon) that provides owners with a small semi-secure space to put bulky items that can take up unnecessary space in the garage. For example, imagine not having to squeeze by your bike as you’re exiting your car every day. The tarp-like material will also protect your bike (or anything else) from rain which can eventually lead to rust.

Full Storage Shed

Storage Shed

DIY Colonial Kit Shed

The DIY Colonial Kit shed is a beautiful, but expensive ($6,000+) storage shed that adds character and functionality to dead space in your yard. You can store gardening tools, power equipment, seasonal furniture, and more in the 12’ x 24’ space. This shed is fully secure and secure and weather proofed to protect almost anything you put inside. You’ll rest easy knowing your valuables are secure – and out of the way!

 

Plastic Storage Shed or Container

Plastic Shed

The plastic storage shed, measuring 18 cubic feet is great for storing outdoor furniture cushions and accessories. Expensive outdoor furniture can still get ruined by rain, pollen, and other elemental factors so its best to protect them as much as you can. The plastic container can easily nestle into a corner of your outdoor space and blend in.

Outdoor storage sheds are an effective way to create additional space in your garage or basement. However, they do not satisfy all of your storage needs. There is still a plethora of items you’d like to store for a longer period of time and it may make more sense to get them off-site to avoid cluttering your home (or your storage shed!). OnDemand Storage provides pickup, secure self-storage, and delivery of stored items. You’ll be able to access your storage unit 24/7 from any computing device and request one or all of your items back at any time!

Call 1.855.216.6617 or Email info@ondemandstorage.com