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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!

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

Moving from Boston to NYC

Boston to NYC Moving

Moving from Boston to NYC

Are you moving from Boston to NYC? You’re not alone! Every year 1000s of professionals and families decide to take the plunge from Boston, MA to New York, New York. Moving to NYC is an exciting prospect as opportunities for your career are virtually endless and your social scene just increased by a factor of 10. You’re excited and ready to go…but you have to get there first.

Even though NYC is just 215 miles from Boston, moving between the two is tricky. Knowing the best highway routes to take – and more importantly to avoid can change move time(s) and your overall experience drastically. Also, NYC and Boston are not known for their parking or navigability making it tough to move couches down narrow Brownstone’s and up crowded apartments. OnDemand has vast experience performing moves from Boston to New York City making it as painless as possible for you.

Here’s what’s included in your move:

  • Clean & Reliable Moving Truck
  • Blankets, Dollies, Wrap, Other Equipment
  • Loading Help
  • Mileage, Fuel, Tolls
  • Experience in Both Pickup & the Final Destination
  • 2-4 Professionals Movers
  • Insurance Certificates for Property Managers
  • More!

Here’s what you can do to make it easier:

  • Get Parking Permits
  • Pack [Unless you want ODS packing help]
  • Book in Advance
  • Have Access to Destination

OnDemand relies on deep experience and knowledge to do our best to keep the overall cost down for our clients. Through intelligent timing, route planning, and accommodating clients scheduling needs we can develop a plan to execute your move in the shortest time possible. We’ll let you know the true cost ahead of time and not surprise you with hidden and unnecessary fees. Email us at info@ondemandstorage.com or call 781-499-5330 to get started.

Apartment Moving in Boston

Boston is a city that’s exploding! With over 7,000 new condos already proposed and approved for the next few years, many residents will need a moving and storage service that specializes in Boston. Whether you’re a college student or a seasoned working professional, apartment moving in Boston is a niche skill, here some things to consider:

Does my apartment have an elevator?

Moving companies charge an hourly rate, that in peak seasons can range anywhere from $100/hr to $250/hr for two men and one moving vehicle. Having an elevator will help speed up the process making your overall cost lower. However, if you have to move couches, dressers, and beds up and down the narrow stairwells of a Boston Brownstone – then you’re going to need the professional help so you don’t damage your valuables or hurt yourself!

Understanding the layout of your specific building and the way that will change the cost of your move is important to feeling comfortable in proceeding with your mover.

Packing Help

Do you need help packing? Again, there are two viewpoints. Typically, if you pack your boxes the cost of your move will be lower, however, the mover’s insurance may not extend fully to items that are packed by owner (PBO). If you’re not a professional packer then it may be wise to allow the moving company to do the packing even though you’ll likely incur a cost for materials and hourly labor. Although, what’s the point of moving your stuff if its going to get broken? Let the pros do it!

Parking Permits/ Service Elevators

Boston is not a city known for its unlimited parking. Therefore, you’ll need to reserve the spot in front of your residence for your mover. This can be done by going to the City of Boston’s website. If your building has a service elevator you should reserve that for a 2-6hr window depending on the complexity and size of your move. This can typically be done by making arrangements with the concierge at your building.

Storage

Being able to go seamlessly between apartments is a luxury in Boston. Often there are a few days or weeks between leases. During this time, you may need a temporary place to put your items. A traditional self-storage unit is not your best option because it will require a lot of physical labor from you. Check out our services, OnDemand Storage, we provide pickup, storage, and delivery of stored items when you need them. You’ll be able to access your items in storage via our web application that categorizes and photographs items so you get the benefits of self-storage without the “self” part!

Move Off Cycle

If you can avoid moving from May-September you’re going to save yourself A LOT of money. Moving companies are swamped during these dates allowing them to raise their hourly rates dramatically. Furthermore, if you can move into October or November you’ll get lower rates and likely get more talented movers ensuring your items travel from A to B in the best hands possible while saving money – pretty good deal!

Student Apartments

Boston is known for its dense College and University populations. Allston, Brighton, Cambridge, and more are full of students who elect to live off campus to enjoy the freedom away from dorms. If you need moving and storage during the beginning, end, or middle of the year OnDemand Storage can help! We store 1000s of students every academic year. Our custom sign up process allows students to select their off-campus location and have ODS movers come right to their apartment! We also provide packing materials and help. Move and store the smart way – with OnDemand

 

Estate Sales

Estate Sales: The Do's and Dont's

People accumulate a lot “stuff” over the course of their life and will often leave many things behind. One way to make the most of an unfortunate situation is to have an estate sale. Estate sales are an effective way to liquidate some of the possessions of a person who has recently deceased. Sometimes people have valuable belongings and if an item is sold the money can be split up between the beneficiaries of that person’s will.

Mementos

Most importantly make sure that the people closest to the person who has passed away have the opportunity to take mementos or other meaningful items that have value to that person. The worst-case scenario is siblings or friends become bitter over how to handle the belongings of the deceased. Ideally, you’ll make a plan and everyone will have an equal opportunity to take something meaningful.

Get an Appraiser

For anywhere between $75 and $500 per hour a professional appraiser can look at different artifacts, jewelry, furniture, art, etc. to determine the value. Some items may be valuable enough to go to auction where they can be sold for large sums of money.

Yard Sale – Is it worth it?

A yard sale is hardly worth the trouble as often you’ll get people looking to get treasures for rock bottom prices. Furthermore, you’ll likely save more money from donating everything that isn’t worth big money and getting the tax deduction.

Transitional Experts

Hire transitional experts, like  Lifecycle Transitions to help make transitioning from one location to another easy and pain free. They can help set you up with a variety of different services from packing to moving to real estate sales.

Storage

Maybe you aren’t ready to make a final decision regarding some of the items or you want to clear some excess furniture and boxes out to stage a house for a sale. Getting set up in a self-storage unit can be a lot of work when you consider renting a truck, finding a unit, and getting everything there. Instead, call OnDemand Storage to provide convenient pickup, storage, and re-delivery on-demand. OnDemand creates a virtual storage unit so you can request items back at any time! Lastly, ODS can help you sell your items via their robust network of buyers and sellers!

Luggage storage Boston

Luggage Storage Boston

Are you traveling Boston? Do you need short term luggage storage? Long term luggage storage? OnDemand Storage can help you with your luggage storage needs!

Whether you’re coming to Boston by train, plane, or bus sometimes during travel you’ll have a layover and need to find short term luggage storage options in Boston. If you can find a place to ditch the luggage in the mean time you can go explore all the great things Boston has to offer. Trying to walk the Freedom Trail or shop in Faneuil Hall will be difficult with a 40lb suitcase and will surely ruin a nice day in Boston!

Short term luggage storage in Boston can be found at South Station or Rowe’s Warf Water Taxi. South Station, a major hub of train transportation has space to store luggage and other bags for $10/bag in the package express room. If you’re planning on taking the Amtrak and have a ticket with you then you’ll able to store your luggage in the Amtrak storage locker for only $3/bag. Furthermore, the Rowe’s Warf Water Taxi will store your luggage for free if you use their services.

So, you’re not at South Station or Rowe’s Warf, or need long term storage, where can you store luggage?

If you need a Boston luggage storage service for longer than a day or two your best option in OnDemand Storage who will provide full service pickup, storage, and delivery of luggage. OnDemand is changing the way storage works, you don’t have to do anything except provide pickup details and ODS sends a truck or van to grab your luggage.

Once your item is in storage, OnDemand uploads a photo inventory so you’ll always have eyes on your valuables. Need it back? Simply, log into your account and request on demand delivery anywhere! If you need something shipped internationally, we provide discounted shipping to any country in the world through our partnership with DHL.

OnDemand Storage pricing plans start at $10/month so depending on the number of items you’ll be storing you get great savings!

Knock Knock City is a luggage storage network that lets travelers securely store their bags and luggage in certified local shops all around Boston, New York City, San Francisco and more. The cost is $2 per bag per hour which covers up to $500 insurance. They use zip ties to secure your bags and scanners to register your bags so that you only pay for your exact storage time. It's a convenient and affordable way for travelers to enjoy the city with free hands before checking into their vacation rental, before leaving for their flight, when shopping, or moving between events and meetings. On the other side, local shops who store the travelers' bags for a couple of hours in their underutilized private space get tremendous foot traffic, potential customers and generate supplemental revenue. All bookings must be made online.

Here is a list of their luggage storage locations in Boston
Luggage Storage Near Museum of Science:
https://knockknock.city/search/luggage-storage-near-museum-of-science/host/?ref=ondemandstorage
Luggage Storage in North End Near North Station
https://knockknock.city/search/luggage-storage-in-north-end-near-north-station/host/?ref=ondemandstorage
Luggage Storage Near Boston Common
https://knockknock.city/search/luggage-storage-near-boston-common/host/?ref=ondemandstorage
Luggage Storage Near Back Bay Station
https://knockknock.city/search/luggage-storage-near-back-bay-station/host/?ref=ondemandstorage
Luggage Storage Near Boston University
https://knockknock.city/search/luggage-storage-near-boston-university/host/?ref=ondemandstorage

Dorm Room Checklist

Dorm Room Checklist

Going to college is an exciting and stressful time for students and their families. In most cases it’s the first time a child is going to be away from his or her parents for an extended period of time. Even more stressful for parents it’s the first time you will not have a daily influence on your child’s actions and decisions. If you’re looking to calm your nerves about sending your kid(s) to college then use this move-in checklist as a way to make sure they have everything they need!

Depending on where/how far your kids’ college is it could make sense to purchase some items close to the school (save on shipping costs) or pack seasonally to make travel easier. Also, if you want to ship items to meet you at your residence hall door contact OnDemand Storage. They’ll provide pickup at your home and then affordable and reliable shipping to your son or daughter’s college no matter where it is.

Dorm Room Necessities:

  • Bedding (2 sets)
  • Drying Rack (for clothing)
  • Trash can
  • Cork Board (to pin important things)
  • Dry Erase Calendar
  • Double Sides Tape (Posters)
  • Toolbox
  • Desk Chair
  • Lamp
  • TV
  • Extension Cord
  • Multi- Input Plug
  • Mini Fridge
  • Microwave

Dorm Room Storage Ideas:

  • Storage Bins
  • Plastic Drawers
  • Bed Risers (creates space under bed)
  • Hamper (dirty clothes)
  • Jewelry Case
  • Shower Caddy
  • Coat Rack
  • Extra Pole for Closet (create a second level for hangers)
  • Backpack

Bedding

  • Pillows (and cases)
  • 2 Comforters
  • 2 Sets of linens
  • 5 Towels
  • Mattress Pad (you’ll definitely want this!)

Household Items

  • Trash Bags
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Storage bags
  • Soap
  • Bowls/Plates/Cups (plastic)
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Water Bottles
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Food Storage (plastic container)

Desk Items

  • Stapler
  • Stick Notes/ Post Cards
  • Highlighters
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Folders
  • Binders (three ring)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Flash Drive
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Bookcase/Hutch
  • Printer

 

Electronics

  • Laptop
  • Speakers
  • Camera
  • Nice Headphones
  • Surge Protector

 

Toiletries

  • Aspirin
  • Vitamins
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Flossers
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Hair Dryer
  • Straightener
  • Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Shaving Kit

In reality this list could on forever and many campuses have easy access to stores like CVS and Walgreen's making it easy to get most of the everyday items so don’t stress too much. Many items are often overlooked as they are taken for granted as things we just have around the house. Additionally, there are some other categories to consider like items you may share with roommates. Furthermore, always check with your individual college or university as some items are restricted at different schools (hot plates, coffee pots, etc.).

One other thing to think about, especially if you go to school further than an hour or two from school is where you are going put everything at the end of the year. One great solution is OnDemand Storage, who provides student storage shipping services nationwide. OnDemand provides free packing boxes, which are distributed at an “ODS Box Day”, typically a week before finals begin. On your scheduled pickup day ODS crew members come to your residence hall or off campus apartment and retrieve items you want to put into summer storage. When the new semester begins ODS will deliver your items to your new location!

Find your school to see the college student summer storage prices at your college!